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English teacher interested in language and culture, and also in fiction using magic, myth, folklore and the supernatural. Now teaching part-time in a Leicester Upper School (ages 14-19) and also writing for children, teens and teachers.

Previous Challenges/Awards

2012 British Books Challenge

I really enjoyed taking part in the 2011 British Books Challenge, so I'm signing up again for 2012. This year it's being hosted by Kirsty at The Overflowing Library, but the basic challenge remains the same: to read and review at least 12 books by British authors (I'm aiming for 24 this year). They may be in or out of print, classics or new releases, for any genre or age group: the nationality of the author is the only criterion for this challenge.

This is the list of books I plan to read (to be updated as time goes on):

  1. Dark Parties by Sara Grant 
  2. Opal Moonbaby by Maudie Smith 
  3. New Beginnings by Rebecca Emin 
  4. Fifteen Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins
  5. Venus Rocks by Fiona Dunbar
  6. Hollow Pike by James Dawson
  7. Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale
  8. This is Not Forgiveness by Celia Rees 
  9. Lolly Luck by Ellie Daines
  10. The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths 
  11. The Hunting Ground by Cliff McNish
  12. Road to London by Barbara Mitchelhill
  13. Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler
  14. The Queen by Richard Brassey
  15. Drive By by Jim Carrington
  16. A Mystery for Megan by Abi Burlingham
  17. The Sleeping Army by Francesca Simon
  18. Della Says: OMG! by Keris Stainton
  19. The Treasure House by Linda Newbery
  20. A Waste of Good Paper by Sean Taylor
  21. Sword of Light by Katherine Roberts
  22. Emma Hearts LA by Keris Stainton
  23. Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb
  24. Soul Fire by Kate Harrison
  25. A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton
  26. Leopard Adventure by Anthony McGowan
  27. Velvet by Mary Hooper
  28. A Witch in Love by Ruth Warburton
  29. Magic and Mayhem by Marcus Sedgwick
  30. Righteous Exposure by A K James
  31. The Odds by Adam Perrott
  32. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  33. The Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher
  34. Street Duty: Knock Down by Chris Ould
  35. How to Keep a Heron Happy by Lari Don
  36. A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean
  37. Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner
  38. VIII by H M Castor
  39. Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
  40. Mortal Chaos by Matt Dickinson
  41. Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun by Liz Kessler
  42. Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne
  43. Siege by Sarah Mussi (read in 2012; reviewed in 2013)

The Transworld Book Group.  A book reviewing challenge with amazing books to choose from. I chose: 

Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll (and here's my review)
Crippen by John Boyne (and here's my review)
Death Sentence by Mikkel Birkegaard (and here's my review)
The Bomber by Liza Marklund (and here's my review)
The British Books Challenge: to review at least 12 books by British writers in 2011.  Hosted at The Bookette.  I read and reviewed:

Flood and Fang by Marcus Sedgwick
The Double Shadow by Sally Gardner
The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan
Dark Angels by Katherine Langrish
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Paper Wings by Linda Sargent
Adventures of the New Cut Gang by Philip Pullman
Lob by Linda Newbery
Bloodstone by Gillian Philip
Soul Beach by Kate Harrison
Witch Hill by Marcus Sedgwick
The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
An Act of Love by Alan Gibbons
When I Was Joe by Keren David
West of the Moon by Katherine Langrish
Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
Birdman by Mo Hayder
Firebrand by Gillian Philip
Kaspar - Prince of Cats by Michael Morpurgo

The A-Z blogging challenge: to post for every letter of the alphabet in April 2011. I completed all 26 letters.

The Great Transworld Crime Caper.  A book reviewing challenge with fantastic crime books.  My choices were:
Birdman by Mo Hayder (and here's my review)
Mistress in the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin (and here's my review)
If I Never See You Again by Niamh O'Connor (and here's my review)

The Writers' Platform-Building Campaign.  Hosted by Rachael Harries. I joined two groups: the UK and South Africa group and a children's to YA group including writers of picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult books. My entry for the first challenge is here.


The Versatile Blogger Award From the lovely M C Rogerson and the versatile Andrea S Michaels

Liebster Blog from the wonderful Claire Hennessy

One Lovely Blog from the charming Jani at Life Debatable

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