The British Book Awards – Reading Challenge

The British Book Awards or Nibbies are literary awards for the best UK writers and their works, administered by The Bookseller. 

The Nominees for the 2018 British Book Awards have recently come out and obviously there are lots of really fantastic novels, authors and publishing houses that have been selected. I would love to read every single book that has been nominated, but unfortunately I don’t have time to get through them all, when I already have so many other books lined up to read.

So instead of reading them all, I have challenged myself to read one book from each category before the winners are announced in May. I think I have picked some good novels, and wonder if the ones I have read will be the winners! Once I have read a book from a category I will be writing up a review so keep an eye out for those.

The winners of The British Book Awards will be announced on Monday 14th May, good luck to all the nominees! For more information about the awards click here!

The Books of the Year shortlists:


– The Break by Marian Keyes
– Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore
– Winter by Ali Smith
– How To Stop Time by Matt Haig
– Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
– City of Friends by Joanna Trolllope

For best fiction I have decided to read is:

Fiction: Debut

– Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
– Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney
– My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
– Sirens by Joseph Knox
– Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
– Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims

For best fiction debut I have decided to read is:

Fiction: Crime & Thriller

– The Midnight Line by Lee Child
– The Dry by Jane Harper
– Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
– Spook Street by Mick Herron
– He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
– The Girl Before by J P Delaney

For best fiction crime & thriller I have decided to read is:


– La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman
– The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane
– Oi Cat! By Kes Gray
– Bad Dad by David Walliams
– The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
– Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

For best children’s I have decided to read is:

Non-Fiction: Lifestyle

– 5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver
– The Things You Can Only See When You Slow Down: How To Be Calm in a Busy World by Haemin Sunim
– The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, Stories and 100 Essential Recipes For Midwinter by Nigel Slater
– Cooking For Family and Friends by Joe Wicks
– Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions by Russell brand
– Happy: Finding Joy in Every Day and Letting Go of Perfect by Fearne Cotton

For best non fiction lifestyle I have decided to read is:

Non-Fiction: Narrative

– Ask An Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space by Tim Peake
– Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
– The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young
– I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O’Farrell
– This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries Of A Junior Doctor by Adam Kay
– What Does This Button Do? By Bruce Dickinson

For best non-fiction narrative I have decided to read is:

Have you read any of the books that are nominated? Who would you choose to win? Thanks for reading. Katie x




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