January 5, 2012

New Author Reading Challenge

Challenge Summary:

The guidelines:

 1. The challenge will run from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
 2. Since this is an author challenge, there is no restriction on choosing your novels. They can definitely be from other challenges. However, the authors must be new to you and, preferably from novels.  Anthologies are a great way to try someone new, but only a third of your new authors can be from anthologies.
 3. I want this to be an easy challenge, so you can pick to do either 15, 25 or 50 new authors.  It all depends on how fast you read and how adventurous you want to be.  For me, I want to say I’m going to do another 50 new authors, but with two kids, I didn’t made my goal in 2011, so I’m going to be smarter and say 25.  If you reach your goal halfway through the year, don’t stop.  Any new author you try can be added to Mr. Linky.  We all want to know about your new experience.
 4. After reading your new author, write your review and then come back here and add your link to Mr. Linky.  Make sure you include your name and the author, but adding the title is completely up to you.
 5. Bloggers or Non-Bloggers alike are welcome. You don’t have to have a site to participate. You can link up via Facebook, GoodReads or even Amazon if you’d like. Once you reach your goal, you don’t have to stop.

 Any new author you try, go ahead and head back here and add it to the list.  Introduce us all to whoever you find.  Afterall, there’s no reason to stop trying new authors, right?

Hosted by/Link: Library Escapism. New Author Reading Challenge

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012

My Progress: 50/50 - COMPLETED AUGUST 30, 2012

My List:

1) Alexi Zentner (Touch)
2) Alison Pick (The Dream World)
3) Patrick deWitt (The Sisters Brothers)
4) Aphra Behn - (Oroonoko and Other Writings)
5) Andre Alexis - (Childhood)
6) Wayne Johnston (The Colony of Unrequited Dreams)
7) Sabine Bauer - Transitions (SG-1 18) 
8) Sebastian Barry - A Long, Long Way
9) Julian Barnes - The Sense of Ending
10) Paula McClain - The Paris Wife
11) Paul Quarringtong - Galveston
12) Sandra Birdsell - Agassiz Stories
13)  Hubert Selby, Jr. - Requiem for a Dream
14) Willa Cather - My Antonia
15) Rebecca West - The Return of the Soldier
16) Fall On Your Knees - Ann-Marie MacDonald
17) The Book Borrower - Alice Mattison
18) George Eliot - Silas Marner
19) Fighting Gravity - Leah Petersen
20) Gail Anderson-Dargartz - Turtle Valley
21) Holly Payne - The Sound of Blue
22) Kim Thuy - Ru
23) Thomas Cobb - Crazy Heart
24) Elizabeth Jolley - The Newspaper of Claremont Street
25) Elizabeth Kostova - The Historian
26) Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
27) Darcie Friesen Hossack - Mennonites Don't Dance
28) Christopher Priest - The Prestige
29) Next Episode - Hubert Aquin
30) The Painted Veil - W. Somerset Maugham
31) Patricia Falvey - The Yellow House
32) The Ship of Brides - Jojo Moyes
33) Frank Parker Day - Rockbound
34) Reliquary (SGA - 2) - Martha Wells
35) Street of Riches - Gabrielle Roy
36) The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
37) Miriam Toews - A Complicated Kindness
38) Rose Tremain - The Colour
39) Light Lifting - Alexander MacLeod
40) Johanna Skibsrud - The Sentimentalists 
41) Sarah Selecky - This Cake is for the Party
42) Kate Pullinger - The Mistress of Nothing
43) The Bad Girl - Mario Vargas Llosa
44) Karen Miller - Do No Harm (SG-1 12)
45) Nikolski - Nicolas Dickner
46) Claire Holden Rothman - The Heart Specialist
47) Timothy Taylor  Stanley Park
48) Frances Itani - Deafening
49) Qiu Xiaolong - Years of Red Dust: Tales of Shanghai
50) Yejide Kilanko - Daughters Who Walk This Path

Final Thoughts

I'm happy with the challenge, as I managed to reads some excellent books and introduced myself to some new authors I will definitely read again.

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