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Challenge Completed: “New Authors”

new authorsIn an effort to clean up my sidebar a tiny bit … before adding 3 new challenge widgets tomorrow (yes, the woman who said “No new reading challenges!” lied!) … I’m letting you know that I have completed the New Authors challenge hosted by Literary Escapism.

I enjoyed reading these new authors (for the most part!).  But, I have to confess that it wasn’t really a challenge in the sense that the list filled in naturally over the course of my reading for the year.  It’s truly more of a listing; I think I took a shortcut!

Here is my list of “new (to me) authors”, with links to my reviews:

  1. The End of the Alphabet by C. S. Richardson
  2. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  3. Writing Romance by Vanessa Grant
  4. Family Planning by Karan Mahajan
  5. Testimony by Anita Shreve
  6. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  7. Breathing Out the Ghost by Kirk Curnutt
  8. ShapeShifter: The Demo Tapes, Year 1 by Susan Helene Gottfried
  9. The Shack by William Paul Young
  10. Things I Want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Noble
  11. Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek
  12. The Ten-Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer
  13. Drawers & Booths by Ara 13
  14. The Red Leather Diary by Lily Koppel
  15. Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy
  16. The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
  17. The Man’s Book by Thomas Fink
  18. A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father by Augusten Burroughs
  19. To The World of Men, Welcome by Nuala Ni Chonchuir
  20. Best Intentions by Emily Listfield
  21. 101 Ways You Can Help Save the Planet Before You’re 12! by Joanne O’Sullivan
  22. The Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein
  23. Unpolished Gem: My Mother, My Grandmother, and Me by Alice Pung
  24. The World in Half by Cristina Henriquez
  25. The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand
  26. V is for Venus Flytrap by Eugene Gagliano
  27. Step Back from the Baggage Claim by Jason Barger
  28. Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman
  29. Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel
  30. The Center of the Universe: A Memoir by Nancy Bachrach
  31. It’s Beginning to Hurt by James Lasdun
  32. Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey
  33. Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti
  34. Murder at Longbourn by Tracy Kiely
  35. Fat Families Thin Families by Amy Hendel
  36. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  37. The Curse of the Good Girl:  Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence by Rachel Simmons
  38. Ned’s New Home by Kevin Tseng
  39. Blame by Michelle Huneven
  40. Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan
  41. The Widow’s Season by Laura Brodie
  42. Behind the Mask … No More by Byron Nease
  43. Lopsided by Meredith Norton
  44. The Listeners by Gloria Whelan
  45. J is for Jack-O’-Lantern: A Halloween Alphabet by Denise Brennan-Nelson
  46. 31 Hours by Masha Hamilton
  47. The 13 Days of Halloween by Carol Greene
  48. The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Gwen Millward
  49. Work Hard. Be Nice. by Jay Mathews
  50. Everything Asian by Sung J. Woo

How are you doing with 2009 challenges?  What have you signed up for in 2010?  Can you guess which challenge widgets I’ll be adding?

12 comments to Challenge Completed: “New Authors”

  • Good for you! It is liberating to finish off these challenges! I crashed and burned on one, but am on pace for the rest. I am toying around with the idea of “1000 Books To Read Before You Die” Challenge,which I saw at Alyce’s the other day. You only have to read 10, and honestly I can probably pull them off my TBR shelf. There is also the “Shelf Awareness” Challenge, where you read books from your youth. How much fun would that be? It is scaring me, though, that I’m piling them on and it isn’t even the beginning of the year yet!

  • You have so many awesome (from what I heard) titles on this list. I don’t think I’ve read any but I have The Shack on my iPod e-reader and getting ready to read it. It’s cool that you have yet another challenge finished because the way things are looking I might not finish any other challenges till the end of year :( (well, besides 100+ challenge).

  • Congrats! Have to make room for the Shelf Discovery Challenge button.

  • Wow, I am totally impressed. I have yet to finish a challenge, but I just think I might do it this year.

  • Sandy – I like the look of that 1% well-read challenge, too. Yes, I’m doing #shelf-discovery and #unbound. Oh, yeah, and joining NaNoWriMo … more about that little slice of insanity tomorrow!

    lilly – I’m still 28 books away from the 100+ challenge … congrats on being on target to finish it!

    Julie – absolutely! I’ll be posting about #shelf-discovery this weekend.

    Kathy – which challenge are you contemplating? I’m not upset about those I don’t finish – it tells me that I have to be more selective in those I do attempt (make sure they’re a good fit and I’m enthusiastic about them)

  • CONGRATS on finishing! I didn’t sign up for this one but I wish I did because it looks like an easy one to do looking back in time. if that makes any sense. still too early in the morning after hosting a party… I do love a challenge I can just see if what I DID already read would qualify and then declare myself a completer.

  • Kim

    Congrats on being able to cross another challenge off your list. :) I am on track to finish all of the ones still on my sidebar. I just dumped the Everything Austen one as I knew I was not going to get to it. I have finished 17 out of 24. For 2010 I have joined the Awesome Author challenge, and am hoping Book Awards #4 is still going to happen. I have my books all picked out for it already! I am also hoping that the A-Z challenge will be offered as well as What’s in a Name! Last night I joined a quick little Christmas reading challenge which should be fun as I have a little collection of Christmas books I never seem to get around to reading.
    Happy Reading.

  • I finished this one too, but I went for only 25 new authors. You know how I love my series.

  • Wow. Look at those names I’m there with. Talk about a cool thrill!

    Keep on discovering new authors, my friend. But don’t forget how important it is to support the multi-published, too!

  • Care – retroactively joining a Challenge? If you throw in a pie, I’m sure the organizers will allow it :)

    Kim – I’m struggling with A-Z; we’ll see where I end up! Looks like you’re doing well (and smart to drop those that aren’t working … I’ll trudge along until they end).

    Beth – I didn’t read ANY series this year (unless you count the 100s of Berenstain Bears I read with the kids). Congrats on completing New Authors.

    Susan – but of course! That’s what the 2nds Challenge is for; thanks for the reminder.

  • Congrats on completing the new authors challenge.

  • Congrats.

    SO, what challenge widgets WILL you be adding?

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