Sunday, January 11, 2009

2009 - New Authors Challenge


I found yet another new reading challenge for 2009, that seemed like a good one for me (this makes #11 for 2009).
COMPLETED 50 on 6/1/09
NEW AUTHORS, hosted by LiteraryEscapism.

Here are the guidelines:
  1. The challenge will run from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.
  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, but anthologies are also a great way to try someone new.
  3. An easy challenge, so you state how many new authors you want to try this year and then that’s your challenge. For me, I’m trying another 50 new authors. You can set any number you want. Why not try for either 25 or 50.
My New Authors
  1. Marya Hornbacher - Madness - 4/5
  2. Sandra Kring - The Book of Bright Ideas - 5/5
  3. Celestine Vaite - Frangipani and Breadfruit - 4/5
  4. Tahmima Anan - A Golden Age - 4.5/5
  5. Ted Dekker and Erin Healy - Kiss - 4.5/5
  6. Hallie Ephron - Never Tell a Lie -4/5
  7. Don Miguel Ruiz - The Four Agreements - 5/5
  8. Gary Schmidt - The Wednesday Wars - 4.5/5
  9. Laura Benedict - Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts - 4/5
  10. Gail Tsukiyama - Women of the Silk - 4.5/5
  11. Josh Bazell - Beat the Reaper - 4.5/5
  12. The Space Between Us; Umrigar - 4.5/5
  13. In the Country of Men; Matar - 3.5/5
  14. Epilogue: A Memoir; Riophe - 3/5
  15. Julius Winsome; Donovan - 5/5
  16. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County; Tiffany Baker - 5/5
  17. The Secret; Byrne - 1/5
  18. The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard; McGraw - 4/5
  19. Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing; Fogarty - 5/5
  20. Food Matters; Bittman - 4/5
  21. The Story of Forgetting; Block - 4.5/5
  22. The Spare Room; Garner - 4/5
  23. Wesley the Owl; O'Brien - 3.5/5
  24. Still Alice; Lisa Genova - 5/5
  25. The Ghost in Love; Jonathan Carroll - 3/5
  26. Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet; 4.5/5
  27. Little Bee; Chris Cleave - 5/5
  28. The Housekeeper and the Professor; Yoko Ogawa - 5/5
  29. The Help; Kathryn Stockett - 5/5
  30. Tallgrass; Dallas - 4.5/5
  31. The Mercy Papers; Romm - 3.5/5
  32. The Piano Teacher; Lee - 4/5
  33. The Emperor of Ocean Park; Carter - 4/5
  34. Finding Your Own North Star; Beck - 4/5
  35. The White Tiger; Adiga - 3/5
  36. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas; Boyne - 5/5
  37. In Hovering Flight; Hinnefeld - 4/5
  38. The Distance Between Us; Bart Yates - 4.5/5
  39. Dog On It; Quinn - 4/5 (review)
  40. The Cradle; Somerville - 3/5 (review)
  41. The Daily Coyote; Stockton (audio) - 4/5
  42. Almost Home; Pam Jenoff - 4/5 (review copy)
  43. The Simplest of Acts; Haney - 4/5 (review)
  44. All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome; Hoopmann - 5/5
  45. Happy for No Reason; Smirnoff - 4/5 (audio)
  46. Gringos in Paradise; Golson - 4/5
  47. The Visibles; Sara Shepard - 4/5 (review copy)
  48. Life Without Summer; Lynne Griffin - 5/5
  49. The Blue Notebook; James Levine - 5/5 (review)
  50. Who Do You Think You Are?; Alyse Myers - 4.5/5
  51. The Black Girl Next Door; Baszile - 4/5 (review)
  52. Burnt Shadows; Shamsie - 3.5/5 (review)
  53. Water, Stone, Heart; Will North - 4/5
  54. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie; Alan Bradley - 5/5 (review)
  55. The Chosen One; Lynch-Williams (audio/review) - 4.5/5
  56. Broken; Lisa Jones - 4/5 (review)
  57. Beach Chair Diaries; Janet Spurr - 4/5
  58. A Disobedient Girl; Ru Freeman - 3.5/5 (review)
  59. Perfection; Julie Metz - 4/5 (review)
  60. The House at Sugar Beach; Cooper - 4.5/5 (review)
  61. After Dark; Haruki Murakami - 4/5 (audio)
  62. Dry Ice; White - 4/5 (audio)
  63. Loving Frank; Horan - 4/5 (audio)
  64. Song of Renewal; Harvey - 4/5 (review)
  65. Life Sentences; Lippmann (audio)
  66. Harmless; Reinhardt - 4/5 (audio)
  67. The Idea of Love; Louise Dean - 3/5 (audio)
  68. The Day the Falls Stood Still; Cathy Buchanan - 4.5/5 (review)
  69. Daddy's Girl; Lisa Scottoline - 3.5/5 (audio)
  70. Heroic Measures; Jill Ciment - 4.5/5
  71. Sheer Abandon; Penny Vincenzi - 4/5
  72. Julie and Julia; Powell - 5/5
  73. Heroic Measure; Ciment - 4.5/5
  74. Homer's Odyssey; Cooper - 4.5/5 (review)
  75. After You; Buxbaum - 4/5 (review)
  76. Revolutionary Road; Yates - 4.5/5
  77. Bird in Hand; Kline - 3.5/5 (review)
  78. Homer & Langley; Doctorow - 3/5
  79. Saving Sammy: Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD; Maloney - 4/5 (review)
  80. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind; Kamkwamba and Mealy - 4.5/5 (review/nf)
  81. I Was Told There'd Be Cake; Crosley - 3/5 (audio)
  82. Yes, My Darling Daughter; Margaret Leroy - 4/5
  83. A Brutal Telling; Louise Penny - 4/5 (review)
  84. Mathilda Savitch; Lodato - 4/5 (review)
  85. Baking Cakes in Kigali; Parkin (review)
  86. Solace; Temes (review)
  87. A Duty to the Dead; Todd (review
  88. A Gift from the Sea; Lindbergh
  89. Zen and the Art of Happiness; Prentiss - 4/5
  90. Miss Smith and the Haunted Library; Garland
  91. Sworn to Silence; Castillo - 4/5 (audio)
  92. Haunted Island; Nadler - 3/5
  93. Cutting for Stone; Verghese - 5/5
  94. The Time of My Life; Swayze and Neimi - 5/5
  95. The Recipe Club; Israel and Garfinkle - 4/5 (review)
  96. The Christmas Cookie Club; Pearlman - 3/5 (review)
  97. The Haunting of Hill House; Jackson - 4/5
  98. Picking Bones from Ash; Marie Mockett - 4/5 (review)
  99. Physick Book of Deliverance Dane; Howe - 4/5 (review)
  100. Away; Amy Bloom - 4/5
  101. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much; Bartlett - 4.5/5 (review)
  102. The Christmas Dog; Carlson - 4.5/5
  103. Her Fearful Symmetry; Niffinegger - 4/5
  104. Malcolm X; Myers - 4/5
  105. Water's Lovely; Rendell - 4/5 (audio)
  106. Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas; O'Conner - 5/5
  107. Amen, Amen, Amen; Abby Sher - 4/5 (review)
  108. New World Monkeys; Nancy Mauro - 3/5 (review)
  109. Nubs; Dennis, Larson and Nethery - 5/5
  110. The Lovers; John Connolly - 4/5 (audio)
  111. Alice I Have Been; Melanie Benjamin - 4.5/5 (review)
  112. Monster of Florence; Preston and Spezi - 4/5 (Audio)
  113. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt; Hoffman - 5/5 (review)
  114. Mean Mothers; Streep - 4/5
  115. American Rebel: Life of Clint Eastwood; Marc Eliot - 4/5
  116. Frommer's Costa Rica - 2010 - 4.5/5

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't resist joining this one either. I love discovering new to me authors. :-) Good luck with the challenge!

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