I have officially finished Jackie's 2009 New Author Challenge. To learn more about the challenge and to see what authors everyone else is reading visit the challenge page.
The challenge asked us to pick how many new authors we wanted to commit to reading. I picked 25. Because I love discovering new authors, you'll be see plenty of variety here on Beth Fish Reads.
Here are the new authors I read (in chronological order) as part of the New Author Challenge. Click on the link to read my review. My rating is in parentheses.
The Demon of River Heights by Stefan Petrucha (B-)
The House of Blue Mangoes by David Davidar (C+)
Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith (B+)
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly (B+)
Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Peterson (C)
The Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer (B+)
Zig-Zagging by Tom Wilson (B-)
The Beans of Egypt, Maine by Carolyn Chute (B-)
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (A+)
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (A)
Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter by Blaize Clement (B-)
The Killing Tree by Rachel Keener (A-)
Zamora's Ultimate Challenge by M. K. Scott (B+)
A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow (B-)
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (C+)
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen (A-)
Wintergirls by Laura Halse Anderson (A)
This One Is Mine by Maria Semple (B)
No Angel by Penny Vincenzi (B+)
Starfinder by John Marco (B)
In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White (B+)
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea (B)
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt (A)
Home Game by Michael Lewis (B+)
The Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein (B+)
This list really shows off my eclectic reading tastes: graphic novels, memoirs, young adult, middle reader, historical fiction, fantasy, mystery, chick lit, literary fiction!
My favorites at the moment are Keener, Marr, and Anderson. I definitely plan to read more of their works. But there are so many other great authors on my list, and I'll be reading more of their books too.
I have to admit that this wasn't much of a challenge because I really love discovering new authors. How about you? Do you tend to stick to tried and true? Read everything by a handful of authors? Seek out new authors? Or just pick up what looks interesting regardless of author?