26 June 2009

New Authors Challenge: Wrap Up

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.

Completed New Authors List

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?


Lezlie 6/26/09, 9:32 AM  

Nice job! I have to admit this one isn't too tough for me either, as I have no problems picking up books by authors I'm unfamiliar with.


Julie P. 6/26/09, 10:43 AM  

Good job! You are a queen of challenges!

Literary Feline 6/26/09, 11:13 AM  

Congratulations on completing the challenge! You've reminded me that I need to update my challenge lists and see where I am with mine.

Kristen 6/26/09, 12:06 PM  

I pick things up regardless of the author although I definitely have authors whose new works I rush out to get.

serendipity_viv 6/26/09, 1:30 PM  

well done on your challenge completed. I keep hearing about Laura Halse Anderson and didn't realise she wrote Wintergirls too. I have Speak down as one of my Friday finds.

Lenore Appelhans 6/26/09, 3:02 PM  

In fact, 57 of the 67 books I read this year are by authors new to me (most of them even debut authors).

Dorte H 6/26/09, 5:33 PM  

25 new authors! I am impressed.

Still, after I have begun blogging, I read more new authors than before, because I stumple on so many intriguing reviews on my daily rounds.

Today I finished a very fine thriller by Scottish author Kate Atkinson. I had seen so many promising reviews of one of her books, and then I came across an older book by her which was for sale at my local library.

Jenners 6/26/09, 8:02 PM  

I think I have done this challenge without planning to! I've been reading so many "new to me" authors! What an eclectic mix you have. And, again, your reading speed and challenge completion amaze me! : )

Anonymous,  6/26/09, 10:03 PM  

great job on completing the challenge--i'm still chipping away at my own summer reading challenge.

as for new authors, i just posted about something similar today. i reviewed a book by an author i'd never heard of. the book was wonderful but the author, despite winning several awards, is virtually unknown.

Bernadette 6/27/09, 2:44 AM  

Like you Beth this wouldn't have been a particularly difficult challenge for me - I love finding new authors. Especially as some of my old favourites have been really disappointing of late - it's great to know there are plenty of new things for me to read.

Kailana 6/27/09, 5:59 AM  

Congrats on finishing! That is quite the assortment of genres and formats. Glad you enjoyed a lot of them. :)

Robin M 6/27/09, 1:27 PM  

Great job. I love discovering new authors as well. I'll be checking out some of the books you read and most likely adding them to my wish list.

Melody 6/28/09, 9:52 PM  

Congrats on completing the challenge, Beth! You'd read a few good ones there!

The Reading Momster 7/3/09, 2:13 AM  

wow Girl! Way to go! I might have not read 25 books this year.. HAHA !!

Elizabeth 7/4/09, 3:02 PM  

I'm ALMOST done with this one - it wasn't too hard for me, either.

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