Friday, December 24, 2010

2011 Challenges: New Author Challenge

Literary Escapism is hosting the 2011 New Author Challenge.

I am aiming for 50 new authors.

1. The Mysterious Affair At Styles. A Hercule Poirot Mystery. Agatha Christie.
2. Whose Body? Dorothy L. Sayers.
3. Five Flavors of Dumb. Antony John
4. Backtracked. Pedro de Alcantara.
5. Everybody Kills Somebody Sometime. Robert J. Randisi.
6. Heart of a Samurai. Margi Preus.
7. The Rock & Roll Queen of Bedlam. A Wise-Cracking Tale of Secrets, Peril, and Murder! Marilee Brothers
8. A Study in Scarlet. Arthur Conan Doyle.
9. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden. Helen Grant.
10. Mrs. Mike: "The Heartwarming Classic Story of the Boston Girl Who Married A Rugged Canadian Mountie." by Benedict & Nancy Freedman
11. The Witch's Guide to Cooking With Children. Keith McGowan.
12. Divergent. Veronica Roth.
13. The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To. DC Pierson.
14. Across the Universe. Beth Revis. 2011. January 2011. Penguin. 416 pages.
15. Small Persons with Wings. Ellen Booraem.
16. Night of the Living Trekkies. Kevin David Anderson & Sam Stall.
17. The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas.
18. Passport Through Darkness: A True Story of Danger and Second Chances. Kimberly L. Smith.
19. Lady in the Mist. Laurie Alice Eakes.
20. Operation Bonnet. Kimberly Stuart.
21. Mary Poppins. P.L. Travers.
22. A Man Lay Dead. Ngaio Marsh.
23. Face Down in the Marrow-Bone Pie. Kathy Lynn Emerson.
24. Lovers' Vows. Elizabeth Inchbald.
25. Pinocchio. Carlo Collodi.
26. The Night Bookmobile. Audrey Niffenegger.
27. Nightlight: A Parody. The Harvard Lampoon.
28. Love Amid the Ashes. Mesu Andrews.
29. The Ropemaker. Peter Dickinson. 
30. The Pilgrimage: The Unforgettable SF Masterpiece of the Strangers Among Us: The First Book of The People. Zenna Henderson.
31. Wither. Laura DeStefano.
32. Matched. Ally Condie.
33. XVI. Julia Karr.
34. Sharp North. Patrick Cave.
35. A Brief History of Montmaray. Michelle Cooper.
36. The Door in the Wall. Marguerite de Angeli.
37. Jubilee. Margaret Walker.
38. What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist -- The Facts of Daily Life in 19th Century England. Daniel Pool.
39. Through Gates of Splendor. Elisabeth Elliot.
40. How To Study The Bible. R.A. Torrey.
41. East Wind: West Wind. Pearl S. Buck.
42. Black Orchids. A Nero Wolfe Mystery. Rex Stout.
43. The Virginian. Owen Wister.
44. The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus. Margaret Atwood.
45. Ruby Red. Kerstin Gier.
46. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards. Lilian Jackson Braun.
47. Legend by Marie Lu.
48. Crocodile on the Sandbank. Amelia Peabody Mystery #1. Elizabeth Peters.
49. True Grit. Charles Portis.
50. The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic. Jennifer Trafton.
51. The Boy at the End of the World. Greg van Eekhout.
52. Small Acts of Amazing Courage. Gloria Whelan.
53. Legend by Marie Lu.
54. Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance. Gyles Brandreth.
55. To Dream in the City of Sorrows. (Babylon 5: Book #9). Kathryn M. Drennan
56. Pompeii: City On Fire. T.L. Higley.
57. Saint Training. Elizabeth Fixmer.
58. How Huge the Night. Lydia Munn and Heather Munn
59. Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself. Joe Thorn.
60. China Cry. Nora Lam with Richard Schneider.
61. Mirror Ball. Matt Redman.
62. Am I Really A Christian? Mike McKinley.
63. Tombstones and Banana Trees: A True Story of Revolutionary Forgiveness. Medad Birungi with Craig Borlase.
64. The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi.
65. Heidi. Johanna Spyri.
66. Heidi Grows Up. Charles Tritten.
67. The Light Princess. George MacDonald.
68. Star-Crossed. Linda Collison. 2
69. Possession. Elana Johnson.
70. Cover Her Face. P.D. James.
71. City of Tranquil Light. Bo Caldwell.
72. The Trumpeter of Krakow. Eric P. Kelly.
73.  Swift Rivers. Cornelia Meigs.
74. The Twenty-One Balloons. William Pene du Bois.
75. Huge. Sasha Paley.
76. The Private World of Georgette Heyer. Jane Aiken Hodge.
77. The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared. Alice Ozma.
78. Let God Change Your Life: How To Know and Follow Jesus. Greg Laurie.
79. My Life Undecided. Jessica Brody.
80. Wrapped. Jennifer Bradbury.
81. Human.4 Mike A. Lancaster.
82. Mister Creecher. Chris Priestly.
83. This Dark Endeavour: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein. Kenneth Oppel.
84. Home to Harmony. Philip Gulley.
85. The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb. Melanie Benjamin.'
86. Wings of a Dream. Anne Mateer.
87. The Doctor's Lady. Jody Hedlund.
88. Deeply Devoted. Maggie Brendan.
89. The Merchant's Daughter. Melanie Dickerson.
90. The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
91. Eve. Anna Carey.
92. The Secret History of Tom Trueheart. Ian Beck.
93. Gideon The Catpurse. Linda Buckley-Archer.
94. The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir. Ken Harmon.
95. The Sunne in Splendour: "A fascinating portrait of the controversial King Richard III--a monarch betrayed in life by his allies and betrayed in death by history." by Sharon Kay Penman.
96. I'll Be There. Holly Goldberg Sloan.
97. Sparrow Road. Sheila O'Connor.
98. A Year Without Autumn. Liz Kessler.
99. Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow. James Rollins.
100. The Wikkeling. Steven Arntson.
101.  Who Stole My Church? Gordon MacDonald.
102. The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels. Ree Drummond.
103. Do I Know God? Finding Certainty in Life's Most Important Relationship. Tullian Tchividjian.

Here are the guidelines:
  1. The challenge will run from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011.
  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’m trying another 50 new authors.  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

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Jackie (Literary Escapism) 9:00 PM  

If this is your completed list, I don't think you'll make 50 by the end of the year. *grin*

Congrats on all the new authors!

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