Friday, October 23, 2009

New Author Challenge 2009...Completed!

This year I joined the New Author Challenge that was hosted by Literary Escapism.  This was the first reading challenge that I joined after becoming a book blogger and I signed up to read 25 books by new authors.  Here is a list of the new authors that I read this year, and if you click on the title you should be able to read my review, unless it is one of the more recent books that I haven't posted a review for yet.

1. Eva Etzioni-Halevy-The Triumph of Deborah--Completed 2/7/2009
2. John Boyne-The Boy in the Striped Pajamas--Completed 2/10/2009
3. Sandra Dallas-Tallgrass--Completed 2/28/2009
4. Mark Grisham and David Donaldson-Bedlam South--Completed 3/10/2009
5. Natasha Mostert-Keeper of Light and Dust--Completed 4/20/2009
6. Ken Follett-Code to Zero--Completed 4/22/2009
7. Anita Diamant-The Red Tent--Completed 5/1/2009
8. C.W. Gortner-The Last Queen--Completed 5/10/2009
9. Tatiana de Rosnay-Sarah's Key--Completed 5/17/2009
10. Kaye Gibbons-Charms for the Easy Life--Completed 5/26/2009
11. Leif Enger-So Brave, Young, and Handsome--Completed 6/8/2009
12.David H. Jones-Two Brothers-One North, One South--Completed 6/16/2009
13.Nadine Dajani-Cutting Loose--Completed 6/25/2009
14.Carolyn Parkhurst-Lost and Found--Completed 7/8/2009
15.Cathy Holton-Beach Trip--Completed 7/10/2009
16.Stephenie Meyer-Twilight--Completed 7/20/2009
17.L. Diane Wolfe-The Circle of Friends III:James--Completed 8/2/2009
18.Teri Coyne-The Last Bridge--Completed 8/17/2009
19.Cathy Marie Buchanan-The Day the Falls Stood Still--Completed 8/30/2009
20.J.W. Nicklaus-The Light, The Dark and Ember Between--Completed 9/12/2009
21.Ted Dekker-BoneMan's Daughters--Completed 9/15/2009
22.Shobhan Bantwal-The Sari Shop Widow--Completed 9/21/2009
23.Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin-Three Cups of Tea--Completed 10/3/2009
24.Jill Smolinski-The Next Thing on My List--Completed 10/4/2009
25.Jess Walter-The Financial Lives of the Poets--Completed 10/7/2009

Here are the books that were my absolute favorites from this list, so they received my highest rating of 5/5.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Last Queen
Lost and Found-Audiobook
Beach Trip
The Day the Falls Stood Still
The Light, The Dark and Ember Between
Three Cups of Tea

So how about you?  Did you find some new authors this year?  Now that I've completed this challenge for 2009 I guess I can go ahead and sign up for next year!


Lezlie said...

Well done, Jo-Jo!


Kerri said...

Congratulations on finishing!

bermudaonion said...

I'm in awe of anyone who finishes a challenge, since I haven't managed to do it yet.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Congrats Jo Jo. I completed this one too, but am adding to the list still, so I can see how many new authors I've read in all of 2009.

Margot said...

Congratulations on completing your challenge. Good for you. That's a lot of new authors and many hours of fun.

Bookfool said...

Wow, great list! Yes, I've read new authors. I'm not very faithful, so most of the authors I read are new to me, although I've read several by Georgette Heyer and I'm on my second book by Greg Garrett. Congratulations!

Unknown said...

I did find new authors but sadly I didn't join the challenge (I hope I'll be smarter about picking the challenges next year). Great list of books and authors though.

Anna said...

Awesome! Congrats on finishing!

Diary of an Eccentric

Alyce said...

Congrats on finishing the challenge!

Anonymous said...

That's a lotta book. I've been meaning to read Ted Dekker's The BoneMan's Daughters. I like Black and The House (with Frank Perreti).

Stephen Tremp

Veens said...

God wow!!!
Three Cups of Tea has been in my wishlist for God alone knows how long!

Good work Jo Jo!

Unknown said...

Great job! You read some wonderful books! I am grateful that you listed your favorites. I hope it's okay with you if I refer to your list occasionally for a title?!

Congratulations Jo-Jo!
~ Amy