December 15, 2009

New and Indi Authors Challenges

These two challenges are all about the authors, so I thought it fitting to put them in a post together. The first one is New Authors, which I loved doing in 2009. The second one is new to me, the Indi Authors Challenge. I am really excited about both this year!

New Authors Challenge is being hosted again by Literary Escapism.

Here are the guidelines:
  1. The challenge will run from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010.
  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.
Once you reach your goal, you don’t have to stop. Any new author you try, go ahead and head back here and add it to the list. Introduce us all to whoever you find. Afterall, there’s no reason to stop trying new authors, right?

I am going to strive to do 25 new authors this year.

1. Bazell, Josh Beat the Reaper (January)
2. Moran, Michelle The Heretic Queen (March)
3. Napoli, Donna Jo Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale (March)
4. Weisman, Carl Serious Doubts (April)
5. Weiner, Jennifer Best Friends Forever (April)
6. Davis, Tom Scared (April)
7. Dale, Lisa It Happened One Night (May)
8. Cutler, Jessica The Washingtonienne (May)
9. de la Cruz, Melissa Blue Bloods (May)
10. Bartlett, C. Ellene Letters to Rosy (May)
11. Boyne, John The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Read in April, reviewed in May)
12. Bucher, Charlotte Cecil Learns to Smile (May)
13. Callender, Kristen The Truth Lies in the Dark (Read in May, reviewed in June)
14. Green, John Looking for Alaska (Read in May, reviewed in June)
15. Byatt, A.S. Possession (July)
16. Stepakoff, Jeffrey Fireworks Over Toccoa (July)
17. Satrapi, Marjane Persepolis (August)
18. Scott, Kieran She's So Dead to Us (August)
19. Williams, Carol Lynch The Chosen One (August/September)
20. Westerfeld, Scott Uglies (September)
21. Erickson, Carolly The Secret Life of Josephine (December)

The Indi Authors Challenge is being hosted by Erotic Horizon.

The Details:

During 2009 I found myself reading a whole lot more INDI (independent) authors across varied genre – and I was loving it. Not only for the quality of work that has been produced, but mostly by how creative some of these authors have been with their plot.

With that and a lot more reasons in mind, I have decided to host a reading challenge dedicated to highlighting the work of self published authors.

Rules: To read TWELVE (12) Self Published Authors in 2010


  • You don't have to select your books/authors ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront then you can change them, nothing is set in stone!
  • The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.
  • If you decide to participate in this challenge please use the links I have set up below with the buttons to post on your sidebar, this way others can find their way back to this post and join in the fun.
  • If you decide to join this challenge be sure to create a post telling others, please make sure you add a link back to this post so others can join in.
  • If you decide to join and don’t have a blog and would like to join – Please leave details in comment.
  • You can join anytime between now and the later part of next year.
  • Another post will be created at the beginning of the year for completed reviews to be posted.
1. A Painter's Life by K.B. Dixon
2. Recovering My Voice: A Memoir of Chaos, Spirituality, and Hope by Aruni Nan Futuronsky
3. Letters to Rosy by C. Ellene Bartlett
4. Cecil Learns to Smile by Charlotte Bucher


  1. Good luck on both of these challenges.

  2. you are a challenge junkie!! LOL!! Good Luck Sweetie!

  3. Hey rebecca...

    Welcome aboard - I look forward to exploring Self Published authors and New Authors with you in 2010..

    Have a great week...



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