Friday, February 5, 2010

A February Challenge and a new 2010 Challenge to go along with it!


Literary Escapism is hosting their annual New Authors Challenge (see more below) and to go along with it this month there will be a mini challenge featuring The League of Reluctant Adults.  I’ve followed their blog and read a few of them, but have been meaning to read more.  Looks like now is the perfect time!  Here is a list of all the members in the League:


Mario Acevedo Stacia Kane Kate Richardson
Michele Bardsley Caitlin Kittredge Michelle Rowen
Dakota Cassidy Kelly Meding Diana Rowland
Carolyn Crane Richelle Mead Jeanne Stein
Molly Harper Nicole Peeler Anton Strout
Mark Henry Cherie Priest Jaye Wells
Jackie Kessler Jennifer Rardin Rob Thurman

Here are the details for the challenge:

  1. You do not have to be a participant of the New Authors Challenge, but if you’re not, why not?
  2. The Challenge will run from February 1st through the 28th.   All reviews must have a February 2010 date.
  3. The goal is to read up to 5 different authors from the above list.  There are 20 different authors, so finding three shouldn’t be too hard.
  4. The idea is to try a new author (it is a New Author mini-challenge), however, if you’ve already read all 20 of them, you can still participant, but don’t re-read a novel.  Try something new.  Not only is this an excuse to try a certain group of authors, but it’s also a great chance to help promote them.

An AMAZING list of prizes are being offered up by the League members, so check it out!

I intend to at least read:

  1. Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry (February 27, 2010)
  2. Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler (February 28, 2010)
  3. Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells (February 28, 2010)



Literary Escapism is once again hosting the 2010 New Author Reading Challenge.

Here are the guidelines:

  1. Runs 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.
  5. Bloggers or Non-Bloggers alike are welcome.


I’m positive that I can read 15 new authors this year, so I will try for 25.

1. Boys That Bite by Mari Mancusi (January 6, 2010)
2. Firespell by Chloe Neill (January 10, 2010)
3. Soulless by Gail Carriger (January 15, 2010)
4. Night Rising by Chris Marie Green (January 16, 2010)
5. Storm Front by Jim Butcher (February 10, 2010)
6. Freaksville by Kitty Keswick(February 14, 2010)
7. Vintage Soul by David Niall Wilson (February 18, 2010)
8. Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry (February 27, 2010)
9. Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler (February 28, 2010)
10. Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells (February 28, 2010)
11.Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison (March 5, 2010)
12.Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce (March 29, 2010)

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