New Author Challenge is a challenge that ‘forces’ us to read at least 15 new authors. ‘New’ here means new to us. I used to read only by authors I have known well because new authors are like gambling, I might get good book and might get terrible book. To save myself from trouble, I rather read those from the ones I’ve known. But, as I get older I know better, gambling is better than getting stuck with few authors for the rest of my life.
Last year, I stumbled upon this interesting challenge. I forced myself to finish this challenge because it’s really good to keep on trying new authors every year. I will definitely join this challenge again next year.
The New Authors Challenge 2011 sign up post has already been posted but it won’t start until next year. Just like last year, The challenge is kindly hosted by Literary Escapism. This post is my introduction/sign in post as well as my wrap-up post for New Authors in 2010. Last year, I have read 15 new-to-me authors. This year, I’m planning to do the same.
The rules are still same with last year
- The challenge will run from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bloggers or Non-Bloggers alike are welcome
This year, I have already had 8 new authors on my shelf, they are:
- Harper Lee – To Kill a Mocking Bird
- George Orwell – 1984
- John Le Carré – The Constant Gardener
- Kevin J Anderson – The X Files – Antibodies
- Wayne Shorey – The Little Yokozuna
- Victor Hugo – The Hunchback of Notre dame
- Jeff Long – Deeper
- Jeff Connolly – The Reaper
This list is going to be longer because I didn’t mention new-to-me Japanese authors that I will borrow from JF Library. Last year, I read 8 new-to-me authors from Japan. This year might be less because I’m planning to reduce my TBR as much as I can before borrowing or buying more books …well, borrowing will be a bit difficult to control 😉
A brief from last year’s new-to-me authors
I managed to read 15 new-to-me authors and I love some of them and looking forward to read more by those authors. Most of my new authors are Japanese authors because I borrowed them from Japan Foundation Library.
Taichi Yamada writes a book titled Strangers, it is about a man who met his dead parents’ ghost. Yasutaka Tsutsui writes his version of life after dead in his book titled Hell. Kenzo Kitakata tells us the story of a man who has left the dark side of the world just to get back to that world again in Cage. Trinity is an Indonesian backpacker who shares her experience through her book, The Naked Traveler. My first Shusaku Endo’s book is called Deep River where he tells us about journey taken by some Japanese in India.
Kakizaki Masasumi is a mangaka whose illustration is one of the best shares his version of Pandemic caused by a mutated virus that almost wiped out half Japan population. Takashi Atoda writes amazing short stories in The Square Persimmon. I finally managed to get my hand on Joe Hill ‘s book, he talks about the life of a old rocker who was chased by a ghost in Heart-Shaped Box. I love The X Files more than any TV series ever created in this life time, and it is fair for me to read the books based on the movie. Max Allan Collins has done a great job in novelizing The X Files – I Want To Believe. My first Ed McBain is a book titled Alice in Jeopardy where he tells us the story about a woman named Alice whose children were kidnapped by someone.
Because of Cillian Murphy’s recommendation, I finally read Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic book, The Road. Yoshiki Tonogai is my second new mangaka in 2010, he writes a great story about a game that took the life of people who had lied at least once in their life in Doubt. Soji Shimada writes an amazing story about two detectives trying to solve a case of bizarre serial murders that happened 30 years ago in The Tokyo Zodiac Murders. I searched for John Saul’s book because some one told me that his books are as horror as Stephen King, I read The Manhattan Hunt Club which is last thrilling than I expected. My last new author in 2010 is Lensey Namioka, she tells us the story of 2 ronin who tried to save a castle from the wrong people in White Serpent Castle.
Those are the new authors I read this year…it was a great fun reading their books. Out of all those 15 books by 15 different authors, my favorites are The Square Persimmon by Takeshia Atoda and The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada. Book from both of those authors had successfully made me want to read more books by them.
So…how many new authors did you read this year? And who is your favorite? And how many will you read in 2011?
4 Comments Add yours
I didn’t participate in the challenge but I can safely say that with one exception all the books I have read were from new authors as I am rather obsessed with trying new ones. I am really interested in the Atoda one you mention. I bought Endo’s The Sea and Poison last week and then I got Out, that would be two Japanese authors to discover next year. I think my favourite discovery of this year is the Irish author I just reviewed and Elizabeth Taylor (not the actress) and what I am reading just now, an Italian author, Niccolò Ammaniti. It reminds me of my childhood and the games we played outside in the summer… My mother was Italian.
This Challenge has no present or whatsoever, my ontention of joining is simply because I need to challenge my self. Unlike you, I used to read in my safe zone. New Authors were a rarety for me, thank God it has changed now 🙂
I want to try world wide authors too, but I wonder how easy can they be found here.
Is the book you’re reading now in Italian?
I hope you’ll enjoy Out and The Sea and Poison. I haven’t read The Sea and Poison yet. I have another Endo in TBR list, it’s his short story collection.
Yes, Ammaniti is in Italian but he has been translated, “I am not scared”. It is also a movie. I will review it soon. Only 30 pages left.
Will definitely read your review when you’ve posted it 🙂