The 9th Annual New Authors Reading Challenge!

Welcome back to the New Authors reading challenge! I’m hoping everyone is still enjoying this reading challenge as we head into our eighth year.

For those new to the New Authors Challenge, the whole idea started when I first started reviewing and I didn’t know that many authors in my new favored genre. So I went looking. I gave myself a goal of finding 50 new authors and ended up reading 56 that first year. I loved finding these new characters, worlds and cultures, so I want to help others find new ones as well. Since 2006, I’ve tried over 150 different authors I may not have tried otherwise (and that’s when I lost count, I’m sure there’s more) and I have found some really great authors.

The idea behind this is to find new authors that you’ve never tried before, not necessarily ones that are debuting. They can be in your genre of choice or be brave and try something new. You never know what you’re going to like until you try it. If you’re looking for some suggestions, you can check out the Author page here at Literary Escapism or the 2009, 20102011, 20122013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Challenge pages pages. With over 1000 reviews posted, I’m sure there will be something there for everyone.

For those who have joined us before, last year I made a couple changes – using google forms instead of Mr. Linky and there’s no more goal levels. Everyone reads at different speeds, and opportunities change.  Why stress over numbers? The important thing is simply to try a new (to you) author. So, you tell me how many new authors you want to discover. If you only want to read one new author in 2017, fine…go for it. If you want to read 100 new authors in 2017…now that would be pretty fantastic!

Getting back to what’s going on now…it’s the New Authors Reading Challenge 2017 guidelines:

  1. nac-2017-300pxThe challenge will run from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.
  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 short stories/novellas or anthologies.
  3. I want this to be an easy challenge, so you tell me how many new authors you want to discover. If it’s 1 or 100, go for it. It all depends on how fast you read and how adventurous you want to be.
  4. After reading your new author, write your review and then come back here and add your link to the form.
  5. Bloggers or Non-Bloggers alike are welcome. You don’t have to have a site to participate. You can link up via Facebook, GoodReads or even Amazon if you’d like.

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. After all, there’s no reason to stop trying new authors, right?

Twitter: If you tweet your review, make sure to include the hashtag #NewAuthors17!

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So what do you think? Are you game to try a few new (to you) authors? If so, join the challenge by clicking here or filling out the form below.

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I am a 30-something SAHM with two adorable boys and a supportive husband who is very tolerant of my reading addiction. I love to read and easily go through about a dozen books a month – well I did before I had kids. Now, not so much. After my first son was born, I began to take my hobby of reviewing a little more serious and started Literary Escapism to help with my sanity. I love to discuss the fabulous novels I’ve read and meeting all the wonderful people in the book blogging community has been amazing.


  1. Thirty it is! Not a question of finding the authors (they’re on my bookshelf, bought but unread)…it’s a time thing. Moms-we get it. Honestly, how many pages can you go through before someone’s wearing their food, or worse?

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