Welcome back to the New Authors reading challenge! I’m hoping everyone is still enjoying this reading challenge as we head into our sixth year.
For those new to the New Author Challenge, the whole idea started when I first started reviewing and I didn’t know that many authors in my 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 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, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Challenge pages. With over 1000 reviews posted, I’m sure there will be something there for everyone.
Here are the guidelines:
- The challenge will run from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.
- 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.
- 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. 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. 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. Afterall, there’s no reason to stop trying new authors, right?
Twitter: If you tweet your review, make sure to include the hashtag #NewAuthorsRC2014!
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Linked my reviews for Pivot Point by Kasie West and Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. I read more, but the reviews aren’t up yet so I will put those in the link soon.
Just linked up my second review — so sorry I accidentally put it in the participant linky first & can’t remove it (#91) :(
I was having a hard time with the links and messed up…if you can delete #46 and 48? Thanks
Just linked my first and second review. My new authors were Ernest Cline (Ready Player One) and Nick James (Skyship Academy Series)
I just linked up my February new Authors Jenni James and Haruki Murakami. I still have a few for January where the reviews haven’t been posted.
Here’s my wrap up post!! Thanks for hosting!
challenge completed: 54 new authors (reviews in my blog)
Jackie, I’m finished 60 novels by new discoveries! There will be many more but here’s my announcement that I passed your topmost quota! I have numerous reviews to complete, so 42 are linked to date. Carolyn, challenge hostess at RIEDEL Fascination. http://cmriedel.wordpress.com/all-challenge-updates/
Here is my wrap-up post for 2014:
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Here’s my wrap up for 2014. I was able to read 30 new authors this year and some of them became my favorite. I will be joining again in 2015. Thanks for hosting and Happy New Year!
Here’s my wrap up for 2014. I was able to read 30 new authors this year and some of them became my favorite. I will be joining again in 2015. Thanks for hosting and Happy New Year
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Hi Jackie, Happy New Year!
I was just wondering if you’re planning on hosting the challenge again in 2015? It’s one I’ve enjoyed taking part in for years now so I hope you will continue it :)
Yes, I am hosting it again, you can find the page here: http://www.literaryescapism.com/new-author-challenge/new-author-challenge-2015
Linked my review of Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls! I loved it!
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