Sunday, January 18, 2009

Reading Challenges 2009

I have decided to participate in two reading challenges this year that I think I can accomplish. I will be able to overlap books between the challenges, so it won't be as many books as it might seem. I will continue to update the lists on this page as I finish each book. If I have written a review of the book I will link to that, also.
The New Authors Challenge is to read books by authors that are new to you, the reader. They can be of any genre of novel and can also include YA books. Participants can set their own goal for number of new authors read, and can join in any time from January1-December 31. I planned to participate back in December, but I wanted to wait until I had at least one book review posted. I am setting my goal at 25 new authors this year.
New (to me) Authors Read in 2009
Challenge completed May 10, 2009!!

  1. Gwendolyn Zepeda - Houston, We Have a Problema
  2. Michael Shilling - Rock Bottom
  3. Meg Waite Clayton - The Wednesday Sisters
  4. Mary Pat Kelly - Galway Bay
  5. Tiffany Baker - The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
  6. Josh Bazill - Beat the Reaper
  7. J. C. Conklin - The Dallas Woman's Guide to Gold Digging with Pride
  8. Debra Finerman - Mademoiselle Victorine
  9. Tim Green - Above the Law
  10. Elizabth Kelly - Apologize, Apologize!
  11. Josefina Lopez - Hungry Woman in Paris
  12. Linda Kelsey - Fifty is Not a Four-Letter Word
  13. Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt - Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
  14. Louise Shaffer - Family Acts
  15. Will Adams - The Alexander Cipher
  16. Alberto Ferreras - B as in Beauty
  17. Annie Sanders - Busy Woman Seeks Wife
  18. Sarah Dunn - Secrets to Happiness
  19. Patrick Somerville - The Cradle
  20. Ted Dekker - Boneman's Daughters
  21. Jean Hanff Korelitz - Admission
  22. Lauren Lipton - Mating Rituals of the North American WASP
  23. MaryAnn Shaffer - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  24. Douglas Preston & Lincoln Childs - Cemetery Dance
  25. Kate Morton - The House at Riverton
  26. -Luis Alberto Urrea - Into the Beautiful North
  27. George Pelecanos - The Way Home
  28. Richard Lange - This Wicked World
  29. Kathleen Keene - The Heretic's Daughter
  30. Mary Ann Hoberman - Strawberry Hill
  31. Denise Vega - Access Denied
  32. Lucinda Rosenfeld - I'm So Happy for You
  33. Mariah Stewart - Wonderful You
  34. Margaret Campbell Barnes - King's Fool
  35. Dan Begley - Ms. Taken Identity
  36. Connie Briscoe - Sisters & Husbands
  37. Tess Callahan - April & Oliver
  38. James Scott Bell - Try Fear
  39. Donald E. Westlake - Get Real
  40. Lucinda Rosenfeld - I'm So Happy for You
  41. Jacqueline Carey - Naamah's Kiss
  42. Whitney Gaskell - Mommy Tracked
  43. Kathryn Stockett - The Help
  44. Robert Hicks - A Separate Country
  45. Julia Amante - Evenings at the Argentine Club
  46. Jane Porter - Easy on the Eyes
  47. Zoey Dean - Hollywood is Like High School With Money
  48. Anne Rivers Siddons - Off Season
  49. Laurie Sandell - The Imposter's Daughter
  50. Patricia Hebert - Forever Yours
  51. Brandy Purdy - The Boleyn Wife
  52. A. Goldberg & R. Khalighi Hopper - Celebutantes
  53. Jane Mansell - Perfect Timing
  54. Barbara Bretton - Laced with Magic
  55. Jane Berentson - Miss Harper Can Do It
  56. Ciji Ware - Island of the Swans
  57. Georgette Heyer - Devil's Cub
  58. Ian Rankin - Doors Open
  59. Elizabeth Kostova - The Swan Thieves
  60. David Hosp - Among Thieves
  61. M.C. Beaton - Death of a Valentine
  62. Leila Meacham - Roses
  63. Anna Godberson - The Luxe
  64. Lessons in French by Laura Kinsale
  65. The Wives of Henry Oades by Johanna Moran
  66. The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick
  67. Falling Out of Fashion by Karen Yampolsky
My second challenge probably won't be much of a challenge for me, but I wanted to put it out there for others to hear about. The Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge is being organized by J Kaye's Book Blog. This will save many people money, as well as get you reading! Simply challenge yourself to use the library for your reading material: novels, self-help books, audio-books, whatever topics and formats you like for your literature, as long as the material is checked out of your local library. Pick a number: 12, 25, or 50 and make that your goal for books you will get from the library this year. I get 98% of my books from the library, but in the last month I've been receiving pre-publication books from publishers, so that has cut down on my library check-outs. Last year I checked out 78 books from my library and I think I finished about 60 of them. I think I will go with 25 for this challenge, also.

Library Books Read in 2009
Challenge Completed September 2009

  1. Tribute by Nora Roberts
  2. The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton
  3. Blue Smoke & Murder by Elizabeth Lowell
  4. The Dallas Woman's Guide to Gold Digging with Pride by J. C. Conklin
  5. Mademoiselle Victorine by Debra Finerman
  6. The Poyson Garden by Karen Harper
  7. Family Acts by Louise Shaffer
  8. The Last Coyote by Michael Connolly
  9. Sister's Choice by Emilie Richards
  10. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by MaryAnn Shaffe
  11. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
  12. The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Keene
  13. King's Fool by Margaret Campbell Barnes
  14. The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig
  15. Mommy Tracked by Whitney Gaskell
  16. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  17. The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig
  18. Dune Road by Jane Green
  19. The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higgenbotham
  20. The Reluctant Queen by Jean Plaidy
  21. The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King
  22. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith
  23. Outside In by Courtney Thorne-Smith
  24. Odd Mom Out by Jane Porter
  25. Celebutantes - A. Goldberg & R. Khalighi Hopper
  26. Just Breathe - Susan Wiggs
  27. The Inn at Eagle Point - Sherryl Woods
  28. The Luxe by Anna Godberson
  29. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  30. Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs 
  31. Falling Out of Fashion by Karen Yampolsky
  32. Rumors by Anna Godberson
  33. The Ruby Ring by Diane Haeger
  34. The Fixer-Upper by Mary Kay Andrews
  35. The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis
  36. Envy by Anna Godberson
  37. Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett
2009 Book List Overall
  1. Void Moon by Michael Connelly
  2. Rock Bottom by Michael Shilling
  3. Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly
  4. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
  5. Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazill
  6. Tribute by Nora Roberts
  7. The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton
  8. Blue Smoke & Murder by Elizabeth Lowell
  9. The Dallas Woman's Guide to Gold Digging with Pride by J. C. Conklin
  10. Mademoiselle Victorine by Debra Finerman
  11. Above the Law by Tim Green
  12. Apologize, Apologize! by Elizabeth Kelly
  13. The Poyson Garden by Karen Harper
  14. Hungry Woman in Paris by Josefina Lopez
  15. Family Acts by Louise Shaffer
  16. Breaking Up is Hard to Do by Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt
  17. Fifty is Not a Four-Letter Word by Linda Kelsey
  18. The Alexander Cipher by Will Adams
  19. Busy Woman Seeks Wife by Annie Sanders
  20. B is for Beauty by Alberto Ferreras
  21. The Last Coyote by Michael Connolly
  22. Secrets to Happiness by Sarah Dunn
  23. The Cradle by Patrick Somerville
  24. Boneman's Daughters by Ted Dekker
  25. Sister's Choice by Emilie Richards
  26. Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
  27. Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Lauren Lipton
  28. The Scarecrow by Michael Connolly
  29. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by MaryAnn Shaffer
  30. Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Childs
  31. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
  32. Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
  33. The Way Home by George Pelecanos
  34. The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Keene
  35. King's Fool by Margaret Campbell Barnes
  36. Strawberry Hill by Mary Ann Hoberman
  37. Access Denied by Denise Vega
  38. The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauen Willig
  39. I'm So Happy for You by Lucinda Rosenfeld
  40. Ms. Taken Identity by Dan Begley
  41. Sisters & Husbands by Connie Briscoe
  42. April & Oliver by Tess Callahan
  43. Try Fear by James Scott Bell
  44. Get Real by Donald E. Westlake
  45. The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand
  46. Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Carey
  47. Mommy Tracked by Whitney Gaskell
  48. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  49. The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig
  50. Dune Road by Jane Green
  51. A Separate Country by Robert Hicks
  52. Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
  53. Evenings at the Argentine Club by Julia Amante
  54. The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higgenbotham
  55. The Reluctant Queen by Jean Plaidy
  56. The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King
  57. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith
  58. Outside In by Courtney Thorne-Smith
  59. Odd Mom Out by Jane Porter
  60. Off Season by Anne Rivers Siddon
  61. Angels All Over Town by Luanne Rice
  62. Breakwater by Carla Neggers
  63. The Imposter's Daughter by Laurie Sandell
  64. Celebutantes - A. Goldberg & R. Khalighi Hopper
  65. Just Breathe - Susan Wiggs
  66. The Inn at Eagle Point - Sherryl Woods
  67. The Boleyn Wife - Brandy Purdy
  68. Jane Mansell - Perfect Timing
  69. Barbara Bretton - Laced with Magic
  70. Jane Berentson - Miss Harper Can Do It
  71. Ciji Ware - Island of the Swans
  72. Georgette Heyer - Devil's Cub
  73. Ian Rankin - Doors Open
  74. Michael Connolly - Nine Dragons
  75. Elizabeth Kostova - The Swan Thieves
  76. David Hosp - Among Thieves
  77. M.C. Beaton - Death of a Valentine
  78. Leila Meacham - Rose
  79. Janet Evanovich - Finger Lickin' Fifteen
  80. The Luxe by Anna Godberson
  81. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  82. Lessons in French by Laura Kinsale
  83. The Wives of Henry Oades by Johanna Moran
  84. Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs
  85. Lone Star Legend by Gwendolyn Zepeda
  86. The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick
  87. Falling Out of Fashion by Karen Yampolsky
  88. Rumors by Anna Godberson
  89. The Ruby Ring by Diane Haeger
  90. The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis
  91. The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews
  92. Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett
  93. Envy by Anna Godberson

5 comments:

Ma'dame French said...

Best of luck with your new goal! I don't think I could read that many! I try but life and bloggin get in the way (lol) Hugs French;) xoxo

Louisa said...

what great challenges! i might have to think about joining in too :) thanks for visiting my blog today!

Neabear said...

I am always working on the boxes of books I have in my house. I have not visited a library in a long time, because I still have so many at home I have not read. But if I decided to read an author I don't have here, then I will go to the library.

J. Kaye said...

Wanted to stop in and welcome you to the Support Your Library Challenge. If you haven't already, feel free to join us at the Yahoo Groups where others are participating in this challenge as well as others.

Also, the links to post your reviews are up in the right sidebar at J. Kaye’s Book Blog.

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