Wednesday 28 October 2009

Awesome Author Challenge 2010

Here I am rushing to finish all my challenges for this year and now I am already looking to join one for 2010. In my defence, this challenge includes books and authors I really wanted to read this year and just didn't get around to.

This challenge is run by Alyce by At Home With Books. If you click on the picture, it will take you directly to the post where you can join the challenge.

Here is the information regarding the challenge straight from Alyce's site.

The idea behind this challenge is to read works by authors who have been recommended to you time and again, yet somehow you haven't managed to read any books by those authors. These are the authors that everyone else tells you are awesome, thus the "Awesome Author Challenge" title.

The Rules:
The challenge starts January 1, 2010 and ends December 31, 2010.
Crossover from other challenges is allowed.
Choose the level at which you would like to participate, post about it and come back and leave a link to your post in Mister Linky.
Titles and authors do not have to be predetermined, and can change at any time.
Books can come from any genre or reading level, the only requirement is that you have heard great things about the author, but haven't yet read any of their works.

The Levels:
Easy: Choose three authors and read at least one title from each author.

Moderate: Choose six authors and read at least one title from each author.

Challenging: Choose ten authors and read at least one title from each author.

Over-Achieving: Anything over ten authors.

I am going for the moderate level and hope to read a book from each of the following six authors.

David Almond

A.S. Byatt

Charles De Lint

Agatha Christie

Jane Austen

Shirley Jackson

If you want to join in, then there is plenty of time as it doesn't start till January.


  1. What a great list! Good luck and have fun!

  2. I'm thinking about joining t his one, too. I have so many authors I could include, but I want to keep it stress from and go at that moderate level.

  3. I am so going to have to join this one too. I'm thinking so far Sarah Waters, AS Byatt, Michelle Moran, and CW Gortner. There's going to be more I know it. I like the Charles de Lint. I'm going to have to add that one as well.

  4. Yet to take part in any challenge, I'm seriously thinking about participating in this one, just for the experience and to be able to say yes, I've done a challenge

  5. I've read and loved all but Almond!! In case you're trying to decide on specific books, I'd recommend The Little Country for Charles de Lint, We Have Always Lived in the Castle for Shirley Jackson, The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye for AS Byatt (unless you like chunksters, in which case go for Possession), Murder on the Nile or a A Murder is Announced for Agatha Christie, and Persuasion or Pride & Prejudice for Jane Austen. :)

  6. Yay! I'm so glad you're joining the challenge!

    The only author on your list that I've read books by is Jane Austen. I had completely forgotten about A.S. Byatt's works - I have heard great things about her book, Possession.

  7. Okay now this one sounds fun - I might try the easy level. And if you read Jane Austen, plleeeeease make it Pride & Prejudice. ::sigh:: I puffy heart that book.

  8. Bermudaonion - thanks

    Amanda - I want to try more challenges but with less books. So I thought it best not to over commit myself.

    Amanda- I have heard to much about Charles De Lint and I am now desperate to read it. I hope to get to Sarah Waters before the end of the year, so I didn't add her to my list.

    Petty - you should definitely have a go. These challenges are fun and you get to meet so many people.

    Eva - thank you for the fabulous suggestions. I shall definitely write them down.

    Alyce - I am really looking forward to it. I feel bad that I haven't read any of Jane Austen's books.

    Jen - you are on. I will read Pride and Prejudice first.

  9. To join or not to join challenges in 2010? That is the question :P

    I love your list, Vivienne! Enjoy :)

  10. I saw this one, right after I resolved to cut WAY back on challenges next year because like you said, I am rushing to finish all of mine this year. I may try the easy level on this one though--we will see!
    I don't know why, but I find it hilarious that you, living in England have never read an Austen book! Not even when you were in school??

  11. sounds like a fun challenge!
    glad to see Jane Austen up there :O)

  12. This is a great challenge Vivienne. I think I might join! I haven't done a challenge yet so this would be my first.I like your list of authors and I'm thinking that Almond, DeLint and Jackson might end up on my list.

    I'll let you know if I decide to do it!

  13. Nymeth - how I have ummed and aahhed over this decision.

    Kim - I think it is absolutely dreadful that I have never read a Jane Austen. I should be ashamed of myself.LOL.

    Naida- Jane Austen is all because of your great reviews and love of Austen.

    Amy - you should go for it. At least you don't have to make a decision regarding which books to read.

    Alice - thanks.


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