Friday, January 01, 2016

So What If I Haven't Actually Completed a Reading Challenge In Years? I'm In!

Even though it's been many moons since I actually completed a reading challenge, I still get excited about joining them.  There are two that caught my eye this year:


Hosted by BookloverBookReviews.com, the Aussie Author Challenge celebrates writers from The Land Down Under.  I've recently discovered several fabulous Aussie authors, so I thought this would be a fun way to find more.  I'm going for the Wallaroo level, which requires that I read 6 books by Australian writers—at least two must be female, at least two must be male, at least two must be new-to-me authors, and the books must be in at least two different genres.  Okey dokey!

1.  The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty (women's fiction)
2.  The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (historical fiction)
3.  The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (contemporary romance)
4.  The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay (historical fiction)
5.  I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (mystery/thriller)
6.  Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (fantasy)


The 2016 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge is hosted by Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book.  It's probably self-explanatory—you read 26 books, each title of which starts with a different letter of the alphabet (you can drop A and The to make it easier).  Here's what I plan to read:

A - After You by Jojo Moyes
B - Banished by Kimberley Griffiths Little
C - Christy by Catherine Marshall
D - Discovery of Witches, A by Deborah Harkness
E - Everfound by Neal Shusterman
F - Fairest by Marissa Meyer
G - Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
H - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
I - I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
J - Japanese Lover, The by Isabel Allende
K - Kept, The by James Scott
L - Last Anniversary, The by Liane Moriarty
M - Murder Complex, The by Lindsay Cummings
N - Narrow Road to the Deep North, The by Richard Flanagan
O - Oregon Trail, The by Rinker Buck
P - Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Q - Quiet Game, The by Greg Iles
R - Rosie Effect, The by Graeme Simsion
S - Ship of Brides, The by Jojo Moyes
T - These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
U - Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
V - Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
W - Winter by Marissa Meyer
X - X'ed Out X-Ray, The by Ron Roy
Y - Yours Truly by Kirsty Greenwood
Z - Zeroes by Scott Westerfield

7 comments:

  1. Dang it, Susan! I never join any reading challenges but the Aussie author one intrigues me. I think Aussie authors are awesome. Now I'm tempted.

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  2. A very warm welcome to the Aussie Author Challenge Susan. Great selections on your reading list - I've personally enjoyed those Moriarty, Simsion and Courtenay novels, and you can't go past the writing of Zusak and Flanagan (other titles of theirs being amongst my favourites) - enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Joanne! I'm excited to be doing the challenge.

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  3. I always think that the fun bit about challenges is the journey, not whether you actually arrive at your destination. LOL. I was going to recommend Bill Bryson's Down Under for your Aussie challenge but I see the authors have to be Australian. That's a shame as his is the best book I've ever read about the country.

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    1. I totally agree, especially since I almost never arrive at the destination. Ha ha. I'll definitely try to pick up Bryson's book, even if it doesn't fit into the challenge. Thanks for recommending!

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  4. I love the sound of these! I'm currently trying to get through a Reading Challenge I found online which has criteria your books must tick off. It's a lot harder than I thought it would be! Best of luck with your challenge - hopefully it will open your eyes to many more amazing stories out there :)

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