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Lu (Sugar & Snark) | 9434 comments Mod
Here you can plan and ultimately cross of your tasks completed.

Read 25 books, each of which fall into one or more of the following categories
- an author you've never read before
- the first book in a series
- a debut novel
- a genre you've never tried before
- a latest release (must be read within the first 3 months of publication date)

Have fun :)

message 2: by Lu (Sugar & Snark) (last edited May 19, 2012 01:04PM) (new)

Lu (Sugar & Snark) | 9434 comments Mod
Ninja spot holder (I know very unfair as I was here first, but I'll make up for it!) *throws marshmallows around*

1. Anna and the French Kiss (new author)
2. The Luxe (new author)
3. The Princess Diaries (new series)
4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (new author)
5. Marked (new author)
6. The Initiation (new series)
7. The Peculiars (new author)

8. Shiver (new author)
9. Heist Society (new series)
10. Tomorrow, When the War Began (new author)
11. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (new author)
12. Angels & Demons (new author)
13. Blue Bloods (new author)
14. Fallen (new author)
15. Caged in Darkness (debut novel)
16. Egypt: The Uprising (The Battle for Maat, #1) by Amira Aly (new author)
17. City of Bones (new series)
18. Some Girls Bite (new series)
19. The Body Finder (new series)
20. Evernight (new author)
21. 13 to Life (new author)
22. Touch of Power (new author)
23. Hush, Hush (new author)
24. The Ghost and the Goth (new author)
25. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (new author)
26. The Next Door Boys (new author)
27. Bloodlines (new series)
28. Switched by Amanda Hocking (new author)
29. New Girl (new author)
30. Everneath (new author)
31. Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (new author)
32. Romeo and Juliet (new author)
33. Deadly Little Secret (new author)
34. Pretty Crooked (new series and author
35. The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi (new author)
36. Lies Beneath (new author)
37. Farro (new author)
38. The Immortal Rules (new author)
39. The Replacement (new author)
40. Divergent
41. The Other Life


message 3: by Barbara (last edited May 01, 2012 06:48AM) (new)

Barbara | 4240 comments Mod
I always say I will try everything once so this is the challenge for me.
Except marsmellows, I won't try marshmallows!

1) The Queene's Cure by Karen Harper - New author for me
2) Katherine by Anya Seton - New author for me
3) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain - New author for me
4) The Secrets of the Tudor Court by Darcey Bonnette - New author
5) The People's Queen by Vanora Bennett - New Author
6) A Study of Scarlett by Arthur Conan Doyle - New Author and debut novel
7) The Innocence of Father Brown By G.K. Chesterton - New Author
8) Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir - debut novel
9) The Mistress of the art of death by Ariana Franklin - New Author
10) Red Lotus by Pai Kit Fai- New author
11) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins - New Author
12) White Lies by Jayne Ann Krentz - New Author
13) The Spellcoats by Diana Wynne Jones - New Series
14) The sisters who would be queen by Leanda de Lisle - new author
15) The Shadow on the Blind by Louisa Baldwin & Lettice Galbraith - new authors
16) Midnight Crystal by Jayne Castle - new author
17) The Sealed letter by Emma Donoghue - new author
18) Timeless by Gail Carriger - latest release
19) A Highlander Christmas by Janet Chapman - new author
20) Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson - new author and new series
21) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - new author
22) Warriors 1 by George R.R. Martin - new series
23) Dissolution by C.J. Sansom - new series
24) Faith en het verhaal van de moerasvrouw by Charles Johnson - new author
25) Beauty by Robin McKinley - new author

message 4: by Chrizette (last edited Mar 23, 2012 03:42AM) (new)

Chrizette | 786 comments I am in for this one too :)


1. Mile 81 by Stephen King (latest release 01.09.2011)
2. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (new to me author)
3. Those that wake by Jesse Karpe (new to me author)
4. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (new to me author)
5. Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari (new to me author)
6. Zero Day by Mark Russinovich (new to me author)
7. Ascension (The World of Ascension #1) by Caris Roane (first book in series)
8. The Line (The Line #1) by Teri Hall (first book in series)
9. Gone (Gone #1) by Michael Grant (first book in the series)
10. Somewhere the Bells Ring by Beth Trissel (new to me author) (read 20.11.2011)
11. Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts (debut author) (read 11.12.2011)
12. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne (debut author) read 17.03.2012

somewhere the bells ring Dark Inside (Dark Inside, #1) Monument 14

message 5: by Claudia (last edited Mar 20, 2012 06:59AM) (new)

Claudia (claudiavstoomanybooks) | 1726 comments Mod
1. The Color of Magic (First in Series)
2. Dark Eden (new author)
3. Between Shades of Gray (new author)
4. A Study in Scarlet (new author)
5. Touch of Power (new author/series)
6. This Dark Endeavor (new author/series)
7. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe (new author)
8. The Passage (new author)
9. Lockdown (new author/series)
10. Wanderlove (new author)
11. The Witch's Daughter (new author)
12. The Piano Teacher (new author)
13. Scarlet (new author)
14. On the Jellicoe Road (new author)
15. Prospero Lost (new author/series)
16. Steal Across the Sky (new author)
17. Hollowland (new author/series)
18. Empress of the World (new author)
19. Please Ignore Vera Dietz (new author)
20.Winter's Bone (new author)
21.My Life As a White Trash Zombie (new author/series)
22.This Is Not a Test (new author)
23.Thief's Covenant (new author / series)
24. Grave Mercy (new author/series)
25.Willow (new author)

message 6: by Lauren (last edited Apr 06, 2012 05:57AM) (new)

Lauren Smith | 6187 comments Mod
Booking my space!

1. The Revisionists New author
2. Voices I've never read anything by any of the authors who contributed to this anthology.
3. Seed New author, new release 15/11/2011, read 24/11/2011
4. Snuff (Discworld, #39) New release 01/10/2011, read in November
5. Variant (Variant, #1) New author, new release 04/10/2011
6. A Study in Scarlet New author; debut novel; first in series
7. The Antithesis  Book 2β New release
8. Enormity New release, new author
9. The Troupe New release, new author
10. The Spellcoats (Dalemark Quartet, #3) New series
11. God is Not Great  How Religion Poisons Everything New author
12. Carpathia New author, new release
13. Empire State New author, new release (27/12/2011), debut novel
14. The Whisperer New author
15. Fantastic Women  18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime from Tin House All but two of the authors in this anthology are new to me.
16. Prador Moon New Author
17. The Pillars of Hercules New author, new release
18. This Devil's Dice New author, debut novel
19. Erebos New author
20. Thieves at Heart New author
21. The Rook New author, debut novel, latest release
22. The Fourth Wall New author, new release, new series
23. Edge of Dark Water New author, new release
24. The Antithesis  Book 3α New release
25. Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain New release, new author

Progress: 25/25

message 7: by Crusader (last edited May 14, 2012 12:46AM) (new)

Crusader (CrusaderZA) | 2197 comments Mod
I shouldn't have been neglecting all the challenges.

1. The Dwarves - Markus Heitz (New Author)
2. Prador Moon (First in polity series)
3. The Last Wish (New Author)
4. Blood of Elves (First in Series)
5. Scaredy Cat by Mark Billingham (New Author)
6. The Solitude of Prime Numbers (New Author)
7. Halo Primordium (New Release)
8. Halo Cryptum (First in a series)
9. Running Black (New Author)
10. Snuff (New Release)
11. The Omen Machine (New Release)
12. Saucer (New Author)
13. World's Best SF 6 - (Unfamiliar authors)
14. Immoral - (New Author)
15. The Graveyard Book - (New Author)
16. A Monster Calls - (New Author)
17. Blue Remembered Earth (First in series)
18. Death of a Saint (New Release)
19. The Best Horror of the Year (New Release)
20. The Hunger Games (New author)

Naz | 605 comments Why dont you like marshmallows Babara?

Shelagh (The Word Fiend) (TheWordFiend) | 58 comments I claim this spot in the name of me!


Barbara | 4240 comments Mod
I don't like sweets and candy in general. I like a chocolate every now and then but not too often. I don't even like cake and most desserts. I guess I don't like sugar in my food. I am more a salty snack girl.

message 11: by Liezel (last edited Jan 15, 2012 09:17AM) (new)

Niecole | 2312 comments Mod
Booking my spot

message 13: by Lauren (Sugar & Snark) (last edited Dec 28, 2011 05:01AM) (new)

Lauren (Sugar & Snark) | 1251 comments Mod
1. New author- Immortal Beloved Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved, #1)
2. New author- Magic Bites Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
3. New author- Nevermore Nevermore (Nevermore, #1)
4. 1st book in a series- Sin and Sensibility Sin and Sensibility (Griffin Family, #1)
5. 1st book in a series- The Summer I Turned Pretty The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)
6. New author- Will Grayson, Will Grayson Will Grayson, Will Grayson
7. New author- Graceling Graceling (The Seven Kingdoms, #1)
8. New author- Sing Me to Sleep Sing Me to Sleep
9. New author-Enclave
Enclave (Razorland, #1)
10. New author- Pride Mates Pride Mates (Shifters Unbound, #1)
11. New author- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
12. New author- Angelfire Angelfire (Angelfire, #1)
13. New author- A Beautiful Dark A Beautiful Dark
14. New author- Possess Possess
15New Author- The Liar Society The Liar Society (The Liar Society, #1)
16. New Author- Switched
Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)
17. Latest Release - (Sept6) Vanish Vanish (Firelight, #2)
18. New Author13 to Life 13 to Life (13 to Life #1)
19. New Author-After Obsession After Obsession
20. Latest Release -(Oct 4)Silence Silence (Hush, Hush, #3)
21. New author - Anna and the French Kiss
Anna and the French Kiss
22. New Author- The Girl in the Steel Corset The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, #1)
23. New author- Die for Me Die for Me (Revenants, #1)
24. New Author-The Adoration of Jenna Fox
The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #1)
25. New Author- The Ghost and the Goth The Ghost and the Goth (The Ghost and the Goth, #1)


Barbara | 4240 comments Mod
Just to be sure, no rereads in this one right? Because then it wouldn't be new.

Lauren (Sugar & Snark) | 1251 comments Mod
That makes perfect sense to me!

Lu (Sugar & Snark) | 9434 comments Mod
Yip no re-reads

Barbara | 4240 comments Mod
Because technically you could reread someones debut novel or the first book in a series. So I just wanted to say it out loud.

message 18: by Katherine (last edited Apr 04, 2012 02:22AM) (new)

Katherine (geckoedit) | 141 comments - an author you've never read before
☺ 1. Nabokov (Lolita)
☺ 2. Holly Black (The Poison Eaters: and Other Stories)
☺ 3. Haruki Murakami (After the quake])
☺ 4. Yasutaka Tsutsui (Salmonella Men on Planet Porno: Stories)
☺ 5. Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game
☺ 6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine l'Engle
☺ 7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
☺ 8. Burning Bright: Stories by Ron Rash
☺ 9. Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks
☺ 10. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
☺ 11. Schindler's List by Thomas Kineally
☺ 12. Blackwater by Conn Igulden
☺ 13. The elegance of the hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
☺ 14. Piercing by Ryu Murakami

- the first book in a series
☺ 1. Ally Condie (Matched)
☺ 2. Lemony Snickett (The Bad Beginning)
☺ 3. Sophie Kinsella's Confessions of a Shopaholic
☺ 4. "1Q84" by Haruki Murakami
☺ 5. Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart
☺ 6. Tarzan of the Apes

- a debut novel
☺ 1.A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
☺ 2. In a Different Time: the inside story of the Delmas Four by Peter Harris

- a genre you've never tried before
☺ 1. Japanese folkore/fairy tales (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter)
☺ 2. Children's Picture Book Parody/Satire/dark Adult Humour Go the Fuck to Sleep
☺ 3. Scuba diving manual: Open Water Diving Manual edited by Drew Richardson.

- a latest release
☺ 1. Crossed by Ally Condie


message 19: by Nicole (last edited Feb 09, 2012 04:09AM) (new)

Nicole | 8 comments Another great one!

An author I've never read before:
1. The Book Thief Markus Zusak
2.Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
3.The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
4. Water for Elephants Sarah Gruen
5. The Zigzag Way Anita Desai
6. Skippy Dies Paul Murray

First book in a series
7. Delirium (Delirium #1)

Henri | 117 comments Okay. Didnt think I would join in, but here goes.

1 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas  A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (New Author)
2 Dragon's Oath (House of Night Novellas, #1) (first in a series)
3 Eragon (Inheritance, #1) (New Author)

Lu (Sugar & Snark) | 9434 comments Mod
Welcome Henri :)

message 22: by Lauren (last edited Aug 01, 2012 03:40AM) (new)

Lauren Smith | 6187 comments Mod
I'm reading so many new authors and new releases, I'm going to do this one again. It seems a waste not to :)

1. The Habitation of the Blessed (A Dirge for Prester John, #1) New author
2. Nevermore New author
3. Germline (The Subterrene War) New author, first in new series
4. Westlake Soul New author, new release
5. Dissolution (Matthew Shardlake, #1) New author, first in new series
6. Faustus Resurrectus New author, new release
7. Blackbirds (Miriam Black, #1) New author, new release, first in new series
8. The Peculiars New author, new release
9. Strindberg's Star New author
10. Death of a Saint (Mall Rats, #2) New release
11. Amped New release, new author
12. Gone Girl New release, new author
13. Kingdom of Strangers  A Novel New release, new author
14. Niceville New author
15. Existence New release, new author
16. Alif the Unseen New release, new author
17. Quarantine  The Loners New release, new author, new series
18. Design as Art New author
19. Before I Fall New author
20. The Bay of Foxes  A Novel New release
21. Advent New author
22. God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire, #1) New author, new series, new release
23. God's War (Bel Dame Apocrypha, #1) New author, new series
24. The Night Circus New author
25. Cape of Slaves (Time Twisters, #1) New author, new series

Progress: 25/25

Lu (Sugar & Snark) | 9434 comments Mod
Good plan :)

Barbara | 4240 comments Mod
It is even more fun if you can finish a challenge twice in the alloted time.
Good Luck!

message 25: by Claudia (last edited Aug 06, 2012 08:40AM) (new)

Claudia (claudiavstoomanybooks) | 1726 comments Mod
You go Lauren!
Let's see if I can finish a second time. :)

1. The Other Life (new series / author)
2. All Men of Genius (new author)
3. Leviathan (new series / author)
4. Mercy (new series / author)
5. Partials (new series / author)
6. Taming the Forest King (new author)
7. How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion (new author)
8. Code Name Verity (new author)
9. Dark Eyes (new author)
10. Divergent (new author / series)
11. A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar: A Novel (new author)
12. Blackbirds (new author / series)
13. Croak (new author / series)
14. The Miseducation of Cameron Post (new author)
15. I Hunt Killers (new author / series)
16. The Virgin Suicides (new author)
17. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (new author)
18. When the Sea is Rising Red (new author)
19. The Boneshaker (new author)
20. The Immortal Rules (new author / series)
21. God Save the Queen (new author / series)
22. Railsea (new author)
23. Eon (new series / author)
24. Zoo City (new author)
25. Anna Karenina (new author)

message 26: by Lauren (last edited Apr 06, 2012 12:28PM) (new)

Lauren Smith | 6187 comments Mod
Thanks guys :) Good luck Claudia!

Barbara | 4240 comments Mod
Good Luck, Claudia!

Claudia (claudiavstoomanybooks) | 1726 comments Mod
OK, I finished twice. :)
I think I'm done with this one now.

Riana | 397 comments Okay I am really clueless! I only saw this thread today, can I join in and use the books I read since January?

Crusader (CrusaderZA) | 2197 comments Mod
Riana wrote: "Okay I am really clueless! I only saw this thread today, can I join in and use the books I read since January?"

Yes, and yes.

Barbara | 4240 comments Mod
You can join in at any time in any challenge and can always use the books you have read since the beginning of that challenge. Unless it says differently in the rules.
This challenge started on 1 October 2011 and will end on 30 September 2012. So any book you have read in that period can count towards this challenge. So not just since January but since October. :)
It is one of 5 Year challenges. I don't know if you have seen the others, but maybe you want to join in them too.

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