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message 1: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Dec 19, 2015 09:47PM) (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
Our challenge this month is themed around things that are “new” since it’s the start of a New Year! As you read this month, look at the list of tasks below and see how many you can complete! And as an add on, see how many Aussie authors you can incorporate into your list:)



Rules:
#1
. You need to complete a minimum of three of the five categories listed below to finish this challenge. One read - one book for each category.
#2. List (and LINK) your choice of books for the challenge. How to link here - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
#3. Upon completion of a book, rate it and update your progress...
#4. Don't forget our guidelines HERE

The Categories:

1). Author: Read a book by an author who is new to you.
2). Debut: Read a debut novel by any author. This list might help you choose.
3). New Release: Read a book which was recently published (within the past 6 months).
4). New Year, New Series!: Read the first book in a series or trilogy that is new to you.
5). Reader’s Choice: Read any book of your choice.



Happy Reading one and all!


message 2: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Jan 05, 2016 09:37PM) (new)

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Here's my list (subject to change)

1. New (to me) author - Lessons in Loving by Peter McAra 5s
2. Debut novel - ON by Jon Puckridge 1.5s
3. Published in last 6 months - Kill Switch by James Phelan 4.5s
4. First book in series (new to me) - Game by A.C. Efverman 3.5s
5. Reader's choice - Coffin Road by Peter May 4.5s


Lessons in Loving by Peter McAra ON by Jon Puckridge Kill Switch (Jed Walker, #3) by James Phelan Game (DS Morgan Callaghan Crime Fiction #1) by A.C. Efverman Coffin Road by Peter May


message 3: by Kerri (last edited Jan 24, 2016 08:51PM) (new)

Kerri | 211 comments 1. New to me Just What Kind of Mother Are You?
2. Debut novel Still Missing
3. Published last 6 months The Sisters
4. First in series Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
5. My choice 11/22/63

Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly Still Missing by Chevy Stevens The Sisters by Claire Douglas Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling 11/22/63 by Stephen King


message 4: by Andrea (last edited Dec 19, 2015 06:12PM) (new)

Andrea | 1013 comments Looking forward to this:

1). Author: Read a book by an author who is new to you.
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
2). Debut: Read a debut novel by any author.
Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian
3). New Release: Read a book which was recently published (within the past 6 months).
Kissed By A Deer by Margi Gibb (Oct 2015)
4). New Year, New Series!: Read the first book in a series or trilogy that is new to you.
Saving Wishes by G.J. Walker-Smith
5). Reader’s Choice: Read any book of your choice.
TBD


message 5: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
Good choices girls:)


message 6: by Anna (new)

Anna | 475 comments in but will come back with choices later!


message 7: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
Great Anna:)


message 8: by Carolyn (last edited Dec 19, 2015 05:24PM) (new)

Carolyn | 6097 comments I'm going to start with three and see how I go :)

1. Author new to me. Leap by Myfanwy Jones (Aussie)
2. Debut novel. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
3. New release. Woman with a Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine (Nov 2015)

Leap by Myfanwy Jones Still Alice by Lisa Genova Woman with a Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine


message 9: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
I must get to Leap as well!


message 10: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn | 6097 comments It does sound really good Brenda :)


message 11: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
Yes I agree - I keep forgetting it as it's on audible and I don't usually listen to books that way:)


message 12: by Odette (last edited Jan 09, 2016 08:25PM) (new)

Odette (odman) | 667 comments I am going for three for January

1. Author new to me.
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George - 4★

2. Debut novel.
The Amber Trail by M.J. Kelly - 4★

3. New release (November 2015).
The Horse Thief by Tea Cooper- 4★

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George The Amber Trail by M.J. Kelly The Horse Thief by Tea Cooper


message 13: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
Ooh loved The Horse Thief Odette!


message 14: by Odette (new)

Odette (odman) | 667 comments Thanks, looking forward to reading it. So many good books to read over the holidays!


message 15: by Sally906, a good book and a glass of wine (last edited Jan 19, 2016 09:00PM) (new)

Sally906 | 6001 comments Mod
Here is my list:

New Author - The Truth About Peacock Blue by Rosanne Hawke The Truth About Peacock Blue by Rosanne Hawke - 2★

New Release - Karma's a Killer by Tracy Weber Karma's a Killer by Tracy Weber - came out last week - 4★

Free Choice - Dead Man's Folly (Hercule Poirot, #31) by Agatha Christie Dead Man's Folly byAgatha Christie - which is new in the sense that it is a Christie book I have never read before - 2★


message 16: by Sharon (last edited Jan 12, 2016 08:41PM) (new)

Sharon | 3517 comments Here is my list:

2. Debut Novel: In Safe Hands by Lee Christine 5★

3. Published in the last 6 months: The Horse Thief by Tea Cooper 5★

4. First book in series (new to me): Nobody But Him by Victoria Purman 4★

In Safe Hands by Lee Christine The Horse Thief by Tea Cooper Nobody But Him by Victoria Purman


message 17: by Jane (last edited Jan 30, 2016 01:27AM) (new)

Jane | 150 comments Loving how these challenge's stretch my reading choices.
My list, at this stage:

1. New (to me) author - Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
2. Debut novel - The Martian by Andy Weir
3. Published in last 6 months - The Crossing by Michael Connelly
4. First book in series (new to me) - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
5. Reader's choice - The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett

Faceless Killers (Wallander #1) by Henning Mankell The Martian by Andy Weir The Crossing (Harry Bosch, #20) by Michael Connelly Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett

Had to make a change to my first book once I realized I'd over committed on too many long books in 1 month!


message 18: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
You have some good choices there Jane:) Glad you're joining us - I'll look forward to checking a couple out (that I haven't heard of) when you link them:)


message 19: by MichelleG (new)

MichelleG (MichelleGreiss) | 1065 comments Hi,
Great challenge to kick off the new year :)

1). Author: Read a book by an author who is new to you.
The Calling by James Frey

2). Debut: Read a debut novel by any author.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

3). New Release: Read a book which was recently published (within the past 6 months).
The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

4). New Year, New Series!: Read the first book in a series or trilogy that is new to you.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

5). Reader’s Choice: Read any book of your choice.
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

The Calling (Endgame, #1) by James Frey Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) by Claudia Gray


message 20: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
Woohoo! Nice Michelle:)


message 21: by MichelleG (new)

MichelleG (MichelleGreiss) | 1065 comments Brenda wrote: "Woohoo! Nice Michelle:)"

Thanks Brenda, I borrowed The Secret Chord from my yearly list, I hope that's ok :)


message 22: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
That's perfect - overlapping is good as long as it fits the criteria:)


message 23: by MichelleG (last edited Dec 19, 2015 06:54PM) (new)

MichelleG (MichelleGreiss) | 1065 comments Brenda wrote: "That's perfect - overlapping is good as long as it fits the criteria:)"

Great, thanks Brenda :)


message 24: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

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:)


message 25: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn | 6097 comments Brenda wrote: "Yes I agree - I keep forgetting it as it's on audible and I don't usually listen to books that way:)"

Me too, I have to remember to listen to them when I'm doing something else.


message 26: by Lucinda (last edited Dec 19, 2015 08:08PM) (new)

Lucinda (luckaye) | 18 comments 1). Author: The Skye in June by June Ahern
2). Debut: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
3). New Release: The Last Librarian: (An AOI Thriller) by Brandt Legg
4). New Year, New Series!: Hold by Marilyn Grey
5). Reader’s Choice: Haven't decided yet


message 27: by Aisyah (last edited Jan 30, 2016 05:28PM) (new)

Aisyah Roslan (bookishsya) | 4 comments Definitely needed this challenge cos I have a stack of books released recently that I have not even read yet! :p

Here's my list (so far)
1). Author: Read a book by an author who is new to you.
You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi Mcfarlane 4 stars. Lovely story about missed love.

2). Debut: Read a debut novel by any author.
The Runaway Bridesmaid by Daisy James 4 stars. As predictable as any chic lit but I enjoyed this =)

3). New Release
The Years of Loving You by Ella Harper 4 stars. Same theme and concept as You Had Me at Hello, which I had enjoyed as much =)

4). New Year, New Series!
Until Friday Night (The Field Party, #1) by Abbi Glines

5). Reader’s Choice
It Started at Sunset Cottage by Bella Osborne


message 28: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
Carolyn wrote: "Brenda wrote: "Yes I agree - I keep forgetting it as it's on audible and I don't usually listen to books that way:)"

Me too, I have to remember to listen to them when I'm doing something else."


Same;) Not sure that reading another book, and listening on audible would work though;)


message 29: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
Lucinda wrote: "1). Author: The Sky in June by June Ahern
2). Debut: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
3). New Release: The Last Librarian by Brandt Legg
4). New Year, New Series!: Hold by Marilyn Grey
5). Reader’s Cho..."


Lucinda, to link your books (as everyone else is doing) you click on "add book/author" in this comment box. Then type in your title and click "search" then when the correct one come up, click "add"...go back to it again and change the top from "book" to "author" and "add" again, and you're done:)


message 30: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
Aisyah wrote: "Definitely needed this challenge cos I have a stack of books released recently that I have not even read yet! :p

Here's my list (so far)
1). Author: Read a book by an author who is new to you.
Yo..."


Nice choices Aisyah:)


message 31: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette Lewis | 123 comments NEW.... FOR THE NEW YEAR

Author: The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

New Release: Fall - Candice Fox

Reader's Choice: The Lieutenant - Kate Grenville


message 32: by MichelleG (last edited Dec 19, 2015 07:39PM) (new)

MichelleG (MichelleGreiss) | 1065 comments Brenda wrote: "Carolyn wrote: "Brenda wrote: "Yes I agree - I keep forgetting it as it's on audible and I don't usually listen to books that way:)"

Me too, I have to remember to listen to them when I'm doing som..."


Hi, I listen to audiobooks quite a bit - they're especially good when you're cleaning or driving... Makes the time go past really quickly.


message 33: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
Lots of people tell me that Michelle...I just can't seem to take to them! One day perhaps;)


message 34: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
Lucinda wrote: "Thank you - I had no idea how to do it!"

You're welcome:) You can edit your comment above to change it - "edit" in the bottom right hand corner:)


message 35: by Lucinda (new)

Lucinda (luckaye) | 18 comments Brenda wrote: "Lucinda wrote: "1). Author: The Sky in June by June Ahern
2). Debut: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
3). New Release: The Last Librarian by Brandt Legg
4). New Year, New Series!: Hold by Marilyn Grey
..."


Thank you - I had no idea what I was doing LOL


message 36: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
Lucinda wrote: "Brenda wrote: "Lucinda wrote: "1). Author: The Sky in June by June Ahern
2). Debut: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
3). New Release: The Last Librarian by Brandt Legg
4). New Year, New Series!: Hold b..."


Well done!!!


message 37: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette Lewis | 123 comments Author: The Girl on the Train
New Release: Fall
Readers Choice: The Lieutenant


message 38: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
Jeanette wrote: "Author: The Girl on the Train
New Release: Fall
Readers Choice: The Lieutenant......"


Good on you:)


message 39: by [deleted user] (new)

1) Author: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Grey
2) Debut: Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon
3) New Release: Winter by Marissa Meyer
4) New Year, new Series: Pathfinder by Angie Sage
5) Readers Choice: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy


message 40: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
Caitlyn wrote: "1) Author: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Grey
2) Debut: Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon
3) New Release: Winter by Marissa Meyer
4) New Year, new Series: Pathfinder by Angie Sage
5) Reader..."


Caitlyn, please link your books for us:) If you check back a little bit I've given instructions on how to do it to others... thanks!


message 41: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
I've just added How to link in the original post...


message 42: by [deleted user] (new)

Sorry Brenda, I am currently using the app on my phone to do this, and it is not allowing me to edit, add books or even reply at the moment. I will try when I get back on my computer, but I can't do that for a few more days.


message 43: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
Oh that's okay :) The apps are a pain like that! :)


message 44: by MaryG2E (last edited Jan 09, 2016 02:24PM) (new)

MaryG2E (goodreadscomMaryG2E) | 964 comments Yes, lovely to have a theme of Newness at the start of the new year.
I'm looking forward to some new authors and ideas:

1). Author: Read a book by an author who is new to you.
Things We Didn't See Coming by Steven Amsterdam
2). Debut: Read a debut novel by any author.
Bella's Run by Margareta Osborn
3). New Release: Read a book which was recently published (within the past 6 months).
The Undesired by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
4). New Year, New Series!: Read the first book in a series or trilogy that is new to you.
Behind the Sun by Deborah Challinor (Convict Girls series)
5). Reader’s Choice: Read any book of your choice.
One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson


message 45: by Kira (last edited Jan 19, 2016 11:05PM) (new)

Kira (kirajessup) | 231 comments I'm in. January is going to be pretty busy for me, but I'll have time to read, so I'll list five and aim to read at least three of them (if I make five, even better):
1. New Author: K.M. Weiland - Storming: A Dieselpunk Adventure - currently reading
2. Debut: Lost & Found by Brooke Davis
3. NR: Hold On To Me by Victoria Purman - 3★
4. New Year, New Series: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - 4★
5. My Choice: The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

Three of the five are Aussie authors.


message 46: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
Well done Kira!!


message 47: by Christy (new)

Christy (MrsCRich) | 209 comments Will post my choices later :)


message 48: by Jane (new)

Jane | 150 comments Brenda wrote: "You have some good choices there Jane:) Glad you're joining us - I'll look forward to checking a couple out (that I haven't heard of) when you link them:)"

Thanks Brenda - stole 'The Martian' from your list as I've wanted to read it since I saw the movie, but didn't realize it was a debut novel.


message 49: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 57576 comments Mod
That's the same as me! I didn't realize it either until I was looking for a debut novel:)


message 50: by MichelleG (new)

MichelleG (MichelleGreiss) | 1065 comments Caitlyn wrote: "Sorry Brenda, I am currently using the app on my phone to do this, and it is not allowing me to edit, add books or even reply at the moment. I will try when I get back on my computer, but I can't d..."

Hi Caitlyn, I tend to access the group via my iPhone, but I switch between the webpage (desktop version) and the app. The app is great for easy viewing but the webpage allows you all the additional features... But as I said you can still use it from your phone.


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