What I like about reading challenges is that there’s just so much goddarned peer pressure to let you wade chip a little off that TBR Land Mass. So. For 2010, I’ve signed up for two! [And I might just cheat and read some of the listed books before the new year. I am honorable like that, yes.]
Here’s Awesome Author Challenge, brought to us by Alyce over at At Home With Books. To quote: “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.
And here is my list, peoplez.
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice. Because, hit me with a frisbee but I could not finish that book. Mr. Darcy annoyed me to bits. I’ll read this. I swear. Mostly because the new Penguin Classics Edition has cover art by Ruben Toledo and ain’t it purdy?
- Erica Jong, Fear of Flying. Because I like shmexy books.
- Jon McGregor, If No One Speaks of Remarkable Things. Because this has been on my TBR Land Mass for quite a while now, and I borrowed it from a friend and I’m feeling very guilty.
- Markus Zusak, The Book Thief. I have not read this, and please don’t hit me. It’s collecting dust.
- Ian McEwan, Atonement. A mainstay at my TBR Land Mass. Again, DON’T HIT ME.
- Haruki Murakami, Anything by the dude because I just can’t stand him for some reason.
UPDATE01: Here are some authors I suppose I’ll be reading, either because they’re part of another challenge, or because I’ve been seeing them everywhere it’s driving me crazy: Virginia Woolf, Sarah Waters, Wilkie Collins, Jonathan Safran Foer, Zadie Smith. And I’ve always wanted to read Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert.
UPDATE02: I’ve always wanted to read Julio Cortazar. So there.