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Refreshed from a road trip | Weekly Snapshot

I'm getting an extremely late start to this post. After the long drive yesterday back home and then a late evening meetup with our neighbors, I was out of juice very fast and needed to crash. And what does Sunday morning mean after a busy week? Tis a day full of chores. Ugh.  Life We spent this past week in Boston with my brother-in-law and his wife. We all got the break we needed - we did some shopping, watched lots of TV, and enjoyed lots of family time. I started writing this post on our drive back but didn't get to schedule in advance. We opted to drive the 13-hour route so although it made for some very long days, it felt good to get out of the house and enjoy a road trip. The weather cooperated all the days in all the places we were in those days so that was a plus.  As always after a long vacation, we have come back to a lot to do. I have so much to catch up with and need to do some of that today as there's just as much to do on the work front from tomorrow.  Renovat

Awesome Author Challenge (2010)




There are so many authors out there that I want to try. Lately, I've been trying out a bunch of new authors, and there are more that I wish to try. Alyce @ At Home With Books is hosting a great challenge as a way to read those authors that have been time and again recommended to you but you are yet to try their good works!

Challenge Guidelines:

1. The challenge starts January 1, 2010 and ends December 31, 2010.
2. Crossover from other challenges is allowed.
3. Titles and authors do not have to be predetermined, and can change at any time.
4. 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.

There are three levels for this challenge. I am signing up at the Challenging level. Here are the authors I would like to try, subject to change anytime. :-)

Update (Oct 2, 2010): Halfway through the year, I realized that I was not as eager to read some of the authors on my initial list, so I took the liberty of adding different authors that I had been hearing about time and again.

1. Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
2. Sandra Brown, Rainwater
3. Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak
4. Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
5. Alice Walker, The Color Purple
6. José Saramago, The Elephant's Journey
7. Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
8. Alan Brennert, Moloka'i
9. Dennis Lehane, Shutter Island
10. Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried

To sign up, visit this link.

Comments

Alyce said…
You have a nice variety of authors on your list! The only authors on your list that I've read anything by are Neil Gaiman (which I discovered isn't really my taste and I feel like I'm the only one that doesn't care for the topics he writes about) and Lisa See (whose writing I liked). Oh, I also tried reading Carrie by Stephen King but it was just too creepy for me. I'm kind of a sissy that way. :)

Good luck with your reading, and thanks for joining the challenge!
Athira said…
I never tried Neil Gaiman and Stephen King, because well, I don't really care for the genre they write for. But after hearing so much about them (both positive and negative), I feel I should give them a try - read at least one book by them before I go judging. :-)