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It's the Island Life | Weekly Snapshot

By the time this post is published, we will all be back home, but right this moment, as I type this up, we are enjoying our last day at Daufuskie, a secluded island near Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA. We were lucky to score a cottage (without having to break the bank) with front-row access to the beach, something that has always been on my bucket list and that I was thrilled to cross off.  This week has been very refreshing and just what I needed - a getaway, a break from it all, a retreat with family with no thoughts of work, to-do lists, and chores getting in the way. The island sure runs on its own time. The streetlights aren't turned ON at night to avoid attracting turtles too far from their ideal nesting place. There's the alligator crossing time at night when they go from pond to pond visiting friends (and hence tourists are advised to stay home when it's dark). There are very few cars - instead the preferred mode of transportation is via golf carts, which can go o

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. :-)