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Family Time and Changes Galore | Weekly Snapshot

There has been so much going on over here and so much changing soon. I wish I could say I was reading a lot, but it's feeling like a luxury at the moment. 

Family visitLast week, we had my husband's brother and his wife drive down from Boston and stay with us for the week. It had been months since we enjoyed anyone's close companionship for that long so we all enjoyed the time together. We were very sad to say our goodbyes. I hope we can all return to the pre-March era soon. 
While they were here, we celebrated the girl's birthday. (I feel like I have been talking about birthdays on this blog for the past many weeks but we are done for the year! Next birthday is in March.) My daughter had wanted a unicorn cake, and that's exactly what we got, so that made her day. For her birthday present, we wanted to take her to a store and get her a bike but stock is incredibly low. Last week, she had just mastered riding a bike (no training wheels, she went straight from balance …

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. :-)