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Unread Authors Challenge

My blogger friend, Ariel, is hosting an Unread Authors Challenge. The idea is to choose 6 books by neglected authors, or new-to-me authors and read them between September 1, 2007 and February 29, 2007. I have lots of books on my TBR pile written by authors I’ve never read before…so this one is a no-brainer!

Here are my six books:

1. Alentejo Blue, by Monica Ali (Completed February 22, 2008; read my review here)
2. The Blackwater Lightship, by Colm Toibin (Completed November 9, 2007; read my review here)
3. Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak (Completed November 24, 2007; read my review here)
4. What the Dead Know, by Laura Lippman
5. The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck (Completed November 28, 2007; read my review here)
6. Night Watch, by Sarah Waters (Completed February 12, 2008; read my review here)

Alternatives, Substitutes and Extras:

Stones From the River, by Ursela Hegi
A Woman in Jeruselum, by AB Yehoshua
The Lizard Cage, by Karen Connelly
All Aunt Hager’s Children, by Edward P. Jones
The Emperor’s Child, by Claire Messud (Completed December 12, 2007; read my review here)
A Bend in the River, by V.S. Naipal


  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    July 14, 2007    

    What a phenomenal list, Wendy. It makes me want to add all kinds of things to my own. I am especially kicking myself for not including some of the books that I want to read for the NYTNotable Challenge, like “All Aunt Hagar’s Children.” That one may have to join the list immediately.
    I have only read one Sarah Waters, “Fingersmith,” and it was phenomenal, so I have been wanting to read “Night Watch” and “Tipping the Velvet” for some time. Maybe that would be a natural for Joy’s Challenge!
    Meanwhile, Alice Munro is one of my very favorite writers, and I think I can say with confidence that “Open Secrets” is my favorite of the three books I have read by her.

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    July 14, 2007    

    I’m excited about my list! I have heard such great things about both Sarah Waters and Alice Monroe – I can’t believe I haven’t read any of their books yet!

  3. Anonymous Anonymous
    July 15, 2007    

    What a great list! I’ve only read 1 of your 6 (and that was for the NYT Notable Challenge). I can’t wait for the reviews even though I know that will likely increase the size of my TBR pile!

  4. Anonymous Anonymous
    July 15, 2007    

    Laura – I’m pretty excited about reading these books; I’ll try to temper my reviews so as not to increase the size of your TBR any more *giggles*

  5. Anonymous Anonymous
    July 18, 2007    

    Great list! I have Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith on my desk as I write this, and I’m enjoying it thoroughly! And perhaps I’ll have to add Alice Munro to my alternates list….so many books (happy sigh).

  6. Anonymous Anonymous
    July 18, 2007    

    That’s a great list! I’ve had The Known World and Antonement on my TBR shelves since they came out. Gah. I still haven’t read them!

  7. Anonymous Anonymous
    July 19, 2007    

    I just bought that Edward P. Jones novel after reading a review of his short stories in the London Review of Books. And the Sarah Waters is on my shelf. I’d be inclined to pick up one of them next if I didn’t have so many others lined up.

  8. Anonymous Anonymous
    July 21, 2007    

    Imani: I’ve been wanting to read both these authors for quite some time now!
    Carrie K: I’ll let you know what I think of Atonement and The Known World after I’ve read them 😉
    Sarah: LOL! I know what you mean about SO MANY books!!!

  9. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 5, 2007    

    I am checking out everyone else’s list to help get ideas for this one. I have plenty of new authors I want to read, but how to narrow it down is the big question. Haha
    Sarah Waters is a good choice . . . Hmmm.
    On your alternates list, Stones From a River is one of my all time favorites. I hope you will have the chance to get to it. 🙂

  10. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 9, 2007    

    I will eventually read Stones From The River, WendyCat, because it is sitting on my shelf! Just don’t know if it will happen for this particular challenge or not 🙂

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