New Author Challenge–2015


This challenge was one of my favorite challenges the last two years. I plan to do it again this year. The last two years I challenged myself to read 25 new authors and actually read over 30 new authors. I plan to keep my challenge to the same amount this year–25 new-to-me authors.

Here are some of the guidelines:

The idea behind this is to find new authors that you’ve never tried before, not necessarily ones that are debuting. They can be in your genre of choice or be brave and try something new. You never know what you’re going to like until you try it. If you’re looking for some suggestions, you can check out the Author page at Literary Escapism or the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Challenge pages.


  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.
  • Since this is an author challenge, there is no restriction on choosing your novels. They can definitely be from other challenges. However, the authors must be new to you and, preferably from novels. Anthologies are a great way to try someone new, but only a third of your new authors can be from short stories/novellas or anthologies.

For more information read more at the Literary Escapism Blog. Be sure to check out their main blog especially if you’re interested in fantasy and paranormal books.

New Authors

1. Kristi Charish (Owl and the Japanese Circus)–reviewed Jan 12

2. Mary Robinette Kowal (“The Lady Astronaut of Mars”)–reviewed Jan 21

3. Jaye Wells (Dirty Magic)–reviewed Jan 30

4. Susan Elia MacNeal (Mr. Churchill’s Secretary)–reviewed Feb 14

5. Margaret Powell (Servant’s Hall)–reviewed Feb 23

6. Charles Todd (A Test of Wills)–reviewed Feb 26

7. Erin Lindsey (The Bloodbound)–reviewed Mar 4

8. Charles Finch (A Beautiful Blue Death)–reviewed Mar 5

9. Ari Marmell (Hot Lead, Cold Iron)–reviewed Mar 5

10. Joe Abercrombie (Half a King)–reviewed Mar 6

11. Sarah Graves (Winter at the Graves)–reviewed Mar 12

12. Elizabeth Bear (Karen Memory)–reviewed Mar 13

13. Duffy Brown (Geared for the Grave)–reviewed Apr 15

14. Jill Mansell (Millie’s Fling)–reviewed May 20

15. Louise Penny (A Rule Against Murder)–reviewed May 29

16. Rachel Hartman (Seraphina)–reviewed June 11

17. Ann Cleeves (Raven Black)–reviewed June 17

18. Naomi Novik (Uprooted)–reviewed June 19

19. Ernest Cline (Ready Player One)–reviewed June 27

20. M.C.A. Hogaqrth (Earthrise)–reviewed July 16

21. Julie Mulhern (The Deep End)–reviewed July 23

22. E.E. Richardson (Under the Skin)–reviewed July 24

23. R.A. MacAvoy (Tea with the Black Dragon)–reviewed August 19

24. Marshall Ryan Maresca (The Thorn of Dentonhill)–reviewed August 21

25. Zen Cho (Sorcerer to the Crown)–reviewed September 1

26. Loretta Ross (Death & the Redheaded Woman)–reviewed October 10

27. Leslie Meier (Trick or Treat Murder)–reviewed October 21

28. M.C. Beaton (The Quiche of Death)–reviewed October 31

29. Andy Weir (The Martian)–reviewed November 9

30. Melody Carlson (The Christmas Joy Ride)–reviewed November 13

31. C.S. Challinor (Christmas is Murder)–reviewed November 18

32. Spencer Quinn (“Santa 365”)–reviewed November 23

33. Catherine Lloyd (Death Comes to the Village)–reviewed December 10

34. JoAnn Ross (“You Again”)–reviewed December 16

35. Garth Stein (The Art of Racing in the rain)

36. Jane Haddam (Not a Creature Was Stirring)–reviewed December 12

37. Becky Chambers (The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet)

38. Elizabeth Edmondson (A Man of Some Repute)

39. Melanie Karsak (“Chasing Christmas Past”)

40. Grace Draven (Radiance)

41. N.A. Granger (Death in a Red Canvas Chair)

42. Joyce & Jim Levine (Murder Fir Christmas)