Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New-to-Me Reading Meme

I've been tagged for a reading meme by my friend Archie out on the Australian desert. I really don't think he had any idea what he was setting me up for! Here are the rules:

1) List the authors that were new to you this year, regardless of year of publication.
2) Boldface those which were debuts (first novel published in 2008).
3) Tag as few or as many others as you’d like.
Now...I've read about 180 books this past year, and I'm always on the search for new authors. I sat up last night going through my book journal and making a list of all the new-to-me authors I'd read in 2008. The final tally was 85. Before I start typing up my gargantuan list, I'm going to get the other two rules of the meme out of the way. I have few 2008 debut novels in the list, so I won't overload the boldface. As for the third rule about tagging people, I choose to tag no one, but if someone reads this post and wants to join in--you're more than welcome! Here goes nothin'....

New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2008:
  1. Duane Swierczynski, The Blonde
  2. Shane Gericke, Cut to the Bone
  3. Rosemary Harris, Pushing Up Daisies
  4. Naomi Hirahara, Summer of the Big Bachi
  5. Jessica Speart, Gator Aide
  6. Joyce Holms, Hot Potato
  7. Carolyn Haines, Them Bones
  8. Suzanne Arruda, Mark of the Lion*
  9. Jo Walton, Farthing
  10. Kit Ehrman, At Risk
  11. Judith Merkle Riley, A Vision of Light*
  12. Scott Westerfeld, Uglies*
  13. Craig Johnson, The Cold Dish*
  14. Benjamin Black, Christine Falls
  15. Kris Nelscott, A Dangerous Road*
  16. Kevin Brookmeier, A Brief History of the Dead*
  17. Simon Beckett, The Chemistry of Death
  18. Rennie Airth, River of Darkness*
  19. Susan Beth Pfeffer, Life as we knew it*
  20. Shirley Tallman, Murder on Nob Hill
  21. Brunonia Barry, The Lace Reader*
  22. Deborah Crombie, A Share in Death
  23. Carrie Young, Nothing to Do but Stay
  24. Wendy Roberts, The Remains of the Dead
  25. Mark Z. Danielewski, The Whalestoe Letters*
  26. Mary Saums, Thistle and Twigg
  27. Peter Robinson, Gallow's View
  28. Lois Phillips Hudson, The Bones of Plenty*
  29. Kate Morton, The House at Riverton
  30. David Gerrold, The Man Who Folded Himself
  31. Kathy Hogan Trocheck, Every Crooked Nanny
  32. Carol Bugge, Who Killed Blanche Du Bois?
  33. Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time*
  34. Lauren Willig, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation
  35. Carol Goodman, The Ghost Orchid
  36. Donna Ball, Smoky Mountain Tracks
  37. George D. Shuman, 18 Seconds
  38. Curt Colbert, Rat City
  39. Sharon Kay Penman, The Queen's Man*
  40. Ake Edwardson, Sun and Shadow
  41. Susan Goodwill, Brigadoom
  42. Kate Furnivall, The Russian Concubine
  43. Jean Hegland, Into the Forest*
  44. John Harvey, Flesh and Blood*
  45. Caroline Graham, The Killings at Badger's Drift*
  46. Richard Guy, The Mysterious Receding Seas
  47. Sheila Roberts, On Strike for Christmas
  48. William Dietrich, Napoleon's Pyramids
  49. Dolores Stewart Riccio, Circle of Five
  50. Stephenie Meyer, Twilight
  51. David Stinebeck & Scannell Gill, A Civil General
  52. Jerry Spinelli, The Library Card
  53. Sally Gunning, The Widow's War*
  54. Susan Kelly, The Lone Traveller*
  55. Diane Wei Liang, The Eye of Jade
  56. Kate Collins, Mum's the Word
  57. Dale E. Basye, Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go
  58. Robert M. Eversz, Shooting Elvis*
  59. Will Ferguson, Happiness*
  60. Deborah & James Howe, Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery*
  61. Clea & John Adams, The Dragonfly Secret
  62. Octavia E. Butler, Kindred*
  63. Chris Roberts, Heavy Words Lightly Thrown
  64. P.D. James, Cover Her Face*
  65. Cornelia Read, A Field of Darkness*
  66. Christopher Morley, Parnassus on Wheels*
  67. Penny Rudolph, Listen to the Mockingbird
  68. Ann Purser, Murder on Monday
  69. Kathi Appelt & Jeanne Cannella Schmitzer, Down Cut Shin Creek: The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky*
  70. Heather Henson, That Book Woman
  71. Peter C. Brown, The Fugitive Wife
  72. Stieg Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo* (US debut 2008)
  73. Steven Rinella, American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon
  74. Johan Theorin, Echoes From the Dead*
  75. Laura Lippman, What the Dead Know*
  76. Gene Stratton, Killing Cousins
  77. Kate Horsley, Confessions of a Pagan Nun*
  78. Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game
  79. Clare Walker Leslie, Drawn to Nature
  80. Stacey O'Brien, Wesley the Owl*
  81. Linwood Barclay, No Time For Goodbye*
  82. David Grann, The Lost City of Z* (US debut 2009)
  83. Christine Goff, A Rant of Ravens
  84. Anne Seagraves, Soiled Doves: Prostitution in the Early West*
  85. MaryAnn Easley, I Am the Ice Worm
Asterix (*) mean that I really enjoyed that particular book. In fact you'll see a post below this one in which several of these books made my Top Ten Reads lists for the year.


  1. Oh Wow! I always knew you read a lot but I guess it takes a list like this to bring it home. Thank you for being involved.

    So much reading, such beautiful photographs and a wonderful writing style - to be called your friend is an honour.

    A special Happy New Year from one desert to another.

  2. Happy New Year! You sampled some great authors in 2008.

  3. Wow, that is a lot of new authors! Happy New Year!


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