So, what's involved in this challenge you ask? It isn't too difficult. It involves reading six books throughout 2011 (January 1 through December 31, 2011). One book should be read that fits into each of the following categories:Okay, a few of those will be easy. After all, I read mostly cozies, and those have mostly female protagonists. And there are already a couple of 2011 debut authors and a new series I'm planning on starting. The movie one is stumping me, although maybe it's time to read some more Agatha Christie.
1.A book by a new to you author who's blurbed a book you enjoyed. So check out the cover of a crime fiction book you've enjoyed and see who blurbed that book and is also an author you've never read before.
2.A book that has been made into a movie. It doesn't have to be a movie you've seen but it can be. The book, however, should be one you haven't read before. (Examples: MYSTIC RIVER, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, LONDON BOULEVARD, HOSTAGE, etc.)
3.A book with a protagonist opposite your own gender. So if you're female, the protagonist should be male; if you're male the protagonist should be female.
4.A book set outside the country in which you live.
5.A book that's the first in a new-to-you series.
6.A book by a 2011 debut author.
I'll come back and fill in the titles as I read them, posting links to my reviews at Epinions. And heck, maybe I'll even start writing some reviews on my blog again.
1. Pipsqueak by Brian M. Wiprud
2. The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
3. Ghost in the Polka Dot Bikini by Sue Ann Jaffarian
4. The Brothers of Baker Street by Michael Robertson
5. Old World Murder by Kathleen Ernst
6. Death on Tour by Janice Hamrick
September 19th Update:
And there you have it. All six books read. All but one of the books I would have read anyway, but all told this was a mixed bag. Three books were very good, three were average at best.