Jul 12, 2007

Seconds Challenge

Joy at Thoughts of Joy is hosting this challenge. It goes from October to December, and the idea is to read 3 books by authors you've read something by before and would like to get to know better. I shouldn't be joining any more challenges for the Fall, but this is such a good idea I just can't resist. Plus, it's only 3 books.

It took me a while to come up with my list - not because I couldn't think of what to choose, but because I could think of too many potential choices. I've been introduced to so many wonderful authors this year that it's hard to pick just 3. In the end, I decided to pick 3, but also list some possible alternatives/extras. Here's what I came up with:
  • Magic Street by Orson Scott Card. I loved "Enchantment", and Chris recommended this one. Plus, the plot involves "A Midsummer Night's Dream"!
  • Thraxas by Martin Scott (aka Martin Millar). I've been meaning to read more of his work after the wonderful "The Good Faeries of New York". This book, the first of a series, won the World Fantasy Award, so it could also work as an extra for the Book Awards Challenge.
  • We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates. I asked Joy, and she said it was okay to pick authors we're only acquainted with through short stories. I LOVED the Joyce Carol Oates short stories I've read, so it's about time I try a novel
Possible extras/alternatives:
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. His "Everything is Illuminated" is one of my all-time favourite books. The reason why this is not on the main list is the fact that I own this book already, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to wait until October to read it.
  • The Accidental by Ali Smith. Again, I love her short stories, and I've been meaning to try a novel. This one's also on my Reading Across Borders list.
  • Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire. I really liked "Wicked", so I'm sure I'll get around to this one eventually.


  1. "We Were the Mulvaneys" is a wonderful book but sad. The story itself is sad but, in a way, so are the characters and the outcome. I'll be interested in hearing what you think of it.


  2. I'm so happy you're reading Magic Street! It's one of my favorite books :) I haven't read it in so long, I may read it with you. This is a great challenge. I've been debating joining it. I'm feeling sort of challenged out and I have quite an overwhelming list already for the RIP challenge. We'll see!

  3. Sounds like a fun challenge, I would join you but I think I am maxed out on challenges this year now.

    I haven't read any of those authors apart from Gregory Maguire who I really enjoyed (I have read Wicked and Son of a Witch). I think I read somewhere he is writing a third in the series which would be really good if it happens. Note to self, must read The Wizard of Oz soon.

  4. Oh, Magic Street is really good. One of my favourites!

  5. cj, your description left me curious! I found all the stories I read by Oates so far quite sad.

    Chris, I know what you mean. I really can't join more challenges for the Fall - just this and RIP. I want challenges to be fun, not chores. But I see you couldn't resist this one for long :P

    Rhinoa: He is, it's called "A Cowardly War" and it's mostly about the Lion. It's supposed to come out next year. I look forward to it, but I have the rest of his books to keep me busy until then.

    Nicola, glad to hear it :) I think it's one I'll really like.

  6. Hi Nymeth! I'm so glad you are joining us in the 2nds Challenge. Personally the only thing I find difficult about it is narrowing it down to only 3 books! I have read so many new authors this year that there are many 2nds I like to read. At least this gives me/us an opportunity to focus on those for a brief time. :)

  7. i look forward to seeing what you make of the card book! i've read ender's shadow and am thinking about reading another, so i'd be interested to see how this one is.

  8. Hi Joy! That is indeed the only difficulty. I will try to stick to my main list, but I hope it's okay if I end up with some of the alternates.

    Jean Pierre: I need to read the Ender books, everyone keeps telling me they are great. I really liked his "Enchantment", so my expectations are high. You need to ask Chris about Card recommendations, he's the expert :P

  9. You have some entriguing titles listed here. I want to read all of them just because of the titles.

  10. Nymeth ~ Alternates are fine with me! :)

  11. I liked Wicked as well. I didn't think of Son of a Witch as a 2nd. I may replace one of mine.


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