Try Something New in 2018 Challenge

Replacing the “new to you” challenge of the past, and again hosted by Anna at Herding Cats


It’s all about trying something new and is fairly flexible.


First book in a series
Debut book
A new genre or trope.
A new to you author or series.
An author switching genres
A new book format
or unique storyline element.


Level 1: 1-10 books
Level 2: 11- 20 books
Level 3: 21-40 books
Level 4: 41-60 books
Level 5: 61+ books

My Goals

This year I’ll start with a reasonable goal at Level 3 – that’s 21 – 40 titles.

I’ll track my progress below!

  1. It Takes Two to Tumble: Seducing the Sedgwicks #1 by Cat Sebastian
  2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  3. Republic Of Dirt, A Return to Woefield Farm by Susan Juby
  4. The Lemon Jell-O Syndrome by Man Martin
  5. Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi
  6. Everything You Came to See by Elizabeth Schulte Martin
  7. A Dash Of Love by Liz Isaacson
  8. The Taster by V.S. Alexander
  9. Indecent Exposure: The Academy #2 by Tessa Bailey
  10. The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard
  11. The Judge’s Wife by Ann O’Loughlin
  12. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
  13. The Taste of Temptation: The Matchmaker of Edinburgh #2 by Julia Kelly
  14. We Were Strangers Once by Betsy Carter
  15. Any Groom Will Do: Brides of Belgravia #1 by Charis Michaels
  16. A Perfumer’s Secret by Adria J. Cimino
  17. Rosemary’s Gravy: We Sisters Three #1 by Melissa F. Miller
  18. Lady Be Reckless: Duke’s Daughters #2 by Megan Frampton
  19. Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern
  20. Promise by Minrose Gwin
  21. Winter Sisters: Mary Sutter #2 by Robin Oliveira
  22. A Woman, In Bed by Anne Finger
  23. My Once and Future Duke: The Wagers of Sin #1 by Caroline Linden
  24. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas
  25. Bachelor Girl by Kim van Alkemade
  26. Wartime Brides and Wedding Cakes: Wartime Bakery #2 by Amy Miller
  27. Hello Stranger: The Ravenels #4 by Lisa Kleypas
  28. Alex in Wonderland: Twisted Fairytales #1 by Max Monroe
  29. A Princess in Theory : Reluctant Royals #1 by Alyssa Cole
  30. Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell
  31. The Girl in the Photograph: The Rossetti Mysteries #3 by Kirsty Ferry
  32. The Rules of Magic: Practical Magic #2 by Alice Hoffman
  33. Land For Fatimah by Veena Gokhale
  34. Novelista Girl: Blogger Girl #2 by Meredith Schorr
  35. Husbands and Other Sharp Objects by Marilyn Simon Rothstein
  36. Murder Notes: Lilah Love #1 by Lisa Renee Jones
  37. Spring at Lavender Bay: Lavender Bay #1 by Sarah Bennett
  38. The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel
  39. A Hundred Small Lessons by Ashley Hay
  40. The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Élysées: Little Paris Collection #3 by Rebecca Raisin
  41. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
  42. Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan
  43. A Bicycle Made for Two by Mary Jayne Baker
  44. The Cruel Prince: The Folk of the Air #1 by Holly Black
  45. The Little Wedding Island by Jaimie Admans
  46. Who Needs Men Anyway? by Victoria Cooke
  47. Never Been Good: Bad Boys Gone Good #2 by Christi Barth
  48. Hurts to Love You: Forbidden Hearts #3 by Alisha Rai
  49. Unmasked by the Marquess: Regency Imposters #1 by Cat Sebastian
  50. Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys
  51. Moon Brow by Shahriar Mandanipour
  52. Savor You: Fusion #5 by Kristen Proby
  53. A Scandalous Deal: The Four Hundred #2 by Joanna Shupe
  54. You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac
  55. Slave Old Man by Patrick Chamoiseau
  56. The Otter of Death: Gunn Zoo Mystery #5 by Betty Webb
  57. The Accidental Mermaid: Accidentals #16 by Dakota Cassidy
  58. Escape to the Country: Welcome to Willow Tree Hall #2 by Alison Sherlock
  59. Summer in a Cornish Cove by Kate Ryder
  60. Regrets Only by Erin Duffy
  61. Twinkle Little Star: A Nursery Rhyme Suspense #4 by Lee Strauss
  62. By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank
  63. Geekerella: Starfield #1 by Ashley Poston
  64. The Skeletons of Scarborough House by Kitty French
  65. Hot Asset: 21 Wall Street #1 by Lauren Layne
  66. The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen
  67. All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother by Danielle Teller
  68. Best Beach Ever: Ten Beach Road #6 by Wendy Wax
  69. Lowcountry Bookshop: Liz Talbot Mystery #7 by Susan M. Boyer
  70. How to Forget a Duke: Misadventures in Matchmaking #1 by Vivienne Lorret
  71. Then There Was You: Angel Falls #1 by Miranda Liasson
  72. Crime & Punctuation: Deadly Edits #1 by Kaitlyn Dunnett
  73. I Flipping Love You: Shacking Up #3 by Helena Hunting
  74. Calypso by David Sedaris
  75. Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan
  76. The Foyles Bookshop Girls by Elaine Roberts
  77. The Unseelie King: The Kings #6 by Heather Killough-Walden
  78. Murder in the Locked Library by Ellery Adams
  79. The Start of Something Good: Stay #1 by Jennifer Probst
  80. Lending a Paw: A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #1 by Laurie Cass
  81. Sand by Wolfgang Herrndorf
  82. The Showrunner by Kim Moritsugu
  83. Murder’s a Witch: Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery #1 by Danielle Garrett
  84. The Ghost Train to New Orleans: The Shambling Guides #2 by Mur Lafferty
  85. The Secret of Flirting: Sinful Suitors #5 by Sabrina Jeffries
  86. Witches of East End: The Beauchamp Family #1 by Melissa de la Cruz
  87. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
  88. The Gamble: Colorado Mountain #1 by Kristen Ashley
  89. Divorced, Desperate and Deceived: Divorced and Desperate #3 by Christie Craig
  90. Wicked and the Wallflower: The Bareknuckle Bastards #1 by Sarah MacLean
  91. The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah
  92. Witch Slapped: Witchless In Seattle #1 by Dakota Cassidy
  93. The Butcher’s Daughter by Victoria Glendinning
  94. It’s in His Kiss: Lucky Harbor #10 by Jill Shalvis
  95. The Secrets Between Us: Between Us #2 by Thrity Umrigar
  96. Little Pink Taxi by Marie Laval
  97. Witch Spells Trouble: Nightshade Paranormal Cozy #2 by Lori Woods
  98. One Summer by Jenny Hale
  99. Midnight Blue by Simone van der Vlught
  100. A Summer Scandal by Kat French
  101. Small Town Rumors by Carolyn Brown
  102. The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses) by Terri-Lynne DeFino
  103. Secrets, Lies, & Crawfish Pies: A Romaine Wilder Mystery #1 by Abby L. Vandiver
  104. Soulless: Parasol Protectorate #1 by Gail Carriger
  105. The Single Mums’ Mansion by Janet Hoggarth
  106. The Locksmith’s Daughter by Karen Brooks
  107. Firelight: Darkest London #1 by Kristen Callihan
  108. Switch and Bait by Ricki Schultz
  109. Tell the Machine Goodnight by Katie Williams
  110. Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins
  111. The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
  112. The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom by A.E. Hotchner
  113. The Daisy Children by Sofia Grant
  114. To Have and to Harley: Bikers & Brides #1 by Regina Cole
  115. The Shakespeare Requirement by Julie Schumacher
  116. The Lost Family by Jenna Blum
  117. Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection by Barbara Venkataraman
  118. The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles
  119. All the Way: Romancing Manhattan #1 by Kristen Proby
  120. The Road Trip: Maddy and Leanne #1 by Susanne O’Leary
  121. The Comedian by Clem Martini
  122. The Madonna of the Mountains by Elise Valmorbida
  123. From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon
  124. Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris
  125. The Other Sister by Sarah Zettel
  126. Evie’s Little Black Book by Hannah Pearl
  127. The Governess Game: Girl Meets Duke #2 by Tessa Dare
  128. Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird
  129. The Pasha of Cuisine by Saygın Ersin
  130. The Serial Dater’s Shopping List: 31 Men in 31 Days by Morgen Bailey
  131. The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick
  132. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
  133. Breakfast in Bed: Innkeepers #2 by Rochelle Alers
  134. The Secret of the Irish Castle: Deverill Chronicles #3 by Santa Montefiore
  135. Moonlight on the Thames by Lauren Westwood
  136. The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester
  137. Royally Dead: A Stitch in Time Mystery #3 by Greta McKennan
  138. Season of Wonder: Haven Point #9 by RaeAnne Thayne
  139. European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss
  140. Christmas by Accident by Camron Wright
  141. Shadow of The Fox: Shadow of the Fox #1 by Julie Kagawa
  142. Coming Home to the Comfort Food Café: Comfort Food Cafe #3 by Debbie Johnson
  143. How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England by Ruth Goodman
  144. The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
  145. The Cards Don’t Lie by Sue Ingalls Finan
  146. What We Owe by Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde
  147. The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  148. Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence by Michael Marshall Smith
  149. Professor at Large: The Cornell Years by John Cleese
  150. Christmas on Mistletoe Lane: Sweetwater Springs #1 by Annie Rains
  151. Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy
  152. Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler
  153. One Winter’s Day by Laura Briggs
  154. Duchess by Design: The Gilded Age Girls Club #1 by Maya Rodale
  155. In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt
  156. One Way Ticket to Paris by Emma Robinson
  157. The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim
  158. Badly Done, Emma Lee: Riches to Romance #3 by Leah Marie Brown
  159. A Village Affair by Julie Houston
  160. A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden
  161. Watch for Me at Christmas: Hartsford Mysteries #4 by Kirsty Ferry
  162. A Timeless Christmas by Alexis Stanton
  163. Synchro Boy by Shannon McFerran
  164. The Soldier’s Girl by Sharon Maas
  165. One and Only: Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1 by Jenny Holiday
  166. Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel by Karen King
  167. Second Chances at the Log Fire Cabin by Catherine Ferguson
  168. How to Save an Undead Life: Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy #1 by Hailey Edwards
  169. The Wizards of Once: The Wizards of Once #1 by Cressida Cowell
  170. Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper
  171. First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson #1 by Darynda Jones
  172. A Duke Changes Everything: Duke’s Den #1 by Christy Carlyle
  173. At the Heart of Christmas by Jill Monroe
  174. The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I by Nancy Goldstone
  175. A Christmas Gift by Sue Moorcroft
  176. Transcription by Kate Atkinson
  177. Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale
  178. Lord of the Pies: Kensington Palace Chef Mystery #2 by Nell Hampton
  179. The Decoy Date: The Wedding Date #4 by Mira Lyn Kelly
  180. The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson
  181. Everwylde: The Kindred #2 by Donna Grant
  182. 1619: Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy by James Horn
  183. The Abbot’s Tale by Conn Iggulden
  184. Then There Were Nun: Nun of Your Business Mysteries #1 by Dakota Cassidy
  185. The Shop Girls of Lark Lane by Pam Howes
  186. Christmas at Strand House by Linda Mitchelmore
  187. Not the Duke’s Darling: The Greycourt #1 by Elizabeth Hoyt
  188. You Auto-Complete Me: Emily #1 by Katie MacAlister

that’s 188 new to me – authors, series, new-releases, or new re-releases!