I ended up reading 4 books (one more than the challenge goal of 3) that qualify as 2nds for me, having only read one book previously by these authors. The Rankin and the Munro I mentioned in my original list of possibilities but the other 2 just happened into my reading plans, as books are apt to do sometimes.
1. Rises the Night - Colleen Gleason
2. Hide & Seek - Ian Rankin
3. The Dancing Girl of Izu and other stories - Yasunari Kawabata
4. The Love of a Good Woman - Alice Munro (review pending)
Best book(s) I read for the challenge?
Rises the Night. What a fun series Colleen Gleason has created!
Book(s) I could've done without?
None. I enjoyed all the books. OK, I didn't love Hide & Seek but it's partly my fault for reading it is such small snatches and I still want to continue on in the series.
Will I read these authors again? Going for 3rds?
Definitely! I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles and the next one in Rankin's Inspector Rebus series. The Dancing Girl of Izu and other stories made me want to read more from Kawabata. And for Alice Munro, this second read was better for me than the first was so I'll be reading more from her as well. A successful challenge all round!
This was a great idea! Thanks so much for hosting it, Joy!