Sunday, November 28, 2010

2011 Debut Author Challenge

Kristi of The Story Siren is hosting the third annual 2011 Debut Author Challenge, which highlights new authors who write middle grade or young adult books. The challenge is simple - read 12 books by a debut author in 2011. Kristi has spreadsheets and lists a-plenty on her blog (and on Goodreads), so finding books and authors should be a cinch. The hard part is narrowing those choices down!

2011 Debut Author Challenge participant information:
  • The objective of the DAC is to read at least twelve novels from Young Adult or Middle Grade Authors. While twelve is the minimum there is no maximum limit! I encourage readers who can read more than twelve to do so!
  • Anyone can join. You don't have to be a blogger, and you don't have to live in the United States. 
  • You do not have to have an blog written in English to participate. 
  • You can join at anytime. The challenge runs from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
I'm going to attempt this challenge this coming year because I was secretly jealous of those participating in it this year. I was afraid of the time commitment, but honestly, I bet I've read at least five 2010 debuts this year without even realizing it! With a little concerted effort, I know I can manage twelve. :) This will be a good way for me to stay on top of the YA scene too, since the bulk of my YA reading lately has been catching up on series or making sure I read the new one from [insert beloved author here]. As much as I love my K-5 kiddos, the time I spend with them and reading books for them leaves me wishing for and wanting more YA lit.

Here's a list of 2011 debuts that I'm contemplating reading. I'll update it throughout the year to reflect what I've actually read.

And what did I actually read? It's shameful, really. I only managed to read 3 debut novels this year. But many are still on my to-read list! The year flew by, what can I say?

I read...

XVI by Julia Karr (review)

Across the Universe by Beth Revis (review)

Divergent by Veronica Roth (review)

I think I'll join the challenge again in 2012 and make a concerted effort to read more than 3 debuts!



juliakarr said...

Thanks so much for having XVI on your list! Happy Reading!

Kathy Martin said...

You and I have a lot of the same books on our lists for 2011. In fact, the only one I don't have is Falling Under. I'll have to check that one out to see if I need to add it to my list too. Happy reading!

Jan von Harz said...

Some of my favorite books were debut novels last year, and I am now following many of those authors waiting for more great books from them. I recently got an couple of ARC copies of Across the Universe and will be giving one away during my 21 Day Blogoversary/Birthday Bash starting Dec 1.

NatalieSap said...

Julia - Can't wait to read it! :)

Kathy - I think I must have seen your list just before I created mine, haha. I should definitely add Frances O'Roark Dowell's YA debut to my list too.

Jan - I confess; your 2010 debut reviews inspired me to join this year. You had so many favorites! Happy Blogoversary/Birthday!

the story siren said...

thanks so much for joining the challenge! hope you have fun and get those 12 debuts read!! happy reading and good luck!

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