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Friday, November 27, 2009

2010 Debut Challenge

So I saw on The Story Siren's blog that she's hosting the 2010 Debut Author Challenge. I don't think I've participated in any challenges before, except for the 100 book challenge each year (which I've already beat this year; my list will come in early January) but that's just for me and not something I post on my blog or anything. This however will be different; I am going to take part in this and I'm way excited for it! Read all about it below, and find my beginning list after that.

What is the 2010 Debut Author Challenge?

The objective is to read a set number of YA (Young Adult) or MG (Middle Grade) novels from debut authors published this year.* I'm going to challenge everyone to read at least 12 debut novels! You don’t have to list your choices right away, but if you do feel free to change them throughout the year. I will also be focusing on mostly Young Adult novels.

Anyone can join, you don’t need a blog to participate. If you don’t have a blog you can always share your views by posting a review on Amazon.com/BarnesandNoble.com/GoodReads/Shelfari, or any other bookish site.

The challenge will run from January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010. You can join at anytime!

* I would like to limit the novels to those released in 2010.

You’ll have to do all the research to make sure a novel meets the criteria for the challenge. I do have a few sites that can help with your search; 2010: A Book Odyssey, AuthorsNow & The Class of 2k10 (website to be launched).

More Challenge Guidelines:

Novels must be read between the dates of January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010 to count toward your challenge total. (this means if you've read a 2010 debut novel in 2009, it doesn't count..... but!)

Reviews posted in 2010 will count toward the monthly prize packs, even if you read the novel in 2009. Does that make sense? For example I've read debut author Jennifer Hubbard's novel The Secret Year, in 2009. But I will not be posting my review until closer to its release date in 2010. So, even though it can't be counted as one of my "challenge" books, I could still use its review for a prize pack entry.

Please do list the 2010 debut novels you've already read in your challenge lists. That way other participants can find out about a book they might not have otherwise.

For information on how to join the 2010 Debut Author Challenge, see the post below.

So since I read two debut novels every month for Fresh New Voice of YA, that's a total of 24 so I'm going to up it to 30 and see how that goes. Books I've read will be in bold and probably will have a link to the review whenever it's posted, books I own but haven't read will be in italics, and books I don't have will be in regular font. Here's my beginning list:

Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk
Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
The Line by Teri Hall
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Numbers by Rachel Ward
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
The Snowball Effect by Holly Nicole Hoxter
The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
The Deathday Letter by Sean Hutchinson
All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
Sea by Heidi Kling
Princess for Hire by Lindsay Leavitt
The Mark by Jen Nadol
A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker
Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount-White
The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey
Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupola
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony
Siren by Tricia Rayburn
Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
Matched by Ally Condie
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
The Iron Thorn by Kaitlinn Kittredge


  1. YAY! Thanks for joining the challenge! It's going to be so much fun! And what a great list! Happy reading!

  2. Great list - and I'm so glad you included Sara Bennett Wealer's RIVAL. I promise you ... it's amazing!

    ~darcy of geekgirlsguidetocheerleading

  3. Hey are you a professional journalist? This article is very well written, as compared to most other blogs i saw today….
    anyhow thanks for the good read!

  4. Anonymous- Most of this post is not my own doing. If you read it, I copied and pasted what Kristi from The Story Siren wrote on her blog about the challenge since she's the one who's hosting it. Did you mean to post on another entry? Either way, no, I'm not a professional journalist, just a regular person.