Saturday, January 22, 2011

Debut Authors Challenge 2011

I'm excited to try The Story Siren's Debut Authors Challenge. I figured I'd like to mix it up, and make sure I'm reading plenty of new authors in the upcoming year.  I've already read a couple of 2011 titles that I thought were debuts, but after some digging around, turns out they are not! One is from an author who has published in other genres, another is from an author who's been long absent from the publishing scene and is just now returning. (I know, that under the "official rules" being published in other genres still counts, but I am trying to read true debuts, here.)

I'd expected to kind of float along, and tally-up how many debuts I read this year, but then I figured, why not take a look at the official list and make sure I'm getting to authors who are truly new, not just new to me.  Happily, I'm finding that completing this challenge should be absurdly easy, as there are so many novels that have caught my interest which I am eager to read and review this year.  Good gosh, I could probably fill the requirements of this challenge with books released in January 

I know all of the following titles are high on my list of items "To Be Read":

1 Unearthly by Cynthia Hand 
Harper Teen January 2011
2 The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson January 2011
3 XVI by Julia Karr Speak January 2011
4 The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal Egmont USA January 2011
5 Across the Universe by Beth Revis Razorbill January 2011
6 The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wang-Long Shang Scholastic January 2011
7 Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton Katherine Tegan Books February 2011
8 The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney Flux February 2011 
9 Wither by Lauren deStefano Greenwillow March 2011
10 The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder Graphia April 2011
11 Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky Houghton Mifflin Books for Children May 2011
12 Lost Voices by Sarah Porter Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Childrens July 2011


  1. I have a feeling that these are going to be all of the "must read" books for 2011! I chose not to participate in the Debut Author challenge b/c I get pretty much all of my books from the library, and they don't always get new releases too quickly, but I love looking at other people's lists. Have fun!!

  2. @Katie I know! I was kind of planning on reading all of these anyway. So, the DAC is the perfect excuse for it.

    @Ann Thanks!

  3. Yay! So glad your doing this challenge as well, there are so many great debuts coming out this year! We have pretty much all the same books on our lists, so I can't wait for your reviews so we can swap thoughts:)

  4. Sounds like a great collection! XVI is on my reading list, too (and I just bought it), and I am particularly looking forward to reading it soon!
    Also, thanks for visiting my blog!


  5. great picks!Thanks for visiting my blog :) Ive been a little button crazy since I'm in 16 challenges this year

  6. @Jenny Thanks! Me too! You always have such an interesting take on things in your reviews.

    @Aliyah I think I'm going to have to purchase XVI, but I'm having trouble deciding if I want the paperback, or the Kindle version. Decisions, decisions.



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