Tuesday, December 1, 2009

2010 Debut Author Challenge

Kristi over at The Story Siren is hosting a great contest for next year.

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! I’m hoping to read at least 30! 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, or any other bookish site.
  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010. You can join at anytime!
Sign up for the challenge here!

I'm going to try to read the following upcoming debut books next year:

1. The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
2. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
3. Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland
4. The Line by Teri Hall
5. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
6. The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk
7. Nightshade by Andrea Cramer
8. Everlasting by Angie Frazier
9. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
10. Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
11. Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
12. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
13. The Mark by Jen Nadol
14. The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby
15. Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
16. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
17. Forget Her Nots by Amy Brecount White
18. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (needs review)
19. Prophecy of Days, Book One: The Daykeeper's Grimoire by Christy Raedeke
20. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
21. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
22. Freaksville by Kitty Keswick
23. Island Sting by Bonnie J. Doerr
24. Firespell by Chloe Neill
25. The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
26. A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker
27. Alex Van Helsing by Jason Henderson
28. Forbidden Sea by Sheila A. Nielson
29. The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter
30. Numbers by Rachel Ward
31. Dark Life by Kat Falls
A Golden Web by Barbara Quick
33. Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia
34. The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
35. Claire De Lune by Christine Johnson
36. A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler
37. A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner
38. Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony
Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
40. The Lost Children by Carolyn Cohagan
41. Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
42. The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson
43. Stork by Wendy Dolsol
44. Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
45. Firelight by Sophie Jordan
46. Wereling by Steve Feasey
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
The Sorcerer of Sainte Felice by Ann Finnin
49. Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James
50. Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton
51. The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
52. Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
53. Virals by Kathy and Brendan Reichs
54. Karma Bites by Stacey Kramer and Valerie Thomas
55. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
56. Manifest by Arthur Artist
57. Knightley Academy by Violet Haberdasher
58. The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos
59. Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney
60. The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

61. I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan
62. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
63. The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green

The books on my original list that I did not get to:
1. Mistwood by Leah Cypess
2. Other by Karen Kincy
3. Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
4. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
5. Sea by Heidi R. Kling

Not too bad. :)


  1. So many books that sound so good! I especially want to read Sea and Brightly Woven.

  2. This is a great challenge! One of the YA books of 2010 I can wait to read is Jekyl loves Hyde (or something like that!) by Beth ¿Fanstaskey? I'm useless with names!

    the iron king sounds pretty good too, and I love its cover!

  3. Nice list...many of them I'm just waiting for...very impatiently. :)

  4. Ooo pretty list! I'm doing this one but I'm not going to make a list. :D

  5. Great list! I see quite a few books on your list that I am looking forward to reading myself. I want to read Brightly Woven, Hex Hall, Bleeding violet, The mark, The Iron King, etc.

  6. Those all look like great books! I'd participate in this challenge...but I don't buy books and my library doesn't get the new releases quick enough. Boo.

    But goodluck in the challenge! :)

  7. I'm taking part in this challenge too. You have some of the same ones I want to read. The others I'm going to have to look up for myself. You might want to also check out Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia it is coming out in May and it is her debut novel. Good luck with your list.

  8. Nice book list, I'm going to be taking part in this challenge too.

  9. I can't wait for pretty much all of these! Brightly Woven is SOO good!

  10. Awesome List. Im added some of thsoe over on my list. By the Way, I love the new layout it is sooo pretty!!!

  11. Great list, and I love your new layout!

  12. Thanks for listing the books your going to read. I found a few I would like to read that I haven't heard of.

  13. Just wanted to say thanks for including my book, The Ghost and the Goth, in your 2010 challenge! I hope you enjoy it. :)

  14. Awesome book list! I think I see a few I want to add to mine...(By the way, I adore your new layout!)

  15. I really want to do this challenge, just because I think I'll easily be able to accomplish any goals I set, but I need to figure out at least 10 books to read first.

    Your list looks awesome and is giving me some great ideas. I already wanted to read some, but I'll be looking into some others.

  16. Hey! Thanks so much for including Paranormalcy : )

  17. I was debating joining this challenge. After seeing the list I'm thinking I should since a bunch of those books are on my to read list.

  18. Thank you for including PROPHECY OF DAYS on your great list!
    Warm regards, Christy

  19. I'm so incredibly stoked that Shadow Hills made your list! Thanks and happy reading!

  20. Good Luck. I wasnt sure about joining this challenge. I didnt know if I could find enough books but I have a lot of your list on my wishlist so I might reconsider.

  21. Great list! I have fun reading and good luck

  22. Thanks for including FORGET-HER-NOTS! I'm psyched to read all these novels too.

    -Amy (Brecount White)

  23. Wow--thanks for including my book on your list! Just so you know, my title has officially been changed from FE to THE REPLACEMENT (at least, in the US).

    I'm really excited about so many of the debuts coming out next year, and your list looks awesome!


  24. I'm going to do this challenge too =)

  25. Isn't this challenge great? I can't believe how many debut YA/MG authors there are in 2010. I can't wait to get started. I have a few ARCs already so I guess I'm off to a good start :)

  26. Great list! I want to read The Mark, too.

  27. Great list. You've picked out some really interesting books. Good luck with your challenge.

  28. I'm looking forward to reading Brightly Woven and FE too, although the last I heard FE is now called The Replacement.

  29. This seems like a fun challenge! There are a few on your list that I can't wait to read myself. Especially Hex Hall, and Magic Under Glass!

  30. Wow, you are really goin' all out ain't ya? lol. I'm doing this challenge as well but only like 15. Mainly because I want to get some of my older and non-YA books read next year. We have some of the same ones though. Great book choices! :D


  31. Such a fun challenge! And wow, you've chosen sooo many amazing books. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on some of them, I'm looking forward to their release :D Good luck!

  32. I love reading debut authors so I'll definitely have to join the challenge.


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