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2011 Debut Author Challenge

This year, I am participating in the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren. Last year, I heard all the buzz about the challenge, but didn’t officially join in myself (although I think I probably unknowingly did read twelve or more 2010 debut authors!) However, this year, I am officially throwing my hat into the ring.

Here’s a bit more information about the challenge from Kristi’s blog:

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.
Qualifying books:
  • Books must be a Young Adult or Middle Grade novel.
  • This must be the authors debut with a release date in 2011.
  • If an author has a previous novel published under adult fiction/nonfiction or children’s fiction/nonfiction, they can still qualify for the challenge if they are releasing their YA or MG debut.

There are so many awesome new authors with debuts coming out this year! I will definitely be adding more books to the list as time goes on and I find out about more 2011 debuts, but for now, here’s what I’m planning to read:

Other Words For Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal (January 11, 2011)

Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley (February 8, 2011)

The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker (March 1, 2011)

The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder (April 4, 2011)

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (May 2011)

Popular by Alissa Grosso (May 8, 2011)

Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell by Crickett Rumley (June 14, 2011)

Populazzi by Elisa Allen (August 1, 2011)

I’ve started a Goodreads list for this challenge. Check it out here!

Will you be joining in the challenge? Leave a link to your list or let me know what you’re most excited to read in 2011!

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18 thoughts on “2011 Debut Author Challenge”

  1. Haha, Jessica, you’re so right! Our lists are like polar opposites. I have to admit, though, that I was also planning to read Other Words for Love – I’m on an ARC tour for it. I totally forgot to place it on my list!

    I’ll be looking forward to your reviews of these titles, since I’ve never heard of most of them! 😛

  2. You have a great list of books! I had a hard time picking books to read because in a perfect world I would like to read them all! Looking forward to your reviews 🙂

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