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Monday, January 25, 2010

2010 Debut Author Challenge

I've been wanting to post about this challenge since I read it, but of course I've been too busy sleeping. There are several challenges out there, from reading local authors to reading unsung YA authors. I looked into both of them, but this is one I'm excited about.

Here is a link to the challenge on the Story Siren's blog.

Description from The Story Siren:

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 shooting for 30 books. I'm also going to include debut authors from 2009, because in my opinion, they are still debut authors. And I don't know all the authors yet-to-be-published in 2010!
  • 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!
Here's where I'll be keeping track of the books I want to read for the 2010 Challenge. I don't know debut authors that well, so I'm stealing titles from other bloggers. Have a suggestion? Please tell me in the comments! Really, the only way I'll know if you're going to be a debut author is if you tell me! (And remember, if all goes well, I'll be a debut author this year when my book Perilous comes out!)

  1. Ghost Waves by W. Everett Prusso
  2. Heroes of the Fallen by David West
  3. Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
  4. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
  5. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  6. Sea by Heidi R. Kling
  7. Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  8. Wish by Alexandra Bullen
  9. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
And the rest of the list is TBD (as I get suggestions...).

18 comments:

Elisa said...

Sounds intriguing! I don't know if I've got enough extra reading time for 30 new authors, but I'm sure I can squeeze in a couple. I look forward to hearing which ones you think are the best so I can maximize my choices!

Voidwalker said...

I have too many things going on to set a challenge for myself like this, but it's still a fun idea. Good luck to you. I do know that Andrea Cremer will be publishing her first novel this November. Maybe you can add that one to your late reading list.

Lisa Desrochers said...

Thanks soooo much for including PERSONAL DEMONS on your list! I'm buzzing all over! =)

You have some great books lined up! Andrea Cremer is my crit partner and her NIGHTSHADE is fabulous! You're gonna love it!

Keep us posted on your release!

Andrea Cremer said...

Thank you so much for including Nightshade! This is such a great list of debut authors! Thanks Void and Lisa for the Nightshade love :)

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Lisa and Andrea,

You're most certainly welcome! I'm quite excited to help support debut authors. It's so exciting to have your first book coming out, but also very nerve-wracking, wondering if anyone will even read it!

Anyone else to add? M. Gray, do you have a title yet???

Heidi R. Kling said...

Thanks for including SEA. :D

M. Gray said...

I like this challenge. Have you read Ghost Waves yet??

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Mary, no I haven't. I'd include your name on the list, but I don't have your title!

JennyMac said...

Awesome list. Thanks for sharing Tamara!

And will you link your email addy to your blogger profile? I wanted to email you back about one of your comments on my blog and got 'no reply at blogger' as your email. :)

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Sure! now let me just go figure out how to do that...

laurel said...

Good luck meeting the challenge, Tamara! Here's the URL of the "official site", if you're looking for more titles:
www.classof2k10.com

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

oh, thanks, Laurel! I'll be sure to check that site out!

SB said...

congrats on the pregnancy -- how far along are you now??? I just had a baby last march...I like your blog a lot.Oh and congrats on being published as well! You won an award *don't feel you have to play along...http://nottooseriousihope.blogspot.com/2010/01/yeah-smiley-me.html

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Thanks for the award! I'm 12 weeks. I'm glad you like my blog. congrats on the baby! I keep thinking, "things will calm down when..." and then I realize they won't!

SB said...

no they will definitely not calm down...but that's surprisingly a good thing!

Guinevere said...

I'm doing this one too! Although I'm only aiming for 12 debut authors. :)

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

which authors, Guinevere? I need more on my list! I might add the ones you're doing!

The Story Siren said...

thanks for joining the challenge! you have a great list! i think it's going to be a lot of fun! hope you enjoy all of your books! happy reading and good luck!

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