One of the blogs that I read and heard about a lot when I started my book review blog was Kristi's aka: The Story Siren. She reviews a lot of YA books, and does some awesome community building of YA bloggers and promoting of books and authors. You've seen my In My Mailbox posts which link back to her site as the originator of the shared posts, and now I'm joining in another one of her lovely book ideas. I'm going to be participating in The 2011 Debut Author Challenge.
The challenge is to read at least 12 young adult or middle grades novels in one year - from authors who are releasing their first book book in that genre that year. Then, each month, the book reviews from all participating blogs get linked on The Story Siren. See...community building! Read more about it at The Story Siren 2011 Debut Author Challenge. So...from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011, I'm challenging myself to read 12 books from first time young adult or middle grades authors. That would amount to one debut author book each month (and I'm sure I'll read more than that!). I'll be posting the reviews as normal, but stating that they're for the 2011 DAC. I'm excited to start a new book stack!
As of now (and it could change) these are the titles I'm most looking forward to reading and reviewing from debut authors for 2011:
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis
UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand
THE LATTE REBELLION by Sarah Jamila Stevenson
WHERE I BELONG by Gwendolyn Heasley
LEVERAGE by Joshua C. Cohen
THE FOURTH STALL by Chris Rylander
LIKE MANDARIN by Kirsten Hubbard (also a Contemps Challenge book)
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys
TEN MILES PAST NORMAL by Frances O'Roark
THE EMERALD ATLAS by John Stephens
DIVERGENT by Veronica Ross
FALLING FOR HAMLET by Michelle Ray