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2012 Debut Author Challenge

I have decided to participate in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge which is being hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com. Thank you Kristi for hosting it again this year!

I was on the fence for a while about whether or not to join again this year. While I loved participating in 2011, for a brief time I thought about taking a step back from commitments in 2012.

But the reality is, some of the most exciting books I’ve read this past year have been by 2011 Debut Authors like Leah Clifford, Scott Tracey, Mary Lindsey, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Karsten Knight, Tahereh Mafi, Julia Karr, Courtney Allison Moulton, Cynthia Hand and well…. all of them.

I had only committed to twelve books last year, but ended up (as of today) reading thirty-two, and that’s not including self-published authors who had their 2011 debuts this year or the 2011 debut authors I read in 2010. I still have one of my original twelve remaining, which I’ll read in December, and a few others that I hope to get to before the end of this year, so that count will definitely increase.

About the 2012 DAC

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It is a year-long challenge that begins on January 1, 2012 and ends on January 31, 2013. (It has been extended a month so December 2012 debuts can count toward this year’s challenge.)

The goal is to read twelve novels (at least) from debut Young Adult or Middle Grade authors. (Click the button, above, for more info on The Story Siren’s website.)

The deadline to join is May 31, 2012 and in order to sign up you must have a blog to post reviews or you must be a member of Goodreads. And all reviews must be written in English.


My goal for 2012

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This year I’ve decided to up the original count to twenty debut books, but I hope to read at least thirty. Although, if I do end up reading a few 2012 Debut Authors in December 2011 they won’t get counted toward the challenge and I’ll have to revise my list.


My 20 DAC 2012 Books

(Click on book titles for their description on Goodreads)

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  1. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
  2. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
  3. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
  4. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  5. Fracture by Megan Miranda
  6. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
  7. Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic
  8. Katana by Cole Gibson
  9. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
  10. Immortal City by Scott Speer
  11. Tempest by Julie Cross
  12. Slide by Jill Hathaway
  13. Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
  14. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  15. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  16. Destiny’s Fire by Tricia Wolfe
  17. Velveteen by Daniel Marks
  18. Something Deadly and Strange by Susan Dennard
  19. Above by Leah Bobet
  20. The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg


Half the list I’ve had on my Goodreads TBR for awhile, the remaining half are newer finds. I’m generally slow in stalking the publisher’s catalogs so I tend to discover new authors late, but I somehow manage not to miss a fantastic debut even if I don’t always get to read it right away.

It was such a challenge to narrow down the list, especially when you get to that one last slot and several books are fighting to be added. But I decided to try and make my picks as varied as possible, so that I didn’t have too many of one sub-genre. Of course I’ll be reading those others, they’re just not named in the twenty for this DAC.


Looking back at 2011, although it’s not over yet, and I will probably create a post as the year closes, I have to say that taking part in the 2011 DAC was one of the best things I did as a blogger. If I hadn’t had all these debut authors on my radar, I might have missed some of the most amazing reads. Before I started blogging I never discovered new authors unless Amazon recommended them to me. And so, it’s very likely I might not have discovered any of the thirty plus debut authors I’ve read this past year.

While I still love my non-debut authors like Cassandra Clare, Rachel Vincent, Melissa Marr, Lesley Livingston, Rachel Caine, Kelley Armstrong, Holly Black, Richelle Mead, Jeri Smith-Ready, Jenna Black, Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick, and so many more, I can’t imagine a world where I didn’t read books like Wildefire, Shattered Souls, Dead Rules, Shatter Me, A Touch Mortal, Starcrossed, Half-Blood, Witch Eyes, Die for Me or Blood Magic.

And just because all my 2011 authors will be moving on to their sophomore novels in 2012, it doesn’t mean that I won’t be stalking them regularly. I am a loyal reader and once I find an author I love, I become a fan for life and buy every single book they write.

I can’t wait to dive into these wonderful sounding books for 2012 and see what new worlds, characters and adventures I’ll discover.

9 Responses to “2012 Debut Author Challenge”

  1. I can’t wait to participate this year.

  2. Daisy says:

    Hooray! Am participating as well, had so much fun last year 🙂 I need to make a list though… I keep stalking the list on Goodreads and adding books to my TBR list 🙂

  3. Good Luck and I am on the fence about this next year and I have read many books for it. But I want to enjoy them 🙂

  4. Fiktshun009 says:

    @Amy – Oh YAY! It was such a great thing to be a part of this past year. I highly recommend it.

    @Daisy – Awesome! If you don’t want to do a list on your post you should do a GR shelf. Then you can just add those books right from there. It really helped keep me organized as sometimes I’d forget to update my page and posts here on the blog.

    @Julie – Yeah, it’s tough if you feel obligated versus enjoying them. But if you don’t make it you don’t, this is just a goal to do, it’s not like you’ll be punished if you don’t. And only pick 12 as it makes it a lot easier, though they’ll have to be 12 you read in 2012. You can’t count the ones you already read this year, which means I might have to move some of those off this list if I can’t wait until January to read them, LOL.

  5. Good picks! I was eyeing up a few of them already, but I hadn’t heard of a few, so thanks. 🙂

  6. Avery says:

    I feel like a booger- I have only heard of four of the books on your list! I think I am going to haev to partake (my first time participating in a challenge) just so that I can become familiar with these authors!

  7. argh!! this is actually the first year that I’m blogging AND actually know a bit more about it…I so wish I could sign up but well living here it’d be a nightmare trying to get those books but I love debuts they’re just awesome!! and be sure to keep us updated on how you finish this year’s and the whole next year Rachel! 😉
    ~uh oh…you made a visual…a world without ATM T_T hyperventilates~

  8. Mindy says:

    Sounds fun! I think I just might participate!!!

  9. blackplume says:

    I haven’t completed my list of books to read for this challenge. Need to check more titles online so I can post my list asap. Wish I know which books are easy to find locally or I’ll end up changing every books in the list.

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