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
My goal for 2012
My 20 DAC 2012 Books
(Click on book titles for their description on Goodreads)
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.