'09 Debut Authors Challenge

The Story Siren is hosting this one. To see all of the rules visit her site.

In the midst of the new year, you’ve probably noticed a lot of book challenges being started! I loved doing all my challenges last year. My favorite challenge of 2008 was Jocelyn of Teen Book Review’s 2k8 Challenge. I was very disappointed to hear that Jocelyn wouldn’t be hosting it again this year. With her blessing I will be taking over the challenge.For lack of creativity on my part at the moment, the challenge will be called ‘09 Debut Authors Challenge. If anyone would like to join, please do!

Anyone can join, you don’t need a blog to participate.But if you are a blogger feel free to review your challenge books! If you don’t have a blog you can always share your views by writing a review for Amazon.com/BarnesandNoble.com/GoodReads/Shelfari, or any other bookish site.
The objective, obviously, is to read a set number of YA or MG novels from debut authors published this year. I’m hoping to read at least 30, but choose a number that you feel comfortable with. You don’t have to list your choices right away, but if you do feel free to change them throughout the year.

The challenge will run from January 1, 2009- December 31, 2009. You can join at anytime!
I have decided to participate because there are so many new authors this year that have novels that I must read. I have a few to list now, but will keep adding as my research expands.
My List:
1. Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog
2. The Season by Sarah MacLean
3. Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard
4. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
5. You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey Jay
6. Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley
7. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
8. Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
9. Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell
10.Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
11.The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
12.Give up the Ghost by Megan Crewe
13.The Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
14.Faery Rebels (Spell Hunter) by R.J. Anderson
15.Crash Into Me by Albert Borris
16.Wings by Aprilynne Pike
17. Silver Pheonix by Cindy Pon
That is it for now but I am sure there is many more to follow :)

12 comments on "'09 Debut Authors Challenge"

Christine wrote: January 8, 2009 at 6:44 AM

Check you out, joining yet another Reading Challenge. I've already caved and joined the same YA Reading Challenge you did. Didn't take long, huh? Let's see if I can actually keep up with these four Challenges.... what have I gotten myself into?? LOL!

Darling Diva wrote: January 8, 2009 at 10:17 AM

I know, I know...but I cannot help myself. I am glad that your also joining in on this one.

Cyn wrote: January 8, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Hi, DD, I am so psyched you listed my book! I am glad I found your blog finally! :)


Darling Diva wrote: January 8, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Thank you Cyn after reading a few of the blog reviews on your upcoming novel I am more than excited to read it. Fairy Tale sounds awesome

DW Golden wrote: January 8, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Hi DD,

I see that soo many people are enjoying YA books at all ages. They just sort of take you back and help you remember the fantasies of other times.

Perhaps you would enjoy my book as well.

DW Golden
Fly with Fairies in Purple Butterflies

Darling Diva wrote: January 8, 2009 at 9:45 PM

Dear DWG,
I will have to check it out.

dd03 wrote: January 8, 2009 at 11:34 PM

*waves* just stopping by to give some love!

Bookgeek wrote: January 8, 2009 at 11:59 PM

Great list. I've been wondering about how many challenges to commit to. So far I've only signed up for one. Still thinking about the rest...

The Story Siren wrote: January 9, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Hey DD!! Thanks for joining up!! I love your list so far!

Darling Diva wrote: January 9, 2009 at 6:08 PM

I was amazed at how many authors are debuting this year, and that their books all sound wonderful. I am up for the challenge. YEAY!!

Reverie wrote: February 18, 2009 at 6:24 PM

We're SO in!!! Rbing it on!!!

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