The Mountains of Instead

Championing fiction as an escape from pandemics, politics and bad TV.

2011 Debut Author Challenge

One of the things that I've enjoyed most since starting blogging  has been taking part in the 2010 Debut Author Challenge, hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren so I was delighted when Kristi announced the 2011 Debut Author Challenge this week. I will certainly be taking part and have listed below some of the debut titles that I plan on reading over the course of next year. As with 2010 I may change this list, will almost definitely add to it and hope to read some real gems during the whole process.  

Thanks to the 2010 challenge I discovered some great authors and also some of my top reads of the year - The Sky Is Everywhere and Shade deserving of special mention here.  The rules of the challenge are simple (and listed here) and I can't stress enough how rewarding it is to take part, supporting and promoting new writers as they step onto the YA stage.  Sign up and start reading - you won't regret it!

My provisional list for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge is as follows:

Across The Universe - Beth Revis
The Water Wars - Cameron Stracher
The Iron Witch - Karen Mahoney
Wither - Lauren DeStefano
Blood Magic - Tessa Gratton
Divergent - Veronica Roth
The Revenant - Sonia Gensler
Falling Under - Gwen Hayes
XVI - Julia Karr
Starcrossed - Josephine Angelini
A Beautiful Dark - Jocelyn Davies
Awaken - Katie Kacvinsky
Those That Wake - Jesse Karp
Unearthly - Cynthia Hand
Wereworld: Rise of The Wolf - Curtis Jobling


the story siren said…
thanks so much for joining the challenge! hope you discover some new fabulous authors! happy reading and good luck!
Ella Preuss said…
Awesome list! AtU is on mine too! Happy reading!
OH, you have listed practically all of the books I'm dying to read next year. This will be my first Debut Author challenge that I'm participating in, so I'm really excited about it - especially Falling Under. :)
Lauren said…
I'm so glad you're doing this, mostly so I can copy your book choices because I'm bound to love them. I'm planning on reading most of the ones you've listed, but haven't heard of a few so I'll go check those out.
Hi, just found your blog through Persnickety Snark and will certainly be following! I love reading about the debut authors of 2011, but I'm also really glad you mentioned Shade from 2010. I thought that book was pretty spectacular and couldn't recommend it more!
Splendibird said…
Lauren - you're alive! I've been wondering where you were on Twitter/blog/FB! I should warn you that I chose this list very quickly while suffering from sleep deprivation. Still, some of them (Awaken/Blood Magic/Wither) I do know about and they look awesome. The rest just instantly caught my attention!
Lauren said…
I'm totally alive! Well, kinda. But jetlagged. I have to say, Blood Magic has me so intrigued I can hardly stand it.

Also, I'm trying to remember if you've read Entangled by Cat Clarke yet. Because if not you have to add that one!
Splendibird said…
I just saw your Wizarding World of Harry Potter post and had to go and vomit in envy. Well, not really but you get the idea... looks fabulous.

I have read Entangled - in fact, I'm taking part in the blog tour for it so my review should be up next week. I enjoyed it but found it to be quite a stressful sort of read... And yes, Blood Magic sounds awesome, not least because it's by Tessa Gratton who has to be one of the most accessible authors I've had the pleasure to interact with.
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