It's with great pleasure that I sign myself up for The Story Siren's 2010 Debut Author Challenge. It's a great way to spread the word about the fabulous new authors making their mark on YA.
What is the 2010 Debut Author Challenge?
- The objective is to read a set number of YA (Young Adult) or MG (Middle Grade) novels from debut authors published this year.You don’t have to list your choices right away, but if you do feel free to change them throughout the year.
- Anyone can join, you don’t need a blog to participate. If you don’t have a blog you can always share your views by posting a review on Amazon.com/BarnesandNoble.com/GoodReads/Shelfari, or any other bookish site.
- The challenge will run from January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010.
- You can join at anytime!
To be really honest, I am not all that familiar with The Tenners. I have been concentrating on getting to know authors that I have always admired, newly met or tweeted with. Some of these are Tenners but I've been more interested in the person than their work most of the time...I make the worst YA blogger in the world! Even worse I had tweeted with someone for two months before realising they were an author and not a blogger - - yep, I'm quick on the uptake!
I am going to try and review twenty Tenners this year. Within that I will attempt to read and review at least five Australian debut authors. I have no idea who these authors are as they aren't publicised as much as their American counterparts but as Kate Welshman, Kirsty Eager and Charlotte McConaughy were great finds in 2009, I am eager to see what's ahead of the OZYA industry in 2010. I would also like to address the gender inequality in my reading material. So if five of my debut author reads are from male authors, I will be very happy.
These aren't all the titles I am interested in but it does reflect my preference for contemporary YA, though I am not opposed to other genres within YA. Also, some of the summaries aren't all that compelling at the moment, they need tweaking.
Here's my list which can be added to:
- Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
- Everlasting by Angie Frazier
- The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk
- The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
- Sea by Heidi R. Kling
- The Secret Year - Jennifer Hubbard
- Faithful - Janet Fox
- A Match Made in High School - Kristin Walker
- Party - Tom Leveen
- The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson
- Guardian of the Dead - Karen Healey
- Tell Me A Secret - Holly Cupala
- The Duff by Kody Keplinger
- Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
- Anna and the Boy Masterpiece by Stephanie Perkins
- Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount-White
- Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
- The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
- Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
- The Line - Teri Hall
- All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
- A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner
- The Rise of Renegade X - Chelsea Campbell
Let the challenge begin!