Just like this year, next year I am planning on participating in The Story Siren's Debut Author Challenge. This year was my first year participating and I really enjoyed it, especially discovering all these new authors that I wouldn't otherwise have necessarily paid attention to.
This year my goal was to read 15 books for the challenge (which I have achieved and even have time to read more). So since this is a number I find manageable on top of school and work, that will be my goal again this year. After looking through all the debuts coming out next year, here is my tentative list for 2012.
- Everneath Brodi Ashton
- Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse by Lucas Klauss
- Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
- The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
- The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams
- Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
- Illuminate by Aimee Agresti
- Slide by Jill Hathaway
- Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig
- Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler
- The Selection by Kiera Cass
- Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
- Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
- Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham
This list is likely to change as the year moves forward but hopefully I will get to read all of these because they all sound really great.
Next year, and for the first time, Chick Loves Lit will be hosting the Sophomore Reading Challenge. Basically this challenge is similar to the DAC, but it means by participating you will be reading author's sophomore (or second) books. I thought this was a great idea, as I will be reading a lot of second books next year, many of them from the same authors I read for the DAC this year. So it just seemed logical to participate.
The minimum number of books to read is 10, and so far my list is at 14. Though it will most likely increase as I read a few more debut books this year. So here is my tentative list of sophomore books for 2012:
- Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
- Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton
- Seven Clues to Winning You by Kristin Walker
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth
- Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh
- Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
- Arise by Tara Hudson
- Embers and Echoes by Karsten Knight
- The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney
- Fever by Lauren DeStefano
- The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
- The Right & The Real by Joelle Anthony
- The Lies That Bind by Lisa & Laura Roecker
- Never Enough by Denise Jaden
So these are two challenges I am planning on participating next year, and depending on how much time I have and the offers out there I may take part in more. As it is, I am really excited for these two.