Debut Author Challenges: 2011 Wrap-Up, 2012 Start-Up

I’ve finally had the chance to look through everything I’ve read this year and pull out the debut novels — as you might remember, my original goal in the challenge was to read 30 debuts.

Well, I surpassed that a little bit.

I read a total of 56 debut novels in 2011. I didn’t review them all simply out of time’s sake. In all that reading, I got to meet some great new voices and I’m eager to check out what many of these authors do next.

As you know, I’ve been talking about debut novels over at The Hub, YALSA’s book blog, and doing this challenge helped me become familiar enough with the books to talk about them.

So I’m going to join again in 2012.

I think I’ll raise my goal a tiny bit this year and aim to read 32 debut novels. I’ll update my list as the year progresses, linking to reviews.

1. The Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin
2. May B by Caroline Starr Rose
3. Me & Earl & The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
4. Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic
5. Various Positions by Martha Schabas
6. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth
7. Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
8. Black Boy, White School by Brian F. Walker
9. Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole
10. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
11. Survive by Alex Morel
12. Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price
13. The Princesses of Iowa by M Molly Backes
14. All These Lives by Sarah Wylie
15. Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
16. Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
17. Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
18. The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman
19. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
20. After the Snow by SD Crockett
21. Personal Effects by EM Kokie
22. Long Lankin by Lindsay Barraclough
23. Cracked by K.M. Walton
24. Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham
25. Butter by Erin Jade Lange
26. Send Me A Sign by Tiffany Schmidt
27. Through to You by Emily Hainsworth
28. What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
29. Skinny by Donna Cooner
30. If I Lie by Corrine Jackson 
31. Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos
32. Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Maldonia
33. This is Not a Drill by Beck McDowell
34. What She Left Behind by Tracy Bilen
35. Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things by Katherine Burak

I’m not going to make a list of everything I plan on reading because I found that didn’t do much for me last year. I’d rather discover things along the way, rather than feel stuck to some sort of list. But a handful of debut titles I am really looking forward to diving into in 2012 include:

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
Through to You by Emily Hainsworth
Survive by Alex Morel
Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt
Me & Earl & The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

I’ve got a stack of other books sitting beside my shelves, too. I’m eager to dive in and hit that lofty 2012 challenge goal. I’m going to do better about reviewing after finishing, as I’d like to try to review more of the titles I read in the coming year.

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