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Sunday, October 28, 2012

2013 Debut Author Challenge (YA/MG)

Hi, everyone! Time for a 2013 Reading Challenge!!

This challenge is being hosted by Tara at Hobbitsies!

Here are the details copied from Tara's blog:
2013 Debut Author Challenge (YA/MG)

Challenge Goals

I love the Debut Author Challenge because it accomplishes two very awesome things – obviously it helps debut authors out with exposure, but it also helps readers find debut books that they might have otherwise missed, and I think that’s pretty awesome.
So, with that in mind, I’m asking that each participant come up with a list of at least twelve (12) debut books to read and review in 2013. You can read as many as you want, but in order to be eligible for the grand prize, you must have read and reviewed at least twelve (12).


Just a few simple rules/guidelines to help things run smoothly!

1) You must have a blog, a Goodreads account, a YouTube account, an Amazon account – any where you can post your reviews and share them with others.

2) There is no deadline to join the 2013 Debut Author Challenge, but make sure you give yourself enough time to achieve the goal!

3) ARCs of 2013 debuts read before January 01, 2013 do not count towards your challenge goal.

4) The 2013 debuts must be read between January 01, 2013 – January 31, 2014 to count for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge. The extra month is to allow participants more time to read the December releases.

5) 2013 debuts must be young adult or middle grade in order to count towards the challenge.

6) The title must be the author’s young adult or middle grade debut. If they have previously published an adult title, and this is their first young adult/middle grade title, that counts towards the challenge. If this is their second young adult/middle grade title, it does not count towards the challenge.

7) If you’re a blogger in the US, all debuts must be US debuts to count towards your challenge goal. Likewise, if you’re a UK blogger, all debuts must be UK debuts to count towards to your challenge goal, and same goes for other countries.
The author doesn’t need to be from your country – for example, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer debuted in 2011 in the US/CA. If a UK blogger read it in 2011, it wouldn’t count towards their 2011 Debut Author Challenge goal. But The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer debuted in the UK in 2012 – if a UK blogger read it in 2012, it would count towards their 2012 Debut Author Challenge goal.
This is kind of a weird rule, but the reason for it is because it’s mostly easier for bloggers in other countries to get their hands on books released in their own country. Most publishers won’t ship ARCs over seas and most bloggers don’t have the extra money lying around to have books shipped from other countries, and I don’t want people feeling like they can’t afford to be a part of the challenge.

8) Each review equals one entry in the monthly prize pack. If you post six review of debut titles in January, you have six entries to win the January prize pack.

Extra DAC Deets

Alright! Here are some extra details and lists and groups and such that will help you on your quest to read all the debuts! Or what have you.

First of all, it’s fairly easy to figure out if a book is a debut. If you’ve checked the author’s goodreads page, checked their website, etc, and you can’t find any other middle grade/young adult books, it counts as a debut. Oh, and if it comes out in 2013. That’s important.

BUT. If you’re looking all over the place and you’re really not sure, don’t panic. Just tweet me (@hobbitsies) or e-mail me ( I will help you!

Here are some other resources:


Lots of things on Goodreads this year! Obviously, we have the official Listopia list. This list is awesome, but also kind of sketchy because all kinds of random people can go in and add titles willy nilly. So take it with a grain of salt.

We’ve also got the snazzy official Goodreads Group. This year we’re going to utilize it way more. There are going to be discussions, polls, not to mention exclusive challenges and prizes for group members only. Plus I’ve added all the debuts (that I know of thus far) to the group bookshelf and this is not a sketchy list, so make sure to check out the group! It will be fun.

Debut Lists

We’re doing the spreadsheets of debuts this year as well! You can view the printable spreadsheet here.

I will be maintaining the US one, along with the fabulous Amy of Tripping Over Books. She rocks.

If you’ve found a title that you think fits the list but isn’t on the spreadsheet, please e-mail me at

Unfortunately I do not have nearly enough time on my hands to set up lists for the UK, Australia, etc and then keep them updated, so if you are interested in being the official list keeper for another country, please e-mail me at I would love to find someone that is going to keep on it all year!

Note: We do have more lists coming soon! Be on the look out for a UK spreadsheet and more!

If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

I will keep track of my progress below and link up my reviews:
  1. Splintered by A.G. Howard (Splintered, Book #1)
  2. What the Spell? by Brittany Geragotelis (Life's a Witch, Book #1)   
  3. The End Games by T. Michael Martin
  4. Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
  5. Taken by Eric Bowman 
  6. Pivot Point by Kasie West
  7. The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
  8. Dualed by Elsie Chapman
  9. Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
  10. The Collector by Victoria Scott
  11. Poison by Bridget Zinn
  12. Insomnia by J.R. Johannson
  13. Reboot by Amy Tintera
  14. Linked by Imogen Howson
  15. The Ward by Jordana Frankel
  16. Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
  17. Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland
  18. Acid by Emma Pass
  19. Broken by A.E. Rought
  20. Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley
  21. If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin
  22. The Murmurings by Carly Anne West
  23. Ashes and Ice by Rochelle Maya Callen
  24. Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger      

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe it's time to sign up for this already! I'm going to have to save this and come back so I'll remember to sign up later.


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