2018 Debut Author Reading Challenge – Complete

This challenge is sponsored by That Artsy Reader Girl  – but I’ve ‘modified’ the challenge here. While the original challenge is focused on YA , NA and middle grade titles, I’m not a huge reader of any of those genres, so I went with a “debut” offering, big house or self-published (as there is a mix of people who try one before the other) and first time published in a country (ie- first US release for a UK Author) will count.

I set a goal of 12 titles: debuts released in 2018 – and here’s how I did!

  1. This Love Story Will Self-Destruct by Leslie Cohen
  2. Everything You Came to See by Elizabeth Schulte Martin
  3. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  4. Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers by Sara Ackerman
  5. Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik
  6. Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
  7. The Unforgotten by Laura Powell
  8. A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out by Sally Franson
  9. Family and Other Catastrophes by Alexandra Borowitz
  10. My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
  11. Don’t Call Me Cupcake: The Holloway Girls #1 by Tara Sheets
  12. The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
  13. My Big Greek Summer by Sue Roberts
  14. Secrets and Tea at Rosie Lee’s by Jane Lacey-Crane
  15. The Baghdad Clock by Shahad Al Rawi
  16. The Runaway Wife by Dee MacDonald
  17. What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine
  18. Trouble the Water by Jacqueline Friedland
  19. Summer at the Castle Café by Donna Ashcroft
  20. Murder in an English Village: Beryl and Edwina Mystery #1 by Jessica Ellicott
  21. The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson
  22. A Murder for the Books: Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #1 by Victoria Gilbert
  23. Playing with Matches by Hannah Orenstein
  24. Dear Mrs. Bird: A Novel by AJ. Pearce
  25. The Lido by Libby Page
  26. Seekers of the Past by Amy Valentini
  27. America for Beginners by Leah Franqui
  28. Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
  29. Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li
  30. Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
  31. Goodbye, Paris by Anstey Harris
  32. How (Not) to Marry a Duke by Felicia Kingsley
  33. The Stylist: Amber Green #1 by Rosie Nixon
  34. The Lost Queen: The Lost Queen Trilogy #1 by Signe Pike
  35. The Summer List by Amy Mason Doan
  36. Rule: Rule #1 by Ellen Goodlett
  37. The City of Lost Fortunes: Crescent City #1 by Bryan Camp
  38. Life on the Leash by Victoria Schade
  39. Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll
  40. Trouble Brewing by Suzanne Baltsar
  41. The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox
  42. A Curious Matter of Men with Wings by F. Rutledge Hammes
  43. Amreekiya: A Novel by Lena Mahmoud
  44. The Waiter by Matias Faldbakken
  45. The Temporary Bride: A Memoir of Love and Food in Iran by Jennifer Klinec
  46. The Christmas Company by Alys Murray
  47. The Woman Who Kept Everything by Jane Gilley
  48. Murder by the Book: Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery #1 by Lauren Elliott
  49. Curses, Boiled Again!: A Lobster Shack Mystery #1 by Shari Randall


So – as you can see I manged to read 49 debut offerings: from first books, first release in the US, as well as just first offerings in translation – all from a variety of genres.  Some hits, some misses and some real surprises – adding to my determination to pick up debut titles that intrigue me and give a new author a chance!

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