Debut Author Reading Challenge – 2018

I had so much fun with the debut focus for a handful of titles last year – that I’m returning again to this challenge sponsored by That Artsy Reader Girl  –

Challenge Objectives:

  • To introduce readers to this year’s wonderful group of debut authors.
  • To challenge readers to read 12 or more (or less! It’s up to you!) middle grade, young adult, and new adult debuts this year.

Challenge Rules:

  • You must post your thoughts on each debut book you read in order for it to count towards the challenge. You can post anywhere: your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, etc. If you can link it up, it counts!
  • You can join the challenge whenever you want.
  • The debuts must have a publishing date in 2018 and must have been read between January 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019 (this extra month allows readers adequate time to read December debuts) in order to count.
  • This challenge is open internationally, as are the bi-annual debut book giveaways (provided Book Depository ships to you).
  • I don’t care what language you write your reviews in, I just need to know which book you have reviewed so I can verify your entry. When you post your link in the Linky, please include the book title in English.
  • Use the hashtag #DebutAuthorChallenge so we can all see what everyone’s up to!

Which Books Count:

  • The book must be classified as middle grade, young adult, new adult fiction.
  • The book must be a full-length novel and not a novella.
  • The book must be the author’s MG/YA/NA 2018 debut. (If the author has published adult fiction before, but this is their first MG/YA/NA book EVER it still counts. If the author has published a YA book before and this is their first MG or NA book, it does not count. We are reading the author’s first book for young people, excluding picture books.)
  • Self-published books do not count, so if the author has self-published a MG/YA/NA book before and this is their first book published by a traditional publisher it counts toward the challenge.
  • ARCs are fine, but only if you read them the year they are published. (If you read a 2018 debut in 2017, it does not count. If you read a 2019 debut in 2018, it does not count. This way, participants who do not have access to ARCs are not at a disadvantage.)
  • Since this challenge is international, some books will be debuts in some countries and not in others. This can be tricky and put some books into a gray area, so here’s what we will do. If the book came out this year in your country for the first time, even though it was available elsewhere, then you can count it. I’m going to trust you, so please be honest.
  • Please feel free to tweet, email, etc. me if you do not know if a book counts or not. I am happy to help you.

My Progress

I’m making a couple of changes to the rules -because I do not regularly read Middle Grade or YA fiction – so I’m including Adult fiction.  Secondarily -I don’t believe that a self-published title (as many authors use a mix and keep genres/markets separate) is quite fair – so that is not going to be a restriction for this blog and this challenge.  (and I just realized that the challenge for 2017 had the same rules – so I’ve gone it my way for 2 years!)

I’ll set a goal of 12 titles : debuts released in 2018 – and track my progress below!

  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