Tuesday, December 18, 2012

2013 Debut Author Challenge Goal Post

Do you all know Hobbitsies? No, not the cute, hairy-footed creatures created by Mr. Tolkien. Hobbitsies is a hoppin' blog that annually hosts a debut author challenge. The idea is to read as many debut authors as possible, though all participating must read at least 12. It's a really great idea, and I wanted to participate so badly last year but didn't.

This year, I jumped in whole-heartedly. Each participant is supposed to post a goal list. I wasn't sure whether to err on the side of caution or the side of desire, but here's mine:

  • A Point So Delicate by Brandy Colbert (Ballet contemporary)
  • A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchinson (Written by a friend! AAH!)
  • Arclight by Josin McQuein (Dystopian thriller, first of two books on this list by the same debut author)
  • Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross (Historical fiction)
  • Bruised by Sarah Skilton (Contemporary w/Tae Kwan Doe)
  • Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell (Fantasy described as Tamora Pierce meets George R.R. Martin)
  • City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster (Fantasy w/female assassins)
  • Dualed by Elsie Chapman (Dystopian w/doppelgangers/clones)
  • Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelly Coriell (Possibly humorous contemporary) [Note: Was just informed the author is NOT a debut. Oops.]
  • Insomnia by J.R. Johansson (Sleep-related thriller)
  • Leap of Faith by Jamie Blair (Contemporary w/kidnapped baby)
  • Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans (Paranormal set in Purgatory)
  • Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan (Historical fiction w/thieves and spies)
  • MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza (Sci-fi about A.I.)
  • Parallel by Lauren Miller (Sci-fi about parallel universes)
  • Pivot Point by Kasie West (Paranormal about parallel universes)
  • Poison by Bridget Zinn (Fantasy about a potions master turned traitor)
  • Premeditated by Josin McQuein (Contemporary about revenge)
  • Prophecy by Ellen Oh (Fantasy)
  • Reboot by Amy Tintera (Dystopian about rebooted humans w/out emotions)
  • Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum (Sci-fi dystopian about humans vs. robots)
  • Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton (Paranormal about personified emotions)
  • Splintered by A.G. Howard (Fantasy pseudo-sequel to Alice in Wonderland)
  • Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson (Historical Bluebeard retelling)
  • Taken by Erin Bowman (Dystopian/fantasy about disappearing boys)
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (Sci-fi about dreams)
  • The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd (Historical pseudo-sequel to The Island of Dr. Moreau)
  • The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett (Paranormal about a Nightmare)
  • The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston (Contemporary about Witness Protection)
  • The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf (Contemporary about a hypochondriac)
  • The Ward by Jordana Frankel (Dystopian)
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Sci-fi in spaaaaaace!)
  • That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard (Contemporary about a missing mom and a circus)
  • Transparent by Natalie Whipple (Paranormal about an invisible girl w/a crime boss father)
  • Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland (Paranormal thriller about the Furies)
  • When the World Was Flat by Ingrid Jonach (Sci-fi about alternate dimensions)

Oof. I'm not sure I'll be able to get to all of those, but I'll certainly try. There are some really amazing sounding books on that list. A few thoughts:

1. I'm shocked at how many contemporaries are on that list. I'm really not a contemporary kind of gal, but the 2013 batch sounds so gooood.

2. YAY SCI-FI!!! There's even one set in actual SPACE!!

3. Where are my fantasies? I can't live without good fantasies. Must fix.

If any of you are wondering how to join in on this year's challenge, you're in luck! Participants can join at any point over the next year, so if you're panicking slightly at the idea of getting everything together during the holidays, you needn't worry. For the 2013 Debut Author Challenge homepage, click here. From there, you'll find the full rules, the signup list, resources to figure out which books are debut and
which aren't, and blog buttons for your own use.

Right now, over 150 reviewers have signed up. Think about it, and then join the rest of us for some fun. :)