Debut Author Challenge

The Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I’m excited for this one because I participated last year and just barely completed it! I ended up finishing 13 debuts, though I did DNF a couple. This year I’m looking to read at least 12 more debuts! I think it’s such a great way to challenge myself and to make sure I’m trying to support new talents in the writing field and help get new authors’ names out there! Here are a few I’m hoping to read this year:

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo, The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross, People Like Us by Dana Mele, and Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk.

From challenge host That Artsy Reader Girl:

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!
  • 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.
  • 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.)


Here are the books I’ve read for the challenge: