Debut Author Challenge Check-In

The Debut Author Challenge is a yearly reading challenge hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Participants are encouraged to read twelve or more middle grade, young adult, and new adult debuts. To count toward the challenge, the books must be published in the year they’re read. Jana provides a helpful list of debuts if you’re interested in participating!


My last Debut Author Challenge update was kind of disappointing. It was back in March and I’d only read three books toward my goal of twelve, which I suppose means I was on track, but it still felt wrong. Now, I’m happy to report that I’ve read a whole bunch of debuts and I have a whole bunch more waiting to be read.

Read so far: 

  • I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter
  • Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
  • A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole
  • Frat Girl by Kiley Roache
  • The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
  • Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga
  • Love Scene, Take Two by Alex Evansley
  • Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Not yet read, but next up:

Taunting me from my nightstand–

  • The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
  • How to Breathe Underwater by Vicky Skinner
  • Running With Lions by Julian Winters
  • Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi

Taunting me from my library–

  • People Like Us by Dana Mele (which has been on hold forever)

Still hoping to read:

  • You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon
  • Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
  • Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  • Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Have you read any debuts this year? What’s been your favorite so far?
Am I missing any great debuts or should I strike some of these from my list?

22 thoughts on “Debut Author Challenge Check-In

    • Sara @ The Bibliophagist says:

      I totally forgot to link the actual challenge up at the top so I’m going to add that now. I LOVED The Kiss Quotient but adult debuts don’t count for the challenge! Everybody keeps talking about how great The Astonishing Color of After is, so I’m definitely going to need to pick that one up soon. 🙂

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  1. strugglingbookaholic says:

    I wish I had known about this challenge at the beginning of the year but I definitely want to participate next year. I read a few of these and a few others are on my TBR. You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone and Nice Try, Jane Sinner were the first two books I read this year and they’re probably still my favorite of 2018 so far! I hope you enjoy them 🙂

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