Monday, December 19, 2011

Story Siren 2011

What a year of reading! I completed my Goodreads reading challenge with 81 books! And 36 were debut's which also completes my Story Siren debut challenge.

I'm so thankful for being part of the amazing group The Elevensies. When I needed to share good news, or bad, they were there to talk me down. We supported and learned from each other, and I've made friends that will hopefully remain for my writing career.

A bonus of doing the debut challenge was it introduced me to books in genre's that I wouldn't normally read.

I've learned:
  • Dead people? - very very cool to read about! Especially if they are dressed in, you know... blood.
  • Ramadan? Yiddish? - I'm embarrassed to confess, I didn't really know much. But so glad to learn.
  • God Stones? - yeah, I'm a new and frothing fan of fantasy! Woo!
  • 1941 in the Soviet Union? - reading Ruta's masterpiece rocked me to the core. It changed me.

Here's my 2011 debut list

1. The Trouble With Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante (MG)
2. Warped by Maurissa Guibord (YA)
3. Vesper by Jeff Sampson (YA)
4. XVI by Julia Karr (YA)
5. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (YA)
6. Head Games by Keri Mikulski (YA)
7. Perilous by Tamara Hart Heiner (YA)
8. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (YA)
9. Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer (YA)
10. So Shelly by Ty Roth (YA)
11. Haven by Kristi Cook (YA)
12. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney (YA)
13. Clarity by Kim Harrington (YA)
14. How Lamar's Bad Prank Won Him a Bubba-Sized Trophy by Chrystal Allen (MG)
15. Illegal by Bettina Restrepo (YA)
16. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (YA)
17. The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder (YA)
18. The Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless by Allan Woodrow (MG)
19. OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy (YA)
20. Moonglass by Jessi Kirby (YA)
21. Memento Nora by Angie Smibert (YA)
22. Divergent by Veronica Roth (YA)
23. Possession by Elana Johnson (YA)
24. Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton (YA)
25. Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. by Medeia Sherif (YA)
26. Dead Rules by Randy Russell (YA)
27. Wither by Lauren DeStafano (YA)
28. Vanished by Sheela Chari (MG)
29. End of the Line by Angela Cerrito (YA)
30. Popular by Alissa Grosso (YA)
31. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (YA)
32. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (YA)
33. With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo (MG)
34. My Very Unfairy Tale Life by Anna Staniszewski (MG)
35. Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough (YA)
36. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (YA)

Can't wait to get started on 2012!

Did you do this challenge? Which books rocked your world?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry, I have so many books on my iPad from blogger buddies right now, this challenge would've sunk me!

Jemi Fraser said...

Other than yours??? :)

I read a ton of great books this year, but I didn't keep track of anything. Some of my MG & YA faves: Dogsled Dreams, Possession, White Assassin, Earthling Hero, Blood Faerie, Liar Society, Like Mandarin, Body Finder, Shade, Perilous... although I'm not always sure which ones were elevensies! So many great books!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great list of books. I've read some of them. I did not do the challenge officially but I definitely met the goal of reading and promoting a lot of debut authors. I just finished Legend and loved it. You should check it out.

Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

What a great list of books! I will be taking part in the 2012. In the meantime have a pile of 2011's I want to get read first. Going to be reading my eyes out til the new year~!

Anonymous said...

I didn't officially join the challenge, but looking at my Elevensies list on Goodreads, like you I read 36 books. I wish I had read more, but since I own most of them I can catch up next year.

MTeacress said...

No, but I'm going to do it in 2012. Where did you find all your debut authors? I found some on Goodreads, but not enough for the year.

Merry Christmas!