Past Meets Present: Officially Declaring My Participation In Two 2011 Challenges

There is nothing I love more than a challenge and MAKING LISTS. I know many more challenges will start to appear for 2011 and I will want to participate in them. So far, though, two challenges have caught my eye. These challenges hit both ends of the YA spectrum that I quite love.

First, the annual Debut YA Author Challenge hosted by The Story Siren.

2011 Debut Author Challenge

2011 Debut Author Challenge

Here are my pool of reads. The books I have ARCs of are noted with italics.

1. Across The Universe by Beth Revis
2. The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker

3. XVI by Julia Karr
4. The Lo-Down by Lo Bosworth (lolololol)
5. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
6. Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
7. Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell
8. Choker by Elizabeth Woods
9. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
10. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
11. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
12. Entwined by Heather Dixon
13. The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
14. The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal

15.  The Trouble With Half A Moon by Danette Vigilante
16. I Am J by Cris Beam

…and I am sure my list will greatly expand.

The Second YA Challenge I will be participating in is the YA of The 80s And 90s Challenge hosted by the Book Vixen. I love to rock old school reading, and these are the books that came out when I was born/growing up.

YA Of The 80s And 90s Book Challenge

YA Of The 80s and 90s Reading Challenge

Here’s what I have selected as a pool of reads, I already own all of these books:

1. Slave Day by Rob Thomas

2. Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas (FYI Rob Thomas is the dude behind Veronica Mars)

3. The Ruby In The Smoke by Philip Pullman

4. The Shadow In The North by Philip Pullman

5. The Tiger In The Well by Philip Pullman

6. Secret Vampire by L.J. Smith

7. Daughters of Darkness by L.J. Smith

8. Spellbinder by L.J. Smith

9. The Hero And The Crown by Robin McKinley

10. Mairelon the Magician by Patricia C. Wrede

11. The Magician’s Ward by Patricia C. Wrede

12. Sabriel by Garth Nix

13. Deerskin by Robin McKinley

14. The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley

15. The Adventures of Blue Avenger by Norma Howe

16. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

17. The Road Home by Ellen Emerson White

18. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

19. Castle In The Sky by Diana Wynne Jones

20. A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Thanks for adding XVI to your 2011 Debut Author Challenge list! Happy Reading!

  2. Thanks for putting THE LIAR SOCIETY on your list, April. We’re dying to hear what you think! Let us know when you finally get an ARC. Hopefully soon!!!

  3. thanks so much for joining the challenge, April!! you’ve got some great titles, ’11 is going to be a great year!! happy reading and good luck!

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