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message 1: by ZaraS (new)

ZaraS  *book reviewer | 2354 comments THE DEBUT NOVEL CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1st, 2015 - December 31st, 2015


A debut novel is the first novel an author has written. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears go into an author's first novel. And sometimes, an author's first novel is very different from the rest of that author's body of work because she is still trying to find her voice. Or maybe an author started out in a different genre than he ended up in.

In this challenge, decide how many debut novels you would like to read. Short stories that are part of a larger collection (not completely by the author) do not count. Standalone novellas can count if you would like them to.

You can find an author's debut novel by going to his or her author page and looking at publication years. For authors with large bodies of work, click on "Author's Name's Books" (directly above the list of books), then sort by original publication year (which will show the oldest book LAST).


message 2: by ZaraS (last edited May 27, 2015 10:00PM) (new)

ZaraS  *book reviewer | 2354 comments Participants


Adriana
Alisia
Arushi
Berit
Brenna
Brianna
Carine
Caro
Charlotte
ChrisP
Claire P
Cristal
Daisya
E
Elsbeth
Janet
Jacqueline
Jenny *MM*
Joanne♥~Bookworm Extraordinaire
Karena
Kelsi
Laurie
Lois
Lyndi
Maiko
Maria
Mary Pat
Pat
Picolamimi
Stephanie (m30)
Stephanie (m103)
Susan

Participants completed challenge:
Charity


message 3: by Brianna (last edited Aug 13, 2015 09:32AM) (new)

Brianna C (bebecald) | 789 comments I am going to join this one as well!
I will aim for 40 books!

total read→ 37 | 40

01→ The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
02→ The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle
03→ That Summer by Sarah Dessen
04→ How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
05→ Jackaby by William Ritter
06→ Saving Wishes by G.J. Walker-Smith
07→ No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown
08→ How (Not) to Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Roberts
09→ Yes Please by Amy Poehler
10→ Cauchemar by Alexandra Grigorescu
11→ More Than This by Jay McLean
12→ Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass
13→ The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
14→ Rumor Has It by Elisabeth Grace
15→ The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
16→ Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
17→ Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
18→ Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
19→ All in by Marta Brown
20→ My Life With The Walter Boys by Ali Novak
21→ The Bat by Jo Nesbø
22→ Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin
23→ All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
24→ Dollhouse by Anya Allyn
25→ Torn by K.A. Robinson
26→ Rule by Jay Crownover
27→ Significance by Shelly Crane
28→ Wither by Lauren DeStefano
29→ Tease by Amanda Maciel
30→ All My Life by Rucy Ban
31→ As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes
32→ Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
33→ Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
34→ Soulless by Gail Carriger
35→ The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse
36→ Unbreakable by Rebecca Shea
37→ Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens


message 4: by ZaraS (new)

ZaraS  *book reviewer | 2354 comments Brianna wrote: "I am going to join this one as well!
I will aim for 40 books!"


Brianna I've added you. Good luck with your goal.


message 5: by Kelsi (last edited Dec 31, 2015 03:49PM) (new)

Kelsi | 334 comments I will try for 10 to start with :)

36/10 Completed

1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) by Ransom Riggs by Ransom Riggs Completed February 19, 2015.
2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë by Emily Brontë Completed January 25, 2015.
3. Good Omens The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett by Neil Gaiman Completed March 8, 2015.
4. Hush Money (Talent Chronicles, #1) by Susan Bischoff by Susan Bischoff Completed March 25, 2015.
5. Sweet and Deadly by Charlaine Harris by Charlaine Harris Completed July 20, 2015.
6. The Martian by Andy Weir by Andy Weir Completed March 5, 2015.
7. Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, #1) by Richelle Mead by Richelle Mead Completed July 10, 2015.
8. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn by Gillian Flynn Completed February 11, 2015.
9. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1) by Agatha Christie by Agatha Christie Completed September 19, 2015.
10. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, #1) by Jean M. Auel by Jean M. Auel Completed February 28, 2015.
11. The Golem and the Jinni (The Golem and the Jinni, #1) by Helene Wecker by Helene Wecker Completed January 1, 2015.
12. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling by J.K. Rowling Completed January 3, 2015.
13. Moloka'i by Alan Brennert by Alan Brennert Completed January 20, 2015.
14. Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1) by Sara Shepard by Sara Shepard Completed March 30, 2015.
15. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson by Jonas Jonasson Completed April 11, 2015.
16. Mistress of Rome (The Empress of Rome, #1) by Kate Quinn by Kate Quinn Completed April 29, 2015.
17. Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1) by Rosamund Hodge by Rosamund Hodge Completed April 30, 2015.
18. Dahlia (Blood Crave, #1) by Christina Channelle by Christina Channelle Completed May 6, 2015.
19. Stitch (Stitch Trilogy, #1) by Samantha Durante by Samantha Durante Completed May 8, 2015.
20. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller by Joseph Heller Completed May 13, 2015.
21. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent by Hannah Kent Completed May 26, 2015.
22. Leopard Moon (Moon, #1) by Jeanette Battista by Jeanette Battista Completed May 30, 2015.
23. The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1) by Jasper Fforde by Jasper Fforde Completed May 31, 2015.
24. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley by Mary Shelley Completed May 31, 2015.
25. The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long by Ruth Frances Long Completed June 6, 2015.
26. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine by Gail Carson Levine Completed June 9, 2015.
27. House Broken by Sonja Yoerg by Sonja Yoerg Completed June 21, 2015.
28. Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1) by Colleen Houck by Colleen Houck Completed June 22, 2015.
29. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern by Erin Morgenstern Completed June 25, 2015.
30. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer by Marissa Meyer Completed July 7, 2015.
31. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee by Stacey Lee Completed July 11, 2015.
32. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) by Darynda Jones by Darynda Jones Completed July 19, 2015.
33. Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1) by Pierce Brown by Pierce Brown Completed July 22, 2015.
34. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier by Charles Frazier Completed September 2, 2015.
35. Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #1) by Joanne Fluke by Joanne Fluke Completed September 10, 2015.
36. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng by Celeste Ng Completed December 14, 2015.


message 7: by Lois (last edited Dec 21, 2014 08:39AM) (new)

Lois | 112 comments DEBUT NOVEL CHALLENGE.
Duration: January 1st, 2015 - December 31st, 2015
Goal: To read 5 books

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message 8: by Claire (last edited Apr 22, 2015 11:08AM) (new)

Claire  (claire6452) | 603 comments I'll do this one, and go for 12:

1. Everywhere That Mary Went by Lisa Scottoline
2. Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener
3. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
4. The Scarlatti Inheritance by Robert Ludlum
5. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
6. At Play in the Fields of the Lord by Peter Matthiessen
7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
8. A Handful of Heaven by Kristin Hannah
9. Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult


message 9: by ZaraS (new)

ZaraS  *book reviewer | 2354 comments everybody has been added.


message 10: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte I'm in! Since there are so many challenges I'd like to join, I will aim for 5.


message 11: by Cristal (last edited Feb 28, 2015 11:27AM) (new)

Cristal Punnett I'm in, and will go for 10.

Love Letters to the Dead read 28/2/15


message 12: by ChrisP (new)

ChrisP Poyner | 385 comments Put me down for 5


message 13: by Brenna (new)

Brenna (brenna_pappert) | 86 comments I'll start with 10. maybe if it's like this year, it'll be more.


message 15: by Caro (last edited Dec 15, 2014 02:24PM) (new)

Caro (Karopi) | 850 comments Ok I will do 5. I select authors with long Bibliography, since I consider that they may be the more interesting ones, to say how they were when they started. If I can do more later on I may try them.

1.Isabel Allende her first novel is La casa de los espíritus
2.Agatha Christie her first novel is The Mysterious Affair at Styles
3.Irvine Welsh his first novel isTrainspotting
4.Issac Asimovhis first novel is Pebble in the Sky
5.Roald Dahl his first novel is The Gremlins


message 16: by Jojobean (new)

Jojobean THE DEBUT NOVEL CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1st, 2015 - December 31st, 2015

I'll start with 10 and see how it goes


message 17: by Elsbeth (new)

Elsbeth | 239 comments Caro wrote: "Ok I will do 5. I sellect authors with long Bibliography, since I consider that they may be the more interesting ones, to say how they were when they started. If I can do more later on I may try th..."

Nice selection, Caro! Happy reading!


message 18: by ZaraS (new)

ZaraS  *book reviewer | 2354 comments all updated to here.


message 19: by Maiko (last edited Jul 25, 2015 11:03AM) (new)


message 20: by Susan C (last edited Aug 26, 2015 06:22AM) (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 802 comments I'm going to start with 5 for this challenge.

1. The Martian read 1/8/2015
2. Still Alice read 1/30/2015
3. Patron Saint of Liars read 2/12/2015
4. The Homecoming of Samuel Lake read 2/26/2015
5. Dead Politician Society read 3/1/2015
6. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity 3/17/2015
7. Early Decision: Based on a True Frenzy read 3/17/2015
8. The School of Essential Ingredients read 3/19/2015
10. The Weight of Blood read 4/6/2015
11. Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard read 4/6/2015
12. Stolen: A Letter to My Captor read 4/13/2015
13. Cold Comfort Farm read 5/10/2015
14. The Art of Fielding read 6/2/2015
15. Love Walked In read 6/12/2015
16. Our Endless Numbered Days read 6/13/2015
17. Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods read 6/28/2015
18. The Girl on the Train read 7/5/2015
19. Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil read 7/16/2015
20. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared read 8/26/2015

Increasing my goal from 5 to 10 (3/14/2015)
Increasing my goal from 10 to 20 (4/22/2015)

20/20 completed
Challenge completed!


message 21: by ZaraS (new)

ZaraS  *book reviewer | 2354 comments I've added you Susan


message 22: by Caro (new)

Caro (Karopi) | 850 comments Elsbeth wrote: "Caro wrote: "Ok I will do 5. I sellect authors with long Bibliography, since I consider that they may be the more interesting ones, to say how they were when they started. If I can do more later on..."

Thank you! It does seems as an interesting selection


message 23: by Maiko (new)

Maiko Kirana | 956 comments Zara wrote: "all updated to here."

Hi Zara, I don't see my name on the participant list. Could you update me, please?


message 24: by ZaraS (new)

ZaraS  *book reviewer | 2354 comments I've added you Maiko.


message 25: by Adriana (new)

Adriana | 3694 comments Hmm... I like that I can read any author's debut book not just one's from 2015. I'll challenge myself to read 5 for now. Thanks Zara (:


message 26: by Alisia (new)

Alisia (Meniali) | 268 comments I would like to sign up for 5 and possibly more later. I may also steal some book ideas from other members... Carrie by Stephen King is definitely on my list!


message 27: by Piccolamimi (new)

Piccolamimi | 5 comments I'm in :D! I love reading the first book written by an author :D!

I have only one question: are poetry books allowed? =)


message 28: by E (new)

E (fleurinka24) | 14 comments This is a great challenge, I'm always curious about debut novels so you can count me in. I'm gonna go for 10 books for now. And I think I might try to actually make at least half of it as recent as possible so I could discover some new authors.


message 29: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Spiher (stephspiher) | 4 comments I would love to sign up for 20 for now.


message 30: by ZaraS (new)

ZaraS  *book reviewer | 2354 comments all updated. welcome everybody and good luck.


message 31: by Laurie (last edited Aug 29, 2015 11:38AM) (new)

Laurie I'll try for 5 since I've got so many challenges going. I may add more later.

5/5 completed

1. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin ✔ 2/10/15
2. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers ✔ 8/28/15
3. The Secret History by Donna Tartt ✔ 7/5/15
4. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe ✔ 2/4/15
5. At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien ✔ 1/21/15


message 32: by ZaraS (new)

ZaraS  *book reviewer | 2354 comments Laurie I've added you. Welcome and good luck


message 33: by Carine (new)

Carine (winterfrosted) | 16 comments I'm in and sign me up for 5 boos


message 34: by ZaraS (new)

ZaraS  *book reviewer | 2354 comments Carine I have added you. Welcome and good luck


message 35: by Karena (new)

Karena (karenafagan) | 183 comments I'll take 15 books for now


message 36: by Janet (new)

Janet (goodreadscomjanetj) | 640 comments Laurie wrote: "I'll try for 5 since I've got so many challenges going. I may add more later.

0/5 completed

1. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
2. [book:The Heart is a Lonely Hunter|37380..."


Great choices Laurie. I thought The Secret History was amazing and I really liked Go Tell It on the Mountain. The other three are on my TBR list.


message 37: by Laurie (new)

Laurie Janet wrote: "Laurie wrote: "I'll try for 5 since I've got so many challenges going. I may add more later.

0/5 completed

1. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
2. [book:The Heart is a Lone..."


Thanks. I am so ready for January to get here to start on these challenges.


message 38: by Karina (new)

Karina (karinargh) | 790 comments I'm not doing this challenge, but this list/introduction of a bunch of 2015 debut authors looked relevant!


message 39: by Tahj (new)

Tahj Hebert | 9 comments Sign me up for 5 please!


message 40: by Lois (new)

Lois | 112 comments Will The Martian by Andy Weir count in this challenge? It is not his first book but his first published book


message 41: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Mavaega (nicolemavaega) Sign me up please. 12 for me :)


message 42: by Laura Jane (new)

Laura Jane (Loopylulaura) | 151 comments I need to have a proper look through the books that I'm already planning to read in 2015 but think I'll probably manage at least 15 for this challenge.


message 43: by Sharon (new)

Sharon (sharint) | 723 comments I start with 5


message 44: by Kara, TBR Twins (new)

Kara (KaraAyako) | 3857 comments Karina wrote: "I'm not doing this challenge, but this list/introduction of a bunch of 2015 debut authors looked relevant!"

Love this list! Thanks for posting!


message 45: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Wiltsey (amandawiltsey) | 52 comments I'm in, not sure what Im reading yet, I'll have to look over my other challenges and TBR list! Please put me down for 10 for now! Thanks!

THE DEBUT NOVEL CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1st, 2015 - December 31st, 2015
(0/10)


message 46: by SibylM (new)

SibylM (SibylDiane) | 223 comments I'm in for 6.


message 47: by Laura Jane (new)

Laura Jane (Loopylulaura) | 151 comments Please add me, I'll try for 10.


message 48: by Hanna (new)

Hanna | 11 comments THE DEBUT NOVEL CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1st, 2015 - December 31st, 2015

I'll start with five and see how it goes.


message 49: by Sherry (new)

Sherry (LilSherry) | 673 comments I'm in for 10!~


message 50: by De Anna (new)

De Anna (deannazperry) | 73 comments I'll go for 5. Starting with : Good Omens by Neil Gaimen


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