Aussie YA Challenge 2011

So remember when I said I was going to do fewer challenges this year?  Clearly that is not true anymore! :)  I love challenges and can’t help but join, especially when it already fits well with my other reading plans for the year.

The 2011 Aussie Challenge is hosted by Irresistible Reads.   As an international participant, I am committing to reading 6 YA books by Australian authors, but will probably end up reading more.

Books Read:

  1. Will by Maria Boyd
  2. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
  3. The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty
  4. Pink by Lili Wilkinson
  5. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
  6. Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams
  7. Saltwater Moons by Julie Gittus
  8. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
  9. Good Oil by Laura Buzo
  10. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
  11. Fury by Shirley Marr

These are books I already own and will aim to read this year.  I am not committing to all of them, but as many as possible!

  1. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
  2. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
  3. Getting the Girl by Markus Zusak
  4. A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
  5. John Belushi is Dead by Kathy Charles
  6. Liar by Justine Larbalestier
  7. The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay by Rebecca Sparrow
  8. Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar
  9. Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood

When I joined this challenge, I went through other participants’ lists to find other ideas I might want to read and I do have to say that is really frustrating that lots of Aussie books are hard to acquire in the US.  Amazon doesn’t have them at all.  Book Depository has a lot of the books listed, but they are out of stock.   I guess that’s a sign I don’t need to purchase more books!

Debut Author Challenge 2011

In 2010, I read 14 Debut Authors.  I’m sure I can match that this year, so I am joining the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by The Story Siren.

Debuts Read:

  1. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  2. Entangled by Cat Clarke
  3. XVI by Julia Karr
  4. So Shelly by Ty Roth
  5. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
  6. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
  7. Bumped by Megan McCafferty
  8. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  9. Human.4 by Mike Lancaster
  10. Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard

Debuts I Own:

  1. Liar Society by Lisa Roecker, Laura Roecker
  2. Illegal by Bettina Restrepo
  3. Department 19 by Will Hill
  4. Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray

The list is subject to change, of course!  I’ll update this post as I read the books! :)

British Books Challenge 2011

After a big 2010 YA Reading Challenge, I told myself that I was going to do something much smaller for 2011 and concentrate more on just reading the books I own.  But today I came across this and I can’t pass it up!  I love all (well most) things British and love reading books by UK Authors.

I linked to it above, but you can read more about the challenge here on the hostess’ (The Bookette) blog.  For international folks, there are two options – Winston Churchill (6 books) and the Royal Family (12 books).  At this point, I am only committing to Winston Churchill, but after making a list of the books I own that work for the challenge, I will probably end up as part of the Royal Family!

Books Read:

  1. Trash by Andy Mulligan (1/11/11)
  2. Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison (1/21/11)
  3. Entangled by Cat Clarke (2/2/11)
  4. Pretty Bad Things by C.J. Skuse (5/7/11)
  5. Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse (6/9/11)
  6. 0.4 by Mike Lancaster (10/16/11)
  7. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding (11/27/11)

I am not committing to reading all of these, but here’s what I own right now:

  1. Skins by Ali Cronin
  2. Split by a Kiss by Luisa Plaja
  3. My Invisible Boyfriend by Susie Day
  4. Big Woo by Susie Day
  5. On The Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Rennison
  6. The Declaration by Gemma Malley
  7. When I Was Joe by Keren David
  8. Almost True by Keren David
  9. Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones
  10. The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones
  11. Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
  12. Slam by Nick Hornby
  13. About a Boy by Nick Hornby
  14. How to Be Good by Nick Hornby
  15. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  16. Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy
  17. The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness
  18. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  19. One Day by David Nicholls

Plus there are several books coming out in 2011 that I know I want to read, like Jessie Love NYC by Keris Stainton, so this list will grow and change.  I’m sure I also own books by UK Authors that I just don’t realize are from the UK.  Will be doing more research on that!

So I’ll be back in 2011 to update this post as I read the books!