In order to officially complete the 2011 Debut Author Challenge, I need to read four more books to get to the minimum requirement of twelve. Last night I skimmed through my challenge wish list of possibilities on Amazon and decided on my four remaining titles; although, there are many more that I still want to read as well. All books are downloaded on my Kindle, except one that is pre-ordered for next week. I still have not decided the order in which I will read them.
Entwined by Heather Dixon
The beautiful cover alone is enough to make me want to read the book, but the Amazon product description including, "Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her ... beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing ... it's al taken away," was enough to clinch the deal. I love novels set in previous time periods, as well as novels that have fantastical elements, so this one sounds like it will be a fun, suspenseful read.
Leverage by Joshua Cohen
This one caught my eye from the first time I read about it and have been tempted to buy it earlier, but I always hesitated because I know that the content will be heavy. Yet, I keep on coming back to it. I am excited to read it, but know that I will need to carefully select when I pick it up, preferably at a time that is relatively less stressful so that I can be emotionally ready for more difficult topics.
Exposed by Kimberly Marcus
This is another title that I frequently considered whenever checking for challenge books. The deciding factor that had me clicking to purchase last night was noticing that it is a novel in verse, a format that I absolutely love. Last night I also noticed that it has a new cover. I liked that the old cover had more of a photography feel playing on the word exposed, but I also like the vulnerability that this cover expresses. I am expecting this to be a quick, powerful read.
Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray
Finally, pre-ordered to deliver on July 5th is Falling For Hamlet. I can never resist modern updates, twists on, or allusions to classics. Can't wait for this one!