The basic premise is that participants sign up to read and review 12 debut YA/MG novels, one for each month of the year. It's super easy to sign up and a great way to motivate myself to read more.
Here are my picks for the year, based unscientifically on what kind of buzz I've heard or how cool I think the title is. I haven't done any research, so unless I have already heard about it, I'm going on title alone. I may change my mind during the year, but this gives me a starting point.
January: Across the Universe by Beth Revis; I've heard some early buzz about this one and it sounds promising
February: How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen; funny title gets it picked
March: Entwined by Heather Dixon; sounds like it's a romance
April: Bump by Megan McCafferty; heard a lot of buzz about this one, too
June: Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard; sounds like it's contemporary YA, probably issue-driven
July: Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. by Medeia Sharif; second best title
August: Vanished by Sheela Chari; sounds like it's a mystery or thriller and I don't have any of those on the list yet, so it gets picked
September: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin; sounds paranormal, maybe a ghost story
October: Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez; I have no idea what it can be and that intrigues me
November: Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts; it's the only one listed for November so far
December: Fetching by Kiera Stewart; sounds like it's a funny twist on a fairy tale
I'm looking forward to seeing how close my guesses are on the novels I picked based on title only. I'm also looking forward to reading the DAC reviews of the books I haven't chosen.
Here's to 2011: The Year of Reading