Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Best Debut Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish featuring a new top ten list each week. Everyone can participate- head on over to their blog and sign up.

This week’s topic is Top 10 Best Debut Books. The debut books may include debuts from 2011 or from any other year.

I like reading debut books and discovering new authors. I like being surprised by a new author and finding something new. I usually decide to pick up a debut if the cover entices me, or the blurb sounds interesting. Mainly word of mouth is what encourages me to pick up a debut the most.

This list includes my favorite young-adult debuts from the past few years. There are five YA contemporary and five YA paranormal on the list. In alphabetical order:

1. Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway (2008 debut) – Witty, hilarious and refreshing. A treat for music lovers too.

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (2010 debut) – Charming and heart warming set in the romantic city of Paris. This book is a gem.

3. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (2010 debut) – An epic roadtrip with awesome playlists. Thoroughly engaging debut.

4. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (2010 debut) – Excellently written, addictive and thought provoking. Mean Girls meets Groundhog Day and so much more. You will cry reading this one.

5. Graceling by Kristin Cashore (2008 debut) – Intoxicating blend of fantasy and romance.

6. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (2010 debut) – Well done world building. My favorite fae series for the action, romance and mythology.

7. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (2011 debut) – A unique fairytale like story with gorgeous writing, vivid descriptions, and suspense.

8. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh (2010 debut) – Unique and dark romantic paranormal debut where the stories of Edgar Allen Poe come to life.

9. Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal (2011 debut) – A coming of age story set in the 1980s about first love.

10. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (2011 debut)- This is how you write a book about angels! Great character development, and a compelling story. A good balance of action, suspense and romance.

Do you like to read debut books or books from tried and true authors? What makes you decide to pick up a debut author’s book?


6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Best Debut Books

  1. LKD says:

    I have a thing for debut novels, so I’ll look into these! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jamie says:

    I have Anna and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour on my list as well! Such good books! I didn’t expect to like Anna but it blew me away.

    Thanks for joining in today!

    –Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish

  3. Daisy says:

    I’m so jealous that you’ve already read The Near Witch! Graceling and Unearthly made my list as well 🙂

  4. I can’t wait to read Unearthly. I’m a not a fantasy reader often, but the reviews of this book make me want to read it. I’m happy to see Audrey, Wait! on another list. I adored this book!

  5. tiallarising says:

    I like to read any and all books! I’m editing my first novel right now, maybe you could review it for me when it’s published…? 😎 :mrgreen:


  6. bookzilla says:

    Woohoo, Graceling! Excellent choice. I’ve heard a lot about Nevermore, and I think it’s on my TBR list somewhere.

    I don’t actually pay too much attention to authors, unless I really love or hate a book; in the first case I know where to look for more books in the future, and in the latter I know whom to avoid! :p Great list — I’m noticing a bit of a music and paranormal theme, yes? Thanks for stopping by my blog, and happy reading!

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