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This week's topic: Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel. Thinking about this list led to a surprising realisation for me - I don't read many debuts. I have always considered myself to be an active member of the book community, albeit on a small scale. I'm always tuned into the goings-on, but apparently I am not very good at supporting the writers who need it the most - debut authors! As I don't read ARCs and rely quite a bit on the local library this is less a conscious choice than an unfortunate accident of my reading life. My library doesn't stock many debut authors unless they hype is too intense to ignore. And when it comes to buying new books I'm guilty of being a little too cautious, waiting until a book has kept my interest after the initial hype has died down...and apparently this period of hesitation can last so long that a lot of the 'new' authors I read already have second books out by the time I commit to reading their debut.
So for my list this week I'm listing both debut authors, but I'm including some 2014 debut authors as long as their second book has yet to be released.
Ten Debuts That Have Me Hooked (& eagerly waiting for the next one)
The Falconer was a 2014 debut, but I read it in 2015 and I'm very excited for the sequel (Nov 19 for the Brits, June 2016 for Americans). Faeires, steampunk 19th-century Edinburgh - more please!
An Ember in the Ashes definitely left me wanting more and so I was ecstatic to see that Penguin bought the sequel. An fantasy world reminiscent of ancient Rome? I approve.
Perhaps the hype-st of hype books, and a hot topic of debate at book club. But, hype aside and even with a pile of overdone tropes of YA fantasy/dystopian, I'm on board for Book Two.
I may be a teensy bit biased as I've 'gotten to know' Emma Mills through her vlogs as Elmify. Her YA contemporary debut First & Then (what I've read of it so far) is such a joy to read, especially as a lover of both Jane Austen and Friday Night Lights, two things you wouldn't have thought would go so well together.
Etta and Otto and Russell and James is such a delightful book; I delighted in it all the way through. It took me wholly by surprise - a wonderfully unique story and told in beautiful writing. I will certainly be reading whatever Emma Hooper writes next.
The Miniaturist, another 2014 debut that I read late, was so original and one of the best works of historical fiction I've read in quite a while. As an early modernist, the 17th-century setting was enough to set my heart aflutter. Her second book is apparently set in civil-war Spain and sixties-London and I'm very much intrigued.
Ok, this one is also a bit of a cheat - I've only read the first 75 pages - but This Monstrous Thing has me very excited nonetheless. Frankenstein and steampunk. Her imagination is my kind of strange and wonderful. I can't wait to continue reading her debut and then to continue reading her writing in new projects.
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (2014 debut) won The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, beating out Donna Tartt and Jhumpa Lahiri. It's an astounding book, though not for everyone's tastes I'm sure. I'm certain her career is going to be very impressive and I am eager to read more of her writing.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender - this book. This was one of the best books I've read all year and I will definitely read anything Leslye Walton writes next, anything.
Another cheat. Rebel of the Sands is technically a 2016 debut. I've only read the first chapter and it's only been released in Italy so far (I wish I could have my sister translate it for me so I can read it ASAP - if only she didn't have a business to run). But Alwyn is a new friend of mine and so obviously I'm excited for everything she writes.
After making this list I'm inspired to make more an effort to read and support debut authors. In the new year (yes, I've started to make plans for the new year already - I like to plan ahead), I'm hoping to post a monthly debut recommendation.