Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel


Another Tuesday, which means another Top Ten Tuesday! This is a weekly feature hosted by the team over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is top debut authors who have me looking forward to their next release. I have ten 2015 debut authors to share, so let’s get started.

1. Becky Albertalli

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of my all-time favourite contemporaries! It’s a light and adorable read, with a really important message. It’s an absolutely fantastic LGBTQ+ book that I think all young readers would enjoy!

2. Nicola Yoon

There was so much hype surrounding this YA debut and I loved it just as much as everybody else seemed to. It was creative and had lots of wonderful illustrations in it. Hopefully Nicola’s next book is just as wonderful as Everything Everything!

3. Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not was a book that gave me all the feels. I cried like a baby when the book was over and immediately wanted to read something else by Adam Silvera. Sadly, he only had one book available. I’m super excited to see what his next book is about!

4. Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn was probably my favourite fantasy debut that I read this year (not that I read very many to begin with). I thought it was such a great beginning to the duology. It had a fantastic set of characters and the romance was OMG. I devoured this book in just one day.

5. David Arnold

I really liked David Arnold’s debut novel, Mosquitoland, but was frustrated with the writing style. It was overly purple prose-y and I wished it was slightly more comfortable to read. I enjoyed the story a lot so I’m still excited to pick up something else by him.

6. Jasmine Warga

I read My Heart and Other Black Holes at the beginning of the year and I loved it. I read a whole pile of books on depression and mental illness at around the same time and this debut novel really stood out as one of the best.

7. Erin Gough

The Flywheel is an Aussie YA debut that blew me away! It’s a wonderful LGBTQ+ novel and it’s one of my favourite diverse books. This book is set in Sydney and it was wonderful to be able to read a book and know where the places are. This is probably my favourite OzYA book so I highly recommend it, if you can get your hands on it.

8. Meg Haston

I really enjoyed Paperweight by Meg Haston. It was an emotional book about eating disorders and is set in a treatment facility. I thought it was a wonderful representation of eating disorders and it’s a really important book that needs to be read! I can’t wait to see what Meg Haston brings next.

9. Lauren James

The Next Together was a book that I read recently and really enjoyed. It was unique in its concept and was executed pretty well. It’s the first book in a duology so I can’t wait to see what the next book is about.

10. Melinda Salisbury

I read The Sin Eater’s Daughter at the beginning of the year and thought it was a pretty good first book in a new fantasy trilogy. I had some problems with it but loved the direction that it took at the end. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

My honourable mention goes to Sophie Kinsella’s Finding Audrey. I know that she’s not a debut author since she’s released a million adult books, but Finding Audrey is her first YA novel and I thought it was delightful! I hope she continues to write YA books because I’d pick them up in a heartbeat.

44 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

  1. aentee @ read at midnight says:

    I am 100% going to read everything Adam Silvera puts out now, probably with a box of tissues nearby because OMG.

    AND once more, you mention Simon VS. AND ONCE MORE I MUST TELL YOU HOW I STILL HAVE NOT READ THIS. I am an abject failure. I will do it before Christmas, I promise! XD

    Also yesss to Nicola Yoon, I love the writing style in Everything, Everything and absolutely cannot wait for more.

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  2. Ashley says:

    Great list! We have lots of similar books! šŸ™‚
    I couldn’t get my mind around Mosquitoland. I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t blown away by it.
    I really want to read Paperweight! I need to get my hands on a copy.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I wasn’t blown away by Mosquitoland either. There were some really really good parts but I found it a little bit hard to get past the flowery writing. It was trying too hard to be sophisticated and deep. Paperweight is a really great book! It wasn’t AMAZING but it had a really strong message and it was based on personal experiences that the author had, while dealing with an eating disorder!

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  3. Lois says:

    Adam Silvera is a popular one for this topic. I’m sad to say I’ve still not read More Happy Than Not but I’m hoping to get my hands on it soon. I’m currently reading Everything, Everything and very much enjoying it at the moment.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Awesome! I loved Everything Everything. It was almost a 5 star read for me but it had a few minor issues that I couldn’t get over. More Happy Than Not was 4.5 stars too. I had a hard time getting through the first 100 pages, but after that it was a rollercoaster. I cried so hard after reading that book. It really kills your heart!

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  4. Summer @ Xingsings says:

    Okay, so I really need to read The Wrath and the Dawn because… I’m going to Yallfest this year! And Renee Andieh will be there. The author lineup and panels this year is going to be awesome. I may hit the bookstore tomorrow and buy all the books I want to read before I go. Maybe my books-to-prepare-for-Yallfest marathon will get me out of my reading slump by default? šŸ™‚ (Oh and Griffin Teen asked me if I wanted a copy of My True Love Gave to Me so I’ll (kind of) be reading Stephanie Perkins soon enough!)

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      OMG I AM SO JEALOUS! You’re so lucky to have all of these super cool book events. We don’t have anything like Yallfest šŸ˜¦ But Yallfest is close to where you live right? I guess it’s good that there won’t be much travelling to do. The Wrath and the Dawn is really, really good! I think you’ll like it. The romance is like… mhmm šŸ˜‰ I loved My True Love Gave to Me. It’s probably the best YA short story collection that I’ve come across. It’s an awesome read during the Christmas season!

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