Tammy’s Top Ten Debut Authors Whose Sophomore Novels I Can’t Wait to Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where each week bloggers are given a new top ten theme to blog about. This week is fun: name your favorite debut authors whose books you loved, and you can’t wait to get a hold of their second novel! It’s harder than it sounds. When I sat down to start my list, I realized I haven’t read that many debut authors recently. But I did manage to come up with ten authors whose debuts I LOVED. Here they are (in no particular order):

1. Courtney Alameda


Shutter was one of my favorite YA books this year, and I’m super excited to read her next book, Pitch Dark, which won’t be out until next fall (and no cover yet either!)

2. Fran Wilde


I recently read Updraft, Fran’s debut fantasy that’s set in a very unusual world, and I believe it’s the start of a series. No word yet on Fran’s next book, but I hope it comes out soon!

3. Elizabeth May

I simply adored The Falconer, and the second book in the series, The Vanishing Throne, will be out in the U.S. next summer. Now’s the time to catch up with this series that I call “Jane Austen meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

4. Fred Venturini

The Heart Does Not Grow Back

The Heart Does Not Grow Back was a surprise for me, unexpectedly violent and yet full of emotion and great characters. I’m not sure what’s next for Mr. Venturini, but I can’t wait to find out.

5. Andy Weir

The Martian

Not only is it hard to believe The Martian is Weir’s first book, but it started life as a self-published book as well! I haven’t seen anything on the horizon for his follow-up, but I sure hope he’s writing something now.

6. M.H. Boroson

The Girl with Ghost Eyes

I just finished The Girl with Ghost Eyes a couple of days ago, and my review won’t be up until Thursday, but YOU GUYS. This book was freakin’ amazing! You’ll be hearing a LOT more about this author, trust me. I have no idea what’s next for him, but I promise I’ll read anything this guy writes!

7. A.F.E. Smith


I was pleasantly surprised by Darkhaven, A.F.E. Smith’s first book, and she’s already contacted me about reading the next book in the series, Goldenfire. I just loved the world-building, and I’m very curious to see where the story goes next.

8. Melissa Grey

I had the best time reading The Girl at Midnight, and I’m excited to see book two has a cover already! The Shadow Hour will be released next summer. Don’t you love these covers?

9. Anna-Marie McLemore

The Weight of Feathers

The Weight of Feathers has gorgeous writing and imagery, and I loved that this story had a very strong Alice Hoffman vibe to it. No word yet on a follow up, but I’ll be in line to read her next book for sure:-)

10. Kirsty Logan

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I loved The Gracekeepers so much, another story with shades of Alice Hoffman. Logan has written a couple of short story collections, but technically this is her first novel.

Have you read any of the debut authors? I’d love to hear what your favorites were!

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Posted November 3, 2015 by Tammy in Top Ten Tuesday / 18 Comments


18 responses to “Tammy’s Top Ten Debut Authors Whose Sophomore Novels I Can’t Wait to Read

  1. I haven’t read The Gracekeepers but I recently read Kirsty Logan’s short story collection The Rental Heart which I enjoyed. I have The Portable Shelter in my TBR pile too, so I think I’ll read that then maybe move onto The Gracekeepers. She writes beautifully!x
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    • Tammy

      The Falconer was just plain fun, and The Gracekeepers has incredible imagery, both I highly recommend:-)

  2. Ohhh, we have a few the same on here – I’m so looking forward to the Girl with Ghost Eyes now I’ve seen that you loved it. I’ve got a copy on kindle – will definitely read this month – I hope.
    The Falconer covers are lovely aren’t they? I wonder if the second one is out in the UK – nope, later this month apparently. I must say that the US covers are so lovely and vibrant.
    Shutter is one of those books that I looked at and really fancied the look of but then in the end had to not request because I had to be sensible! I hate being sensible.
    Lynn 😀
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    • Tammy

      I have to admit I love the US The Falconer covers more than the UK, but often that’s switched around, UK covers are usually better in my opinion:-)

    • Tammy

      I saw that too, I think I read somewhere it’s a working title. Seriously, it can’t come out fast enough for me!

    • Tammy

      I agree, Andy Weir is one of my favorites too. And he’s sooo nice! I didn’t meet him, but I saw him on a panel at Comic Con and he just seems to down to earth:-D

  3. My big worry with Andy Weir is — can any book live up to the hype surrounding the follow-up to The Martian?

    I hope it can. I feel like Ernest Cline did that earlier this year and I hope Weir can too.
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