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
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 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
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
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
9. Anna-Marie McLemore
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
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!