Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Jamie's Top Ten Favorite Debuts (ever!)
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our bloggers’ answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND post a comment on our post with a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. If you can't come up with ten, don't worry about it---post as many as you can!
Next week the topic is: TOP TEN CHARACTERS I'D NAME MY CHILDREN AFTER. See a list of future TTT here.
1. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield: This book was incredible. I need MORE from Diane. What an amazing debut and definitely a book for book lovers. Apparently she is working on something new and I am eagerly anticipating it.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: This is what I call a genius one hit wonder. Can you imagine writing only one book in your life and it becoming this important work in the literary cannon? I love this book to pieces and find it to be an amazing debut.
3. Wither by Lauren DeStefano: I know this book isn't out until March but I would be remiss if I did not include this one. ONE OF MY FAVORITE RECENT DEBUTS! Oh my goodness. I feel as though I cannot adequately express my love for this book. It would be one I'd recommend to both YA readers and readers of mainly adult fiction.
4. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffeneggar: This book blew my mind when I read it. I just kept thinking how meticulous she had to be while writing this to get the timeline of all the events and the time traveling just right. It was so intricate.
5. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer: I actually read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close AND saw the movie before I actually read this book. I didn't love it as much as I loved EL&IC but I still found it to be an incredible debut by a promising author.
6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: I did NOT think I would like this book. I scoffed at the title and the cover and kept ignoring all the reviews for this one. I'm glad I have book pushing friends *ahem Steph Su* to demand that I read it. This book was a charming young adult novel and a spectacular debut!
7. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson: I loved this book something fierce. I love any sort of book that lets me travel or road trip vicariously. This book was incredibly and I can't see what else Matson will come out with!
8. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: I know some people didn't like this one but I read it when it first came out when I was in high school and I loved it so much. I was a little underwhelmed by the movie but I still remember the book fondly. I'd like to reread it soon to see if I still feel that way.
9. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: After writing poetry she decided to write a novel under a pseudonym. This novel just happens to be one of my favorite novels in the world. Sylvia is just so tragic and I can feel her pain through this novel.
10. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer: I'm not here to discuss the literary merit of this book or the series or debate if I'm Team Edward or Team Jacob. I'm not a crazy Twilight fan by any means. HOWEVER, this debut did two things-- got me back into reading after taking a break during college AND made me more open to reading young adult novels and books outside of the realistic setting. I never used to read anything with fantasy or paranormal elements. For those two things, this book deserves a spot on my list.
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Hope you're feeling better!ReplyDelete
Jamie, I hope you get better! :)ReplyDelete
Books will make you feel better! Or sleep, whichever. Hope you bounce back soon!ReplyDelete
This was a fun list to make(okay, they're all fun), and I can't wait to read everyone else's. Happy listing!
Ahhh...no worries! Just get feeling better! No need to stress over us. :o)ReplyDelete
I love that you qualified why Twilight on your list, to hopefully help stop the crazy discussion that an ensue from both sides of the coin.ReplyDelete
Twilight is on my list as well and for the same reason as you. I also thought The Thirteenth Tale was a great book, although it didn't make my list.
I just bought Anna and the French Kiss last week. I'm excited to read it!
I also have Everything is Illuminated on my list...and I sort of didn't love it either, but thought it was a good debut.ReplyDelete
I also kinda, sorta, ok not really, had Twilight.
I love your list, and it looks like we have a few in common too. Really looking forward to reading Wither now! Twilight definitely deserves a spot on there.ReplyDelete
The Lovely Bones is a nice choice too. Thanks for sharing your list!
Hope you feel better soon! Being sick sucks.ReplyDelete
I loved your list, we had a few in common. And I can't believe I forgot about The 13th Tale. That book haunted me for a week. Crazy, twisted plot. And The Bell Jar really does express Plath quite well.
Hope you're feeling better!ReplyDelete
I loved the Thirteenth Tale and am hoping to love Wither and Anna and the French Kiss!
Time Traveler's Wife made my list as well. Everything is Illuminated is something I really want to read after completing EL&IC and I keep hearing great things about The Bell Jar.ReplyDelete
This is a fun list. Feel better.ReplyDelete
To Kill a Mockingbird definitely made mine, too - I almost out on The Bell Jar, but didn't for whatever reason. Seen the The Thirteenth Tale a few times now - Hmmmmm, perhaps I ought to pick it up?ReplyDelete
-Linds, bibliophile brouhaha
Love, love, love To Kill A Mockingbird and The Thirteenth Tale really impressed me too. Granted, I was only lukewarm on Time Traveler's Wife but I know I'm in the minority about that one. Great picks!ReplyDelete
I agree with Lisa: TKAM's on my list too and I'm glad you reminded me of The Thirteenth Tale and Extremely LouD & Incredibly Close. Now I'll run right out and reserve a copy of Wither!ReplyDelete
Your reasoning for putting Twilight on your list are similar to mine.ReplyDelete
Great list, some I havent read other I have and some I have to read next.ReplyDelete
Twilight brought me back to reading as well, hence the name if the blog,lol
Great list! There are def some of these that I need to read!ReplyDelete
YAY for Anna, A&R, and Wither! (I already know I'm gonna love it :) and Twilight. Of course, Twilight <3ReplyDelete
Great List! A few made it on to mine as well.ReplyDelete
And I can see your point about Twilight, but I didn't include it as it wasn't a FAVORITE debut for me personally (:
From your list, I'm thinking we don't have many of the same reading interests. That's okay!ReplyDelete
Anna and the French Kiss; Amy and Roger's Epic Tour; and The Bell Jar are all on my TBR pile. I had Lovely Bones and the Time Traveler's Wife on my list, too. This was a fun assignment. Thanks.ReplyDelete
Anna and the French Kiss made my list too. Such a cute book. And I've got Amy and Roger's Epic Detour checked out from the library as well.ReplyDelete
I'm on my work computer, which I'm not used to, and I posted my first link to last week's post by mistake - sorry about that!
i definitely have TKAM on my list as well. Amy and Roger is an excellent choice, i have Everything is Illuminated on my TBR list after falling in love with the movie, glad to know it will be worth it.ReplyDelete
I keep thinking I need to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird. I was only 14 the first time around, and I might like it more now that I'm a bit older.ReplyDelete
Amy & Roger and Anna are on my list as well! I didn't even think of Twilight, what's wrong with me?! haha.ReplyDelete
First time I'm doing this, and I've added you to my RSS feed :)ReplyDelete
Everything is Illuminated is on my list as well, and I've got The Thirteenth Tale on my tbr pile.
Great great list honey!ReplyDelete
Great list topic... and a really hard one! I enjoyed reading your list, and managed to come up with eight from my own shelves.ReplyDelete
It sounds like you're sick, so feel better!
I can't believe I could only come up with 5. I think I'm just not aware that some books are debuts, but I don't have time to look them up to checkReplyDelete
Hope you're feeling better. I really enjoyed "Anna and the French Kiss" too. It was a sweet contemporary romance. I just wish the rom-com movies nowadays was just as good as this book!ReplyDelete
This one was really hard, but I definitely learned some things.ReplyDelete
Glad to have discovered this meme!ReplyDelete
This made me think a bit and cast my mind back to a few books I haven't thought of for a while, but interesting and well worth it!ReplyDelete
Yes! I adored The Thirteenth Tale. I'm actually not sure if I want her to write another book, or never write again. I don't want to be disappointed if her second book doesn't live up to the first, but I want MORE! :PReplyDelete
I can't believe I still haven't read The Thirteenth Tale. It's literally been on my bookshelf since it was published. I'm going to have to bump it up my TBR list now! :)ReplyDelete