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.