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Bookish: Top 5 Tuesday – Debut Novels

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Hello everyone!

It may be a day late but better late than never right? Right?!

In what was an unexpected turn of events I managed to strain one of my rib muscles. That doesn’t sound too bad but I can tell you now… OUCH x1000.

Turns out ribs are important and do a lot of stuff and so if you strain one it can be extremely painful. I struggled with movement, sleeping and even breathing. Laughing and coughing? Avoided it like the plague. Yawning? Refused to let that happen.

I lived in fear of sneezing.

I am now on some glorious tablets which are helping but any movement is still dicey and I’m trying to avoid sitting up for too long (but I can now at least sit up)!

I still live in fear of sneezing.

And that’s why I have a delay on posting this week’s Top 5 where Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm has asked us to choose our Top 5 Debut Novels.

Now I’m not saying that I’m lazy (ok, I am totally lazy and injured) but I did a Book Theme post on Debut Novel’s back in March and I may, just may, have chosen some of the ones that I selected there.

Injured, guys! Guess how I did it? Yoga. Sweet, gentle yoga finally betrayed me like netball did all those years ago.





Is The Hate U Give one of the most hyped up debut novels of the past couple of years? Yes. Is it going to be on a lot of people’s Top 5 Debut Novel’s lists? Probably yes. Does it utterly and thoroughly deserve both the hype and the honour of being on people’s blogs? Yes. A thousand times yes.

This book is just awesome. If you haven’t read it by now you really should. If anyone (book snobs) ever tells you that decent books with complicated subject matter don’t get published in the YA category you have my permission to wave this book in front of their face.




Jonathan Strange

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is a magnum opus of a debut novel. Not only does it come in at a whopping 1006 pages but it’s won a Hugo Award and spawned a TV show.

Ignore the bland cover and don’t let the page count put you off –  what rests inside is a gloriously structured plot with incredibly detailed world building and memorable characters. The folklore and fairy lore is also some of the most accurate ever portrayed in a piece of fiction.

Unfortunately I don’t know if the author will be inclined to write another novel which is a great shame.


the night circus

Ah come on. I had to sneak The Night Circus on here. I also think this is going to appear on a lot of people’s lists if I’m honest. However this book is like Thor – worthy.





You know what? Cinder was just adorable. A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining debut and a decent kick off to a fun series. Marissa Meyer also posts really useful writing advice on her website too and I always really appreciate when authors take the time to do that.

Plus Marissa is a fanfiction and NaNoWriMo alumnus so I live in hope.




The Mysterious Affair at Styles

I do enjoy a very British murder and Agatha Christie is about as British as a murder writer can get. The Mysterious Affair at Styles wasn’t just her debut novel but was the debut outing for the most wonderful Detective Hercule Poirot.

This debut kicked off a career that resulted in 66 novels, 14 short story collections, the world’s longest running play and a Damehood. She’s apparently the best selling novelist of all time and her books sales are only behind Shakespeare and the Bible.

Not bad Ms. Christie. Not bad.


What are your top 5 debut books? Any that you read and thought ‘hold on a minute, this cant be their first book? It’s just too good!’

Let me know in the comments below! See you next week for a sneaky cheeky top ten!


9 thoughts on “Bookish: Top 5 Tuesday – Debut Novels

    1. I’ve not read This Mortal Coil but I have heard of it but didn’t know it was a debut either! I think there are so many impressive debut’s out there that it’s sometimes hard to believe that they’re sometimes first novel (although I’m also interested in checking out the authors career and previous history, a lot of journalists become writers it seems!)


  1. THUG’s been on my TBR since last year (I know, what’s wrong with me), but I love that you included Cinder on the list! I find the series super adorable as well, and I kinda wish YA would revert back to that sort of vibe. Maybe it’s cuz teens are trying to grow up too fast or something, but I find YA suuuuper mature nowadays, so I really appreciate the Lunar Chronicles for that. 🙂

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    1. Oh I take ages to get around to books so don’t you worry!

      I thought The Lunar Chronicles was just super cute and I do miss that type of book sometimes where it’s just fun. YA definitely had more ‘trends’ I think then any other category and I’m seeing a lot of mature YA with horny fairies being the ‘in thing’ with the fantasy side at the moment. On the contemporary side I don’t read so much so I’m not sure if there’s a trend there but everything does seem rather sad and dark at times.


  2. Wow, sometimes I forget that these are debuts! THUG, Cinder, and The Night Circus are all so incredible! I haven’t read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, but I’ve seen it around, and I had no idea it was a debut – or that it was that long! I’m VERY impressed.

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    1. I know, sometimes I’m really shocked at what books are debuts because the quality that comes out of them is really high. JS&MR is what I would call A Very Good Book but it’s a beast of a book to get into!


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