Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Who doesn’t love a good list?
This week’s topic is: Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have/Had Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel (because when you love a debut you are just ITCHING to get your hands on the author’s second book). So let’s get to it!
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling. I was in elementary school when this book came out and it quickly became my obsession. I waited long, grueling years for all of the other novels in the series to come out but I would not trade those experiences for anything! I truly believe that the world of Harry Potter has helped to shape who I am as an adult today.
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I went through a little bit of a reading hiatus toward the end of high school and picked this one up on a whim in college. I tore through it and immediately ran out to purchase the others. The day I went to the bookstore to purchase them just so happened to be the day of the midnight release party for Breaking Dawn. I didn’t go because I didn’t want to hear spoilers but I was quite heartbroken about it, let me tell you. I know this series gets a lot of flak now, but it reintroduced me (and countless others) to the love of reading and blew the Young Adult genre wide open. I’m forever grateful for this series because it also connected me with my BFF Nicole.
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Oh, Anna. Be still, my heart. This book blew me away. I loved every single second of it and I’ve reread it several times. I will forever read anything that Stephanie Perkins produces. I shout praises for this book from the rooftops to anyone who has a pulse (okay mostly females, but still).
- Looking for Alaska by John Green. John Green, you beautiful, beautiful soul. I’ll admit I watched his videos on Brotherhood 2.0 and Vlogbrothers before reading his debut novel so I was already in love with his personality by the time I read this book. I would read his napkin doodles if he’d let me.
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I have to admit this one took me by surprise. I don’t usually like fairytale retellings because they don’t typically feel original to me. I listened to Cinder (and the subsequent novels) on audiobook and both the story and the narrator just amazed me. I am in love with the world that Marissa Meyer has created and I cannot wait to get my hands on Winter this month.
- Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins. This book was witty and fun and full of glorious romantic goodness. I impatiently awaited the second and third installments and purchased them on the days they came out.
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I know my review of this book just went up yesterday, but I just can’t believe how much I enjoyed it. I’m reading the second novel in the series right now and it is just as good.
- Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison. Oh my gosh this book. I picked it up and started reading it in the library one day and I was trying so hard not to laugh out loud that I actually snorted. Not a good thing to do in a silent library, but oh well. This book is so funny and now that I’m thinking about it I desperately want to read it again. The movie is pretty good, too, if you like terribly cheesy teen movies like I do.
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. This was another series that I started reading in college and I just absolutely tore through it. I kiiiiind of wish that she had stopped after the first 3 because that trilogy was perfect IMO. I am excited to read Lady Midnight next year though!
- The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. I read this book when it first came out in 2010 and while I don’t remember the minute details at this point, I remember distinctly how this book made me feel. It was heartbreaking and beautiful and brought me to tears. Her sophomore novel, I’ll Give You the Sun left me just as breathless. I will impatiently await anything that Jandy Nelson comes out with next!