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Here is this week's question:
Who were the best debut authors you read this year?
I admit, when it comes to trying a debut author, I tend to be a little more cautious just because they are an unknown. However, it is always worth it when I take a chance on a new book and a new author and come out a winner. This year, I was very lucky to have enjoyed all the debut authors I read. Here are my best debut authors for 2017:
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden:
This was a beautifully written book, perfect for winter. This one is all about magic, monsters, winter, and tales by the fire. It reads like a Russian folktale. The writing is gorgeous and crisp, the story is magical, and the characters unforgettable. Look for the sequel this December.
Cicada Summer by Maureen Lenck
This book is perfect for those who love do it yourself home renovations. A single mother embarks on a house restoration project. Along the way, she encounters big construction problems. She also learns a thing or two about life and love as she befriends an elderly woman. This is a terrific second chance type book.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon:
I featured this on my surprise books, but it deserves a nod for this category as well. This is a terrific coming of age, romance book that features an American Indian couple who are supposedly in an arranged marriage. What follows is an antagonistic relationship that blooms into friendship and beyond. Very sweet!
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
This one grabbed readers and held them hostage until the finale. This is a terrific YA contemporary novel that features a suspenseful mystery. It is more than that, though, this is also a book about character growth, bullying and relationships. Read it if you want a terrific mystery.
Friend Request by Laura Marshall:
This is a terrific adult thriller. This is the story of a woman hiding from the mistakes in her past. When those mistakes come calling in the form of a Facebook friend request from a classmate who is supposedly dead, things begin to unravel. This is another suspenseful mystery that will stun you.
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman:
You have seen this one already, and you will see it again on my favorites of the year. I love this little book fiercely. It has humor, heart, terrific characters and gardening. If you want to read a fantastic book, this is it. Get it, read it!
A great list of debut authors! I had a terrific year with new authors. Who did you read and love this year from the debut author category?
Next week's TMST:
Best Audiobooks of 2017