Top 5 Tuesday: Debut Novels

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly series created by Bionic Book Worm and is now hosted by Meeghan Reads. This week’s topic is Top 5 Debut Novels.

This topic has really blown my mind in a few ways as there are so many books I thought I could include on my list and it turned out that the author’s debut novel was not the one I thought it was! Google really saved me this week.

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder was the first book that popped into my head when reading this week’s topic. I think it’s so cool that it started out as a Nanowrimo project—talk about a success! This book absolutely captured my heart and it’s still one of my favorite series to date. I haven’t had a chance to read Meyer’s other novels yet apart from this series, but I have purchased them and will eventually get to them on my lengthy to-read list.

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The impact this book had when it first came out was crazy. I remember everyone talking about it and raving about it. It only gained more popularity when Maas dropped ACOTAR and it was so exciting waiting to see which book would be published next—one from this series or one from ACOTAR. Maas has continued to be an auto-buy author for me as a result of this book.

3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Although Attachments wasn’t my first Rowell book, I have read it and adored it. I love the way Rowell often chooses to write more “modern” historical fiction set in the last 30 or so years and how perfectly she captures the time period while weaving such enjoyable plot lines. I haven’t been able to read all of her books yet but of the ones I’ve read, I’ve loved every single one of them.

4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Another book I think we can say took the Young Adult world by storm, An Ember in the Ashes is such a unique debut novel. The intricacies of the world Tahir created really keeps the reader engaged and her characters are all so memorable. I loved reading how some of the soldiers struggled with their place in the world and their training and how determined the main character was in saving her brother even when she lacked bravery. I’m fully prepared to give up my money when Tahir drops a new novel in the future.

5. The Selection by Kiera Cass

All of Cass’s books are a guilty pleasure read for me. They’re often cheesy with some tropes that you’d expect in a contemporary novel even though they’re often set in fantasy worlds. They’re perfect for some light reading material and I always find myself buying her new books even without reading the summaries. Not to mention all of her covers are always gorgeous! They always look so beautiful on my shelves.


Do we share any of the same favorite debut novels? Were you like me and realized what you thought was a debut for an author actually wasn’t? Let me know in the comments. Happy reading!

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6 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Debut Novels

  1. I am 100% agreed on Kiera Cass. She mentioned once in an old video that she writes comfort food books (she called it “mac and cheese”) that you’re meant to just escape into and I’m always down for another bowl 🙂

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    1. Aw I love that!! What a great explanation. I’ve met her once at a book convention and she was so sweet. Have you read her newest release yet? What did you think of it if you have?

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      1. I read The Betrothed (her new one) last year! I really enjoyed it but it definitely seems not to be as popular as The Selection––a lot of people were frustrated with it, but I loved it.

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