Tuesday, December 21, 2010

FIVE Challenge: Great Debuts

The FIVE Challenge was created by Adele of Persnickety Snark. A few weeks ago Adele challenged her fellow bloggers to create lists of their favorite books of the year. Today's list includes my favorite debuts of the year. I was only able to read a small sample of the awesomeness that was published by first-time authors this year, but these are my top picks from my reading list:

Anna and the French Kiss
December 2, 2010

If you've read my review, you know I have nothing but love for this book. It was sweet, it was funny, it was everything I could ever want from a contemporary romance. That this is Stephanie's debut novel just blows my mind. How is it that some people can get things just so right?
March 2, 2010

Now that I've recovered from my initial freak-out, I can tell you why you need to read Before I Fall. Wait, no I can't. Because I still have the urge to jump up and down and scream whenever I think about it! So just trust me, and go get it. Go! Now! I promise you it is that good. You can send me ugly fanmail if you disagree.
March 16, 2010

With all the paranormal YA out there, you may be wondering why you should read The Body Finder. Well, Violet's morbid ability is the only paranormal factor in this novel - there are no sparkly vampires or brooding werewolves. But there is this guy named Jay, who is so deliciously yummy that I often forget why else I liked this book. Oh yeah, because Violet is a completely relatable character and you get to see the inner-workings of a serial killer's mind!
September 1, 2010

If you're looking for something contemporary, from multiple perspectives, and/or a bit different, then Steve Brezenoff's debut novel may be for you. This book made me feel all sorts of things, and I think it's probably the most under-appreciated debut of the year.

Kody Keplinger
September 7, 2010

As the Designated Ugly Fat Friend, Bianca is who we all wish we will never be. Except she throws this label (along with her cherry coke) right back in pretty boy Wesley Rush's face, which makes us all want to be exactly like her. Smart, sassy, and sarcastic, Bianca is a trifecta of attitude and wit. Alternating between laughing hysterically and drooling incessantly, The DUFF was a fun and sexy read that I thoroughly enjoyed.


  1. Hello, found you through a grapevine of blogs. Love your site. You've got multiple books listed in this post that I can't wait to get my hands on. (Unfortunately, any more book purchases will have to wait until after the new year.) Will drop by again soon!

  2. Ahhh there are a couple of these on your list that I REALLY WANT TO READ as the only one I've read so far is THE DUFF.

  3. I'm not surprised that Anna and the French Kiss is in your list, it's also in mine. :) I wanted to include Before I Fall because it was really good but since we could only include five, it didn't make my list. It was a runner up though.


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