Top Ten Authors Whose Debuts Have Me Dying For Their Sophomore Novel

“Top Ten Tuesday” is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is the Top Ten Authors Whose Debuts Have Me Dying For Their Sophomore Novel.

There’s a special sort of magic in discovering a new favourite author or novel. In finding a story that speaks to a deeper place within yourself, and that will remain with you long after you turn the final page. And, over the course of the last two years, I’ve been fortunate enough to discover at least ten such stories. Each of the novels listed below were powerful, compelling, and absolutely unforgettable, offering a diverse range of perspectives and demonstrating a wealth of talent that far surpasses what I would ordinarily expect from a debut author or publication. I love these books. I love these authors. And I can’t wait to see what Becky, Anna-Marie, Stacey, Aisha, Ashley, Marisa, Sharon, Emily, Mary and David have in store for readers next. Whatever it is, I can promise that I’ll be first in line at the bookstore come publication day. You folks had me at ‘Hello’.

As always, these choices are listed in no particular order.

1) Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

2) The Weight Of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore (Read my review Here!)

3) Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee (Read my review Here!)

4) Written In The Stars by Aisha Saeed (Read my review Here!)

5) Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake

6) Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

7) A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller (Read my review Here!)

8) Like It Never Happened by Emily Adrian (Read my review Here!)

9) Dead To Me by Mary McCoy (Read my review Here!)

10) Mosquitoland by David Arnold (Read my review Here!)

Which debuts have you discovered and fallen in love with recently? Is there an author whose sophomore release you must have right now? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!

10 responses to “Top Ten Authors Whose Debuts Have Me Dying For Their Sophomore Novel”

  1. Wow. I love the graphics and the way you paired up your choices. I had a few of the same authors on my list but I see some I don’t recognize. Guess I’d better get reading. I am most intrigued by THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS.
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    Anne @HeadFullofBooks recently posted…TTT: 2015 Debut YA authors which I am looking forward to their second books.My Profile

  2. I really can’t wait to get my hands on Becky Albertalli’s sophomore novel. I adored Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. I need to read so many of the books on your list! Ha! My TBR is endless.
    Chrissi Reads recently posted…Top Ten Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore NovelMy Profile

  3. Becky and Stacey are popular authors on a lot of people’s TTT and for good reasons. I can’t wait for their sophomore novels!
    Nicole @ Nicole’s Novel Reads recently posted…Top Ten Debut Authors’ Sophomore NovelsMy Profile

  4. I really want to read Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Like it Never Happened. I love reading debut books. It’s weird because I end up liking those better than authors that I love to read most of the time. Great list 🙂
    Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday- Debut Authors That Made Me Want To Read MoreMy Profile

  5. Great list! Becky Albertalli made my list this week too, and Under A Painted Sky and A Mad, Wicked Folly are both on my TBR. 🙂
    Jess @ Curiouser and Curiouser recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday | Gimme MoreMy Profile

  6. Jen, great list. I loved SUFFER LOVE & SIMON VS and I just read Emily Adrian’s debut too. You have a great list and I am quite jealous of you having read UNDERWATER. Love the graphics today too!!

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    Rachel Writes Things recently posted…Top Ten Sophomore Novels That I Loved Just As Much If Not More As The Author’s Debut!My Profile

  7. Becky! David!

    I really must get to Under A Painted Sky. It’s sitting on my bookshelf haunting me.
    Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit recently posted…#TopTenTuesday: Can’t-Wait-For-It Sophomore NovelsMy Profile

  8. Great list. I think I am also going to have to add a few of these to my Christmas wishlist, it looks like I have missed out on some great debuts recently. I am especially excited to read Like It Never Happened, I have heard so many good things about that one. Here’s my TTT.
    Charnell @ Reviews from a Bookworm recently posted…I Need These Debut Authors Next Books… RIGHT NOW!My Profile

  9. Silvy says:

    I take some of your books to my TBR list.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  10. Claudia says:

    Great list of books and new authors here! I love that you have included so many different genres. I have a fantastic recommendation for a book that also covers a wide range of genres (fantasy, sci-fi, adventure, thriller, philosophy). It’s called “The Question” by R. Breuer Stearns ( It is a heavy read with lots of existential questions and ideas. If you are feeling philosophical and looking to confront the unknown than this is the book is definitely for you! The main character, Nate, and a group of scientists are studying a phenomenon related to the possibilities and powers of group thinking. This group thinking may be able to answer some of our biggest life’s questions; Is there a God? Why are we here? And of course, there are many who are very opposed to studying these topics (especially those from a religious background). This book is perfect for a cold and dark day! Get ready to have your mind blown! There are plenty of plot twists and turns. Hope you will check it out 🙂 Really happy I found this author

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