Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Top Ten Best Debut Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Today's topic is Top Ten Best Debut Books.  This took a little research, since I didn't always know whether a book was an author's first or not.  I made a list of some of my favorites, then looked on amazon to see if they were debuts.

Here we go, my favorites, in no particular order:
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - the best-ever one-hit wonder - I bet this one will be on everyone's list!
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Mudbound by Hillary Jordan - I always found it fascinating that these two books (The Help and Mudbound), both by first-time authors, both set in early Mississippi and dealing with race relations, came out in the same year and were both so well-written.
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - one of my favorite novels of all-time - I was blown away by it but less-than impressed with her second novel.
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova - I'm looking forward to her recently released second novel
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden - with a first novel like this, who needs a second?
  • She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb - another novel that blew me away
  • Too Close to the Falls by Catherine Glidner, a fabulous memoir everyone in my book group loved
There were plenty of others I could have included, but those were all at the top of my list!

How about you.  Which debut books are your favorites?


  1. I've read and loved all of those books, with the exception of Close to the Falls. I have not even heard of that one. I'm off to investigate it now.

  2. I didn't know The Help was a debut. Huh! It's been on my TBR for awhile now..

  3. Wasn't this a fun assignment? I'm reading Mudbound next. I agree about The Help and She's Come Undone. Great list.

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  4. Great list! I love To Kill a Mockingbird and The Secret Lives of Bees.

    Reading Lark's Top 10

  5. Great list--To Kill a Mockingbird is surely a favorite on a lot of lists. I totally forgot about it! I need to read Memoirs of a Geisha--it has been on my tbr pile for years...

  6. I haven't read Too Close to the Falls, or Time Travelers Wife, and I did not care for Secret Life of Bees, but agree with the rest Sue.