Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is Top Ten Debut Authors Whose Sophomore Novels You're Looking Forward To. So here are ten debut authors whose books I've read recently whose next book I'm excited to read.
1) Stacey Lee. Lee, who is a member of the We Need Diverse Books team, debuted this year with a diverse YA historical novel that I just read and quite loved, Under the Painted Sky. (That's a pretty decent feat since I'm not a historical fiction person.) It gives me great hope for her next book, which was already on my TBR, Outrun the Moon.
2) Francesca Zappia. Zappia is a young author like myself, y'know, except she's actually published. Her debut, Made You Up, is a really lovely YA contemporary that provides a very human portrait of a schizophrenia sufferer. She doesn't have a sophomore deal yet, but I'm sure it'll come.
3) Renee Ahdieh. The Wrath and the Dawn, Ahdieh's debut YA historical fantasy retelling of the Arabic fairytale "One Thousand and One Nights," was gloriously sumptuous and emotional. It's received high reviews all around, and I'm right in line with them. The sequel, The Rose and the Dagger, comes out next year.
4) Aisha Saeed. Saeed has been hailed by many others in the Middle Eastern/Muslim community, as well as plenty of other people in the book community, for her debut YA contemporary, which presents some serious cultural issues in a very human way. Written in the Stars is her first; next up from her is This Promise I Will Keep.
5) Michelle Zink. Zink's debut YA thriller, Lies I Told, was really heartfelt and had a stunner of an ending. I'm super excited to read the sequel, Promises I Made, releasing later this month.
6) Amie Kaufman. Soooo, Kaufman's debut came out in 2013, a cowritten YA sci-fi titled These Broken Stars, but I only just read it--and loved it! I think it's gorgeous and interesting, and I'm excited to read the next in the series, This Shattered World.
7) Jasmine Warga. Warga's debut, the YA contemporary My Heart and Other Black Holes, did a very good job of addressing issues of depression and suicide. It didn't affect me quite as much as it did other readers, but I'm still very hopeful for what comes next!
8) Victoria Aveyard. I just voted for Aveyard as best 2015 debut in the Goodreads Choice Awards because I found her debut YA sci-fi dystopia, Red Queen, lovely, detailed, and dramatic. I can't wait to read Glass Sword next year!
9) Maggie Hall. I wasn't expecting to enjoy Hall's YA thriller debut, The Conspiracy of Us, as much as I did, but it was a really fun adventure. I'm definitely on board to read the next in the series, Map of Fates.
10) R.C. Lewis. Lewis's YA sci-fi fairytale retelling debut, Stitching Snow (released 2014), presented the most hardcore Snow White I've had the pleasure to meet, and I adored it. As I've said before, I'm very excited for Spinning Starlight.
So there you have it! Some sophomore novelists I'm ready for. Thanks for reading, and I'll see you tomorrow.
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