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Recommendations: Author Debuts

Hey all, Dani here.

The closer I get to my interview, the more nervous I get about it all. This job is one that would definitely be a step in the right direction for me. It is an office job that deals with the company’s daily newsletter and other online communications. Yes, the pay would be better, but most importantly I feel like this job would allow me to utilize some of my college experience and degrees, which makes that massive student loan debt feel a teeny tiny bit worth it. I just have to spend the next few days going over all of my resume and my content portfolio, and hoping that it all goes well.

Anyway, today it is recommendation time, and with my mind as distracted as it has been, I struggled to figure out what topic to utilize for today’s post. But then I thought about some of the truly amazing first novels I’ve read over the past few years, and honestly why shouldn’t I highlight some authors to keep an eye out for now and in the future?

I’m only going to go with book debuts that have come out and/or that I’ve read since I started this blog (so January 2016). Oh…and I have them listed by the year I read them, not the year that they were released.


Each of these books had a really compelling writing style, even The Thousandth Floor, which is not the usual type of read I go for. There was just something so interesting about the teen drama in that one. It kept me hooked. And of course, as a fan of “Firefly,” I couldn’t help but love The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. I should probably re-read it again sometime soon.

The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers


This year was one of awesome fantasy reads, contemporary female friendship, and an unexpected futuristic dystopian favorite.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty


I found one great fantasy read after another, which is awesome, honestly. But I also ended up once again finding a book outside my comfort zone, this time a thriller/murder mystery type novel, and that was pretty exciting too.

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

The Monster of Selkirk Book I: The Duality of Nature by C.E. Clayton

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan


The year’s not over yet, but I’ve already found so very many great books: a couple contemporaries, a couple historical fantasies, and a couple straight up fantasies. I’m excited to see what the final few months of 2019 will bring, because it seems like the future of books is bright.

Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

Well Met by Jen DeLuca (review coming 9/18)

Okay, so this recommendations post has taught me that in the first year of my blog I was bad about posting reviews, which makes sense because I was only posting once a week then and so I didn’t cover many book reviews. This post also shows that I’m finding more great reviews with each year, likely because I’m reading more books with each year that passes.

All right, so what are some of your favorite author debuts? Let me know in the comments and I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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