Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, with our topic provided as always by the Broke and the Bookish. This week we’re discussing debut authors. The prompt said we could mention debut authors we loved whose sophomore novels we’re excited for or sophomore novels that were as good as the first. I did a mix of both.
Erin Morgenstern: When I find out that a book I love is the author’s debut novel, I usually get mad. It’s a combination of “That book was so good, why don’t you have more stuff for me to read?” and “You’re too talented, how can I become you using science or magic?” This was my exact reaction after finishing The Night Circus.
Madeline Miller: The above scenario was also my reaction when I finished reading The Song of Achilles.
Stephanie Oakes: That was also my reaction to The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly. It would seem I’m rather predictable.
Marina Keegan: This is a sad entry to this list, but it fits. I read The Opposite of Loneliness on a plane yesterday and adored it, but this book of essays and stories was put together after Marina Keegan died in a car accident. She was an impressive writer at a young age, and I’m sure she would have gone on to write amazing things.
Leigh Bardugo: She’s not a new writer anymore, but I’m counting her because I kept expecting her stuff to get worse and it never did. I was surprised when the Grisha trilogy stayed so consistently good throughout. I don’t think Bardugo even knows what a sophomore slump is.
Do you get as mad as I do when you finish an amazing debut novel? Or is that a weird and unwarranted reaction?