Top Ten Debut Authors Whose Sophomore Novels I Can’t Wait to Read

Top Ten Tuesday

I’ve read a ton of debut novels this year—I think more than I ever have! Most of them were really incredible, and these ten authors have me chomping at the bit to read their sophomore novels:

  1. Celeste Ng. Her debut, Everything I Never Told You, is one of the best books I read in 2015 and also probably one of the best ever. It’s lovely and heartbreaking and perfect and everyone I’ve recommended it to has loved it, and I can’t wait to read what she writes next.
  2. Kim van Alkemade. I was so excited to pick up Orphan Number Eight at BEA and for good reason—it was awesome! So excited to read more from her.
  1. Ruth Ware. I loved In a Dark, Dark Wood (also a BEA grab!)—in fact, I was so excited to read it that I started reading it while I was at BEA. I finished it only a few hours after BEA ended, and actually postponed meeting up with a friend in Astoria that night so I could—that’s how glued to it I was. Can’t wait to get my hands on her next book!
  1. Sona Charaipotra / Dhonielle Clayton. I only recently read Tiny Pretty Things by this superstar duo, and I was so excited to discover that there’s a sequel called Shiny Broken Pieces coming out in July!! This is the only actual sophomore novel that I know anything about so far and I’m psyched for it.
  1. Ellen Herrick. Her debut, The Sparrow Sisters, is another BEA grab that I really enjoyed. It wasn’t my usual style, but something about it—maybe the impossibly gorgeous cover—really drew me in. I loved her writing style and I’m sure her second novel will be just as beautiful as her first.
  1. Andy Weir. The Martian has become an incredible success, both book and movie. Mark Watney is one of my favorite protagonists of all time, and I think Weir has a ton of potential.
  1. Koethi Zan. I originally read The Never List on NetGalley and it was so good that I actually bought a physical copy (I think the only other book I did this with was 14 by Peter Clines) and read it again earlier this year. It’s a gripping page turner and I would love to see more from her.
  1. Paula Hawkins. The Girl on the Train is one of the most successful books of 2015 and for good reason. I bet her next will be just as successful and I can’t wait to read it.
  1. Robert Levy. Levy is a veteran writer, but his first novel, The Glittering World, just came out in February, and it was beautiful and I loved it. It was a lot like The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which you’re more likely to have heard of, so if you liked that, definitely give Levy’s debut a try.
  1. Rebecca Whitney. She wrote The Liar’s Chair, which I really enjoyed—I’ve read a lot of debut thrillers this year (as you can see) and this one was great. I’m really looking forward to what Ms. Whitney comes out with next!


What authors’ debut novels made you super excited for their sophomore effort?

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