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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Bookish Debuts? Yes, Please!

It's been a little while since I did a Top Ten Tuesday post, but this week's topic intrigued me.  I always love to discover great new writers and 2016 appears to be a good year for them.  So many awesome-looking debut books release next year that I had a really hard time limiting myself to a list of just ten.  I did, though, and I'm excited to share them with you.  I'm anxious to see what you came up with as well.  So, please, leave me a comment on this post—I'll happily return the favor on your blog!

If you want to join in the TTT fun, be sure to click on over to The Broke and the Bookish.  Everything you need to know about this fabulous weekly meme is on their wonderful site.

Ready for my Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels I'm Looking Forward To list?  Hold on tight, 'cause here we go ... (can you tell I spent Thanksgiving weekend on rides at Disneyland/California Adventure?)

1.  The Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn N. Eves—I've loved Rosalyn ever since she told me she was "star-struck" by serving on a book awards judging panel with me :)  She writes excellent book reviews on her blog.  I'm sure her debut novel, a magical YA story set in an alternate Victorian England, will be amazing as well.  Coming Fall 2016 from Knopf.

2.  Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban—I love me a well-written middle grade historical novel.  This one, about a Japanese-American girl whose family is relocated to an internment camp during WWII, sounds like a good one.  Coming January 5, 2016, from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

3.  This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp—Considering how many school shootings have occurred lately, this YA novel examines a frightening and timely trend.  It sounds like an intense, thought-provoking read.  Coming January 5, 2016, from Sourcebooks.

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4.  Blackhearts by Nicole CastromanYo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me!  This is a much-anticipated YA novel about a young Blackbeard.  Looks like a great read for any Pirates of the Caribbean fan.  Coming February 9, 2016, from Simon Pulse.

5.  The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos—This YA tale centers around the daughter of a forensic scientist who has to use the knowledge she's gleaned from her father to track him down when he goes missing.  Sounds compelling.  Coming January 26, 2016, from Balzer & Bray.

6.  Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse—This time-crossing YA adventure novel sounds fascinating to me.  Coming February 9, 2016, from Kathy Dawson Books.

7.  Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace—You've probably heard the buzz about this debut, a YA novel concerning a teenage girl who wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death.  Somehow, she's alive again, but her world has definitely changed ... Coming January 26, 2016, from Katherine Tegen Books.

8.  In Another Life by Julie Christine Johnson—This adult novel about a recent widow who returns to France to rebuild her life and becomes entangled in an ancient mystery sounds like a good one.  Coming February 2, 2016, from Sourcebooks Landmark.

9.  Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly—This WWII novel about three women whose lives intersect at a notorious female-only concentration camp looks fascinating.  Coming April 5, 2016, from Ballantine Books.

10.  The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock—Truth is, I would probably read this one based on the title alone!  Its premise also sounds interesting.  The story concerns three teenagers living in Alaska in 1970 and the ways in which they save each other.  Coming February 23, 2016, from Wendy Lamb Books.

So, there you go, ten debut novels of 2016 that I'm excited about reading.  What do you think of my list?  What's on yours?  Do we have any picks in common?  I can't wait to hop around the book blogosphere and see which titles you're stoked about.  Happy Top Ten Tuesday!


  1. So excited for these books, it would be a great year indeed! I haven't heard of Paper Wishes though, but it looks really good :O Also, I'm happy to find someone excited about The Blood Rose Rebellion as well!

  2. It looks like we share three books! I should have added Paper Wishes to mine. :)

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  3. I love that cover of Paper Wishes! It immediately caught my eye when I came to this post. Shallow Graves sounds like a really intriguing read. I love its concept. Blackhearts and This is Where it Ends made it onto my list as well. :)

  4. It's funny to compare my reading preferences with yours. Some of these look really good and others not so much. Either way 2016 looks like a promising year for readers.

  5. Great list....yet another group of books I NEED to add to my TBR list. The Smell of Other People's Houses...I am intrigued..

  6. Ah you have some good ones here!! In Another Life and Lilac Girls are two I will definitely be adding to my list. The Smell of Other People's Houses is such a weird title. I love it. Great list!!!

  7. I lucked out on snagging an ARC of BLACKHEARTS when I was at YALLFest two weeks ago - looking forward to it!

  8. Great list. I had This is Where It Ends on my list too. It sounds pretty good. I hope you have a lovely week!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  9. I came close to adding The Lilac Girls to my list. It does sound like it will be good. In Another Life is another one I'm curious about. I don't think I'll be able to resist Blackhearts. All the books on your list sound good actually. So many wonderful books coming out! At least I hope they are as good as they sound. :-)

  10. Some new-to-me books on here! I am always keen on Victorian-England-with-magic books, so I will be definitely keeping an eye out for The Blood Rose Rebellion (although Goodreads says it pubs in 2017...?). Lilac Girls sounds like it could be a very compelling and empowering sort of read. Also, I'm not a big sci-fi reader but Where Futures End sounds pretty wild O_O

  11. Awesome choices--there are a few on here I haven't heard of before! The only one on your list that's also on mine, though, is This is Where it Ends --I've been excited for that book for what seems like forever!

    Mine is here:
    if you want to check it out.

  12. I really want to read every single one of these books! They all sound so interesting.

  13. I am really looking forwrad to Lilac Girls and In Another Life - these all look great though.

  14. It's so great to see so many people excited about the same books. You have some I haven't seen on other pages and I may have to add them to my TBR. Great list!

    Thanks for stopping by earlier!
    Kristine @The Writer's Inkwell

  15. I hadn't heard of The Blood Rose Rebellion or The Mystery of Hollow Places, but I'm definitely going to check them out - they both sound so interesting! Great choices.

  16. Great list. Too many good ones coming out next year.

  17. This Is Where It Ends is one that I'm looking forward to as well.
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  18. How did I miss this? I am so honored to have made your list! Although, also a little bummed to have to say that my publisher bumped me to Spring 2017 (mostly for marketing/publicity reasons). Still--I hope you will read it when it comes out!


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