Happy New Year! Thanks to all my readers, especially those of you who dove in and subscribed to my blog early on. I appreciate your interest and look forward to sharing reviews with you and hopefully hearing from you in 2013.
After all the best of book lists came out in December, I want to note three that stood out to me. The Seattle Times had an interesting list of 15 best fiction books, including a debut novel, Alif the Unseen, written by a woman, G. Willow Wilson, who has also written a few graphic novels. It is described as a thriller with a hacker main character. I have added it to my 2013 reading list.
Salon has a nice round up. They asked authors who published books in 2012 to list the book they loved most from the year. Not a lot of debut books on the list, but a list worth checking out.
And the Wall Street Journal had a few debut novels on their list, including one, Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt that I will be reviewing next week
Oprah started a new book club, Oprah 2.0, and with her second book choice she is launching the career of Ayana Mathis. Mathis’ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is a debut novel, out next year, that tells the story of a teenage girl making the Great Migration from Georgia to Philadelphia. Oprah likens the book to Toni Morrison’s Beloved.
As the Best Books Of lists start to come out, Kevin Powers not only won the Guardian First Book Award, but he made it on to the NYT ten best books list for 2012 for his debut Yellow Birds.
Over at the Goodreads Choice Awards, Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, which I reviewed last week, came in in the top ten, as did another book I will review later this month, Carol Rifka Brunt’s Tell the Wolves I’m Home. They are two of a handful of debut books I saw on that list.
Any debut books you particularly liked from this year? Leave a comment with the author name and title.