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Top Ten Debuts I Read in 2016 (+Giveaway!)

1. Dancing with the Tiger by Lili Wright

I loved this one - the setting, the mystery, the writing. Can't wait to read what this author writes next!  My review HERE

2. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Such a perfect love/hate romance! Funny and swoon-worthy!

This wasn't anything like I expected but it was juicy in its prose and plot and seriously lovely all the same.  My review HERE.

4. Fill the Sky by Katherine A. Sherbrooke

I've thought about this book so many times since I read it - I just can't get it out of my head - the setting and the characters feel so real to me.  My review HERE.

This book was so beautiful and so unexpected.  My review HERE.

6. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

Such an amazing and intimate look into the seedy underbelly of working in an exclusive restaurant from having no experience to becoming immersed in every aspect the restaurant.

My Mrs. Brown by William Norwich

The feel good book of this bunch.  My review HERE.

8. The Hatching (The Hatching #1) by Ezekiel Boone

Reminded me of Jurassic Park and Outbreak in the best possible way. Can't wait to read book 2!  My review HERE.

9. Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown

The best kind of historical fiction - this one had such a pulse!  My review HERE.

10. I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

I have to admit that I wasn't wowed by this immediately after finishing it.  But, the more I thought about it, the more the brilliance of this revealed itself! My review HERE.


Desert Boys by Chris McCormick                         The Girls by Emma Cline  
  My review HERE.                                           My review HERE.

My review HERE.                                                     My review HERE.

                              IQ by Joe Ide                             Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods
My review HERE.                                                          My review HERE.
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  1. My favorite books that I read in 2016 were "The Paper Man" by Gallagher Lawson, "Monkey Business" by Landon Crutcher, and "Palestine" and "Footnotes In Gaza" by Joe Sacco.

  2. You have a lot on your list I haven't heard of - need to check them out. The Hating Game was definitely my favorite debut this year.

  3. I did not read much debuts lasty ear but The Hating Game made it pretty high on my reading list in 2016 as well :)

  4. I had quite a few, but one was "The Sun Is Also a Star" by Nicola Yoon

  5. One of my favorites is Embrace the dawning by Betty Shreffler. Thank you

  6. My favorite book was After I Do and All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. I LOVED the Hating Game too though.

  7. "The Unexpected Everything" by Morgan Matason was really good.


  8. Ohh tough question! I would say The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

  9. Earthbound by Genevieve Turner and Emma Barry

  10. If I had to pick just ONE favorite, it would be On Broken Wings by Chanel Cleeton. :)

  11. I've heard of a few of these books and especially love the cover of sweetbitter. I agree with you on the book by Iain Reid, I didn't care for it much as first but as I started to let it sink in more I began to appreciate it a lot more, and thought it was actually quite clever. :) xxx

  12. I have seen The Hating Game on a lot of favorites list. I really need to read it! I have only read one of these, The Smell of Other People's Houses, and really enjoyed it. I think of the 43 5 star books I read in 2016, Magic Binds and Homegoing are my favorites.

  13. I still want to read The Smell of Other People's Houses because of you. And I'm totally with you on I'm Thinking of Ending Things. It's one of those books that you keep thinking about and you appreciate more and more as it marinates!

  14. I really wanted to check out the Girls. Great list.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian


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