Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2013 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created to share lists with other bookish folks! For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday list, we were asked to list our top ten 2013 debuts to look forward to! I chose to interpret “debut” loosely, to include new books by already-established authors. I don’t know enough about debut authors to complete a list of them, unfortunately!

1. Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson
Advance praise for this novel has been high, and it was one of the only books that leapt out at me on io9’s preview of 2013 fantasy and sci-fi novels.

2.  The Shining Girls, by Lauren Beukes
It’s been described as The Time Traveler’s Wife meets The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo…how could I resist? Also, she wrote Zoo City, which has been on my TBR forever.

3. Nothing Gold Can Stay, by Ron Rash
I like fiction set in Appalachia, and Rash is supposedly one of the best there is. (He’s also a PEN/Faulkner Finalist, so he is definitely one of the best there is.) His latest book is a series of interlocking short stories, a format I tend to enjoy.

4. The Fall of Arthur, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Edited and annotated by his son Christopher, this is the last, great unfinished work of Tolkien’s. I would  read this no matter what the subject. Who could turn up their nose at a new, previously-unpublished work of Tolkien’s?

5. Red Moon, by Benjamin Percy
Ahhh, werewolves. They are easily my favorite paranormal creature, and have been for decades. (I’m 26; am I allowed to say “decades?”). In Percy’s novel, werewolves live among us, but are required to take a transformation-hindering drug. Neat!

6. Clare of the Sea-Light, by Edwidge Danticat
I’ve only read one or two novels by Danticat, but her use of language as a way to both reveal and scourge the power of memories is wonderful. I also really just like this title.

7. Dissident Gardens, by Jonathan Lethem
Haha, okay, I could write endlessly about this. But I’ll make it quick. I’ve read two books by Lethem and was unimpressed. However, this book is about the neighborhood in Queens, NY, where I currently reside and about which I feel very proprietary. For Lethem, someone who fairly screams Brooklyn, to write about Queens immediately makes my hackles rise; I love Queens for its history and its diversity and its gritty scrappiness, and it feels like an “outsider” is writing about it. So I will definitely read this, if only to protect and defend my fair borough.

8. NOS4A2, by Joe Hill
Hill, the son of Stephen King, has a talent all his own for suspense and horror. While I thought his previous effort Horns was just okay, Heart-Shaped Box was excellent. Here’s hoping this tale of kidnapping and and fantastical horror is, too!

9. The Intercept, by Dick Wolf
I don’t know that I will actually read this, but I had to include it! The novelty value of a book written by the creator of the Law & Order series is high.

10. I’ll leave this space open, for the books of 2013 I have yet to have heard of!

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6 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2013 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To”


  1. 1 Rory O'Connor January 15, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I cannot wait to read NOS4A2 – though I enjoyed Horns and Heart-Shaped Box equally!

  2. 2 Lucy January 15, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Life After Life does sound appealiing! And I need to read a Joe Hill book sometime soon. Happy reading 🙂

  3. 3 Literary Feline January 15, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Oh! Oh! Oh! Edwidge Danticat has a new book coming out? Must add to wish list immediately.

    Okay. I’m back. The Shining Girls sounds really good. And Life After Life. And . . . The entire list really.

    Today’s topic is going to be bad for me isn’t it? So many new books to look forward too!

  4. 4 Jessica (peacelovebooks) January 15, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Hmm I don’t think I’ve heard of those! But I hope you enjoy them when you get the chance to read them! Great picks 🙂

    Here’s my Top Ten!

  5. 5 readerbuzz January 15, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    This is a wonderful list! I had no idea that a “new” Tolkien book was being published. New book by Edwidge Danticat? Who knew?

    Thanks so much!

  6. 6 randikins January 17, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Dick Wolf is writing a book?! 😀 I’m definitely going to have to check that out! Great list. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!


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