This week’s theme for Top 5 Wednesday is debut novels, which required a bit of research – whether an author has written anything before isn’t something I usually check when I read a book. 😛 But nevertheless, I think I’ve managed to come up with a pretty good list!
5) Half Bad by Sally Green
I love Sally Green’s writing, and the world that she’s created in this series. Half Bad isn’t quite as good as Half Wild, but it definitely got the series off to a really great, action-packed start. 😀
4) Cinder by Marissa Meyer
This is another book that I only read quite recently (most of the books on this list are, it seems…), but I was hooked right from the start. The world of the Lunar Chronicles is just so creative and original!
3) Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon
Not only is this series incredible, but I also got to attend a talk by Diana Gabaldon recently, where she talked about how she started writing the Outlander books, and it was a fascinating story. For a first novel, Cross Stitch is really impressive – so much work must have gone into it!
2) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter is an obvious choice, since it created an international phenomenon in addition to being amazing. 😛 I can’t believe how many publishers rejected the manuscript! (They’re probably all kicking themselves now~ 😉 )
1) The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
And the number 1 spot goes to Isabel Greenberg, who writes & draws graphic novels with a folklore feel to them. The Encyclopedia of Early Earth is the only book she’s had published so far (she’s written a few others, but they’re self-published), and it’s wonderful! I’m definitely excited to read more of her work~ ❤