I’ll be honest: I never really cared much about following what was coming soon, unless it was the next translation of a manga series I was following or, like, the next Harry Potter or something new by my favorite authors. I especially didn’t care, really, about debuts.
But I decided to take this Top 10 Tuesday as a challenge to find books I might otherwise miss in 2015.
My Top 10 are roughly in order of desire.
- Blackbird Fly, Erin Entrada Kelly This book caught my eye because of The Beatles reference in the title. I love The Beatles. I think this sounds like the perfect addition to my library collection. It’s the kind of story a certain kind of reader really enjoys, and many of my students are biracial/bicultural, and I think they’ll identify with Apple as she tries to find her place in the world.
- The Water and the Wild, K.E. Ormsbee I was nodding along to the jacket copy, a sort of “mhm, yeah, okay, that’s nice.” Then I got to “And then a door opens in the apple tree.” Oh, do tell me more! Other worlds, you say? Take me there.
- The Sound of Life and Everything, Krista Van Dolzer First, it has a unique premise, and second, OK, I admit that I keep an eye out for books with Japanese protagonists, and with Third Culture or bicultural kids, because a lot of my students will identify with those stories.
- Dreamland, Robert L. Anderson There’s precious little information in the jacket copy and not even a cover yet, but it sounds like a multiverse and I think by now you know how I feel about the multiverse. (Does a book have multiple worlds? I will read it.)
- Valiant, Sarah McGuire Sometimes it feels like fairy tale retellings are getting a little old. It isn’t that they’re not fun, but they often seem to retell the same handful of famous stories and have the same twists. That was unexpected… the first time I read it. However, I haven’t seen many retellings of “The Brave Little Tailor,” so I’ll give this one a chance.
- Bookishly Ever After, Isabel Bandiera I’m a little unsure about this one, because it sounds like it could go either way. Either I’ll really enjoy it, like a less edgy (and probably, admittedly, not quite as funny) Easy A, or it will be a “grow out of the things you love!” story like Fangirl. Either way, I’ll try it.
- This Monstrous Thing, Mackenzi Lee It’s billed on the Fearless Fifteeners site as a “YA historical fantasy/steampunk lite,” and from the little description, it sounds like it involves clockwork something. It could be good, or I might forget about it entirely.
- Fans of the Impossible Life, Kate Scelsa On one hand, I want to read it, because it’s a book about a girl with chronic fatigue. On the other hand, I don’t want to read it, because I’m pretty tired of the “gay best friend” thing; always someone’s supporting character, always a cis boy. We’ll see.
- A Wicked Thing, Rhiannon Thomas Another fairy tale retelling (see what I mean?), but this one focuses on what happens after “happily ever after,” and that is a thing I’m a sucker for, so I’ll give it a go, maybe.
- The Art of Being Normal, Lisa Williamson I’ve put this one in because I can always use more queer books, but I’m pretty skeptical of the summary on Goodreads. David “wants to be a girl”? That is some cringeworthy transphobic bullshit, right there. I hope that’s not the author’s doing…
Some of these sounds pretty OK. It’s like asking me to list ten classics I want to read. I’m sure I could find them and say “well, this might be interesting.” As you can see, I stuck pretty closely to my reliable themes, fantasy settings, tropes I enjoy, the usual. How else will you know what you’re getting into with a debut author?