Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Top Ten Tuesday | Ifs and Debuts

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week's theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

This week's theme is 'Top Ten 2017 Debuts I'm Excited For', but to be honest I'm pretty rubbish at keeping on top of forthcoming debut novels. So instead of sharing ten 2017 debuts with you, I'm going to share ten debut novels I own that I haven't read yet but really want to!

The Butcher's Hook by Janet Ellis: I wasn't sure if I was interested in reading this when it was first released, but I've heard such great reviews describing this as a rather disturbing, Gothic tale I couldn't resist getting my hands on a copy and I'm hoping to read it soon.

The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman: This has praise from Sarah Waters, one of my favourite authors, so I'm looking forward to reading it and consuming more new voices in the realm of historical fiction.

The Lady's Slipper by Deborah Swift: I met Deborah Swift a couple of years ago while I was doing my MA and she was so lovely. She did the same MA as me at the same university and The Lady's Slipper is the product of that MA set in the Lancashire area that I adore. I need to get to this one sooner rather than later!

The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester: I don't know why I haven't read this yet because this is essentially historical crime meets the Suffragette movement and that's a book I need in my life.

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman: I'm ashamed I haven't read this yet as it was a Christmas gift from my lovely friend Natalie @ A Sea Change last year. I'm planning to get to this one soon!

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee: I love my historical fiction that focuses on women and poc, so I need to get to this debut soon - I'm considering have a historical fiction and non-fiction binge throughout Women's History Month in March.

The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng: Tan Twan Eng's books have such beautiful covers and I love the sound of his novels, especially as I've read so little by Asian authors or set in Asia.

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: I can't wait to get stuck into Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's fiction and I'd like to start with her debut, which has this stunning cover.

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer: This was on the 2016 Wales Book of the Year shortlist in the English-language Fiction category and I've heard good things about it. I don't tend to read many thrillers but I always enjoy them when I do, so I'm looking forward to this one.

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson: The amount I've read by or about the trans community is shocking. Sadly Williamson isn't a trans writer, and I'd like to read books about trans people written by trans people, but I also refuse to believe that people can only write about people exactly like them so I'm not going to dismiss Williamson's debut, which has certainly got a lot of people talking about the trans community and what cisgender people can do to be good allies.

Which books made your list this week?


  1. I've been really bad at doing ttts lately but I probably would have done the same thing. I'm ao bad at keeping up with new books coming out. I'll definitely have to check out some of these!

    1. It's good to know I'm not the only one! Thanks for stopping by, Deanna. =)

  2. I'm reading The Invisible Library later this month for a challenge and I can't wait to get started! :)

    Check out my TTT.