Rummanah Aasi

I'm in the middle of a blizzard here in Chicagoland so I hope this blog post posts. I apologize in advance if I can't read your comments and posts right away. I do hope to catch up when the weather is better and my DSL connection isn't finicky. As you know the Top 10 Tuesday weekly feature is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers get together and discuss their lists. This week's topic is our top 10 author debut novels.

Top 10 Author Debut Novels (in order of preference)

1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte- Hands down my favorite book of all time. A ghost story/ tragic love story/revenge story set upon the English Moors. I try to read this book every year and with every reread I always find something new.
2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly- The first gothic, horror novel that I've ever read. While not gory or violent, the very idea of a human trying to play God is frightening.

3.  The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde- Incredibly witty yet disturbing at the same time. A critical look at our obsession with youth and beauty.

4. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy- A beautifully and masterfully told tale about contemporary India through the eyes of young twins Rahel and Estha and the rest of their family.

5.  Brick Lane by Monica Ali - We watch Nazneen grow and evolve from a passive Bangladeshi woman who has been taught to let fate take her course into a strong, confident, and determined woman who decides to make her own life.

6. Looking for Alaska by John Green- This was my first YA book that I picked up when I started library school. Green's fabulous writing, honest characters, and the right touch of humor with provocative questions made me a Green groupie. I loved everything he has written so far and I credit him for changing my perception of YA literature.

7. Graceling by Kristin Cashore- A phenomenal feminist fantasy story with terrific world building and characters. I have been recommending this book constantly ever since I finished its last page. Looking forward to reading other books by Cashore.

8. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher- A tragic story of a girl detailing thirteen reasons why she committed suicide and those responsible for her death. Gritty, provocative, and hard to put down. This book is always checked out both at my high school and public library.

9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver- I never had a book that made me experience a wide range of emotions. I went from hating the main character to feeling sympthatic towards her and then finally cheering her on as she learns from her mistake by living the same day that she dies over and over again.

10. Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan- One of my favorite books from 2010 pre-blogging. A pitch perfect teenage boy voice that has humor, insecurity, and introspection all rolled into one. A story of friendship and the different shades of love made this book an enjoyable read.
6 Responses
  1. Jenni Elyse Says:

    I've only read one of the books on your list--Graceling. It also made my list. :) I have Wuthering Heights and Frankenstein on my TBR list. I hope to get to them some day. ;)

  2. Lark Andrea Says:

    Great picks! Thirteen Reasons Why is such a moving novel. I always forget that it was Jay Asher's first one. I hope you are staying warm and have a book to keep you company in the midst of all the snow.

    Reading Lark's Top 10

  3. I am also a teacher-librarian at the high school level in Washington State. I love your list and you have some real gems on it that I should have included on mine, though we both share Looking for Alaska. I am a huge John Green fan.

    I hope you have a warm space during the storm. We are watching the horrible weather in your area on TV...from our nice warm homes.

    I am a new follower.

    My Head is Full of Books

  4. Lots of these on your list that I plan to read one day...Graceling...13 Reasons Why...

    Here's my list of my ten favorite debut books:

  5. Jenni: Hope you do get to read them this year and I would love to read your reviews when you finish. :)

    Andrea: I can't believe it either and am very curious as to what he writes next.

    Anne: Thank you for following! I've been a John Green groupie ever since and had the pleasure of meeting him twice. He's fabulous and a great guy!

    Readerbuzz: You've also got a great list and I hope to read some of them this year too.

  6. Jenny Says:

    I still need to read Graceling and Before I Fall, I've heard both are amazing! I don't know what's taking me so long to pick them up, they're both right up my alley:) Great list Rummanah!

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