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Throwback TTT ~ Favorite Debut Novels

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(Some of my) Favorite Debut Novels

Today’s prompt is supposed to be Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch (too special/valuable, perhaps?) but I couldn’t think of enough of those to make a whole list out of, so I am doing a Throwback TTT instead.

The Throwback topic I chose is Favorite Debuts, and while the topic doesn’t specify I’m only going to include novels here. They’re all novels I’ve actually read. I’m also going to present them without comment with minimal comment and in no particular order.

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  2. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (technically a debut novel since it’s Wilde’s only novel…)
  5. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
  6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  8. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks (I really enjoyed this one when I first read it in the 80’s. I’m too scared to re-read it now and see if I still like it. I somehow suspect I wouldn’t.)
  9. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  10. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

What about you? Any favorite debuts of yours that aren’t on this list?


16 thoughts on “Throwback TTT ~ Favorite Debut Novels

    1. I think he might have had other things published in magazines which were later compiled into books (I didn’t have a ton of time to research this, and used a Goodreads “debut novel” list for most of it) but I think The Hobbit was the first one officially published as a novel.

  1. Great list! I love The Night Circus (I think Erin Morgenstern’s follow up is due out soon. I’m so excited!) Harry Potter, Frankenstein and Jane Eyre. I also went off topic a bit this week.

    1. (Erin Morgenstern’s new one is due out this year sometime, and I’m excited too!) I think a lot of us went off topic this week. I love your additions!

  2. Frankenstein is like the one classic that I actually enjoyed. Maybe one day I’ll read it again, but I do remember enjoying it a lot. I didn’t know The Joy Luck Club was Amy Tan’s debut! That’s really cool! I’ve read it a couple times and both times it was enjoyable.

    1. I think that Joy Luck Club was Amy Tan’s debut, anyway! I was using a third-party list as my main reference material, and I didn’t cross-check most of the items. 🙂

  3. The Picture of Dorian Gray is my favorite book ever. I also liked The Night Circus. Great list!

  4. I didn’t realize that The Picture of Dorian Gray was Oscar Wilde’s only book? I thought he was an author but I googled it and I guess he is a poet? Thats kind of cool. I hated that book tho haha. However I do agree with The Night Circus, HP, and the Hobbit 😀 Great choices!

    1. I guess Oscar Wilde was more a poet and a playwright, but only wrote one novel. I could have misunderstood what I read, but that’s what I took away from my (minimal) research. 🙂

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