Top Ten Tuesday used to be a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” This is definitely something I can understand and want to participate in.
So far, I’ve already done posts about my favorite nonfiction books of 2022, my monthly favorites, and some about audiobooks that I really enjoyed. So this time, I want to talk about my favorite debuts of 2022:
- Once More With Chutzpah by Haley Neil — a beautiful YA novel featuring a girl coming to terms with grief, her own identity on the asexual spectrum, and her Jewish identity.
- Wahala by Nikki May — an immersive novel featuring three Anglo-Nigerian friends who add another woman to their social circle, with disastrous results leading to a tense and thrilling outcome.
- Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel — a historical fiction set in ancient India and telling the woman’s side of a well-known Indian myth, and I couldn’t put this one down.
- The Memory Keeper of Kyiv by Erin Litteken — a historical fiction set in dual timelines, one during the oft-overlooked Holodomor, or death by starvation in Ukraine in the late 1920s and early 1930s, and the other in present day as a young grieving mother is trying to learn more about her grandmother who is losing her memory. It was especially timely since it came out during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
- The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah — this Arabian-inspired fantasy involving tea magic, djinn, and desert sands was fantastic and I wanted to second one immediately after finishing the first!
- Blood Orange Night by Melissa Bond — a memoir of how easy it is to slip into physical dependence even when following doctor’s orders, and how difficult it is to dig your way out.
- Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty — a short story collection about what it means to be Indigenous in today’s world, and how centuries of survival and tragedy continue to have a major impact on people’s lives.
- Honey and Spice by Bolu Babalola — a fantastic and lively novel about being a confident and intelligent Black British woman who knows what she wants and won’t settle for less, and the audiobook version is my recommendation.
- Thistlefoot by GennaRose Nethercott — I’m thrilled to see people talking about this one, because I loved everything about this story based in Jewish history and Russian folklore, intergenerational trauma and mending relationships, found family and finding acceptance.
- One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig — the perfect spooky season read, this combined gothic elements with fantasy and hints of romance in the best possible way, and a great plot that left me ready to snag book two as soon as possible!
What are some 2022 debuts that you loved?
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