Top Ten Tuesday

TTT – Favorite Debuts of 2022

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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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    • Thank you! I hope you fall in love with them like I did. And I’ve never heard of The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip, but I’m going to have to check it out, it sounds pretty intriguing! Happy New Year!

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    • I’d definitely suggest giving The Witch and the Tsar by Olesya Salnikova Gilmore a read as well – it’s a historical fiction but also a unique take on Baba Yaga that I also loved. I’m a sucker for Baba Yaga as well, and I’m really enjoying all the creative directions these stories are going!

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    • I really enjoyed it, and was so glad for the libro.fm influencer program that lets me get outside my comfort zone and check out books that wouldn’t ordinarily come up on my radar.

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