Best Debuts of 2017

December 5, 2017 Annual "Best Books" Lists 19

Best Debuts of 2017


Last year, an astounding seven out of eight of my Best Debuts of 2016 also made my overall Best Books of 2016 list. That’s the most debuts that have made my overall Best Books of the Year list since I started blogging by far.

I can pretty much assure you we won’t approach that number this year, but you will be seeing a couple of these books on my overall list in a couple weeks!

Best Debuts of 2017

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach (my review)
Dead Letters was my first overwhelming winner of the year. I’ve been recommending it like crazy ever since and it’s one of the most frequently purchased books from my affiliate links.

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Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence (my review)
This year’s winning book about books! Spence is relatable, funny, and often snarky…and you will likely have heard of most of the books she talks about.

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Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong (my review)
This tiny gem of a novel is one of the few this year that the book critics from the traditional media and I agree on! Ruth’s endearing, witty, real, and relatable voice is the star of this one.

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If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio (my review)
The The Secret History read-alike I’ve been searching for forever!

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Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett (my review)
A sweet, delightful, and whimsical story with a main character reminiscent of Scout Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird).

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Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny (my review)
A debut novel with straight talk about marriage. Plus, Heiny introduces the brilliant idea of a drop-off club for houseguests (similar to the kids clubs at resorts).

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A rare YA (Young Adult) book that I loved! And, the rare “issue” book that is first and foremost a compelling and well-told story.

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We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter (author interview)
Fiction based on the harrowing true story of Hunter’s family that defies statistics, explanation, and imagination. Also one of the only World War II books I’ve read recently that hasn’t felt like a slog!

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What are your favorite debuts of 2017?

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19 Responses to “Best Debuts of 2017”

  1. Susie | Novel Visits

    Great list, Sarah! I completely agree with a few, and still need to read several others. It may be time for me to break my YA ban and read The Hate You Give. I debated doing debuts, but in the end decided to just do one overall best book list. It was a tough year for these lists!

  2. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    This is a great list. The only one I’ve read is THUG, but some of the others look interesting. Maybe I should start paying attention to which books are debuts. I have no idea how many I’ve read this year.

  3. Wendy

    I’ve only read Dead Letters–I’ll have to check out a few of these. I think my favorite book of the year was Life’s Too Short to Run So F*cking Slow by Susan Lacke. Wow. Just wow.

  4. renee

    Goodbye Vitamin was such a worthy debut! I’ve been waiting forever on my library hold of WE Were The Lucky Ones to come in, I really hope it’s soon, I’m looking forward to that one!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      WWTLO had 40-some people on the hold list at my library! So glad to see lots of people want to read it!

  5. Madeline

    I loved We Were the Lucky Ones. While the WWII genre is getting a bit worn out for me, this book spoke so true, with emotions and feelings so close to the bone, I couldn’t put it down.

    Definitely on my ten best of the year. (Not to dis this book, but it wasn’t a great year. 100+ read and I’m having finding 10 best.)

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I’m with you on being worn out by WWII fiction, but WWTLO was an exception for me too. I think that it’s more or less a true story kind of made it for me.

  6. Amy @ Read a Latte

    If We Were Villains, The Hate U Give and Rabbit Cake were some of my favorites of the year, too! I don’t think I realized Rabbit Cake was a debut at the time. This makes me think I need to pick up Goodbye Vitamin and Dead Letters, both of which I already own!

  7. Tara

    There have been some good ones this year, for sure; I need to check out how my list of debuts has fared this year and get ready for the next one!

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