Podcast Episode 96: 2021 Debuts Special with Susie from @NovelVisits

In Episode 96, Susie Boutry (@NovelVisits) and I share some of our favorite debut novels and discuss why we gravitate toward debuts.  We also discuss our reading stats for debut novels, as well as exploring some sophomore novels…the good, the not so good, and those we’re still awaiting.

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  • Why I like having debut authors on the podcast.
  • A full breakdown of debut-related stats and our best year for debuts
  • Debuts we love, divided into four categories:
    • All-Time Favorite Debuts
    • Sophomore Slumps — alongside the debuts that came before them
    • Anxiously Awaiting — debut novelists who’ve not yet released a second novel
    • Upcoming Sophomore Novels

All-Time Favorite Debuts [9:35]


Honorable Mentions


Honorable Mention

Sophomore Slumps [21:05]



Anxiously Awaiting [36:25]



Upcoming Sophomore Novels [45:40]



Other Books Mentioned

Other Links

If you’d like to track your own reading stats, check out my downloadable spreadsheet.  Learn more about the 2021 Rock Your Reading Tracking Spreadsheet here, or by becoming a supporter on Patreon and choosing the Superstar level, you’ll get the upcoming 2022 Reading Tracker included with your membership.

About Susie

Susie Boutry of Novel VisitsBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Susie has loved reading for as long as she can remember. Some of her fondest childhood memories involve long afternoons at the library and then reading late into the night. More than ten years ago, she began journaling about the books she read and turned that passion into writing about books. Her first forays were as a guest reviewer on a friend’s blog, but she soon realized she wanted to be reviewing and talking about books on a blog of her own. From there, Novel Visits was born. That was in 2016 and, though the learning curve was steep, she loves being a part of the book community. Novel Visits focuses on new novel reviews (print and audio), previews of upcoming releases, and musings on all things bookish.

Next Episode

In two weeks (October 27), Jo Piazza and Christine Pride, co-authors of We Are Not Like Them, will be joining me.

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