Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Top Ten Sophomore Novels

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. There is a new subject each week and this week's topic is "Top Ten Sophomore Novels I Can't Wait to Read" and "Top Ten Sophomore Novels as Good as the Author's Debut".

Debut authors that I can't wait to read more of:

Edward Kelsey Moore, The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

I loved this book and its quirky and funny characters and if he writes another novel I will definitely be picking it up. 

Iona Gray, Letters to the Lost

I thought this historical fiction novel was fantastic. The story is set in England in the 1940s and present day. 

Becky Wallace, The Story Spinner

This YA fantasy debut was really good and I can't wait to read the sequel, The Skylighter.

Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn

I love the idea of classics retold. Sometimes it works and sometimes not so much. I was really pleased with this take on A Thousand and One Nights and look forward to the sequel, The Rose and the Dagger.

Amy E. Reichert, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

I've never wanted to eat a book cover so badly. That cake! I loved this contemporary romance and all the food descriptions. I can't wait to see what she writes next. In the meantime maybe I'll try her recipe for coconut cake!

Sophomore novels I liked as much as the author's debut:

The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

This sequel really built upon the first book and we got to see even more character growth for Elissa. 

The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas

I loved this sequel. It upped the stakes for the characters and had excellent pacing. I was pleasantly surprised that it was as good as if not better than The Burning Sky.

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

While there was less romance with the hero and heroine being kept apart, it was an excellent follow up novel to The Winner's Curse.

Flame Tree Road by Shona Patel

For the most part I liked Flame Tree Road more than Teatime for the Firefly. This is actually a prequel novel (the main character is a grandfather in the author's debut and here we see him as a young man) and I encourage people to read Flame Tree Road before picking up Teatime for the Firefly.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Talk about a fantastic sophomore novel. In some ways this resonated more deeply with me than The Kite Runner though both were moving novels.


  1. Some nice picks. I remember hearing The Supremes was good... and I love the cover of The Perilous Sea. I might need to get that series, they look like good fantasies.

  2. I've heard Letters to the Past is a fantastic read. :)

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  3. I haven't yet read A Thousand Splendid Suns. I loved The Kite Runner. I am glad to hear you liked it so much! The Wrath and the Dawn is another book I have been wanting to read since I first heard about it. Sherry Thomas's books look really good. I'll have to look for them. This is a great list! Thank you for sharing!

  4. I've heard such great things about The Story Spinner! I need to bump it up my list.


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