Top Ten Tuesday: Debut Books I’m Excited About

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There is a blanket with alternating white and dark orange stripes on it spread out but still wrinkled. On the blanket is a cup of hot cocoa in a red mug and an opened book that has yellow tinged edges of its pages and looks like it’s getting old. Many of the books I read are from authors who are new to me or new in general, but I don’t normally spend a lot of time digging around in debut book lists.

I pay attention to the blurb and first page when deciding what to read next. (Okay, covers matter, too! But they’re the icing on the cake, not the cake itself. I’ve read amazing books with not-so-great covers and quickly tossed aside other books whose gorgeous covers did not match what was inside of them).

Sometimes this means I’ll read six books in a row from the same author and still yearn for more from them.

In other cases, I really loved one or two books from a particular author but haven’t connected with the rest of their work.

I have no other what other people’s habits are, but I hope to find out from you all today.

Here are four debut authors I’m curious to try.


Book cover for The Museum of Human History by Rebekah Bergman. The image on the cover is a painting of a white woman whose right shoulder is hunched over slightly. She’s touching the bottom of her face as if she’s contemplating something. She does not appear to be wearing a shirt, although we can only see the skin of her arm, shoulder, hand, and neck. Her head is covered from the bridge of her nose up by a pink, yellow, orange, and blue cloud that grows lighter the further up it you look.


1. The Museum of Human History by Rebekah Bergman

Why I’m Interested: The thought of someone surviving an awful accident only to stop aging is intriguing. It makes me think of the similarities between that and how after someone dies they are forever frozen at their age of death in the memories of those who loved them.


Book cover for “Period: The Real Story of Menstruation” by Kate Clancy. The cover is blue and there is a gigantic drop of red blood that symbolizes the O in Period and has the phrase “The real Story of Menstruation” written in it in a black font.


2. Period: The Real Story of Menstruation by Kate Clancy


Why I’m Interested: I’m fascinated (and a little disturbed) by how much scientists are still learning about menstruation, the uterus, and other related topics. It’s about time that these things were studied in depth not only for people who have typical menstrual cycles and reproductive organs but also for those deal with diseases or abnormalities related to menstruation and the uterus that some doctors sadly can be pretty dismissive of.


Book cover for “On Earth As It Is On Television” by Emily Jane. Image on cover shows a drawing of a red spaceship shining a white beacon of light on the author’s name. The author’s name and title are written in a repeating pattern of white, blue, orange, and pink letters.


3. On Earth As It Is On Television by Emily Jane


Why I’m Interested: I love first contact stories!


Book cover for “She Is a Haunting” by Trang Thanh Tran. Image on cover shows a young Vietnamese woman with thick black hair. She looks frightening and is staring straight ahead at the audience crying as six small flowers grow out of her mouth.


4. She Is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran


Why I’m Interested: Haunted houses are one of those tropes that immediately grab my attention. I hope this will be an excellent example of how to scare characters silly with a haunted house.


What are your reading habits like?


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50 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Debut Books I’m Excited About

  1. The Museum of Hunam Story and Period sound like books I’d be interested in reading. I hope you enjoy them.

  2. Great list, She Is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran sounds very good, it’s on my list also. I try not to judge a book by the cover but it’s hard not to sometimes. Happy reading!

  3. Period sounds good. I totally agree with all you said. It blows my mind that there’s so little information or helpfulness for period issues. We are constantly ignored and told we are making things up. I lived with a polyp and hemorrhaging for FIVE years. It wasn’t until I started fertility treatments that the doctor knew right away something was wrong & I needed surgery. Sorry… I get hot about this topic!! Drives me crazy how doctors are so dismissive.

  4. I think I saw Emily Jane’s on a list when I was searching out the books to put on my list this week. The cover caught my eye but then I didn’t read about it. Maybe one I’ll have to look into. 🙂 Hope you enjoy all of these and thanks for visiting my website.

  5. On Earth As It Is On Television by Emily Jane sounds so good.

    Great list!

  6. Oh, I like the sound of She Is A Haunting. Creepy!

  7. On Earth as in Television, good title and cover.

  8. I’m seeing more similarities between lists than I expected this week. It makes it a little easier on my TBR!
    Thanks for the visit.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  9. I also usually don’t pay attention whether a book is a debut or not. But hope you’ll enjoy all of these!

  10. Period sounds so interesting and so important

  11. Oh I think the Period book will be incredibly interesting. It’s so disheartening to read constant stories of women in pain who are dismissed and ignored by multiple doctors. I read one just yesterday actually about a woman that begged for help only to be told to “go home, have a wine and relax”….turned out she had a massive tumour. There’s so much that is not known about reproductive organs and what can happen and even how much pain that people who have them can be in……just because someone else doesn’t experience that, doesn’t mean it isn’t real. But a lot of people seem to be told that it’s in their head.

  12. I love finding a really good new debut. 🙂

    • Nice! It’s good to hear from you, Greg. Let me know if you ever decide to sign up for Mastodon or Instagram and don’t mind getting followers from Top Ten Tuesday bloggers. I like reading your thoughts.

      (But no pressure, of course).

  13. I keep seeing She is a Haunting around. I know nothing about it, but will probably check it out from my library lol I enjoy the cover! Happy reading 🙂

  14. The first contact book looks good, and so does Period! I’ll be interested in hearing what you think of these!

  15. I’ve been seeing She is a Haunting quite a bit. I hope you enjoy all of these!

  16. Great list! It’s kind of scary to think that doctors are still learning so much about periods, though. Makes me wonder why they weren’t already studying this topic more.

  17. I don’t normally pay attention if the author is a debut author or not either. But, when I do my blog posts and research the author for the “about author” that’s when I figure it out or not.

  18. She is a Haunting sounds so intriguing! I honestly don’t pay too much attention to who’s a debut author and who isn’t before I’ve read a book. I really had to make myself pay attention to do this week’s topic, haha.

    • I know, right? I hope it’s good.

      Did you end up going to Goodreads or somewhere to find a list of debut authors? I wouldn’t have been able to write my post without that help. 🙂

  19. These all look like interesting reads! 🙂

  20. I think She is a Haunting wins for creepiest cover! It’s deliciously creepy. Happy reading!

  21. ON EARTH AS IT IS ON TELEVISION is a hilarious title! Sounds like a fun read. I hope you enjoy all these.

    Happy TTT!


  22. I hadn’t heard of She Is A Haunting, but I absolutely LOVE stories with haunted houses, too! That cover is also super creepy. Definitely gonna have to add that one to my TBR. :3 Thanks for the introduction.

  23. I’ll have to keep my eye on On Earth.Looks really interesting!

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