Thursday, January 7, 2010

Unexpected finds in 2009: Debut Novels Not to Miss (updated)

One of the best things about this blog is how it's led me to books that I normally would not have found. Here are some of the books that I am so glad not have missed. Some of them came out earlier than 2009, but that's when I discovered them. Have you read any of these? Which books were welcome surprises for you?
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (paperback comes out Jan 2010)
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Brian Mealer
The Boy Next Door by Irene Sabatini
The Hunger Games (& the sequel Catching Fire) by Suzanne Collins
Graceling (& the prequel Fire) by Kristin Cashore
Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Mystery of the Third Lucretia by Susan Runholt
Al Capone Does My Shirts (and the sequel Al Capone Shines My Shoes) by Gennifer Choldenko


  1. They all look good! I've read Under this Unbroken Sky and it was awesome. You'll love it. I'm adding The Boy Next Door and the Boy Who Harnessed the Wind to my must read list!
    Happy New Year!!!!!

  2. I read Sweetness last year...not overly impressed. But I'm about 1/2way thru The Boy who harnessed the wind, and can just barely put it down. It's wonderful.

  3. Ack! I haven't read any of these. Better get to them!