OKAY, so I’m sure everyone is starting to overload on the myriad “Best Of…” reading lists that are coming out just in time for the holiday shopping season. I know, me too! [*the librarian says guiltily*] …sometimes it feels like there are almost too many to keep up with. (Though I love seeing whether or not my reading picks are on par with the “elite” readers of the world, don’t you?)

DESPITE my award fatigue, there are certain of these lists that still manage to pique my interest; namely the ones paying attention to the books and authors who don’t have a ready-made audience or fan base. Don’t get me wrong–the New York Times best sellers are a great go-to for lots of reasons, but variety is the spice of life and if you only ever read one author you sure are missing out.

IN this spirit, I want to share with you one small list that is pretty neat. The website Flavorwire has come out with their Flavorwire’s Ten Best Debut Novels of 2013.  This list just  so happens to have three titles from our own Longlist:  The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan; You Are One of Them by Elliott Holt; and The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman. Of the remainder, there is one I’ve read and loved, one I have been wanting to read all year and haven’t gotten to it yet, and four I hadn’t even heard of.  (We’ll just add those to the ole “To Read” list, eh?)

I am absolutely positive there are more great “Debut” lists out there for you to discover. Check with your favorite bookseller, check on the web, ask your local librarian. But make a point to read new authors, and support emerging artists by adding a little variety to your reading list. Trying new things can be scary, but go for it! You may just find yourself a new favorite.

About Renee

Reference + Archives Librarian at McArthur Library in Biddeford, Maine. She has served on the MRCA Committee since it was founded.