Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah @the Bionic Bookworm and is now being hosted by Meeghan @Meeghan Reads. This week’s topic is top 5 debut novels. Here are 5 debuts from BIPOC authors that I have read.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid – 4 Stars – 2019 – My review – From Goodreads: A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.
The Trouble With Hating You by Sajni Patel – 5 Stars – 2020 – My Review – From Goodreads: Liya Thakkar is a successful biochemical engineer, takeout enthusiast, and happily single woman. The moment she realizes her parents’ latest dinner party is a setup with the man they want her to marry, she’s out the back door in a flash. Imagine her surprise when the same guy shows up at her office a week later — the new lawyer hired to save her struggling company. What’s not surprising: he’s not too thrilled to see her either after that humiliating fiasco. Jay Shah looks good on paper…and off. Especially if you like that whole gorgeous, charming lawyer-in-a-good-suit thing. He’s also arrogant and infuriating. As their witty office banter turns into late night chats, Liya starts to think he might be the one man who truly accepts her. But falling for each other means exposing their painful pasts. Will Liya keep running, or will she finally give love a real chance?
Ties that Tether by Jane Igharo – 4 Stars – 2020 – My Review – From Goodreads: When a Nigerian woman falls for a man she knows will break her mother’s heart, she must choose between love and her family.
Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho – 4 Stars – 2020 – Review Coming – Fromm Goodreads: Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones’s Diary in this funny and irresistible debut novel about the pursuit of happiness, surviving one’s thirties intact, and opening oneself up to love.
How To Fail At Flirting by Denise Williams – 4 Stars – 2020 – My Review – From Goodreads: One daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever’s world upside down.