Debutante Reunion: Books We Loved in 2010!

Deb Books Released in 2010:

Deb Founder (and Deb who stayed at the party for two full years) Eileen Cook was pleased to have Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood come out in January 2010. The paperback version came out this fall and has already gone back for a second printing.
Deb Emily Winslow‘s delicious The Whole World was released in May!
All I Can Handle by Kim Stagliano We celebrated the release of Deb Kim‘s All I Can Handle: I’m No Mother Teresa in November!

2011 Deb Elise thoroughly enjoyed the October release of Elixir, the novel she co-wrote with Hilary Duff.  We’re already working on book two, and having a blast.
Deb Sarah Pekkanen‘s debut, The Opposite of Me, hit shelves in March and her short story, “All is Bright“, is available for e-readers right now!
Deb Joelle Anthonys debut, Restoring Harmony, came out in May.
Deb Alicia Bessette’s Simply from Scratch was released in August.
Deb Jenny Gardiner gave us a trifecta – Winging It: A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who’s Determined to Kill Me was released in March by Simon & Schuster.  Slim to None was released by Diversion Books in e-reader and print on demand formats, and then Over the Falls arrived in e-reader format and will soon be available for print on demand!
Deb Kristina RiggleThe Life You’ve Imagined came out August 17, 2010, and I was so honored it was chosen as an IndieNext Notable pick for September, which means that independent booksellers — who have been so very good to me — marked it out for special attention. Here are a couple of my favorite reviews, as well:From The Grand Rapids Press: “An entertaining, challenging story with the power to change us if we let it.”
From Friend of the Debs, Devourer of Books: “Rich, messy and real…Kristina Riggle is going to be my official go-to for novels about the complications of everyday life.”
And from Booklist: “Her strong and complicated female characters are interesting and likable, and she ably weaves together multiple story lines.
Deb Tiffany Baker‘s The Little Giant of Aberdeen County came out in paperback and hit the NYT bestseller list in February. Paperback sales are still going strong.
Deb Anna David edited a collection of essays – Reality Matters: 19 Writers Come Clean About the Shows We Can’t Stop Watching that arrived in April.
The paperback version of Deb Eve Brown-Waite’s First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria came our way in April!
Another paperback arrival was Deb Jennifer McMahon’s Dismantled, in May.
Deb Kristy Kiernan’s Between Friends was released in April.
We started off 2010 with Deb Maria Garcia-Kalb’s 101 Ways to Torture Your Husband!
Deb Meredith Cole gave us Dead in the Water in May.

Other 2010 Favorites!

Class of 2008:

Deb Eileen Cook loved so many books this year, but Sweetness At The Bottom of The Pie was a favorite.

Class of 2009:

Deb Kristina Riggle adored THE DIVORCE PARTY by Laura Dave, PLEASE EXCUSE MY DAUGHTER by Julie Klam, TIME OF MY LIFE by Allison Winn Scotch, BLESSINGS OF THE ANIMALS by Katrina Kittle, and I’m pretty sure this is a 2009 book but bear with me, HOW I BECAME A FAMOUS NOVELIST by Steve Hely is one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time and all authors and bookish types should read it and laugh-cry over the dead-on satire. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Lady Emily historical mysteries by Tasha Alexander.

Class of 2010:

Deb Sarah Pekkanen recommends a book by my high-school classmate Laura Hillenbrand – Unbroken. It’s spectacular!  Other great 2010 reads were Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner and Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin.

Deb Emily Winslow recommends The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant. It’s a terrific read, and also has a personal meaning for me: It was the first book I was ever asked to blurb! This is what I wrote:

“I rubbed my hands together in anticipation when gossipy old Frau Kessel revealed that Katharina Linden hadn’t been the first to disappear. ‘No,’ she said. ‘I mean the *other* ones.’ That’s where the engaging voice of The Vanishing of Katharina Linden fuses with thrilling plot. It’s a smart, subtle crime novel, narrated by a young girl living in a town where young girls disappear.”

Class of 2011:

Deb Tawna‘s brain is pickled by eggnog, so she can’t actually recall many of the books she read in 2010. Off the top of her head, she knows she adored the new release Maybe This Time by her idol, Jennifer Crusie (who guest blogged with us here at the ball). She also loved All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins (a brilliant romantic comedy author who’ll be guest blogging with us in March). Outside the rom-com genre, Deb Tawna thought Sean Ferrell’s debut novel Numb was fabulous, and loved all of Bill Cameron’s Portland, Oregon-based mystery novels. Oh, and Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy was incredible.

Deb Elise swears she’s not just toeing the company line.  She had a Deb-book-palooza in 2010, reading a slew of great books by past and present Debs.  There was not a disappointing one in the bunch.  Eileen Cook’s Unpredictable was incredibly fun.  Emily Winslow’s The Whole World was remarkably well-crafted, and the shifting POV made the mystery delicious to unravel.  Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony stands out as wholly unique among the sea of dystopian novels, and it made me desperately wish I knew how to farm and play the fiddle.  Alicia Bessette‘s Simply From Scratch absolutely enchanted me — Zell and Ingrid are so well-crafted that they live on in my imagination.  Similarly, the characters in Sarah Pekkanen‘s The Opposite of Me really resonated with me, and there’s one particular scene that’s so alive, relevant, and vital to me (can’t reveal it b/c in entails a major plot twist), I think about it every time I struggle with my own mishegoss.

As for my 2011 Deb sistahs, I’ll stay mum on the 2011 releases, but Deb Kim‘s All I Can Handle was a revelation in so many ways.  I loved every minute of her story, laughed out loud along the way, and find myself bringing it up in conversation nearly every day.

I’ve also read some non-Deb-written books I adored this year, including Emma Donoghue‘s Room, Laurie Halse Anderson‘s Forge, Suzanne CollinsMockingjay, and Sarah Dessen‘s Just Listen.  I highly recommend all of them.

Deb Eleanor has to echo Deb Elise on Emma Donoghue’s Room – it absolutely shook me up in a way a book hasn’t done in a long time!

Deb Kim thanked the gods for Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, Chris Grabenstein’s Jersey Shore Ceepak Mysteries and his wonderful middle grade ghost stories, her colleagues Mark Blaxill and Dan Olsted’s book The Age of Autism Mercury Medicine and a Manmade Epidemic (HERE).