"Full confession: We love a great debut novel! There's nothing like watching an author launch their first novel into the world and seeing them find their brand-new fans. And for us bookworms, falling for a first-time author can start a very long reading relationship.
We wanted to find the most popular new debuts of the first half of 2021, so we peeked into our data to find the first books that had the most Want to Read adds from your fellow readers and an average rating of at least 3.5 stars. Oh, also, for this list we are defining a debut as a writer's first novel-length work of fiction."