In case you didn’t know, last week I attended the widely talked about North American publishing conference, Book Expo America. To sum up the week in three words: It was complicated. I had some of the most amazing experiences of my life, but there were some not so awesome things that I’m not going to talk about. Honestly, I don’t know if I’ll get next year. We shall see. But anyways, because this was my second year, I had a much better idea about what I wanted to make a priority and what could be sacrificed if I was busy/didn’t have time. One of these things was the books. Last year I was one of those “OMG WANT ALL THE BOOKS” people because I was overly excited, but this time my list of what I wanted was much smaller. Plus, I had to be picky because I wanted to be able to fit all my books in my suitcase and not have to ship anything home. There are some AMAZING titles I picked up that are coming out this fall/early next year that I can’t wait to share with y’all. Note: this does not include the finish copies I received/purchased because those are already all mixed in on my bookshelves and I’m lazy.
1. Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner – I don’t have super high hopes for this one, but it’s about a girl who is a popular beauty guru online whose sister dies, and after starting at a new school, she isn’t sure who she can trust. Do these people want to know her because of her online fame or because they genuinely like her? As someone who was used in high school for what she could give to others, this is a topic I’m incredibly interested in. I’m worried that such a complicated idea won’t be fully fleshed out because the book not the biggest, but we’ll see.
2. Virgin by Radhika Sanghani - Virgin is about a girl in college who’s a virgin and is desperate to get rid of her v-card. On the one hand, I LOVE the concept because it’s a feeling I totally understand, but at the same time I wonder if it’s sending the best message to girls regarding virginity. I could go on and on about my thoughts the concept of virginity, but I’ll save that for the review.
3. Just Call My Name by Holly Goldberg Sloan – Apparently this is part of a series, which I did not know when I got it. I have to read I’ll Be There first, but it sounds really good!
4. Ignore this book because it wasn’t from BEA oops
5. Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle – ANOTHER BOOK FROM MY FAVORITE AUTHOR YESSSSSSS. This one is totally a pop culture/celebrity type book, which isn’t normally my thing bc lack of quality, but I feel confident that Rebecca does an amazing job with this type of story because her writing is A+++.
6. Also ignore this book because it’s not from BEA #fail
7. Sway by Kat Spears – Literally the only reason I got this one is because the synopsis says it’s a modern day Cyrano de Bergerac. We watched the film starring Gérard Depardieu in high school and I kind of really loved it.
8. Tape by Steven Camden – You guys, go read the synopsis for this one. It sounds soooooo good. It’s about this boy who records his diary on a tape, and then a girl finds it ten years later and she feels a strong connection with this boy.
9. Falling into Place by Amy Zhang – Zhang just graduated high school and already has a novel coming out. How impressive is that?? This one is about a girl who tries to kill herself and examines what it means to love and live. It sounds exactly like something I’d enjoy.
10. Rooms by Lauren Oliver – This is Lauren Oliver’s adult debut. It’s apparently kind of a ghost story like The Lovely Bones and also a family drama. It’s Lauren Oliver, though, so I’d read it no matter what it’s about.
11. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – This is Nelson’s first book in years. I ADORED The Sky is Everywhere, so I’m super excited to have another novel from this author.
12. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld – OMG this one sounds super good. I’ve always been a fan of Westerfeld, as he was one of the first YA authors I ever read, so I have pretty high expectations for this one. It’s told from two points of view, a YA author and one of the characters in her book. That sounds really complicated to me, so I’m looking forward to how Westerfeld executes the idea.
13. The Swap by Megan Shull - The Swap sounds like a mix between ‘Freaky Friday’ and that one episode of Lizzie McGuire where Lizzie and her brother Matt somehow end up switching places. I don’t actually know where I got this one because it doesn’t sounds like something I’d enjoy/pick for myself, but I’ll read anyways.
14. Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot – This was one of my MUST HAVES at BEA. It sounds like everything I’d want in a contemporary YA.
15. Exquisite Captive by Heather Dmetrios – This book is about the jinn and trafficking. Heather is AWESOME and the work she’s been putting into marketing this book will blow you guys away. Keep an eye out on the blog because I’m part of her blogger caravan for this one and I’m very excited and honored to be a part of the project.
16. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley – I got this at the Harlequin Teen breakfast. Her editor talked about what it was like to acquire this title and how it’s definitely out of the norm for Harlequin, which makes me happy because I always love books that push the envelope.
17. We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist – This one is a memoir about the fear of rejection. I picked up for the super cute cover lol.
18. Dead to Me by Mary McCoy – This one is pegged as a “noir YA mystery with a Golden Age Hollywood backdrop.” Gaby gave it to me, and I think it definitely sounds like something I’ll enjoy.
And that wraps up my ARC haul for BEA! I’m so excited to be able to share these titles with you guys. Let me know in the comments which ones you’re excited to read! And come back tomorrow for part 2 of my recap, in which I talk about all the exciting events I went to and people I met!