Holy Library Conference, Batman!
So many books and people and panels and things to see. I attended the American Library Association’s Annual Conference that was held this year in Chicago. The library let me stay downtown at the Hyatt. That worked out so nicely.
I wanted to do a quick post about all the ARC’s I decided to take home with me from the Conference. It’s so hard not to just pick up every single book you see. Unfortunately, you can’t carry a million books with you on the train home.
I’ve decided the only fair way to do this is alphabetically.
I will be reading them (all hopefully) but will wait to publish my reviews on here until closer to their pub date. Stalk my Goodreads for reviews immediately following my reading.
Advance Reader’s Copies
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez (October 2017)
This one looks to be about a Mexican-American girl who is struggling with the loss of her older sister and also balancing the expectations her parents have for her with what she expects for her own life. Also love reading about a narrative I know nothing about.
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart (September 2017)
Already started this one and really loving it. The story of a girl who isn’t quite what she seems. As E. Lockhart said on a panel: “Mystery. Lots of wigs involved.”
George & Lizzie by Nancy Pearl (September 2017)
Oh. My. Goodness! I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this one since I saw Nancy Pearl speak back in April. A fiction novel from the RA queen herself. This story examines a marriage that is imperfect and haunted by the ghosts of past relationships.
Halfway Normal by Barbara Dee (September 2017)
Picked this one up because I loved Star-Crossed, written by the same author. Story of a middle school leukemia survivor reentering school and trying to get back to a “normal” life. Barbara Dee always finds a clever way to have her characters relate and reveal to others. I’m excited to see what she’s done with this one.
Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt/Isabelle Arsenault (October 2017)
From the author of Jane, the Fox, and Me. Louis goes to stay with his father for the summer after his parents are divorced. His father is a recovering alcoholic. This one should be interesting and a tear-jerker.
Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power by Mariko Tamaki (October 2017)
AHHHHH!! I’ve been wanting to read this since I heard about it! Lumberjanes, the graphic novel series, is one of my all-time favorites. Reading it in prose will be a different (and hopefully great) experience!
Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet – Stories by various authors (January 2018)
A collection of short stories by creators like Nicola Yoon, Meredith Russo, Jocelyn Davies, Dhonielle Clayton, Julie Murphy, and more! Stories about couples meeting and romance beginning. This should be really cute for Valentine’s.
More of Me by Kathryn Evans (June 2017)
Teva has a big family…except all her siblings are actually clones of herself. Things get awkward and confusing when Teva tries to take hold of her own life and loves. Seems interesting but I’m giving it to my friend to read first.
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (October 2017)
This one I picked up for the same friend as More of Me. She’s a Children’s librarian and should get a crack at it first. A selective society invites Morrigan in. Seems like a combination of Harry Potter and The Night Circus.
Otherworld by Jason Segel/Kirsten Miller (November 2017)
Seems a lot like Ready Player One. VR world is taking over and people leave their real lives behind. Trouble ensues. Looking forward to it.
Release by Patrick Ness (September 2017)
The new Patrick Ness. Had to pick it up. This one is seems to be about a young man navigating his coming out journey and dealing with past loves and current love interests.
The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone (June 2017)
Picked this one up for the cute cover, kept it for the plot. Young girl is filmed doing a good deed and it goes viral. She meets up with other people in her area that are also doing good things but they get in over their heads trying to save a friend.
Unqualified by Anna Faris (October 2017)
Based on her podcast of the same name. This book is packed with advice for all different kinds of situations…from someone who’s not really qualified to give you life advice.
The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag (October 2017)
Super pumped for this one, too. In this world’s society, all of the boys are raised to be shapeshifters and all the girls are raised to be witches. But people weren’t meant to stay in the boxes societies have created. When a boy goes missing it could ruin everything.
What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper (February 2018)
Young Adult story about a teenage Holocaust survivor. Focuses on the main character, Greta, finding out who she is and how she will rebuild her life. Sort of gives me Austerlitz vibes for young(er) adults.
Books Already In Print
Faith, Vol. 1: Hollywood and Vine by Jody Houser
March Books 1, 2, & 3 by John Lewis, Nate Powell, & Andrew Aydin (signed by John Lewis and Nate Powell)
Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci (signed by the author)
Who Could That Be at This Hour (All the Wrong Questions #1) by Lemony Snicket (signed by Daniel Handler)