Google+ YA Romantics: June 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hot Off the Presses: New YA Releasing June 30-July 6

Hot Off the Presses -- brand new YA releases!

Welcome to Hot Off the Presses!  

Tuesday is book release day, so every Tuesday I tell you about all the great new YA books you can buy in the week to come. If you're a reviewer, you can also link your blog or Goodreads reviews of any YA book publishing in the current month so we can all check them out!

Enter the NEW July giveaway! This month's winner can pick any book up to $15 on either Amazon (for US winner) or The Book Depository (for international winner.)

Enter by linking reviews of YA books that release in June or by commenting on other people's linked reviews.

Hot Off the Presses aims to include every traditionally published YA book. Please let me know about books that came out this week that I might have missed! Some titles may have different release dates outside the US.

Click on the photos to get to each book's Goodreads page!

Between Us and the Moon Shadowshaper Faking Perfect Three More Words
Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel (Harper)
Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older (Arthur Levine)
Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips (Kensington
Three More Words by Ashley Rhodes-Carter (Atheneum)

Under the Lights Storm So I Shall Reap
Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler (Spencer Hill)
Storm (Paper Gods #3) by Amanda Sun (Harlequin)
So Shall Reap by Kathy-Lynn Cross (Clean Teen)

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Just Finished Reading: Weightless by Sarah Bannan

by Sarah Bannan

To be published on June 30, 2015
by St Martin's Press

Source: finished copy from publisher for review

Synopsis from Goodreads: When 15-year-old Carolyn moves from New Jersey to Alabama with her mother, she rattles the status quo of the junior class at Adams High School. A good student and natural athlete, she’s immediately welcomed by the school’s cliques. She’s even nominated to the homecoming court and begins dating a senior, Shane, whose on again/off again girlfriend Brooke becomes Carolyn’s bitter romantic rival. When a video of Carolyn and Shane making out is sent to everyone, Carolyn goes from golden girl to slut, as Brooke and her best friend Gemma try to restore their popularity. Gossip and bullying hound Carolyn, who becomes increasingly private and isolated. When Shane and Brooke—now back together—confront Carolyn in the student parking lot, injuring her, it’s the last attack she can take.
My take:  Weightless tells a story that you've probably heard before, in YA books like Tease or media stories about girls like Phoebe Prince: new girl moves to a small town and catches the eye of a popular guy, starts dating him, is bullied relentlessly by her classmates, then (highlight for spoiler) starts an emotional and psychological downward spiral, and commits suicide. (end spoiler.) I flipped ahead to the end to see if the ending would be different than what I was expecting, but it wasn't.

Like The Virgin Suicides or Then We Came to the End, Weightless is written in the first person plural (from the point of view of a "we" instead of an "I"). It's an unusual and gutsy choice, and one that readers may either love or find distracting. On the plus side, the "we" POV emphasizes the mob mentality that often accompanies bullying. But while I thought this POV choice was successful from a literary point of view (to me, this is a POV that takes some serious skill to pull off and I think Weightless is very well written) the "we" narration left me feeling somewhat emotionally detached from Carolyn, the bullying victim. Weightless does include some epistolary elements -- emails, school reports, newspaper articles, etc. -- so it does include a few of Carolyn's texts and such -- but I wished for more of her voice. Plus, the contrast between the literary POV and the pop cultural elements was a little jarring to me -- though other readers may disagree.

There have been a lot of YA bullying books in the last decade, from Speak to Thirteen Reasons Why to Some Girls Are. I've found all of them hard to read (as they should be) and some have definitely touched me emotionally more than this one did. That said, I do think Weightless was well-crafted and definitely worth a try for YA readers who are looking for this kind of a story.

I'll be giving away a finished copy this Friday, so if you're interested in trying this, be sure to stop by!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Freebie Friday: June/July Grab Bag

Happy Friday!

The winner of this week's giveaway will get to choose from a selection of June/July ARCs.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend of reading!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

WDYT Thursday: Are You an Early Review Avoider?

Welcome to What Do You Think Thursday, a periodic feature in which I pick a topic, tell you what I think, and invite you to discuss.

When I was a newer blogger, I'd often get comments on my reviews that went something like this: "I haven't read/reviewed this book yet, so I'm going to come back and read your review later."

I don't get comments like that anymore, which means that one of two things happened:

1) I don't post as many early reviews as I used to. This is possibly true, though I haven't done any kind of statistical analysis.

2) More people have become like me: they don't avoid early reviews.

I used to be an Early Review Avoider. I think I was afraid that if I read another blogger's review before I read the book, I'd be influenced by their opinion -- that I'd somehow absorb their opinion instead of forming my own. (There also seemed to be more incidents of blogger plagiarism going on a couple years ago, so that spooked a lot of us, I think....) 

So while I used to like to go into reading and reviewing blind:

I don't anymore. I definitely scan early reviews, especially if I'm torn about whether to request a book or not. That's because:

1) I now have a better understanding of my reading preferences. I've become better at reading early reviews and using them to decide if a book is for me. And, hey, if I change my mind and miss out on requesting a review copy, I can always buy the book after it comes out.

2) I've read so much YA that I've developed RAS (Review Amnesia Syndrome) and a related disorder, SAS (Synopsis Amnesia Syndrome). Between the time I request a book and the time I read it, I often forget what the book was about, why I wanted to read it, and what anybody thought of it.

3) I've become comfortable having an opinion on a book that goes against all the reviews I've read. Most often, that means I perfectly okay liking a book that others are sort of "meh" on. Like this one, for example. 

But that's just me -- every reader needs to do what feels right to them. I don't think there's anything wrong with avoiding early reviews, or not reading reviews until you've figured out what you think of a book.

Where do you come out on this? Do you find early reviews helpful, or avoid them like the plague? Let me know in comments.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Just Finished Reading: Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally

Jesse's Girl
by Miranda Kenneally

To be published on July 7, 2015
by Sourcebooks

Source: eARC for review

Synopsis from Goodreads: Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol. But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo? 
My take: This week I have an extra bit of spring in my step -- I've been reading some fabulous contemporaries, which is how I think everyone should spend the summer.  I'm a longtime fan of Miranda Kenneally and her Hundred Oaks series. She's got a bit of a Sarah Dessen thing going on, with crossover characters and locations, that I like a lot. And I love that her main characters are always girls with ambitions and dreams, girls who feel real and relatable, girls who find love.

Jesse's Girl had a lot going for it -- music themes, fun 80s references, and a bunch of great tropes. Yes, great. I think of tropes as humble cooking ingredients that can either be humdrum or, in the case of a book like this, elevated into something fun and surprising.

The most obvious trope going here is In Love With a Rock Star.  But hey, surprise: it's Jesse who falls for the (aspiring) rock star, while Maya falls in love with Jesse, a country singer. (Which means that we also get both an Odd Couple dynamic and I'm a Little Bit Country/I'm a Little Bit Rock and Roll face-off.)

There's also a good dose of Girl Next Door in Love With Someone Famous, which has been a favorite trope of mine since I was a kid watching Brady Bunch re-runs and Marcia Brady snuck into Davy Jones' hotel room to ask him if he'd sing at her prom. Jesse and Maya meet cute (well, she's cute and he's surly) and embark on a madcap Ferris Bueller Day of fun. Super-cute, and a little bit Princess for a Day as he tries to buy her fancy cowboy boots, and she declines. He's famous, but he can't get her out of his mind...

What else is there to love about this book? If you still need more convincing, there's a fun American-Idol-meets-the-Voice kind of show involved (with actual celebrity judges) and cameo appearances by two of my favorite Hundred Oaks characters ever, Jordan and Sam.

In sum, Jesse's Girl is the perfect summer read: fun, flirty, and hard to put down.

These books are companion books, so you don't have to have read any other Hundred Oaks books to pick up this one. If you've read it, let me know what you thought in comments!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hot Off the Presses: New YA Releasing June 23-29

Hot Off the Presses -- brand new YA releases!

Welcome to Hot Off the Presses!  

Tuesday is book release day, so every Tuesday I tell you about all the great new YA books you can buy in the week to come. If you're a reviewer, you can also link your blog or Goodreads reviews of any YA book publishing in the current month so we can all check them out!

LAST week of the June giveaway! This month's winner can pick any book up to $15 on either Amazon (for US winner) or The Book Depository (for international winner.)

Enter by linking reviews of YA books that release in June or by commenting on other people's linked reviews.

Hot Off the Presses aims to include every traditionally published YA book. Please let me know about books that came out this week that I might have missed! Some titles may have different release dates outside the US.

Click on the photos to get to each book's Goodreads page!

Emmy & Oliver Book of Spirits and Thieves Date With a Rockstar
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway (Harper)
Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes (Razorbill)
Date With a Rockstar by Sarah Gagnon (Spencer Hill)

Tangled Webs Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek Leveller
Tangled Webs by Lee Bross (Disney-Hyperion)
Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek by Seth Rudetsky (Random House)
The Leveler by Julia Durango (Harper)

The Rules A Girl Undone Calling Maggie May
The Rules by Nancy Holder and Debbie Vigue (Delacorte)
A Girl Undone by Catherine Linka (St. Martin's)
Calling Maggie May by Anonymous (Simon Pulse)

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Just Finished Reading: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy & Oliver
by Robin Benway
To be published on June 23, 2015
by HarperTeen

Source: eARC for review

Synopsis from Goodreads: Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life. She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared. Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart. He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling. Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

My take: I love contemporary YA. But lately, you've seen me grumping on here about a trend in contemporary YA that I'm not so fond of: contemporary books with too much going on. It seems to me that some writers tackling contemporary YA worry that the genre is too mundane and that it needs to be jazzed up with paranormal twists or main characters with psychotic breaks or people who peel their faces off and are actually someone else (okay, I made that last one up, but still..)

I firmly believe that reality can be enough, that contemporary YA can be simple and real and still be able to capture readers' attentions and their hearts.

Thank you, Robin Benway, for writing a book that is Exhibit A in my argument. Emmy & Oliver has a simple premise: Emmy and Oliver are best friends. When Oliver is seven, he disappears. Ten years later, he comes back. That's it.

But with that simple premise, Benway is able to explore a multitude of issues and themes and do so in a way that was moving, funny, and memorable.  I love that Emmy & Oliver was able to explore all the different repercussions of Oliver's disappearance and return -- emotions and reactions that are like ripples on a pond. The parents of Oliver's friends (including Emmy's parents) clutched their children tighter after he vanished, so tightly that Emmy feels like a prisoner herself and has resorted to sneaking out to learn to surf and secretly applied to college. Oliver's mother, who looked tirelessly for her son, has also remarried and had twins. Emmy has made other friends, but the absence of Oliver has left a hole in her life that has never been filled.

When Oliver returns, everything has to be recalibrated: Oliver's family, Emmy's friendships and situation with her parents, and Emmy and Oliver's relationship. I was wondering whether this would be a friendship story or a friends-to-romance story and it could have gone either way, but I liked the way that it went. I loved the way family and friendship were portrayed -- real, funny, and sometimes messed-up.

Emmy & Oliver is one of my favorites of 2015 -- to me, it was a great example of everything a wonderful contemporary story can be.

If you've read it, let me know what you think in comments!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Freebie Friday: Every Last Word ARC and swag

Happy Friday! 

Today I'm sharing an ARC and swag for Every Last Word!

I'll send the winner an ARC, a box of magnetic words, and this pretty blue notebook, just like the ones that Sam used in the book.

Anyone who can provide a US mailing address is eligible to enter.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Two non-YA reviews: Mr. Kiss and Tell and Second Life

Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars #2)
by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Published January 20, 2015 by Vintage Books

Synopsis from Goodreads: The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town’s ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove—or prove—the woman's story. The case is a complicated mix of hard facts, mysterious occurrences, and uncooperative witnesses. The hotel refuses to turn over its reservation list and the victim won’t divulge who she was meeting that night. Add in the facts that the attack happened months ago, the victim’s memory is fuzzy, and there are holes in the hotel’s surveillance system, and Veronica has a convoluted mess on her hands. As she works to fill in the missing pieces, it becomes clear that someone is lying—but who? And why? 
My take: I'm about the biggest Veronica Mars fan there is. And just to put it out there, I consider that the TV show has the highest level of VM canonicity.  I'm not sure if I can consider the movie and these books as canon at all. But we can debate that in comments.

I listened to the first book in this series, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, on audio with Kristen Bell narrating, and that may have elevated my opinion above what it deserved. I liked the noir-ish plot of TDTL, but the characters seemed like caricatures to me. I mean, Veronica and Dick Casablancas crashing a college party wearing a coconut bra? (Her, not him. I think.)

Mr. Kiss and Tell feels truer to the characters I know and love -- Veronica, Weevil, Mac, Logan, Keith. And I thought the case in this book -- a rape victim with a hazy memory -- had promise. But I felt this book was a little emotionally flat. In TDTL, Veronica is dealing with both the reappearance of her mother and with Logan's deployment, and in Mr. Kiss and Tell, she and Logan are back in co-habitating bliss. (Sorry, I shouldn't be complaining about that, but I thought this book lacked tension.) Still, a foray back into Neptune is always a happy occasion for me, and I think most VM fans should be pleased with this. I hope there's a book three, and hope it's able to combine the emotional punch  of the first book with the better characterization of the second.

Second Life
by S. J. Watson
Published by Harper
on June 9, 2015

Synopsis From Goodreads: She loves her husband. She's obsessed by a stranger. She's a devoted mother. She's prepared to lose everything. She knows what she's doing. She's out of control. She's innocent. She's guilty as sin. She's living two lives. She might lose both ...

My take: I read and loved Watson's debut novel, Before I Go To Sleep. That was a fantastic thriller, and if you haven't read it, you definitely should.

Sadly,  I was disappointed in Second Life. Julia, the main character, is a former alcoholic who lives with her husband and teenage son. When Julia's sister turns up dead in a Paris alley, Julia travels to Paris to speak to her sister's friends.

I had no problem with any of that. But it's always interesting when I can pinpoint the exact moment in a book when things start to fall apart for me. In Second Life, it was around page 70. Julia is in her sister's Paris apartment, looking through a box of stuff. She finds a piece of paper with her sister's handwriting: passwords, usernames, and the name of an online site called Encounterz. (Yes. Really.) And the name of the metro station closest to the spot where her sister's body was found. Does she go to the police with this information? Uh, no, because the police have already "followed up every lead." (Except that the murder has not been solved, so ... yeah.) Julia decides to go on Encounterz and impersonate her sister. To me, the believability of the entire book rested on the believability of this decision. What kind of a person would not go to the police with a clue that might help solve her sisters murder?

If Julia had seemed more jealous of her sister or more crazy and self-destructive in her grief, this might have seemed plausible. But she was giving off more of a bored housewife fallen off the wagon vibe than a downward spiral vibe.

If you're worried that Julia ends up in a creepy sex dungeon, don't be.The sex stuff is a garden variety affair and the whole story seems weirdly outdated, like a cautionary tale written years and years ago about how Bad Things Can Happen to You When You Meet People Online. (Your life will be ruined! Consider yourself warned!) There's finally a flurry of action at the end, that wasn't enough to redeem this story. I will definitely try this author's next book, but this one just wasn't for me.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Hot Off the Presses: New YA Releasing June 16-22

Hot Off the Presses -- brand new YA releases!

Welcome to Hot Off the Presses!  

Tuesday is book release day, so every Tuesday I tell you about all the great new YA books you can buy in the week to come. If you're a reviewer, you can also link your blog or Goodreads reviews of any YA book publishing in the current month so we can all check them out!

Need some new summer reads? Be sure to enter the June giveaway! This month's winner can pick any book up to $15 on either Amazon (for US winner) or The Book Depository (for international winner.)

Enter by linking reviews of YA books that release in June or by commenting on other people's linked reviews.

Hot Off the Presses aims to include every traditionally published YA book. Please let me know about books that came out this week that I might have missed! Some titles may have different release dates outside the US.

Click on the photos to get to each book's Goodreads page!

Night We Said Yes Every Last Word Hungry After Hours
The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi (Harper)
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone (Disney-Hyperion)
Hungry by H. A. Swain (Feiwel and Friends)
After Hours by Claire Kennedy (Simon Pulse)

Glittering Shadows Between the Notes The Lure
Glittering Shadows (Metropolis #2) by Jaclyn Dolamore (Disney-Hyperion)
Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat (Harper)
The Lure by Lynne Ewing (Balzer + Bray)

Deadfall Blood Will Tell Get Dirty
Deadfall (Blackbird #2) by Anna Carey (Harper)
Blood Will Tell by April Henry (Henry Holt)
Get Dirty (Don't Get Mad #2) by Gretchen McNeil (Balzer + Bray)

Shattered Memories In Search of Sam Always Remembered More Happy Than Not
Shattered Memories by Susan Harris (Clean Teen)
In Search of Sam by Kristin Butcher (Dundam)
Always Remembered by Kelly Risser (Clean Teen)
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (Soho)

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Just Finished Reading: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Last Word
by Tamara Ireland Stone
To be published by Disney-Hyperion
on June 16, 2015

Source: eARC from publisher plus ARC and swag from Big Honcho Media

Synopsis from Goodreads:  Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off. Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist. Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.
My take: There were things I really liked about Every Last Word, and other things that gave me pause.  I'll start with the positive:

I do know a fair amount about OCD, and it was clear the author did her research (there's also an afterword in which she explains some of her choices.) The opening of the book, in which a young Sam is trying to cope with a mind that is "stuck" on one obsessive thought, was powerful and realistic. Symptoms of OCD typically do appear by young adulthood.  Every Last Word focused on Purely Obsessional OCD. In popular culture, OCD is usually equated with things like repeated hand-washing (or being excessively neat) but OCD entails both obsessive thoughts and the compulsive behaviors that serve as coping mechanisms.

I also liked the fact that Sam was in therapy and on medication. Often YA books that deal with mental health issues show characters who are not in treatment or resisting treatment and I'm happy that this book showed that Sam's condition was pretty well-managed with a combination of talk therapy and medication. I thought it was great that Sam's therapy sessions were incorporated into the book. Her talks with Sue were some of my favorite parts.

Those positive things were great, but I also thought there was a lot going on in this book. The book's main conflict is that Sam isn't able to be honest with her friends about her condition. And the main reason for that is because her school friends are a judge-y group of mean girls. I did like the fact that Sam's therapist told her she ought to consider finding nicer friends, but at times I felt that the story became too much about  mean girl drama. There's also subplot about a prior bullying incident that Sam was involved in.

Sam actually does have other friends -- from her swim team. I liked the way the story showed that swimming was a release for Sam -- something that helped her get out of her head. I thought it was interesting (and plausible) that while Sam has a numbers obsession with her car odometer, she seems to have no such obsession with the number of laps she swims or her swim times.  Sam's therapist thinks swimming is good for her, and Sam's trying to swim six days a week.

Then the story adds yet one more element -- poetry. Sam meets a new friend, Caroline, who invites her to a secret place called Poet's Corner. While this is a common trope in contemporary YA -- girl with some life issues finds a new group of quirky friends and a new place to fit in -- I didn't think the book needed both the swimming and the poetry. Sam just began to have too many identities for me -- OCD Sam, mean girl Sam, swimmer Sam (or Summer Sam, as her therapist calls her) and then Poet Sam.

With Poet's Corner came a bunch of new characters with new issues (including a love interest for Sam) and for me, that's when the story began to drift off course. Along with Poet's Corner also came a really weird revelation, something that happened at the end of the book. (highlight for spoiler) It's revealed that Caroline, Sam's new friend, is a girl from school who committed suicide. She's dead and Sam hallucinated her. Sam's therapist says that OCD doesn't involve hallucinations, but they'll "figure it out." What? (end spoiler).

This revelation really seemed to come out of nowhere and wasn't resolved. It didn't seem to fit into the story at all. (If there were any way to convince me that it did fit, I think it needed to happen much earlier and be better explained.)

Though that ending really threw me, there were definitely things I enjoyed about Every Last Word. In theme and structure, it reminded me a bit of This Song Will Change Your Life, so if you're a fan of that, you might want to try this. I'll be giving my ARC (along with some cool ELW swag I was sent) away during this week's Freebie Friday, so if you haven't read this, be sure to stop by!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Extra! Extra! The BEA Edition

Extra! Extra!

Extra! Extra! is my weekend post featuring brand new additions to my TBR pile as well as a summary of what's new on the blog.

This weekend I'm linking to Stacking the Shelves @ Tynga's Reviews and/or to Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. 

For the fourth year in a row, I was lucky enough to attend BEA (Book Expo America.) It's a huge, multi-day event attended by publishers, authors, booksellers, librarians, teachers, press, and bloggers.
Publishers set up booths to show off all the great new books they'll have coming out in the next year. It's a HUGE event that includes book signings and book giveaways.

This year, BEA coincided with a bunch of family events I needed to attend, and as a result, I was only there for a day and a half rather than three full days. (This turned out to be a very good thing for my feet!) Yes, I did miss out on a book or two (I Crawl Through It....) but I'm okay with that.

Here's my four year history of number of books obtained at BEA:

This year I'm at an all time low! And yet, I still think I got just about every book I wanted. There seemed to be fewer books featured at this year's event, but still a lot of amazing titles. And best of all, the 24 books I got fit nicely into my book cupboard. Here's a peek:

The full list is on Goodreads here.  And, as all good things often come to an end, this may be my last BEA. Because:

That's a way for me to travel. Then again, the dates are earlier -- hard to read, but they are mid-May instead of late May, and that may conflict less with the end of the school year stuff that often gets in the way of BEA for me.

In any case, I had a great time, met old friends and made new ones, and found out about a lot of amazing new books -- which I will be telling you about in the months to come!

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