Last weekend, I headed to New Orleans with my mom and sister-in-law for the American Library Association’s summer convention. It was a blast!
Not only was it great to have a girls’ weekend with tow of my favorite ladies, but we had the chance to pick up some seriously awesome books!
I came back with about 40 books. I was kind of picky about which ones I took, since I knew I’d had limited time to read. And I didn’t want to deprive someone else of a book that they’d enjoy when I knew the chances of me reading it were slim.
BUT – I was able to get my hands on some great ones. Here’s a stack of my favorites:
Crossed by Ally Condy
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (signed!)
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (signed!)
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff (signed!)
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
Legend by Marie Lu
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa (signed!)
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
The Taker by Alma Katsu
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (not pictured)
We waited in line for two hours to pick up Crossed by Ally Condy, the sequel to Matched. I am *dying* to start reading this one (I mean, come on!) but since it doesn’t come out until November, I’m prioritizing other books with earlier release dates.
We picked up Lola and the Boy Next Door during our first day at the convention. Again, we waited about two hours in line for this one. And I’m glad we did! Those babies went like hot cakes when the awesome ladies at the Penguin Booth laid them down. Seriously, people were running up and reaching over us in line to grab the books and run off. It was CRAZY. I think they learned a lot from that, because the next day, the Penguin ladies *handed* out the ARCs, instead of just letting you take one.
I couldn’t wait to read this one. We got back to the hotel on Saturday around 3 pm, and I started reading it. I finished that night. Yes, we were total dorks and stayed in the hotel to read and order pizza. But it was SO worth it! Lola is amazing … and I loved it more than Anna, and I think that’s due to a certain nerdy boy who shall remain nameless (cough, cough: Cricket!! cough, cough)
And here’s another I’m really excited for. A modern-day Jack the Ripper tale by the amazing Maureen Johnson? Yes, please! It sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to read it!
ALA was an awesome trip and I am so looking forward to next time! The mid-winter meeting is in Dallas, so you know I can’t miss that one!
My mom and sister-in-law have been awesome enough to donate some of their ARCs for me to give away on the blog. Look for an epic ARC giveaway (with many of the titles mentioned above!) to come soon!
What did you get in your mailbox this week?