Monthly Archives: June 2017

Books I Would Love To Get At ALA

It is so weird to think at this time tomorrow, I will be in Chicago. I have less than seven hours to finish doing everything before I leave on the train at 5am.

I thought with ALA right around the corner, I would share the books I am heavily anticipating. The number is numerous but all these books are definite must-reads.


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Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims

Dress Codes For Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens

Out of these three, the one I’m most highly anticipating is Dress Codes For Small Towns. I read Stevens debut novel and loved it so much.


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They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Madness by Zac Brewer

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

I’ve loved both of Silvera’s books which were full of so much pain but also that super relatable element, most likely due to all the pain. Madness sounds amazing as well and also sad given the subject matter of wanting to commit suicide. I’ve only read The Truth About Alice by Mathieu but I love how her books always tackle serious subjects. I didn’t care for any of Perkins’ books but I can’t turn down this mystery filled book.


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Wild Beauty by Anna Marie-McLemore

Top Ten by Katie Cotugno

Far From The Tree by Robin Benway

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

I’m towards the end of When The Moon Was Ours by McLemore and even from the first page I knew I would love it. Her magical realism is such a must-read that I know I need her newest title. Cotugno is a two times New York Times Bestseller and I love the sound of her books. I haven’t read any of them yet, but I do own them all.

I adored Emmy & Oliver from a few years ago so much that I’ve been dying for another Contemporary from Benway. I love that Far From The Tree is going to deal with adopted siblings because I love seeing that family dynamic.

I recently read Crazy by Amy Reed, a book I’d been meaning to read for actual years. Reed is another author that writes a lot about serious subject matter and I cannot wait to read The Nowhere Girls. Long Way Down and Dear Martin have been getting a ton of attention this year and can’t wait to read these much needed books.



Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga


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Three Sides of A Heart by various authors (Anthology)

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Mills, like Cotugno, is an author that I’ve heard a lot about and own books by, but haven’t actually read. Foolish Hearts may just be the first.


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Meet Cute by various authors (anthology)

Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Meet Cute sounds like the cutest book ever. I love seeing how characters meet so I can’t wait for this anthology, especially since one of the authors is Lauren Gibaldi and I loved her debut The Night We Said Yes. Love, Hate and Other Filters is the last book that I am like, “I must get you or else it will be such a wasted opportunity”. Even better, Samira is signing at ALA so I will definitely be in line to meet her.

It is quite a bit of books, but I’m not expecting to get all of them, though I wouldn’t mind really having most of them, as you can see. I could do without Girls Made of Snow and Glass and The Hazel Wood just because they’re on the fantasy side and I usually stay away from that genre. I do love the fairytale side of the books.

What are the books you’re anticipating from ALA? If you’re not going, what are the books you’re looking forward to for the rest of the year?


My ALA Schedule!

I cannot believe that in a week from now, I will be 1. In Chicago and 2. On my third and final day at ALA. I am so ridiculously excited. There are going to be so many amazing authors that I’ve followed on Twitter that will be signing and so many fantastic books. If you’re wondering where I’ll be or may want to stand in line (somewhat) together, here’s my schedule! A rough draft of it, I need to make some minor adjustments, like adding both numbers…

Priorities are in Bold. Things I’d really like to do are in Italics. Ideally, this would be in a colored spreadsheet, however, I can’t really do a screenshot on the computer without a ton of extra work. 😦 Which makes me very sad, but this isn’t bad!

Date Title Author Time Publisher Area & Type (Panel/Signing)
Sat. 6/24 Miles Morales Jason Reynolds 9:00 AM Disney  
  In 27 Days Alison Gervals 9:00-10:00am Blink Booth #3674
  Strong Female Voices in Publishing for MG and YA Khan, Desir, Menon, Reed 9:15-10:00am   PopTop Stage
  The Girl Who Drank The Moon Kelly Barnhill 9:30-11:00am   Booth #3620
  Hello Universe Erin Entrada Kelly 10:00-10:30am Harper  
  Crafting Kid-Lit Anthologies Jensen, Smith, Reed, Watson, Chibber 10:00-10:50am   PopTop Stage
  The Thing With Feathers McCall Hoyle 10:00-11:00am Blink  
  The Sun Is Also A Star Nicola Yoon 10:00-11:00am Random House  
  Long Way Down Jason Reynolds 10:00-11:00am Simon & Schuster Booth #3020
  Warcross Marie Lu 10:00-11:00am Penguin Booth #3811
  Socially & Politically Oriented Fiction for YA Readers Bacigalupi, Colbert, Latham 11:00-11:50   PopTop Stage
  Welcome Home Eric Smith 11:00-12:00 North Star/Flux Booth #1951
  As You Wish Chelsea Sedoti 11:30-12:30    
  Penguin Young Readers Book Buzz   12:00-12:45   Book Buzz
  How Dare The Sun Rise Sandra Uwiringlyimana 12:00-1:00pm Harper  
  Dreamland Burning Jennifer Latham 12:30-1:30pm Little Brown Booth #2611
  Dear Martin Nic Stone 1:00-2:00pm Random House  
  Amina’s Voice Hena Khan 1:00-2:00pm Simon & Schuster  
  Candlewick Press & Chronicle Books Present Fall ’17 Titles   1:00-1:45    
  YA Authors Dish About YA! Hoyle, Gervais, Foody, Katsoulis, Lancaster, Thomas 1:00-1:50    
  Little & Lion Brandy Colbert 1:30-2:30pm Little Brown
Must Go Buzzworthy Graphic Novels from Scholastic Jennifer L. Holm 2:00-2:45  
Would Really Like to Genuine Fraud E. Lockhart 2:00-3:00pm Random House
Would Like To The Hate U Give Angie Thomas 2:00-3:00pm Harper
Meh The Girl Who Drank The Moon Kelly Barnhill 2:00-3:00pm Algonquin
  Things I’m Seeing Without You Peter Bognanni 2:00-3:00pm Penguin
  The Sun Is Also A Star Nicola Yoon 2:30-3:30pm Random House
  Get Graphic With Penguin Random House   3:00-3:45  
  Solo Kwame Alexander & Mary Rand Hess 3:00-4:00pm Blink
  A Short History of The Girl Next Door Jared Reck 3:00-4:00pm Random House
  Other Broken Things C. Desir 3:00-4:00pm Simon & Schuster
  When Dimple Met Rishi Sandhya Menon 3:00-3:30pm Simon & Schuster
  Want Cindy Pon 3:30-4:00 Simon & Schuster
  Three Is The Magic Number Quirk Books, Soho Teen, Sterling’s Children 4:00-4:45  
  RH Children’s Books Presents the Future of YA Lit. Lockhart (moderator), Stone, Moore 4:00-4:50  
  The Nowhere Girls Amy Reed 4:00-5:00pm Simon & Schuster
  Scythe Neal Shusterman 4:00-5:00pm Simon & Schuster
  Piecing Me Together Renee Watson 4:00-5:00pm Bloomsbury
Sun. 6/25 Challenger Deep Neal Shusterman 9:00-9:30 Harper
  WNDB Presents: Spooky Tales for MG Readers   9:15-10:00  
  Book Buzz: New Fall 2017 from RH Children’s Books   10:00-10:45  
  The Girl With The Red Balloon Katherine Locke 10:00-11:00 AW Teen
  The Names They Gave Us Emery Lord 10:00-11:00 Bloomsbury
  Passenger Alexandra Bracken 10:30-11:30 Disney
  The Hazel Wood Melissa Albert 10:45-11:30  
  If I Was Your Girl Meredith Russo 10:45-11:30 Mac
  To Infinity & Beyond w/ HarlquinTeen, Tor & Starscape   11:00-11:45  
  Location, Location, Location: When Setting Becomes…   11:00-11:50  
  Meant To Be Julie Halpern 11:00-12:00 Mac
  Love, Hate and Other Filters Samira Ahmed 11:00-  
  The Hate U Give Angie Thomas 11:30-12:30 -Booklist-
  The Playbook Kwame Alexander 11:30-12:30  
  Subverting Gender Stereotypes in YA Romance   12:00-12:50  
  Buzz about Children’s Books w/Bloomsbury, Disney, HC…   1:00-1:45  
  York Laura Ruby 1:30-2pm Harper
  The Belles Dhonielle Clayton 2:00-3:00pm Disney
  Wild Beauty Anna-Marie McLemore 2:00-3:00pm Mac
  You Bring The Distant Near Mitali Perkins 2:00-3:00pm Mac
  Disappeared Francisco X. Stork 2:30-3:30pm Scholastic
  Penguin Random House Publisher Services (Client pubs)   3:00-3:45  
  Refugee Alan Gratz 3:30-4:30pm Scholastic
  Shadowhouse Fall Daniel Jose Older 3:30-4:30 Scholastic
  I Believe In A Thing Called Love Maureen Goo 3:30-4:00pm Mac
Mon. 6/26 Outrun The Moon Stacey Lee 9:00-10:00 Penguin
  Simon & Schuster Children’s & Adult Book Buzz   9:15-10:00  
  Spotlight on #OwnVoices titles from ABRAMS   10:00-10:50  
  Pop Culture Meets Scholarly Research   11:00-11:45  
  One Million Abolitionists   11:00-11:50  

Let me know where you’ll be at! Is there anything you think I might have missed? 

Some Gradient Covers

WCW_GraphicThis is my next edition of my somewhat sporadic feature, Wondrous Covers Wednesday.

Wondrous Covers Wednesday is a weekly feature where I choose to showcase three covers with similar attributes and themes. To see past editions, you can check out my page for them here

For today’s Wondrous Covers Wednesday, I decided I’d finally share some covers I’ve loved over the past year. They’re all mostly white covers with a lot of gradient running through them. They also have somewhat the same color scheme.



You Bring The Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

~My Thoughts~

You Bring The Distant Near has such a gorgeous cover. I love the big focus on the text, but I love how it’s not so overbearing that the image doesn’t shine through. The colors are gorgeous. The image itself is so interesting. 

~Cover/Book Connection~

Well, You Bring The Distant Near spans over the time of three generations. I associate each generation with a color in the gradient which makes one whole person. It’s such an awesome way to showcase that.



Because of The Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez

~My Thoughts~

I always love sunsets on covers and this one is interesting because of the lack of focus the image has. In addition to the sunset (of sorts), there’s a desert going on. I love how the title font is sort of fading and blowing away. It helps give that desert atmosphere.

~Cover/Book Connection~

Because of The Sun takes place in New Mexico which does have a lot of deserts in it. The main character, Dani is sent to live there with her aunt after her mother’s death. I think this is where the far-off vehicle and person standing by it come from as well. The wind’s affect on the cover also makes me think of how this book will have a lot of growth. Battling deserts, battling emotions, kind of thing.



The Thing With Feathers by McCall Hoyle

~My Thoughts~

This cover is so pretty and lyrical and it seems very “literature” to me. I don’t have too much to say about it other than I really love the colors. It’s such a soft looking cover. I’m a big fan of the title font since it has the sort of flowing feeling you expect from feathers. I think the balance between the title and feather are done really great as well.

~Cover/Book Connection~

The Thing With Feathers is one of Emily Dickinson’s poems. The title is taken from that so it’s pretty self-explanatory. The main character shares the same name as the poet, except it’s spelled Emilie. Emilie ends up doing a school project about the poet. I suspect Emily Dickinson will help Emilie a lot with overcoming her struggles.

What do you think about these covers? Which is your favorite? Can you think of any other similar ones? 

A Hopeful Pre-ALA Reading Binge of Sorts

Hi everyone! I have been meaning to make this post for like, weeks now. I’m going to make it now and people are going to be like “But Amber, you’re like, a really slow reader, how are you supposed to read all those books by June 24th?”.

Well, dear reader, we can all have dreams. 

One thing that I like to do is make sure I’ve read at least one book by an author before taking an ARC, unless, of course, they’re a debut author. For example:

More Happy Than Not All The Bright Places Everything Everything

Those were also three of my favorite books.

Those three titles I read in 2015 and last year at BEA (which I’ll be doing a very weird recap post of later this week, I know, I know, I know), I happily grabbed all three of the ARCs.

“So how’d you like the follow-ups, Amber?”

Ha, we’re not going to be discussing that. I did start Silvera and Niven’s sophomore novels. Progress?

Okay, back on topic, enough rambling. Probably.

~All The Books I Hope To Read~

So, ideally I would read all these books, however, I don’t read fast and reading on my Kindle is the way to go. So my reading schedule is essentially this:

When The Moon Was Ours, History Is All You Left Me, Aftercare Instructions, all of which I’ve read partway through. Followed by Afterward, This Adventure Ends, When We Collided, I Believe In a Thing Called Love, When Dimple Met Rishi, The Lies About Truth, 99 Days or Fireworks and then Pointe if I have time.

I know, I am ‘so’ ambitious. 

How do you go about getting ARCs from conferences? Do you pick up non-debuts if you haven’t read an author’s book before? Do you pick up whatever sounds good or an author that’s getting a lot of talk? I want to know.


Looking Forward To: June ’17

Looking Forward To is a monthly feature where I showcase all the books, music, movies, etc. that I’m looking forward to.
This post is a few days late so a few of the things mentioned have already been released, though that doesn’t mean I’m not anticipating getting to them any less.


June 6:


What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard

Internet Famous by Danika Stone

Once and For All by Sarah Dessan

Liberty: The Spy Who (Kind of) Liked Me by Andrea Portes – 

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

June 13:


Want by Cindy Pon

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali

The Girl In Between by Sarah Carroll

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone


June 27:


Little Wrecks by Meredith Miller

If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin

Read: Bad Romance. I loved it. It’s such an important book about abusive relationships.

Reading: Aftercare Instructions, I’m 60 percent into this (I keep reading other books) and I really love it. It’s told in a unique format with the play going on.

Most Excited For: Internet Famous, Tash Hearts Tolstoy and Saints and Misfits.

For Review: Aftercare Instructions


June 2:


All Time Low Last Young Renegade

Bleachers Gone Now

Halsey Hopeless Fountain Kingdom

June 9:


Allie X Collixtion II

Anathema The Optimist

Katy Perry Witness

Phoenix Ti Amo

Rise Against Wolves

June 16:


Royal Blood How Did We Get So Dark?

Beth Ditto Fake Surgar

Fleet Foxes Crack-Up

Lorde Melodrama

Nickelback Feed The Machine

Portugal The Man Woodstock

June 23:


Imagine Dragons Evolve


June 30:


Beach House B-Sides and Rarities

Coldplay Kaleidoscope

ZZ Ward The Storm

Most Anticipated: Collixtion II, and How Did We Get So Dark Evolve. I have been waiting on Royal Blood’s follow-up album for years so I am so excited to hear it. I love that title too. 

Already Listened To: Last Young Renegade, Gone Now and Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. I liked them all pretty well, especially Halsey’s. I love the dark sound.


  • Pretty Little Liars is ending on June 27th and I’m freaking out a ton because I will be traveling back from Chicago at that time. Oh my gosh. It’s going to be spoiler city. I literally won’t be able to get on social media at all after I leave.
  • Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 will be hitting Netflix on June 17th. Yessssssssss
  • Moana will be going on Netflix on June 20th. Again, yesssss.


Oh, The 100 will be going on Netflix as well but I am mad at that show and super intruiged and I will not talk about it. Check out my tweets.

~Everything Else~

And if you’re wondering where I’m traveling to, I am going to ALA in Chicago! I’m going with my mom because I need someone to carry books for me, right? Just kidding (about that second part). If you’d like to meet up, let me know! I’d love to meet people and hang out and such. 🙂 

So, what are you looking forward to this month? Any vacations? Did you go to BEA? How was it? Have you read any of the books I’m looking forward to? Are you looking forward to a book I didn’t mention? I do leave out fantasy most of the time? Is there an artist or band coming out with an album I let slip under the radar? Are you going to ALA? Would you like to meet? Would you like to let me follow you around to get books until I inevitably disappear in the sea of panels? Let me know.


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