Thursday, February 2, 2017

Favorite Books from my ALAMW Haul!

Hey guys! I had a great time at ALAMW this year, and I even filmed a little bit while I was there to share some of it with you! Below, I have all of the books that I mention in the video if you would like more information about some of my favorite books I picked up while there.





I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan
Pub. Date: May 30th, 2017
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This book wasn't even on my list originally, but nevertheless, I'm really excited for it. I love seeing more and more Asian main characters—it makes me so happy. PLUS, in this story, the main character has decided to use K-Dramas (or Korean Dramas) in order to find herself love. That sounds so cute and even though I haven't watched any in a long time, I love K-Dramas so I have a good feeling about this book!
Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pub. Date: June 6th, 2017
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Featured recently on a Waiting on Wednesday of mine, I'm so happy that this was at ALAMW! I already started reading it and it's everything I wanted it to be and more. The writing is great, the dialogue is hilarious, and the main character is a badass pirate. What more could I possibly want from a book? 
Obsidian and Stars (Ivory and Bone #2) by Julie Eshbaugh
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub. Date: June 13th, 2017
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My Review of Ivory and Bone
I loved Ivory and Bone and I'm really excited to see what Julie has in store for these characters in Obsidian and Stars. I believe that this story is actually told from Mya's POV, whereas Ivory and Bone was told from Kol's. One thing I wanted more of in Ivory and Bone was more of Mya's perspective, and now we're getting it!
Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date:  July 4th, 2017
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I often avoid hard-hitting contemporaries, but this one was marvelous. Although it's a bit of a cheat to be talking about this here because although I did pick it up from ALAMW, I got to read a very early version of it so I already know it's fantastic. I'm interested to see what changes have been made but I know that it's a wonderful book and I can't wait to re-read it!
Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popović
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
Pub. Date: August 15th, 2017
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The vibe I'm getting from this book seems like it's going to fit right in with Caraval and The Star-Touched Queentwo books that I absolutely adore. Plus, one of the main characters is named Malinaa name that has some very significant meanings for me (where are my Grisha friends?!). I'm really excited to read this one; it's been getting a lot of buzz and I hope it lives up to all of the hype. 
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith 
Publisher: Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House
Pub. Date: May 2nd, 2017
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I'm convinced that Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between is what brought me and my good friend Stefani (Caught Read Handed) together. I really enjoyed that book and I'm happy to be picking up another one of Jennifer's novels. Plus, I'm a huge sucker for the friends-to-lovers trope. 
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
Pub. Date: June 27th, 2017
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This book is getting so much buzz and I've only heard positive things about it! Pitched as The Big Gay European Road Trip you didn't you were waiting for. I don't know about you, but I know I was waiting for a book with that description and now it's here! It sounds awesome, cute, and full of adventure!
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pub. Date: May 30th, 2017
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Since my return from ALAMW, I've heard nothing but praise for When Dimple Met Rishi. It reminds me a lot of the teenage romance movies I used to love growing up. I'm hoping that it gives me some Bend It Like Beckham feels, and I can't wait to find out. 
The Black Witch by Laurie Forest
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pub. Date: May 2nd, 2017
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Another book that was recently featured on here, I'm so excited to jump into this one. I just wasn't prepared for how massive it is! There have been several comparisons of this to Harry Potter and I'm curious to see how that will play out. We'll just have to see!
The Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty
Publisher: Imprint/Macmillan
Pub. Date: May 9th, 2017
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Jane Austen with an espionage twist, and it definitely is! I'm really enjoying this book, guys. I'm about halfway through and I'm loving every second of it. I love the main character so much and I tearing through this one! Get this book on your TBR, IMMEDIATELY!

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
Pub. Date: April 11th, 2017
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I am ashamed to say that I have yet to read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens, despite all of the amazing things I've heard about it. That being said, hopefully this book will be the kick in the pants I need to push it Becky's first novel up on my TBR. 
Sparks of Light (Into the Dim #2) by Janet B. Taylor
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: August 1st, 2017
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My review of Into the Dim
Another awesome sequel that I picked up! I can't wait to see what historical journey Janet is going to take us on this time! To say that I loved Into the Dim would be a huge understatement. 

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner 
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: March 7th, 2017
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After meeting Jeff, I just had to pick up Goodbye Days. If you guys follow him on Twitter, he is just as wonderful as he seems online. From what I know of The Serpent King, I have a strong feeling that this book is going to break me, but hopefully in the best way haha. 
Roar by Cora Carmack
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pub. Date: June 13th, 2017
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I'm dying to get to this book! Ever since I've heard of it, I needed it. Magic, brooding men, and a young queenTHIS BOOK HAS MY NAME ALL OVER IT! 
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: March 28th, 2017
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I have always heard amazing things about Laini Taylor and I am ashamed to say that I have owned the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy for years and have yet to read it. BUT I will not be putting this one off, I will be reading it ASAP and I will let you guys know all of my thoughts ^_^


Are any of these books on your TBR? Are you hearing about them for the first time? Which of these books sound interesting to you? Let me know!

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  1. Ahhh! So many amazing pretties!! You know how much I'm dying for Gentlemen's Guide LOL. So excited to hear what you think of it. Also super excited for Wicked Like a Wildfire, Roar, Traitor's Kiss (OMG THAT COVER), I Believe in a Thing Called Love, and Black Witch!! You be sure to tell me how all of these are, lovely! :D

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    1. I will definitely let you know how I feel about all of these, believe me! So far I'm loving The Traitor's Kiss and Song of the Current, so make those are on your TBR!

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  2. So many amazing books! I'm so excited for Strange the Dreamer, Gentleman's guide and When Dimple Met Rishi! <3

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    1. All very different but all sound amazing, and I'm excited to read them ^_^

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  3. Wow, so many great looking books! :D I have Wicked Like A Wildfire so I'm pretty curious about that one.

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    1. Thanks! And me too, especially since I haven't heard too much about it yet.

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  4. The Black Witch and Roar are on the top of my TBR!!
    Kariny @ kariny's boox frenzy

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  5. Holy moly, so many books! I wouldn't have expected Song of the Current to be funny. I just saw I Believe in a Thing Called Love on Netgalley and read up on it and it sounds like everything I would LOVE.

    You're going to have some great books to review, are you going to ALA in June?

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    1. The banter in Song of the Current is awesome, I love it. And I Believe in a Thing Called Love is something I will be devouring soon.

      I haven't fully decided about ALA in June but I'm definitely leaning towards going! Will you be there?

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  6. There are so many amazing books coming out this year - I can't wait! Oddly enough, they were all on my TBR list except Obsidian and Stars (I'm the black sheep when I say I disliked the first book). The rest of them, though, I cannot wait for!

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    1. Yes, it seems lie 2017 is going to be a great year of books! Sounds like you and I have similar taste except for Ivory and Bone but it isn't for everyone. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Nearly all of these titles are on my TBR, so I can't wait to see what you think of them :)

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  8. OMG can't wait to read your review of When Dimple Met Rishi <3 I'm really excited for it!Also have you seen the other blue cover of Strange the Dreamer? It's gorgeous too <3 Amazing haul!

    Uma@Books.Bags.Burgers.

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    1. I'll try to tear through my reading schedule to get these reviews out ASAP! And I have! It seems that every version of this book is going to be gorgeous, I guess they are trying their best to match the inside ^_^

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  9. Oh my, so many great books that are on my TBR! <3 I'm especially excited about The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, When Dimple Met Rishi, The Upside of Unrequited, Song of the Current, Roar and Strange the Dreamer! Hope you'll enjoy all of these and I can't wait for your reviews :)

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    1. I hope so, too! I'll try to get the reviews out ASAP! Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Ohmy!! *grabby hands* You picked up a lot of books I'm excited about this year. I hope you enjoy them all!

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    1. Yes, I did! And these were only my favorites from my haul! I hope so, too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I was at ALA too!! I was just there on Sunday. It was so much fun! I got a some of these too! I'm really excited about The Black Witch! I'm sad I missed out on When Dimple Met Rishi and Wicked Like a Wildfire.

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    1. You were?! That's a shame we didn't know we were both there, we could have said hi! Maybe we did and didn't realize, who knows haha. Keep an eye out on #booksfortrade on Twitter, maybe you'll find them there or request directly from their publishers!

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  12. So many amazing books here! I would love to attend an event like this someday. We had something similar in Toronto this week and if it wasn't for the high price to enter, I may have gone. I am so curious about that first one you talked about. I Believe in a Thing Called Love sounds like my kind of book and I love the whole concept. Awesome post, Brittany! <3

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    1. I hope you do! I would also love to be able to meet you! I'm sorry to hear that the Toronto event is so expensive. The price for ALA I think is pretty reasonable. I'll be reading I Believe in a Thing Called Love ASAP and I'll definitely let you know how I feel ^_^

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  13. Loveeee this list. OMGG Traitor's Kiss has such a lovely cover! I really wish that cover were the one on the ARC hehe. Song of the Current is my next read, and it's rare for you to let me down with recs so I definitel can't wait for that one. ;) Beautiful haul

    - Aila @ One Way Or An Author

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    1. I wish the cover was on the ARC too but I heard there were a few deals on the cover but that's okay because the important thing is that we got the book! And I hope you enjoy Song of the Current! I'm so happy we got to hang out during ALA, I hope we see each other again very soon!

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  14. When Dimple Met Rishi *heart eyes* cannot wait to read it! Read read read and tell me how great it is ♥♥♥

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    1. I'll do my best to read through all of these lovelies ASAP!

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  15. Omg! I want to read almost all of these. I'm especially jealous over Strange the Dreamer though. I hope you love all of these, and happy reading! :)

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    1. I hope so too, we'll find out! Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Oh so many amazing books!! ALA must be pretty awesome. Enjoy :)

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    1. It is! It's probably my favorite convention ^_^ Thank you!

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  17. Gosh, these all look and sound so good! I'm really looking forward to The Black Witch! :)

    Stacy Renee @ Lazy Day Literature

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    1. So am I! I hope we both love it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. So jealous of Sparks of Light! Loved the first book. I want to read Roar by Cora Carmack and Strange the Dreamer as well. Great haul!!!

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    1. So did I and I'm excited to see where Janet takes us next! Roar and Strange the Dreamer both sound amazing too, I'll let you know what I think. Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. You managed to get some beauties! Happy reading.

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  20. I Believe in a Thing Called Love looks like such a great read! There are way too few Asian protagonists!

    All in all you've got so many great new books! I hope you'll enjoy them all. The Upside of Unrequited, Goodbye Days, and Strange the Dreamer are on my TBR too :D They've all got so great covers *.*

    Happy Reading!

    Yasmine @ Swissbookworm

    PS: You've got such a beautiful blog! I love your layout *.* (You just gained a new follower ;) )

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    1. I started reading I Believe in a Thing Called Love and it's so good! And we need more Asian protagonists!

      Thank you! So far I love Upside and Goodbye Days though I DNFed Strange...

      And thank you so much for following and your sweet words <3

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  21. Ahh, you got so many gorgeous books :D They all look amazing. <3 I hope you will love them all so much Brittany :) Hugs. I cannot wait to read Strange the Dreamer. Seems so good :D

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    1. I hope so too but so far it's been a good mix of really great and eh.

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