I was lucky enough to attend BookCon at the beginning of the month. I have attended BookCon in the past and gone a little ARC crazy. This year was supposed to be different. I made a promise to myself that I would only pick up books that I was interested in.
Well…that failed in the first 5 minutes of BookCon. It’s just so hard to pass up free books okay! I think I definitely was a little better on my selection this year, but still ended up with a ridiculous amount of books. Regardless, I’m really excited to share my haul with you today!
On with the haul!
First we’re going to talk about the published books I received at BookCon. When I say “published” I mean I received a finished copy of the book. If it is a signed copy it will be denoted with a *.
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden — This is the first book in a trilogy set in the Russian wilderness. It follows our heroine, Vasilisa, whose evil step mother is basically ruining her life. It also seems that one of the creatures from the fairy tales from her childhood has stepped into her real life and are threatening her family. I really love the idea of fairy tales coming to life so this book seems right up my alley.
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown — A promotional copy of the first book in this sci-fi/fantasy series was gifted to me by a woman I met in line for a signing. She said someone gave it to her and she did not want it. I jumped for it because this is a series that I have been meaning to start for a while. Now I finally have a copy of the first book and no excuse not to start it.
- The Naming by Alison Croggon — This is one of the first books I picked up at BookCon. It was just lying in a selection of free books and ARCs so I grabbed it because the cover was purple. I like purple. This is the first book in The Books of Pellinor series. It is a young adult fantasy that is about a slave girl, Maerad, who possesses a powerful gift. That’s basically all I know about this book, but I’m interested to see what it’s all about.
- The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman — So I actually already own a copy of this book, so I’m not sure why I felt the need to get it. The re-release came with a cool looking print and also a sneak peak for The Book of Dust, the first book in a new trilogy set in the world of His Dark Materials. I remember enjoying this book, but also thinking it was pretty dark. I never continued on with the series, but it is something I’m looking to get around too. Again, don’t know why I picked this up, but for some reason I couldn’t resist.
- Roar by Cora Carmack — During the last hours of BookCon, publishers start lowering prices of their books to try and get rid of everything so they don’t have to lug it back with them. When I saw this book going for $10 I could not resist purchasing it. It is one of my anticipated releases of 2017 (it actually came out today) and the only thing I actually bought at BookCon. This new young adult fantasy series by Carmack just sounds so good. I cannot wait to pick it up.
- Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig — This is a first person narrative that features a 14 year-old autistic girl who is in foster care. She has finally found her forever family, but is crafting a secret plan to escape. She is looking to get back what’s missing in her life. I happened upon this book at a giveaway and picked it up because it seemed like the best one available. I’m interested to see how Ludwig portrays this character. This book has a ton of good response on GoodReads and definitely sounds like it will be an interesting book. One unlike the things I usually read.
- The Rules of Love and Grammar by Mary Simses* — I received this book at a random signing I got in line for. The author was really nice and the book seems like something I’d be interested in. It follows a young woman who is recently jobless, single, and apartmentless. I like books about self discovery especially since that is something I can relate too.
- Are You Anybody? by Jeffrey Tambor* — I was lucky enough to get a ticket to Tambor’s autographing session where he signed copies of his recently published memoir. If you’re interested in reading about that experience I talk about it here. Tambor is such an interesting person and he wrote this book for his young kids so that they could learn more about his life. As a aspiring comedian, I’m really looking forward to reading this and hearing about his experience trying to make it as an actor. This is definitely high on my TBR pile.
- Horizon by Scott Westerfield — This is another book I randomly picked up, but I’m so happy that I did because it sounds AMAZING! It is the first book in a multi-author, multi-platform, middle grade 7 book series which sounds like a mix between Lord of the Flies and the TV show Lost, but less dark. Westerfield is the creator and developer of this series, but other authors will be writing the other books. It just sounds so cool and apparently there’s a digital element too. I can’t wait to read it.
Now on to the ARCs or the advanced reader copies that I received. Most of these come out later in the year and one doesn’t come out until 2018. Some of these I don’t know why I picked up. I could not resist the free book, it was bad. A few of these ARCs are signed, so again I will denote that with a *. I’ll also be listing them in order of their release date.
- Stealing Candy by Stewart Lewis (Release Date: May 2nd, 2017) — We’re starting off with a random book I found at a table. It is a contemporary YA romance about a film fanatic who is kidnapped. It does not have the greatest reviews, but it’s sounds interesting. I’m not sure how good it will be, but it sounds like a fun book to take to the beach.
- No Good Deed by Goldy Moldavsky (Release Date: May 30th, 2017) — I recently finished Moldavsky’s debut novel, Kill the Boyband, which I enjoyed reading. I like the fact that she writes in the contemporary genre, but also sort of creates her own ridiculous world. I enjoy reading books that push the envelope in the contemporary world. Her new book sounds like a mix of summer camp and activism. I don’t know too much about it, but am hoping its as hilarious as her debut novel. I’m happy that I have a copy of this.
- Forbidden Promises by Katee Robert (Release Date: May 30th, 2017) — This is a romance novel that was pitched to me as a forbidden mob love story. I love secret/forbidden romances, so obviously I picked this ARC up. It seems that this is the 4th book in The O’Malleys series, but I am not sure if you need to read the previous books to read this one. Regardless it seems like the perfect steamy novel to read on the beach. I’m excited.
- Arrowood by Mick Finlay (Release Date: July 18, 2017) — I think the tagline of this book says it all and why I needed it in my life.
London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood.I love Sherlock Holmes, crime stories, and stuff that is set in the Victorian era. Um, this book sounds amazing. According to the publisher, the rights were actually bought by BBC so it will also be a TV series.
- Deadzone by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Release Date: September 12, 2017) — Remember earlier how I was talking about the Horizon series, well this is an ARC of the second book. I have not read what this book is specifically about, because I haven’t started the first. This series just sounds so cool though and it’s nice that I can dive right into this once I finish the first book.
- Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel José Older* (Release Date: September 12, 2017) — This is the second book in the Shadowshaper series. It is an urban fantasy that has been compared to the Mortal Instruments series. It is a series that I’ve been meaning to read, so getting a signed copy of the ARC definitely is going to push me to actually read it soon. I’ve heard nothing but good things and really need to check out this series out.
- Mean Girls: A Novel by Micol Ostow (Release Date: September 12, 2017) — I don’t know about you but the film Mean Girls is a classic, at least for me. This is basically the novelization of the movie, which is cool. I’m interested to see how they adapted this iconic film into a book. It sounds like a ton of fun though.
- There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins* (Release Date September 26th, 2017) — Unfortunately I only received a partial galley of this book, but I’m excited to get a taste of it nonetheless. This is one of my most anticipated releases of 2017. I have not read a teen slasher book and it just sounds like a ton of fun. I’m seriously counting down the days until this book is released.
- The Knowing by Sharon Cameron* (Release Date: October 10th, 2017) — This is the companion novel to The Forgetting as it takes place in the same world. I have not read the first book, so I don’t know too much about it. However, these books definitely seem to play with the idea of memory which I think is super interesting. The Knowing seems to have more of a sci-fi feel than The Forgetting, because a spaceship from Earth comes to the planet of Canaan. It sounds cool and I’m definitely intrigued by this book/series.
- The Gatekeepers by Jen Lancaster (Release Date: October 10th, 2017) — I got this book at an ARC drop. It is a mental health novel that is about teen suicide. That’s all I really know about it, but am definitely interested to read it.
- Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live By from the WTF Podcast By Marc Maron (Release Date: October 10th, 2017) — I have not listened to this podcast, but it is a very popular one. This book is a collection of interviews from the podcast that discuss a variety of topics such as parenting, childhood, relationships, sexuality, success, failure, etc. I don’t read a ton of non-fiction, but I like reading interviews so we’ll see how this goes.
- All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater* (Release Date: October 10th, 2017) — Strictly character drive stories are not typically my thing, but Stiefvater’s writing is so good and her characters are so interesting that I can really get into her books. I’m currently in the middle of The Raven Cycle series by her and enjoying it a lot. I was really excited to receive this book as a fan of the author. Also it sounds really unique. This idea of a family who has the ability to perform miracles is so cool and I’m interested to see where Stiefvater goes with it.
- Girl in a Bad Place by Kaitlin Ward (Release Date: October 31st, 2017) — Okay, so this book also has an interesting premise. It follows two best friends, Mailee and Cara, who visit this commune called the Haven. Cara decides to join and move into the commune, but Mailee knows that this is an awful idea. Mailee races to save her best friend from this cult. I definitely am excited to see where this goes and hopefully it turns out to be a good YA thriller.
- Bonfire by Krysten Ritter (Release Date: November 9th, 2017) — I’m not gonna lie, I mostly picked this book up because it’s by Ritter. It is a mystery, thriller adult fiction novel so I’m down. I love a good mystery.
- R.I.P. Eliza Hart by Alyssa Sheinmel (Release Date: November 28th, 2017) — From the surface this book seems like a murder mystery, but it seems that it also discusses depression and mental health. I’m definitely intrigued to see what this ends up being about.
- The Undercover Edge: Redefine the Rules to Win Life’s Game by Derrick Levasseur (Release Date: January 1st, 2018) — When I picked up this book, I thought it was going to be about an undercover cop and I like undercover stories. Later, I realized that this is actually a memoir about a Big Brother winner. I might be passing this along to a friend of mine who loves reality TV. However, the guy sounds interesting so I may end up reading it. Who knows. I don’t know why I have this ARC lol.
I did not realize exactly how many books I received until I started typing them all up. I told you I went a little crazy. Looks like I’ve got my reading work cut out for me. Most of these I’m really looking forward to reading though and am so glad I have a physical copies in my hand. I actually have no idea where I’m even going to start with this haul. Maybe Arrowood because it comes out soon and I’m really in a Sherlock Holmes/historical mood.
If you want to hear more about my time at BookCon, I wrote two posts recapping all of the things I did. You can check out Saturday’s post here or Sunday’s post here if you’re interested. I’d suggest starting with Saturday as it happened first. Warning: I do rant a lot in these posts.
Which of these books are you most excited for? Are any of these books also on your TBR? Which one do you think I should start with? Thanks for reading!