Top Ten Tuesday- Five Books I Picked Up on a Whim

Last month I had the opportunity to go to my first ever book convention, TLA. It was a lot of fun and I had promised myself that I’d not go crazy and pick up things I didn’t desperately want to read. Well, that plan only worked so far because I ran across some books I’d not heard of BUT the covers looked awesome. I had to pick them up. I thought I’d include them this week since the prompt is

Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke an the Bookish. Each week a different question is posed and gives us bloggers an opportunity to share our top tens on all different types of bookish topics.

Top Books I Picked Up on a Whim at a Book Conference (plus one)


Everyone We’ve Been
By:  Sarah Everett
October 4th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy that no one else can see. It gets so bad that she’s worried she’s going crazy.

Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits a shadowy medical facility that promises to “help with your memory.” But at the clinic, Addie unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. She had a boy erased.

But why? Who was that boy, and what happened that was too devastating to live with? And even if she gets the answers she’s looking for, will she ever be able to feel like a whole person again?

26117389Never Missing, Never Found
By: Amanda Panitch
June 28th 2016 by Random House Books for Young Readers

A juicy thriller about a girl who returned from the missing. . . . Hand to fans of We Were Liars, Bone Gap, and Vanishing Girls.

Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly.

Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she’s starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life.

Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it’s too late?

23341252This Is Our Story
By: Ashley Elston
November 15th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she and Stone investigate—the ageing prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot—she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.

25522033The Telling
By: Alexandra Sirowy
August 2nd 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young

Lana used to know what was real.

That was before when her life was small and quiet.
Her golden step-brother, Ben, was alive, she could only dream about bonfiring with the populars, their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.

Then came after.

After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, and living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten: Love, blood, and murder.

And this last book was sent to me unsolicited but I’ve added it to my TBR pile because I love this cover. I’m counting it as a whim.
25613888Dreamers Often Lie
By: Jacqueline West
April 5th 2016 by Dial Books

Jaye wakes up from a skiing accident with a fractured skull, a blinding headache, and her grip on reality sliding into delusion. Determined to get back to her starring role in the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jaye lies to her sister, her mom, her doctors. She’s fine, she says. She’s fine. If anyone knew the truth – that hallucinations of Shakespeare and his characters have followed her from her hospital bed to the high school halls – it would all be over. She’s almost managing to pull off the act when Romeo shows up in her anatomy class. And it turns out that he’s 100% real. Suddenly Jaye has to choose between lying to everyone else and lying to herself.

Troubled by the magnetic new kid, a long-lost friend turned recent love interest, and the darkest parts of her family’s past, Jaye’s life tangles with Shakespeare’s most famous plays until she can’t tell where truth ends and pretending begins. Soon, secret meetings and dizzying first kisses give way to more dangerous things. How much is real, how much is in Jaye’s head, and how much does it matter as she flies toward a fate over which she seems to have no control?

Have you read any of these authors? Heard of these books?

Stacking the Shelves and TLA16 Recap

I got no book mail this week but I was at the Texas Librarian Association Conference this past week in Houston, TX. This was my first convention and it was so much fun! I got to meet so many amazing bloggers and meet Heidi FINALLY. I also got to see Becky Wallace and somehow I didn’t take nearly enough pictures. The experience was a highlight of my blogging life and I will be going again I’m sure of it!

The Convention

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TLA was held at George R Brown convention center. It was my first time ever being there and it was a very nice facility (in case you are wondering the water in front is SUPPOSED to be there and was not due to flooding). I really enjoyed the BRIGHT red carpet. Pretty shocking upon first seeing. You might know that Texas had some pretty severe flooding so I believe that attendance was down this year. I heard various people say that it seemed like only about half the people that are usually there were here this year. The picture above seems REALLY empty only because it was lunch time so the hall was emptied out. Plus, upstairs panels and such were going on. This year I did exhibit floor only.

I went for 2 and half days and it was even better than I thought it would be. I got to meet Emily, Bridget, Nikki, Lena, Kate and Sondra-all bloggers. They were all so sweet and I really wish I’d thought to get pictures! I have a few but not nearly enough. I ran into others and everyone was so friendly. It was a terrific time had by all. I also got to finally meet Heidi Heilig (author of The Girl From Everywhere). I absolutely adore her and was so thrilled to meet her in person. She’s even better in person (how is that possible?) and I really can’t say how much I love her. Becky Wallace was there too and it is always so much fun to see her. I also went to her The Skylighter launch last week.

The Friends


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Bridget and me, Heidi and me and Nikki and me

Bridget was my convention buddy for most of the time. We made a great team and she was so much fun! I can’t imagine convention going without her. I thought I’d feel shy and nervous meeting ‘new’ people but I felt like I knew all these ladies already (I guess we all do on Twitter). Being around so many bookish folks was such a pleasure and I know I’m going to be missing it as soon as I’m rested up. And I can’t tell you enough times how wonderful Heidi is.

What about Heartless?

Yes! I got Heartless and guys, it is even prettier in person. They only had 75 arcs available so I was sad that so many convention goers did not get a copy. I waited in line for 2 hours but it was well worth the wait to meet Marissa Meyer


Me standing in the Heartless line. This was still an hour before the signing.


The ever beautiful and kind Marissa Meyer


So What About The Books?

Well, I decided that I’d share a few pictures a day of my book haul from the convention over on Instagram. I thought it would be fun to take a picture of each of the books so you can see what I grabbed and also see the beautiful covers. I find that convention pictures are the best way to really add to my TBR so I hope I can introduce you to some you’ve not heard of. I know I was given some that were totally new to me but I’m very excited about them.

I will be using a hashtag over on Instagram for each of these pictures: #mfafTLA16bookhaul. You can find me here.


These are the books I’ve shared so far:

TheForgetting  VassaIntheNight

 AndtheTreesCreptIn Furthermore

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
Vassa In The Night by Sarah Porter
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

So that’s really it. There were more stories but I’m still tuckered out from all the fun.

I hope through  my pictures you can find new titles you’re excited about! Did you already know about these 4 listed?

Stacking the Shelves

Another week has passed and again I’m not entirely sure where it went. I didn’t post a Stacking the Shelves last week so I’m combining those books with this week’s mail. Did you hear about the possibility of a Labyrinth reboot? I…just don’t know what to make of this. The idea has been talked about prior to Bowie’s passing but ugh. I don’t know. I don’t think I could see anyone else as Jareth. I think if they made a movie that was really different than the original it might be ok? I just don’t know.


Now onto the books…Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

The Books

Thank you Disney, Random House, Harper, McDuffie Communications, Scholastic, Mary, Rachel, Julie, Penguin, Macmillan and St. Martins! What an amazing haul! I have zero self control so I dropped all things to read The Star-Touched Queen. I don’t know if you follow me on Twitter but I’ve been so eager to read it and had really high expectations. You can see what I thought here. I received The Crown’s Game last week and read it immediately. It was a 5 star read for me. I’m so excited to dive into these other books.

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What do you think of a Labyrinth reboot? Are you excited about any of the books I’ve gotten in the last two weeks?

Stacking the Shelves

Happy Saturday! I hope you all had a great week. I had a pretty great one myself. I was surprised with an e-arc of The Winner’s Kiss so I had to push all other reads aside and dive right in. It was so beautiful and exactly what I wanted for the series conclusion. Be sure to pre-order this one (and the red dress cover is back so YAY)

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

The Books

The top two books were requested-thank you Penguin and Simon! The bottom three were unsolicited.


Thank you Macmillan so much! I never dreamed I’d have a chance to read this prior to release day- it was everything I wanted and more. Thank you!!

Last Week’s Posts

How was your week??

Top Ten Tuesday- Books I’m looking forward to in first half of 2016

There are SO MANY books releasing in 2016 that I’m dying for (I AM EXCITED) From debuts to series conclusions, this year looks like it’ll be one hell of a ride/read especially for fantasy fans. Since I have zero patience or self control I’ve already dived into my 2016 review books so I’ve included a picture at the end of this post with the ones I’m recommending.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke an the Bookish. Each week a different question is posed and gives us bloggers an opportunity to share our top tens on all different types of bookish topics.

Books I have that I’m looking forward to reading

TTT1229Books I don’t have but NEED

ACourtofMistandFury StarTouchedQueen TheBeautyofDarkness TheCrownsGame

TheRoseandtheDagger TheSkylighter TheWinnersKiss

Notice they are ALL fantasy! I’m obviously pretty predictable in  my reading. This just proves I need YOUR recommendations on some books outside of fantasy I should be anticipating. I kept seeing more and more books I wanted to add to this post but TRIED to limit by release date but be aware- Fall of 2016 looks to have some epic fantasy releases.

2016 books I’ve read and loved

I’m really impatient so I’ve already read the books I’ve pictured below. Each of these I found to be very well done and I’d recommend. Just last week I read The Imposter Queen, Rebel of the Sands and A Gathering of Shadows and AHHH, so good. Add them to your TBR if you’ve not already!


Tell me what other books outside of fantasy am I missing!! Looking at this it is apparent I need to venture out into some other genres.