This weekend, I attended the free community day of Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival in Murfreesboro, TN. I attended the inaugural festival last year and was so delighted to go back this year! I talked to nearly all of the authors, who were all very kind. Here are the books that I’ve now added to my TBR! [Note: I’m not counting the authors I already follow–the new Adam Silvera & Becky Albertalli books have been on my TBR for ages. :D]
In no particular order:
How to be Brave & The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras
Bravery felt like a bit of a theme at this festival. Both of these books address how teenage girls handle difficult circumstances–a mother’s death and a nude photo scandal. Both ideas are very real-to-life and I’m curious to see how Kottaras handles them.
Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake
What happens if the children of parents who are unfaithful together fall in love? (Ashley did a better job explaining that idea…) Supposedly this is sort of a Romeo/Juliet type tale, but I’m most interested in watching two teenagers navigate the effects of infidelity together.
The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd
It’s about horses and all of the authors keep gushing about how sweet and beautiful it is, so I definitely want to read this soon. 🙂
None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio
I’ve heard great things about this book for a long time, but I never paid much attention. I’ll admit, as Ilene complained at SE-YA, that like most people I had no idea what intersex was and assumed it was related to transgenderism. In panels at SE-YA, Ilene explained how she was exposed to an intersex patient during her residency and how that has haunted her since. She carved out time in her busy schedule as a surgeon and mother to write this one-of-a-kind book. I can’t wait to read it.
Emerge by Tobie Easton
Mermaids! Do I need to say anything else?
Lucky Few & Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
Lucky Few is about a not-totally-weird homeschooler, so I’m sold! Kathryn and I had a bit of a bonding moment about homeschooling. 🙂 Tash is about a lit-obsessed YouTuber, which combines several of my interests. I’m very excited to get my hands on both books.
Faking Normal & The Lies About Truth by Courtney Stevens
Courtney was extremely kind in her response to one of my questions during her panel, so her books were an auto-add. But they also sound interesting! She’s not afraid to tackle hard issues and I really appreciate that.
How to Love & 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
In the strange world that is Twitter, I first learned about Katie Cotugno because of our mutual fandom for the FOX show Pitch. I don’t read a lot of YA romance, but Katie has been such a hilarious and sweet influence that I have to give these books a chance.
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
I started this book on audio while driving back from the festival. It’s quite dark & a little more free with cursing than I’d prefer, so I’m not sure if I’ll make it all the way through. But the three character POVs are balanced well and I’m curious about where the plot will go.
That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim
This is a great #ownvoices story about two young Muslim women coming of age and finding their voices. I’m most excited about exploring a different culture and identity through this story.