Top Ten TBR Books from SEYA Fest 2017


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 Continue reading

ReadUp Greenville 2016 Recap


Today, a YA & MG book festival launched in my city. I have many, many feels about this, but let me try to convey them in some semblance of coherence.

The Significance

group of authors at read up bookfest

Some of the authors. (Photo from @readupbookfest, with permission)

The previous (and first) book festival I attended was 5-6 hours away. I got a hotel room and drove all by myself to meet authors and attend panels. Growing up, I didn’t know that festivals like this existed. I never imagined that I would meet an author, much less many of them. I never imagined that they would give me writing advice and geek out over my Doctor Who t-shirts. So now, to have this festival in my city? That is a dream I didn’t even know to dream for so long.

The Line-up

jay asher author speaking

Jay Asher, the opening keynote presentation (photo from @readupbookfest, with permission)

Read Up featured 27 authors. I was familiar with about half of them. Major draws for me: Continue reading