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

Top Ten Tuesday: Recently Added to My TBR list


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I’m not sure this is a good topic for me, because I tend to use my TBR list for more obscure stuff. I’ve addressed this before, but I’m normally so close to the YA or fantasy genres that I don’t need a list to remember what I want to read. So my TBR list is just the stuff I wouldn’t remember.

So I’m mixing this one – 5 from my actual TBR list and 5 from the TBR stacks sitting around my house. It seems fair.

When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

This was a recommendation from Brain Pickings, the thought-provoking weekly email from Maria Popova. Full of ruminations on death, life, literature, and biology, it promises to be a deep read.

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Power of Character – Paul Tough

Read an article about this book in….Farnam Street, I think. Based on the title, I think I already agree with him, so maybe his book will give me some scientific arguments for what I already think. Continue reading