The Compulsive Reader: BEA 2013 Recap: The Books

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

BEA 2013 Recap: The Books

Photo Credit: Amy Rose Capetta
It’s hard not to let yourself go wild with all of the great books that are available at BEA. My advice? Remember that for every single book you pick up that you have to carry it around all day, and back to wherever you’re staying. And then you either need to carry it home, or pay to ship it. With that mindset, it’s easier to resist the temptation to be greedy or pick up books you’re not all that interested in. I ended up with 28 books, which is about 5-8 more than I usually end up with, but I also picked up a lot of Middle Grade this year.

I broke down my haul in various categories:

YA Editor’s Buzz Panel
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
  • Entangled by Amy Rose Capetta
  • All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
  • Tandem by Anna Jarzab
Penguin Luncheon Books 
  • Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnstone (Dragons! Frozen Vegas!) 
  • The Indigo Spell (and we talked about The Fiery Heart, release day November 19th, 2013) by Richelle Mead 

Sequels/Second Novels I’m Excited About
Photo Credit: Amy Rose Capetta
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (EEEEE! After the confusing/crazy ending of Raven Boys, I can’t wait for this one!) 
  • The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer (I had NO IDEA that she was continuing the Life As We Know It series! This book is from the perspective of Miranda’s little brother!) 
  • What We Lost in the Dark by Jacquelyn Mitchard (The sequel to the unique thriller What We Saw at Night! Extreme sports + a nighttime killer + three friends allergic to sunlight = AMAZING.) 
  • Hero by Alethea Kontis (I just read Alethea’s first book, Enchanted, which was a lot of fun! This one is about Sunday’s sister, Saturday! Stay tuned for my review of Enchanted!) 
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (The sequel to Throne of Glass! I’m very excited to see where this one takes Celaena Sardothien!) 
  • A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron (I really enjoyed The Dark Unwinding, a steampunk read I picked up at last year’s BEA!) 
VCFA Represent!

The following authors are either faculty members or graduates of my grad program at VCFA!
  • The Color of Rain by Cori McCarthy (Read my review here! Cori is a VCFA grad!) 
  • P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia (Sequel to One Crazy Summer! Rita is a faculty member at VCFA!) 
  • Entangled by Amy Rose Capetta (My review is coming soon, but trust me when I say that this book rocks! Amy Rose is a VCFA grad!) 
  • All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry (Julie is a VCFA grad!) 
  • The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson (This middle grade book sounds fantastic! It was on the Middle Grade Editors Buzz Panel, and Caroline is a VCFA grad.) 
  • Reality Boy by A.S. King (I LOVE LOVE LOVE A.S. King’s novels, and she’ll be a visiting faculty member at VCFA next month!) 
Middle Grade Books

Because I am going to have to start reading a LOT more Middle Grade soon…
  • Seeing Red by Kathryn Erskine 
  • Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow 
  • Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech 
  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloane
  • Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell
YA Books Everyone was Talking About 
  • The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb (Nonfiction that actually sounds really fascinating to me!) 
  • Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy by Elizabeth Kiem (I LOVE the play on the title by John Le Carre, and this book sounds excellent!) 
  • The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford (I love Natalie Standiford’s How to say Goodbye in Robot and The Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters, and I am so excited about this book!) 
  • Just Like Fate by Suzanne Young  (Sliding Doors in a YA novel?) 
  • Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alendar (How could you not love this mash up of genres? I love it.) 
I;m excited to immerse myself in many happy hours of reading! What are you excited about?


LinWash said...

VCFA represents--that makes me smile. I'm looking forward to the upcoming books by VCFA alums. And I always look forward to Maggie Stiefvater's books.

Caroline Carlson said...

Oh wow, I'm excited for so many of these. And I didn't know A.S. King was going to be at VCFA--how great!

It was really nice to meet you in the signing line, Tirzah, and I'll be thinking of you this summer as you head to Vermont!

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Unknown said...

Wow, you got so many books, I'm insanely jealous of everyone who got to go to BEA! There are so many authors I wanted to meet and free books I'd have liked! It's cool that you got so many middle grade books, I don't read as many of them as I'd like :)

oil paintings said...

great list of books sharing!! I just made my list!

Anonymous said...

Oh my!
You have intrigued me about so many books.
Fangirl, obviously! And All of Yesterdays and If You Could Be Mine sound like awesome titles.

Entangled sounds great, can't wait for your review. And The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates!! thats so something I wanna read. :D
Can't wait to read your thoughts on these

Alan Canton said...


A slightly different kind of review of BEA 2013... from the vantage point of the small press