Almost Here! (April 2013)

Almost Here is a feature where each month I talk about upcoming things in the YA world that I’m excited about. This includes new book releases, movies of YA books, book signing events, etc. Keep in mind that this is definitely not everything. It’s only the stuff that I know about and/or am most interested in.

Book Releases

Most of these have been on my to-read list for a while, but I don’t think I’ve blogged about any of them before. Out of all of them, I’m most excited about The Program. And I only discovered Acid like a week ago!

Taken by Erin Bowman The Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff The Program by Suzanne Young In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters Acid by Emma Pass

Book Events

Three YA Authors

First up, in early April, my favorite local bookstore, Blue Willow Bookshop, is hosting an event with three authors I’m only mildly acquainted with. However, I am intrigued by some of their books, so I talked my sister into joining me at the event! We get to see C. C. Hunter, Alyson Noel, and Rainbow Rowell!

Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter Echo by Alyson Noel Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Out of all these authors’ books, I’ve only read Fated by Alyson Noel, but I’m dying to read Eleanor & Park!

Teen Book Con!!!

My favorite local bookstore, Blue Willow Bookshop, hosts an awesome YA event each spring – Teen Book Con! You can bet that my sister and I are regulars and we WILL be attending Teen Book Con again this year. With almost 40 authors in attendance, the panels are going to be plentiful and awesome! I’ve read books from several authors in attendance, and even if I’ve seen them at past events, I always enjoy hearing them speak again! These are the ones I’m most excited to see. (Clicking a book cover will link to its author’s website.)

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Unremembered by Jessica Brody Splintered, by A. G. Howard False Memory, by Dan Krokos Lovely, Dark and Deep, by Amy McNamara  Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes and Michelle Rowen Hidden (Firelight #3) by Sophie Jordan The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2) by Maureen Johnson Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

I haven’t read any of the books by Sophie Jordan, but I’ve seen her at signings a couple of times and she’s always interesting. I haven’t read anything by Maureen Johnson either, but she’s pretty entertaining and informative on twitter, so I’m interested to hear her speak at this event. And I’ve had Spellcaster by Claudia Gray on my to-read list for a while now, so I’ll probably pick it up at the event.

I’m so excited! I still can’t decide which books I’ll purchase at the event.

What are you looking forward to in April?

-Kelley

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25 thoughts on “Almost Here! (April 2013)

  1. TAKEN and THE PROGRAM are so high on my TBR right now, I’m just so excited for those books. I won a GoodReads giveaway for Taken so I hope it gets here soon. I’m going to dive right in.

    Gosh, you Texans get to have all the fun! Rainbow Rowell is a fantastic author – you seriously need to pick up ELEANOR & PARK and your soonest convenience. Hmm. Maybe I’ll have a friend of mine send you my copy when she’s done with it? If you want. : ) I want EVERYBODY to read that book.

    And Teen Book Con!? Envy. I am green with envy. So many awesome authors. Have fun at your events!

    In April, I’m looking forward to my birthday. Which, I’m hoping is extremely bookish this year. : )

    • No worries about Eleanor & Park – I plan to buy it at the event, so I can get it signed! That’s sweet of you to offer, though. And yes, we are lucky to have Teen Book Con in the spring and Austin Teen Book Festival in the fall! Texas can be pretty awesome sometimes. :)

      What date is your birthday? My sister and best friend also have April birthdays.

      • Not a problem at all – it’s one of the few books that I really do insist getting into peoples hands. : )

        The 25th. This year is my golden. My mom’s birthday is the day after, and one of my oldest friend’s is the day after that. My nieces turn 3 on April 9th. And I think my brother-in-law’s birthday is in there, too, though I don’t know when. April’s kinda crazy.

        • Hehehe, so many April birthdays! My sister’s is the 24th and my best friend’s is the 27th. :) I hope your golden birthday is awesome!! I totally missed mine. :P

  2. I’ve heard great things about The Flame in the Mist. It’s sort of being compared to The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. Elanor & Park seems like it’ll be a great read. I think the cover is really wonderful for it :). Most of the books I want to read are coming out in June, July, August and September (The Dream Thieves!!!!YAY). Sorry I couldn’t contain my excitement for it lol. Teen Book Con definitely sounds like a fantastic event :). I hope you and your sister have fun!

    • Yeah, I had to search to find 5 books for April that I’m interested in. A lot of the upcoming books I’m excited about are in the summer and fall as well. That’s good to know about The Flame in the Mist – I hadn’t heard that, but it makes me even more curious about it now!

    • Aren’t they the best?! I love that they’re so active with all of the author events. So cool that one of your faves will be there! I haven’t gotten a chance to read any of her books, but now that I know she’s one of your favorites, I’ll be paying special attention when she’s talking. And it’s cool to meet another Texan book blogger! :)

  3. This post is so exciting. I can imagine how anxious you are for that Teen Book Con! Darn, things like this make me loathe living outside the US. I hope you have a great time there though, and share photos with us!

    I am looking forward to the Spring into the Future Event since I have read from Tahereh Mafi and Veronica Rossi. By then, I will be in the US! Hope I can make it to the Miami one!

    • Oh, I hope you get to make it to the Miami one, too! Going to author events is always enriching — especially when it’s more than one author together! I’ll do my best to take some good photos at Teen Book Con, but usually I’m too engrossed to remember to get out my camera, lol!

  4. I’m “hosting” a daily themed poetry… thing. Since April is National Poetry Month, I’ve decided to find poems by a certain theme and opening up for other people to post their favorite poems, haikus, what nots. I’m looking forward to it, since it’ll fit in nicely to my regular unscheduled postings :)

  5. Wow lucky you! So much stuff going on! Nothing ever goes on in my local area, so in order for me to go to any events like this I’d have to drive the two hours over to Chicago and since I don’t know anyone else who’d be interested in going with me, that never happens. I assume you’ll post pics and talk about what happened while there, right? I’m so jealous.

    Ooh and I want to read The Program as well. Just another one of the 800 books on my TBR list ;)

    • Hahaha, I know right, way too many books!

      Yes, my goal is to take some decent pictures at Teen Book Con so I can blog about it this time. Usually I forget to take pictures because I’m so caught up in everything, but I will try this time! :D

  6. Wow! What an awesome event! Sometimes I really hate living in a place where no one really comes. I would love to meet some of my favourite authors, but it just doesn’t happen.

    The Program is a book that I really would like to read!

    • Aww, I hate to hear that! I guess I’m lucky to live in a big city where there’s enough people to interest authors/publishers into events. I wish everyone got the same opportunities.

    • I’ve heard such good things about that book! I’m really excited for the signing; going to pick up Eleanor & Park at the event. :) I hope you can make it too!

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