This year Sarah and I embarked on a super fun trip to NEW YORK CITY! At the end May, we hopped on a jet plane and flew to the ole US of A. I had a press pass to Book Expo as a Book Riot contributor and couldn’t wait to get to the Javitt’s Center! Sarah joined me on my bookish journey and did some exploring around the city while I waited in lines and chatted to other book people. Today I thought I would bring you none other than my Book Expo America book haul! I feel like I did pretty good! I only came home with one small suitcase of books 🙂
EveryBody’s Different on EveryBody Street written by Sheree Fitch and illustrated by Emma Fitzgerald
Signed finished copy, out now (Nimbus)
Why I’m excited: This book is written by local Halifax authors and published by a local publishing house! I really enjoyed going to their booth in New York City and being like, Hey, I’m from the same small Atlantic Canadian city as you! It was amazing and hilarious. Not to mention that Fitch is a great author and Fitzgerald an amazing artist. The niece and nephew will getting some enjoyment out of this one.
Petra by Marianna Coppo
Finished copy, out now (Tundra Books)
Why I’m excited: This book is super cute. Leah from While Reading and Walking gave me this one on the last day. I can’t wait to give it to my new baby nephew in July 🙂
Fiona’s Little Lie by Rosemary Wells
Finished copy, out now (Candlewick)
Why I’m excited: Rosemary Wells’ books are the best! My niece is getting this one for her birthday!
Bingo Love by Tee Franklin, Jenn St-Onge, and Joy San
Signed finished copy, out now (Image)
Why I’m excited: I’d heard good things about this f/f romance comic and was excited to see there was a signing happening! When I spotted the line, it wasn’t too long. Seemed like fate! There were less than ten people in front of me …and yet I was there for almost half an hour. I tried not to be mad because the author was being sweet and chatty, but also… People waiting… Whatever. So pumped! This looks super cute!
Snotgirl Vol 1 & 2 by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung
Signed finished copies, both out now (Image)
Why I’m excited: This was a happened-to-be-walking-by scenario. And it was awesome! I got to tell Bryan Lee O’Malley that I’m a fellow Canadian and loved Seconds. They were also giving out volumes one and two. I thought this seemed too good to be true but… I’m home now and I still have them and the first one is signed. So. YAY.
The Backstagers Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh, and Walter Baiamonte
Signed finished copy, out now (BOOM! Studios)
Why I’m excited: The writer of this series was doing a signing when I walked by the BOOM! Studios booth. This series as a very BOOM! feel to this and I can’t wait to check it out.
I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya
Advanced copy, out August 28, 2018 (Penguin Canada)
Why I’m excited: This is a really interesting little book. It’s an essay by the author of Even This Page is White about her experience with men as a trans woman. I read this one right away because I was very intrigued and it’s so short. SO GOOD, I tell you.
The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman
Advanced copy, out September 11, 2018 (Knopf)
Why I’m excited: This was one of the adult editor’s buzz picks. I mean, everything about this book is for me. True crime that inspired a novel? Hi, gimme.
[Dis]connected: Poems and Stories of Connection and Otherwise by Amanda Lovelace, Nikita Gill, Cyrus Parker, and more
Signed advanced copy, out October 1, 2018 (Central Avenue Publishing)
Why I’m excited: Most of the poets from the poetry panel I went to are in this collection! Not only so, but it just sounds so dope. This is the kind of thing I’m really into right now and I can’t wait to dive in.
(Don’t) Call Me Crazy edited by Kelly Jensen
Advanced copy, out October 2, 2018 (Algonquin Young Readers)
Why I’m excited: This is fellow Rioter Kelly Jensen’s book! I’m pumped to read these essays about mental health for a young adult audience!
Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl
Advanced copy, out January 15, 2019 (Liverlight)
Why I’m excited: A memoir about mother/daughter relationships. A friendly publicist handed me this one while I was in line for something else. Most publicists who do this are really annoying, but this one was seemed to actually want to find out if I was interested before getting me to take the book. And I am, so that’s a bonus.
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
Advanced copy, out January 29, 2019 (Hachette)
Why I’m excited: This was another adult editor’s buzz pick. This editor was so genuinely excited as she was talking about this book. It also sounds really good.
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Signed finished copy, out now (Simon & Schuster)
Why I’m excited: I read and loved this book as an ARC in April. I’ve read all of Ware’s books and this is my favourite so far! It’s everything I love in a mystery. I was so pumped to get a finished copy of this one and have it signed! Ruth was so sweet 🙂 I don’t know why I didn’t ask for a picture…
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Signed finished copy, out now (Berkley)
Why I’m excited: I read and loved this one February! This really started a romance kick for me. I requested a copy for review after fellow Rioters were talking it up. If you haven’t read it, read it!
The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
Advanced copy, out September 11, 2018 (Flatiron)
Why I’m excited: If we’re being honest, I went for this one after I saw someone walk by with an Audrey Hepburn tote. It was for this book. Apparently the MC goes to dinner and finds Audrey there as a guest or something? I don’t know. You had me at Audrey.
She Would be King by Wayetu Moore
Advanced copy, out September 11, 2018 (Graywolf Press)
Why I’m excited: This sounds like it’s got some seriously rich storytelling. This was another of the Adult Editor’s buzz selections, and it sounds really intriguing.
Young Adult Fiction
The Goodbye Girls by Lisa Harrington
Finished copy, out now (Nimbus)
Why I’m excited: This book is published by a Halifax publisher and I’d seen it around at local book shops. When I got Everybody’s Different on Everybody Street signed, I saw a copy of The Goodbye Girls and publisher gave it to me! Weeeeeee.
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Advanced copy, out September 4, 2018 (Wednesday Books)
Why I’m excited: I’m in love with the idea of Courtney Summers. I haven’t fully read any of her books yet… For some reason… But they sound perfect for me. As does this one. It’s a thriller that involves a true crime podcast. So. In.
A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma
Signed advanced copy, out September 4, 2018 (Algonquin Young Readers)
Why I’m excited: I’ve read Suma before and really enjoyed myself. I wanted to get in line for this one, but it was around the same time as the Colleen Hoover signing that I didn’t know had been cancelled. By the time I had found out, it was approaching time for the Abbi Jacobson panel and that I would not miss. Thankfully Elizabeth from Black White Read books and fellow Rioter grabbed one for me. Isn’t she sweet?
After the Fire by Will Hill
Advanced copy, out October 2, 2018 (Sourcebooks)
Why I’m excited: I hadn’t heard of this one before and picked it up at a galley drop. It sounds like a dope cult-y thriller. And I love books with cults.
Dear Evan Hansen: the novel by Val Emmich with Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul
Advanced copy, out October 9, 2018 (Poppy)
Why I’m excited: I honestly don’t know too much about the show but I do know that it’s pretty popular and tons of people are stoked on it. I’m not going to be able to see it on Broadway, but if the story is good I’m sure the novelization will be entertaining!
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Signed advanced copy, out October 9, 2018 (HarperTeen)
Why I’m excited: Isn’t it obvious? IT’S BECKY AND ADAM. I haven’t actually read anything by Adam yet (they all sound so sad) but I’m obsessed with Becky’s books and this one sounds SO GOOD. I waited in line with fellow Rioter and blogger Leah for this one! (Thankfully she was there early…)
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
Signed advanced copy, out September 25, 2018 (Putnam)
Why I’m excited: I still haven’t read The Bear and the Nightingale, though I do own the second book for some reason. However, I know that books sounds right up my alley and either way I wanted to meet the author! Small Spaces in another middle grade, but it sounds pretty eerie and intriguing to me. And there’s a ghost named Beth or something so, helllllllo.
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by MT Anderson and Eugene Yelchin
Advanced copy, out September 25, 2018 (Candlewick)
Why I’m excited: I really have no idea why I picked this one up. But when I did, something about it hooked me. I think it’s middle grade and it has illustrations. It has something to do with elves, and I can’t get enough of elves.
The Darkdeep by Allie Condie and Brendan Reichs
Advanced copy, out October 2, 2018 (Bloomsbury)
Why I’m excited: This one was described as Stranger Things meets The Goonies. I like both of those things. I wasn’t totally sold on it because I don’t usually read middle grade, but I thought I’d give it a try!
Books I bought in New York
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
I bought this at the airport because I didn’t have anything that I wanted to read. And then I didn’t want to read this one. But I tried. #readingslump
The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde
I just recently read Queens of Geek and absolutely adored it. I picked up The Brigthsiders, Wilde’s latest novel, at the Strand! Can’t wait to read it!
Wild Embers by Nikita Gill
Gill was on the poetry panel at BEA that I really enjoyed. After listening to her speak, I wanted to check out her work! I really enjoyed this collection. There are definitely some poems in there that I love.
Honeybee by Trista Mateer
Mateer was another one of the panelists on the poetry panel! I’ve read half of this collection so far and really like her poems about bisexuality.
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Beth O’Brien is a library assistant and book blogger. Born and raised in Atlantic Canada, she lives in picturesque Nova Scotia with her cat Edith. You can often find her rocking double denim with her nose in a book and a craft beer in her hand. Follow her on Twitter @fuelldbyfiction.