Book a Date with Jennifer from YA Book Nerd

Welcome to the newest feature on Andi’s ABCs, Book a Date, a post about something you are excited for that is releasing in the future. It can be a TV show, a movie (in the theater or out on DVD), a clothing line, a video game, a graphic novel, and of course a book. Actually it can be anything you want. If you would like more information or would like to sign-up you can click HERE.

Who booked a date this week? Jennifer from YA Book Nerd!

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I’m so excited to be part of Book a Date – I think this is a great feature. As soon as the post went up and Andi was asking for me, I immediately signed up. I have SO many  books that I’m looking forward to reading, but Coming Up For Air holds a special place on that list.
It’s the last of the Hundred Oaks novels – which of course I’m sad to hear. I love this series, even though it’s not exactly a series. I love seeing characters from other books and hearing how their lives are going. It’s like catching up with old friends.
One of the reasons I loved the novels so much (besides the romance) is the sports element. There just don’t seem to be that many sports books featuring girls as main characters. As a sporty girl, I remember reading about Catching Jordan when it first came out and thinking, I have to read that. And I did. Then I looked for all the others after that.
I only wish I had a pool so I could sit outside reading this book under the hot sun in between dips in the pool.
 Miranda Kenneally is now a must read author for me. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

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Thanks Jennifer for Booking a Date!

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Book a Date with Ellice

 

Welcome to the newest feature on Andi’s ABCs, Book a Date, a post about something you are excited for that is releasing in the future. It can be a TV show, a movie (in the theater or out on DVD), a clothing line, a video game, a graphic novel, and of course a book. Actually it can be anything you want. If you would like more information or would like to sign-up you can click HERE.

Who booked a date this week? Ellice!

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Hi, y’all! I was excited when Andi asked if I wanted to do this week’s Book a Date feature because 1) It’s been FAR TOO LONG since I’ve written a blog post (I miss blogging so much), & 2) there is ALWAYS something that I’m excited to talk about in the book world. So I dusted off my Illyrian leathers & pulled myself out of my ACOMAF/ACOWAR-obsessed state long enough to talk another source of my current bookish excitement—ALA Annual in Chicago in 2 weeks! I CAN’T WAIT! Here’s why:

THE FOOD

I was lucky enough to attend my first BEA in Chicago last year, which was also my first time in the city. Friends had told me that food in Chicago is to die for, but I really had no expectations or plans to visit specific restaurants. I mean, I was there for the friends and the books—food shmood! So each evening, we would just wing it & choose restaurants based on Yelp ratings or recommendations from friends. This time? I’ve got a list with more restaurants than is humanly possible to visit (or revisit!) during my short stay.

Places I Plan to Re-Visit

GIORDANO’S – Hands down, THE best pizza I have ever eaten. The standard by which all pizza that comes after it will be measured. Just look at all that gooey cheese!

PORTILLO’S – This place is so good that it’s worth a second visit. Though they’re known for their Italian beef, the menu is chock full of so many incredible things: pastas, sandwiches, hot dogs, salads, scrumptious desserts… le sigh. If you’re also going to ALA and looking for a good place to eat, look no further. (This is not the best picture, but I thought the inside was super cool looking so I tried to capture the atmosphere).

New Places on My List

Lou Malnati’s –Another restaurant that serves Chicago-style deep dish pizza. The pictures make it look heavenly, and I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews. Has anyone else been here? What did you think?

Yolk – While the hotel I’ll be staying at has a restaurant with a pretty great breakfast buffet, I really want to visit Yolk one morning during my stay. I had to be somewhere else when my friends met here for breakfast last summer, but they seemed to really enjoy it!

 

This is just a short version of my longer list, but these are at the top of it. I welcome any and all recs, because I’ve found that that’s usually the best way to find the best food!

THE BOOKS

I mean, obviously! 😀 These are the titles that I’m most excited about grabbing, assuming they’ll be there.

YA Books

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins – Stephanie Perkins? Teen slasher? Count me in! I’ve been waiting for this one for what seems like forever!

Top Ten by Katie Cotugno – Anything this woman writes immediately goes on my auto-buy list. I’d love to grab an early copy, if they’re even available!

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – One of my most anticipated upcoming fantasies.

Warcross by Marie Lu – Several of my bookish friends whose opinions I trust implicitly have read this one and loved it. NEED!

The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan – I loved this author’s second book, Love and Other Foreign Words, which I thought deserved much more buzz, so I can’t wait to read her new contemp.

Odd & True by Cat Winters –Historical fantasy. Yes, please!

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco – I have a deep-seated love for historical fiction, so when I heard about this series, I had to have it. I got the first book at BEA last year & I NEED the second one. Like yesterday.

The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke – Loved her New Adult romances, so I’m dying for this historical fantasy book!

Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman – I don’t think an explanation is even needed for this one!

Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush – Magic &, most importantly, motorcycle gangs? GIVE IT TO ME NOW.

THE AUTHORS

SARAH DESSEN. Need I say more? As soon as I found out that she would be the speaker at the Margaret A. Edwards Brunch at ALA, I was SO EXCITED. She was given this award for her lasting contribution to YA literature, which is a no brainer in my opinion. I love her books and cannot wait for her newest book, Once and For All. I am so hoping they take pity on all of us pitiful fangirls in the audience & let us at least mingle with her and have a picture made. It doesn’t say anything about a signing, but I’m still hoping…

There is another ticketed event called the YA Author Coffee Klatch which is described as “speed dating” where each other changes tables every 3-4 minutes & tells us about their upcoming books. There are supposed to be about 40 YA authors participating in it, and the lineup looks AMAZING. Emery Lord, Marie Lu, Kristin Cashore, Cat Winters, Victoria Schwab… and that’s just to name a few. I can’t wait!

 

THE FRIENDS

I saved my favorite part of any conference for the end—getting to hang out with friends that you don’t get to see very often. It’s so great to spend time with the friends who ‘get’ you and don’t look at you like you’re crazy when you talk about the loves of your life as if they are real people. 😀  I’ve already made tentative plans with a couple of friends who live near Chicago but won’t be attending the conference. Since BEA & Book Con were just last week, I haven’t talked to many of my friends who plan to attend ALA. So tell me, will YOU be there? Let me know!

 

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Thanks Ellice for Booking a Date!

 

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Book a Date with Ginger from GReads!

 

Welcome to the newest feature on Andi’s ABCs, Book a Date, a post about something you are excited for that is releasing in the future. It can be a TV show, a movie (in the theater or out on DVD), a clothing line, a video game, a graphic novel, and of course a book. Actually it can be anything you want.  If you would like more information or would like to sign-up you can click HERE.

Who booked a date this week? Ginger from GReads!.

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Happy Summer, Friends! I am such a summer girl and always look forward to this time of year. I’m excited to be at Andi’s blog today, sharing more of that summery love with a shout out to my own blog feature SWEET SUMMERTIME READS. This will be my fifth year hosting it! So what is Sweet Summertime Reads, you may be asking… well, it’s a summer long feature that highlights summery books (both YA & Adult), guest posts from other bloggers & authors, tons of giveaways, a fun Instagram photo challenge, & basically the shared loved of my two favorite things: Reading + Summertime.

 The feature kicks off this week, and in celebration of that I’ll be hosting a twitter chat with YA authors Trish Doller & Miranda Kenneally next week. The chat begins at 8pm CST on Tuesday, June 6th, using hashtag #SSRChat. I hope you’ll join us! Both authors have new books out this summer & I can’t wait to chat them up about it!

 Thanks, Andi, for letting me use your space to share with your awesome followers all about SWEET SUMMERTIME READS & our twitter chat next week.

 You can find me at: www.greadsbooks.com
Twitter: @GReadsBooks
Instagram: @greadsbooks

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Thanks Ginger for Booking a Date! I will happily be at your chat talking to some of my favorite people!

Also make sure you check me out on Ginger’s feature this summer. I have a post that will be a lot of fun.

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Book a Date with Maggie from The Caramel Files

Welcome to the newest feature on Andi’s ABCs, Book a Date, a post about something you are excited for that is releasing in the future. It can be a TV show, a movie (in the theater or out on DVD), a clothing line, a video game, a graphic novel, and of course a book. Actually it can be anything you want.  If you would like more information or would like to sign-up you can click HERE.

Who booked a date this week? Maggie from The Caramel Files.

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Hey, y’all! I’m Maggie and I’m so thrilled to be a part of Andi’s Book a Date feature! Of course there are always books and definitely TV shows coming up that I’m dying to get my eyes on, but as I thought about what I’m MOST looking forward to, I kept returning to one particular event.

My husband and I are major Phish fans. Phish is a jam band with extremely talented musicians and super creative songs. The lead singer and guitarist, Trey Anastasio, is playing with the Nashville Symphony in September and we have tickets!

I cannot explain how excited I am about this concert! I have only seen Trey play with the full band in concert, but I’ve listened to a show he played solo with another symphony and it is just unbelievable – it’s SO good and I love hearing Phish’s jammy songs accompanied by violins and other classical instruments.

My husband is counting on Trey and the symphony playing his favorite Phish song ever, The Divided Sky; it would sound amazing in classical form. Not only am I excited about seeing Trey, I’m really looking forward to doing something different – going to the symphony!

I will leave y’all with a song played by Trey with Princeton’s Scorchio Quartet in 2010. P.S. I adore this song!

Hurry up, September!

Thank you so much for having me, Andi! 😀

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Thanks Maggie for Booking a Date!

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Book a Date with Me…for reasons

Welcome to the newest feature on Andi’s ABCs, Book a Date, a post about something you are excited for that is releasing in the future. It can be a TV show, a movie (in the theater or out on DVD), a clothing line, a video game, a graphic novel, and of course a book. Actually it can be anything you want.  If you would like more information or would like to sign-up you can click HERE.

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You may be wondering why you are getting me for the THIRD TIME for Book a Date. Well the answer is simple, my blog, my rules. 🙂 No but seriously, there is something major that I’m really excited about and I needed to share.

So some of you may know that I sort of like this little book called Anna and the French Kiss. I mean I have barely read it , own like NO copies , and own like no merchandise that reminds me of it. It is just a book that had no impact on my love of reading of anything of the sort. It is just there. I barely remember what happens in it…Okay, who am I kidding? I can’t keep this up. I’ve read Anna 14 times, own 23 physical, 1 eBook and 1 audio and I have a ton of merchandise, a wall print, a signed piggy bank, canvas paintings and a tank top to name a few things.

But the one thing that I haven’t had happen…I’ve never got to meet Stephanie Perkins. I have probably about 18 signed books from her, but I have never actually got to introduce myself and be totally awkward while I do. Well my friends that is about to change.

If you recall my first Book a Date I mentioned I was going to NYC June 2-4 and that I was thinking about going to Book Con. While I have decided that I am going to Book Con (HOPE TO SEE SOME OF YOU THERE!) on Saturday the 3rd. But the highlight of that day will be when I get to actually meet Stephanie FREAKING Perkins! Yup, you heard it right, Anna and the French Kiss’s biggest fan is going to finally get to meet the author of her FAVORITE book. Honestly I still can’t believe it is going to actually happen. I first read Anna in 2010 so this is like almost 7 years in the making. I can barely contain the awkward in me.

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I’ve Booked a Date. Now it’s your turn. Sign-up HERE.

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