Book Must Reads – BookCon

In my post on Tuesday you saw the picture of the books I got a BookCon and the Penguin Teen breakfast. There were not a whole lot, but there were definite some I am super excited about. Out of the 8 in the photo there were 3 that really sparked my interest. One of them will come as no surprise (also I technically didn’t get it at BookCon, a friend grabbed it at BEA and I just finished it), one I’m not sure is me but the author was so passionate about it that I now want to read it, and the last one is a book that was described by the author in a way that was so cool I’m really excited for it.

So here are 3 books that stood out to me when I was in NYC:

Book Must Reads – BookConThere's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers
Published: September 26th 2017
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Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.


Book Must Reads – BookConWarcross by Marie Lu
Published: September 12th 2017
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.


Book Must Reads – BookConJane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
Published by Kathy Dawson Books
Published: September 19th 2017
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Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.

Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family's island mansion called Tu Reviens.

Jane remembers her aunt telling her: "If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you'll go." With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn't know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.


Did you go to BEA or BookCon? Find any exciting books? Are you excited for any of these three?

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A few weeks or a month ago I mentioned I was headed to New York and BookCon for the weekend. Honestly I had no idea what to expect when Gail and Tiff brought up the idea of going but it really turned out into more than I could imagine. I really had a fantastic time and this time I can 100% say it wasn’t about the books (okay, minus the one book I got that I’m reading right now).


On Friday morning Deana, Danielle, and I left our house and picked up Gail. The four of us drove to Connecticut and took the train to Grand Central. I honestly always forget how gorgeous Grand Central is until I’m in it. And I also never take a picture. Thank goodness for Deana.

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After we checked into the hotel the 4 of us made our way to Rockefeller Center to see the Koons balloon which was super cool, grabbed some lunch and some beers and then took a taxi to The Strand. The Strand was just as I remembered it. I swear there is nothing better than those creaking floors on the second floor. Anyway, I couldn’t leave without making a purchase so I bought a book that just came out today and some pins. When we were done there we went back to the hotel to relax and then get ready for dinner with Tiff and her husband. (sorry no people pictures. I’m terrible at that.)


Saturday morning I was up at the butt crack of dawn to head to the Penguin Teen Breakfast. The breakfast was held at a very appropriate place called Print and Chelsea did a fabulous job. We were all invited to eat and chat with 5 authors that have fall releases with Penguin:

Marie Lu (WARCROSS 9/12), Kristin Cashore (JANE, UNLIMITED 9/19), Stephanie Perkins (THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE 9/26), Peter Bognanni (THINGS I’M SEEING WITHOUT YOU 10/3), and Julie Dao (FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS 10/10).

Each author came to the tables and talked to us about there books. It was really really cool to hear them describe their stories and to be able to ask questions and tell them how much some of their other books have meant to us. By the time I left there I was really excited to read Jane, Unlimited and Things I’m Seeing Without You and very intrigued by Warcross and Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. But really you all know my highlight was meeting Stephanie Perkins. She was seriously just as awesome as I expected her to be and I was so happy when she recognized me and got up to give me a big hug. Morning was made.

When the breakfast was over I headed over to BookCon with Rachel, Kristin, Alexa, and Sajda. We honestly had no idea what to expect when we arrived there. We had all seen BookCon in the past and it was a nightmare. We were prepared but still uncertain. Surprisingly enough though it was super organized and not a madhouse like it had been in the past. I think it was handled very well which was a good thing because my nerves were high.

I stayed at BookCon for about 2 hours (even got to talk to Stephanie again where she told me she loves the cards I make!!!!) and then I left and headed to lunch to meet Sarah Ockler. It was the first time Sarah and I met and we just had the best conversation. So much in fact I was planning to go to BookCon back to BookCon but ended up not even bothering. We were together just talking about all sorts of things for like 4 hours and it was the best. She is also one of the nicest people I have ever met.

When the day was over it was back to the hotel to get ready to meet Estelle and her husband and our friend Sarah for dinner and drinks. It was one of the best days. I got to meet two of my favorite authors, hang out with some of my favorite people for long periods of time and get a small taste of BookCon.


I didn’t get a lot of books at BookCon but I got a few. I was also able to get my Anna ARC signed by Steph (it is the best inscription ever!!!) which was awesome! And can we talk about how cool that tote is from Workman Pub? I love it so so much!

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