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
on September 26th 2017

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
on September 12th 2017
Amazon, Goodreads

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
on September 19th 2017
Amazon, Goodreads

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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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!


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:


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!


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.


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!



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!



Thanks Ellice for Booking a Date!


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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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Blog Tour – Once and for All by Sarah Dessen: Book Inspired Wedding Invite + giveaway

I’ve been a Sarah Dessen fan for a while (even got to meet her a couple of years ago) and I’m excited to get to be a stop on her tour for her newest book, Once and for All, out June 6th. When reading this book, one of my top three Dessen books, I was inspired by a lot of different things. But my top inspiration was the wedding theme and the flowers and colors of the book cover. Scroll after the book and author info to see the wedding invitation I created by this inspiration.

Blog Tour – Once and for All by Sarah Dessen: Book Inspired Wedding Invite + giveawayOnce and for All by Sarah Dessen
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers
on June 6th 2017
Amazon, Goodreads

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.


About Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is one of the most popular writers for young adults. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold more than seven million copies. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine.


The main supplies I used.

The inks I used.

I cut down the kraft cardstock to 5 x 7 and then used my T shape ruler to make lines to make sure things were straight.

Taking my inks I used the Fresh Cut Roses layering stamps and stamped out the images I needed.

When the images were done I used my sharp, detail scissors and fussy cut them out leaving a small white border.

When I was done with the images I used the border dies (see the first pictures) and put them through my die cutting machine creating the borders. Then I adhered the flowers in the center of the top.

Finally I used my calligraphy stamp letters and some other stamps to create the body of the invite.



Week One:
May 29 – Lost in Lit – Bookish Wedding Ideas
May 30 – The Young Folks – Top 10 Reasons to Read OAFA
May 31 – Icey Books – OAFA Spotlight
June 1 – Andi’s ABCs – OAFA Inspired Wedding Invites
June 2 – The YA Book Traveler – Bookish Wedding DIY


Week Two:
June 5 – Alexa Loves Books – OAFA Playlist
June 6 – The Perpetual Page-Turner – Author Q&A
June 7 – Ex Libris – Review
June 8 – Pop! Goes the Reader – OAFA Inspired Wallpaper
June 9 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – On Planning an Intimate (Fun!) Wedding


Week Three:
June 12 – The Fandom
June 13 – Booksthetics
June 14 – Once Upon a Twilight – Review
June 15 – Bibliophile Gathering – Review
June 16 – Dark Faerie Tales – OAFA Inspired Photoshoot


Week Four:
June 19 – A Page With A View – Quiz: Which Dessen Character Are You?
June 20 – Bookworm Everlasting – Review & Photograph
June 21 – Fiction Fare – Favorite Quotes from OAFA
June 22 – ButterMyBooks – Review
June 23 – YA Bibliophile – Character Easter Eggs in OAFA


Pre-order ONCE AND FOR ALL and enter to win a trip for two to Emerald Isle, the beachside town that inspires the setting in Sarah’s books! All entrants will receive a ONCE AND FOR ALL inspired pocket planner. (If you preorder you must go to the site and upload a photo of your receipt to enter.)
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Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Once and for All by Sarah Dessen (ARV: $19.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on May 29, 2017 and 12:00 AM on June 26, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about June 30, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.


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Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge – June Link-Up

HAPPY June My Lovelies!

Summer is rumored to be coming (it’s still not warm in Boston) so I have a feeling the 2017 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge is about to heat up! I hope you all have been getting your love fest reading on and have been linking up. If you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge,you can so so HERE. If you don’t sign-up, your entries will not count toward the giveaway and I have to disqualify you. Basically…SIGN-UP!

Monthly Link-Up and Giveaway Details:

  • Your thoughts on each book you read must be posted somewhere, like your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc., in order for it to count towards this challenge. Ratings on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc. will also work.
  • Monthly link-up posts will go live the around the first day of each month so you can add your links throughout the month as your posts go up. Each linky will remain open five days into each new month to allow you some time to get all your posts linked up!
  • In order for us to tell what you’re linking to on the monthly linky, the format for the links you enter need to be as follows:
    • UPDATE POST @ your name/blog name.
    • REVIEW: [BOOK TITLE] @ your name/blog name.
    • MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • Each month we’ll choose a lucky winner from that month’s linky to win a Contemporary Romance novel of their choice (up to US$10).
  • Each link you enter in that month’s linky will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • Challenge and Giveaways are open internationally. (As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible for a prize.)

Monthly Topics:

  • Each monthly link-up post will include a Contemporary Romance topic for you to participate in if you’d like.
  • Monthly Topic posts can go up anytime in the specified month. Link them up as follows: MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • These posts will also earn you an entry in the monthly giveaway as long as you link back to them.

This month’s topic:

Music Romances

I don’t know if you heard but recently I have become OBSESSED with Rock Star romances. It honestly started simply enough. I asked Katie for a NA book recommendation as she is my guru. She came back simply enough:

There was NOTHING simple about it. I devoured the Mayhem series in 4 days (it woudl have been less time but life) and then I went on a vicious spiral or trying to find the magic. And while I did find some good music books, nothing lived up to that series for me. Anyway, here are some you may love:

  1. Good Girl – Lauren Layne
  2. Idol – Kristen Callihan
  3. Loud is How I Love You – Mercy Brown
  4. More Than Music – Elizabeth Briggs
  5. Stage Dive series – Kylie Scott
  6. Mayhem series – Jamie Shaw (READ IT!!!!!!!)

What are your favorite music romances?

If you have any questions, please email me ( . Also, make sure you follow me on Twitter (@andiabcs) for challenge updates and reminders! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContRom2017 to follow everyone’s challenge updates on Twitter!

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