Most anticipated books from BEA

I didn’t know what books I would find at BEA. I honestly didn’t know how to prepare, so I didn’t really. The only book I’d heard would be there that I didn’t even dare to hope I’d get was Heartless by Marissa Meyer. (I didn’t get it.)

I had been warned to take only the books I thought I’d actually read, so that was my only plan. I listened to a lot of authors speak about their books. I talked to some publishers about their books. And I read the descriptions of a bunch more books – on the galleys themselves and on Goodreads.

Of all the books I came home with and all of the other books on display at BEA, here are the ones I am most excited to read. Some of this picks may surprise you. It certainly surprises me.

Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer

When I first heard Aaron introduced on a panel, the moderator said something about spontaneous combustion. I thought it was a joke. Nope. In this book, seniors in high school do spontaneously combust one at a time, and the other students (and the FBI, etc.) are trying to figure out why. It sounds ridiculous, but the way Aaron talked about the characters and how he got the idea made me really want to read this book.

Release Date: August 30, 2016

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

This book does not fit within my usual genres, even within YA. I am so glad I heard Kerri talk about her book. It sounds amazing! The main character is a young woman staying true to herself in a time when women weren’t supposed to have careers or even really venture out of their houses alone. She wrote this book for her grandmother, who loves whodunits.

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

I enjoyed All the Bright Places, so I was excited to see Jennifer’s new book at BEA. I was most intrigued by the character that has facial blindness. He cannot recognize people’s faces, even those he loves, and he tries to keep it a secret at school. So interesting!

Release Date: October 4, 2016

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I will be reading Everything, Everything in June for my family book club, and I have heard all good things, so I had to snag Nicola’s newest book. I didn’t hear anything about it yet (and I honestly haven’t even read the Goodreads description), but the cover is beautiful.

Release Date: November 1, 2016

Leave Me by Gayle Forman

Gayle’s YA novels have been OK reads for me, but the description of this book is just so intriguing! What mother hasn’t daydreamed about running away from her family? (Or is it just me?) I also love when authors cross over age groups. Hearing Gayle talk about this book made me more excited to read it, and I luckily happened upon her in-booth signing and there was room in the line, so I went for it.

Release Date: September 6, 2016

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Thankfully, I heard Brit talk about her book before I saw this cover because I kind of hate it. You know I love a good grief book, and Brit’s goal with this book was to show how grief can affect you even over time. Also, her comments about diversity and how she drew from her own experience from growing up in Southern California made me really want to read her book.

Release Date: October 11, 2016

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

I have been reading Jodi’s books since I was in high school I think. I can’t believe I didn’t know she had a new book coming out. I was so excited to see her on the signing schedule. This book sounds so interesting. It’s about racism – a white supremacist couple sues a black nurse for attending to their newborn when they specifically said they didn’t want any black medical professionals to touch their baby. Wow, right?

Release Date: October 11, 2016

Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives by Gary Younge

Non-fiction is another rare genre for me, but this book sounds SO interesting. Gary, a British black plan, wanted to write about gun violence in America. He chose a date that worked in his schedule and came to America to research the deaths of children due to gun violence on that day. He talked to the families and told their stories.

Release Date: October 4, 2016

Delhi Stopover by Tulika Mehrotra

Tulika’s books were not on display at BEA. I met her on the shuttle bus back to my hotel. She and I had a great conversation about husbands, children, writing, and Chicago. She casually mentioned her books, and I knew I had to read them. She writes women’s lit that takes place in India. She commented that American’s think of India as a 3rd world country or a call center, and she wanted to tell the truth of Indian life. She was born in India, but she grew up in Chicago.

This book was published by Penguin in 2012. Her second book, Crashing B-Town, was published in 2013. Dehli Stopover focused on the Indian fashion industry. Crashing B-Town is about Bollywood.

The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner

Another cross over age group book! I’ve read some of Jennifer’s adult books, so I’m excited to read her first middle grade book. The story sounds really cute, and I love the cover!

Release Date: September 13, 2016

Your Very Own Robot by R.A. Montgomery

I mentioned in my BEA recap that I loved Choose Your Own Adventure books when I was little. I hunted down their booth and chatted up one of the publishers on the first day because I was so excited to see them in the BEA exhibitor list.

This book was originally published in 1982, but it got this nice makeover in 2011.

The Cookie Fiasco (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! #1) by Dan Santat

This book was edited by Mo Willems, and it has the Elephant & Piggie stamp of approval. Plus it’s about fractions, so what’s not to love!

Release Date: September 20, 2016

We Are Growing (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! #2) by Laurie Keller

See above. Can’t wait to read it!

Release Date: September 20, 2016

I’ll Wait Mr Panda by Steve Anthony

Please, Mr. Panda was a hit in our house last year. I didn’t know Steve had another panda book coming out, so I was pretty thrilled to see this one in the Scholastic booth.

Release Date: October 25, 2016

What Were You Thinking? by Bryan Smith

Boys Town Press had a ton of instructional story books in their booth that appealed to me as a parent. They were not giving away books or galleys at BEA, but I gave them my card. I was so excited to get an email from them this week offering me a review copy of this book. I’m anxiously awaiting it’s arrival because I know it will be a good read for Christopher. He’s made some less than great choices recently.

This book was published in February.

Do Princesses and Super Heroes Hit the Trails? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle

I may or may not have been stalking the Rowman & Littlefield / Muddy Boots booth at the end of the day Friday hoping that they might give me the display copy of this book instead of packing it up. They didn’t. But I also didn’t ask. Regardless, this story (and honestly all of their kids books) looks so cute. I need to track down a copy somehow.

Release Date: September 1, 2016

Are any of these books on your TBR list?

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  1. Great list! I'm really excited about Stalking Jack the Ripper and Spontaneous. The former is totally my kind of read and the latter being so strange I kind of have to give it a try. I'm also excited about The Sun is Also a Star because I loved Everything Everything. Hope you enjoy all of these.
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

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