Sweet Summertime Reads: June 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

Oh, wow! Another month down. I’m especially excited for June because I’m going to be traveling and reading and going to ALA at the end of the month! Here’s to hoping this is the month I can catch up on my reading goal. As promised, here’s a list of our most anticipated June 2012 Young Adult book releases.

june 01.

Divine Intervention
by Martha Brockenbrough
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
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There is a great legend of the guardian angel who traveled across time and space for the human girl he loved, slaying those who would threaten her with a gleaming sword made of heavenly light.

This is not that story.

Jerome Hancock is Heidi Devine’s guardian angel. Sort of. He’s more of an angel trainee, in heaven’s soul-rehabilitation program for wayward teens. And he’s just about to get kicked out for having too many absences and for violating too many of the Ten Commandments for the Dead.

Heidi, meanwhile, is a high school junior who dreams of being an artist, but has been drafted onto her basketball team because she’s taller than many a grown man. For as long as she can remember, she’s heard a voice in her head – one that sings Lynyrd Skynyrd, offers up bad advice, and yet is company during those hours she feels most alone.

When the unthinkable happens, these two lost souls must figure out where they went wrong and whether they can make things right before Heidi’s time is up and her soul is lost forever.

Martha Brockenbrough’s debut novel is hilarious, heartbreaking, and hopeful, with a sense of humor that’s wicked as hell, and writing that’s just heavenly.

Surrender (Possession #2)
by Elana Johnson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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The thrilling and seductive sequel to Possession puts love on the line in a dystopian struggle for independent thought.Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…     Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.     All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn.      Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque….


june 05.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare
by Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Poppy
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Whitley Johnson’s dream summer with her divorced dad has turned into a nightmare. She’s just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée’s son? Whitley’s one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin’ great. Worse, she totally doesn’t fit in with her dad’s perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn’t even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she’s ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn’t “do” friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn’t her stepbrother…at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.


by Elizabeth Scott
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Megan survived the plane crash—but can she survive the aftermath? An intense, emotional novel from the author ofThe Unwritten Rule and Between Here and Forever.

Megan is a miracle. At least, that’s what everyone says. Having survived a plane crash that killed everyone else on board, Megan knows she should be grateful just to be alive. But the truth is, she doesn’t feel like a miracle. In fact, she doesn’t feel anything at all. Then memories from the crash start coming back.

Scared and alone, Megan doesn’t know whom to turn to. Her entire community seems unable—or maybe unwilling—to see her as anything but Miracle Megan. Everyone except for Joe, the beautiful boy next door with a tragic past and secrets of his own. All Megan wants is for her life to get back to normal, but the harder she tries to live up to everyone’s expectations, the worse she feels. And this time, she may be falling too fast to be saved…


june 12.

by Amy Reed
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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He’s falling in love—and she’s falling over the edge of sanity. From the author of Beautiful and Clean, a heartwrenching exploration of a romance marred by mental illness.

Connor knows that Izzy will never fall in love with him the way he’s fallen for her. But somehow he’s been let into her crazy, exhilarating world and become her closest confidante. But the closer they get, the more Connor realizes that Izzy’s highs are too high and her lows are too low. And the frenetic energy that makes her shine is starting to push her into a much darker place.

As Izzy’s behavior gets increasingly erratic and self-destructive, Connor gets increasingly desperate to stop her from plummeting. He knows he can’t save her from her pain…but what if no one else can?


Flirting in Italian
by Lauren Henderson
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
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Four girls. One magical, and possibly dangerous Italian summer. Family mysteries, ancient castles, long hot nights of dancing under the stars . . . and, of course, plenty of gorgeous Italian boys!



Timpiece (Hourglass #2)
by Myra McEntire
Publisher: EgmontUSA
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Kaleb Ballard’s relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb’s powers expanding, or is something very wrong?

Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he’s stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devastating results.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough…

The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts.

june 14.

Tokyo Heist
by Diana Renn
Publisher: Viking Children’s Books / Penguin
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Sixteen-year-old Violet loves reading manga and wearing scarves made from kimono fabric, so she’s thrilled that her father’s new painting commission means a summer trip to Japan. But what starts as an exotic vacation quickly turns into a dangerous treasure hunt.

Her father’s newest clients, the Yamada family, are the victims of a high-profile art robbery: van Gogh sketches have been stolen from their home, and, until they can produce the corresponding painting, everyone’s lives are in danger — including Violet’s and her father’s.

Violet’s search for the missing van Gogh takes her from the Seattle Art Museum, to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo, to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the mystery thickens, Violet’s not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to solve the mystery — before it’s too late.


My Life Next Door
by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Dial Books For Young Readers
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A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another

“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase’s family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.

june 19.

This is Not a Test
by Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
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It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually wantto live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what doyou hold on to?


Something Like Normal
by Trish Doller
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.


june 26.

Smart Girls Get What They Want
by Sarah Strohmeyer
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren’t the most popular girls in school, they aren’t too worried. They know their real lives will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. There will be ivy, and there will be cute guys in the libraries (hopefully with English accents)! But when an unexpected event shows them they’re missing out on the full high school experience, it’s time to come out of the honors lounge and into the spotlight. They make a pact: They will each take on their greatest challenge—and they will totally rock it.

Gigi decides to run for student rep, but she’ll have to get over her fear of public speaking—and go head-to-head with gorgeous California Will. Bea used to be one of the best skiers around, until she was derailed. It could be time for her to take the plunge again. And Neerja loves the drama club but always stayed behind the scenes—until now.

These friends are determined to show that smart girls get what they want—but that could mean getting way more attention than they ever bargained for…


by Karen Ann Hopkins
Publisher: Harlequin
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Your heart misleads you.  That’s what my friends and family say.  But I love Noah. And he loves me.  We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other’s arms. It should be  ROSE & NOAH forever, easy. But it won’t be. Because he’s Amish. And I’m not.



A Want So Wicked (A Need So Beautiful #2)
by Suzanne Young
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray
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After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before. Strangers frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And although Elise has never had a boyfriend, she suddenly finds herself torn between two handsome but very different young men: Abe, the charming bad boy whose affect on her both seduces and frightens her, and the mysterious Harlin, who’s new to town but with whom Elise feels an urgent, elemental connection—almost as if they are soul mates.

Now Elise begins to question everything about her life. Why do these guys both want her so desperately? What are the Shadows? Why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity? And who is Elise, really?

One Moment
by Kristina McBride
Publisher: EgmontUSA
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Maggie Reynolds remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party the night before. She remembers climbing the trail hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below—dead?

As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?

The latest novel from the author of The Tension of Opposites, One Moment is a mysterious, searing look at how an instant can change everything you believe about the world around you.


 june 28.

Zoe Letting Go
by Nora Price
Publisher: Razorbill
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A girl’s letters to her best friend reveal two lives derailed by anorexia in this haunting debut that’s Wintergirls meets The Sixth Sense

It’s not a hospital, a spa, or an institution. That’s what they told me–that’s what the brochures promised.

But no matter what the brochures promised, Zoe finds that Twin Birch is a place for girls with a penchant for harming themselves. Through journal entries and letters to her best friend, Elise, she tries to understand why she was brought there, and how she could possibly belong in a place like this. But Zoe’s letters to Elise remain unanswered. She wonders why her best friend would cut her off without a word, reliving memory after memory of their beautiful, rocky, inescapable friendship. But everyone has secrets–including Zoe–and as her own fragile mental state hangs in the balance, she must finally learn to come to terms with what happened to Elise before she’s able to let go.

Fans of Laurie Halse Anderson and Girl, Interrupted will race through this hauntingly emotional debut novel with the pacing of a psychological thriller.


My Life in Black and White
by Natasha Friend
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
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Lexi has always been stunning. Her butter-colored hair and perfect features have helped her attract friends, a boyfriend, and the attention of a modeling scout. But everything changes the night Lexi’s face goes through a windshield. Now she’s not sure what’s worse: the scars she’ll have to live with forever, or what she saw going on between her best friend and her boyfriend right before the accident. With the help of her trombone-playing, defiantly uncool older sister and a guy at school recovering from his own recent trauma, Lexi learns she’s much more than just a pretty face.



So, tell us, what are you guys looking MOST forward to in June?

book cover for Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

Magan: Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

book cover for Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
Keywords: Adoption, Travel, Studying Abroad, Italy, Bad Relationships
Target Audience: Young Adult
Format Read: Paperback from ALA (Thank you!)

Summary: Violet chooses to do an 8-week course in Italy to investigate why she looks so like a modern-day duplicate of an 18th century woman said to have been painted in a castle near Florence.

We’re all told that we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover (or really, not even by it’s name). For months I’ve been declaring my excitement for Flirting in Italian and how anxious I was to read it. Unfortunately, I felt like the cute name and cover didn’t match the content inside. I was desperately left wanting more and in a really let down mood — to the point where I was unable to sleep after finishing and didn’t want to pick up another book for several days. I have never been affected by a book in this way — it left me skeptical and afraid the next book would fall short of my expectations, too. (Not sure if you guys feel the same way, but I don’t deal well with reading back-to-back frustrating books and somehow this one took away my hope that the next book would be incredible.)

Note: I am fully aware that I might be in the minority of people by announcing my dislike for this book. Let me try to help you understand why in the least spoilery way.

My first immediate reaction was that I couldn’t connect at all with the main character, Violet. I usually find a way to sympathize with most characters, even if they’re the polar opposite of me. I think that’s a tell-tale sign for a good author — someone who can make us get so emotionally involved despite our differences. Violet was bratty, spoiled, judgmental, competitive, and completely insecure. Her inner commentary drove me mad. She is supposed to live with four other girls for the summer in Italy while she’s trying to figure out why she looks like the mirror image of a girl in an 18th century painting. I could NOT take the constant distrustful and comparative dialogue; it left little hope for friendships to actually bond the girls because Violet was so much “better” than them. For someone who was also incredibly self-loathing body-image wise, home girl sure did think she had it going on and was better than everyone else.

I just wanted someone to put her in her place.

Next issue: I really appreciate when an author assumes their reader will retain information even if they only state it once. I don’t like being berated with duplicate information. So often, Flirting in Italian just seemed like a broken record. I don’t know how many times it was mentioned that Violet had never been to Italy before or picked up a paintbrush; however, once she set foot in Italy, she just wanted to paint everything. I could have dealt with her excitement over painting if she was actually painting. (That didn’t occur until approximately 50 pages from the end. Finally.) Paige, one of the girls studying abroad with Violet, was constantly referred to as the girl who said aloud what was on everyone’s mind and jumped into conversations. QUIT TELLING ME SHE DOES THOSE THINGS AND JUST SHOW THEM TO ME.

I suppose I’ve never better understood the phrase “show me, don’t tell me” when referring to a book. A lot of unnecessary telling was going on in Flirting in Italian.

My last and probably greatest issue was that Violet went to Italy in search of answers. She was trying to figure out if she was adopted. I thought that would play a huge part in the book and oh, coincidentally, a cute boy would pop into the picture. Nope. Not the case. Three quarters of the way through the book, Violet was just starting to wonder about the castle where the painting was said to have been made. So much attention was paid to the parties and the terrible boy, Luca, that she insta-love-crushed on that it felt like Henderson ran out of time to make her case for the painting. I realized about a quarter of the way through that there was NO way we were going to make our way through 8 weeks in Italy, especially since not even a week had gone by. Aside from the gross, sickening ending that had me audibly gagging, I was infuriated that this book was split into a two-parter.

I kid you not, friends, this book ends by saying to check out the companion novel Following in Love in Italian (which currently has no information available on Goodreads). This story is unnecessarily being split into multiple books; major editing could have been done to strengthen the plot to fit everything neatly into a standalone book.

As you all are aware, I’m a girl who loves kissy scenes. Let me not graze over Luca. I have a bone to pick with his character as well. He was confusing and a d-bag and downright rude. I didn’t find a redeeming quality whatsoever throughout the entire book. He was purely written into Flirting in Italian to provide make-out scenes. That sounds like a big WIN, but their whole relationship was way too dramatic for me. [insert many an eye roll] If what you’re expecting is Stephanie Perkins-esque, stop right where you are. You will be disappointed.

So. *paces back and forth* How do you guys feel about Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson now? Have you read it? Did you feel the same way? Please let me know!

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Top Ten Books I Snagged at ALA!

Hi, friends! Magan here. It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted each week by the Broke and the Bookish. (Check out Jamie’s Top Ten Historical Fiction books here!) This week’s topic can be about anything we want. Since I just got back from ALA in Dallas yesterday, I wanted to share the top ten books that I am freaking out over the most right now. I’m also going to include a bit of a recap and photos of the books at the bottom, so consider this your warning: this might be a long post.

And also, I’m REALLY TIRED so if I don’t make sense, please excuse me. ALA was exhausting and all the projects my hubs and I did (see bottom of post) wore me out even more.

(Note: I took pictures of all the books tonight on my iPhone, so the quality is a little wonky, but I did want you to see the actual book, and not the picture downloaded from the Internets).

february 2012 young adult releases, ALA february release ARCThe Catastrophic History of You & Me by Jess Rothenberg

Release Date: February 21, 2012
Publisher: Penguin
How/Why I Snagged It: Pure luck. I got it the first evening of ALA right before everyone was ushered out of the convention center at the closing time.
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book cover for thumped by megan meccafferty, arc for thumpedThumped by Megan McCafferty

Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
How/Why I Snagged It: Estelle read Bumped and I knew she would want to read the sequel. I tried to keep my eyes peeled for books she might like to read, too!
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cover of in honor by jessi kirby, book cove for jessi kirby's new may 2012 bookIn Honor by Jessi Kirby

Release Date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
How/Why I Snagged It: Jessi Kirby’s writing is just…beautiful. I loved Moonglass so this was one of the books I am most excited to have walked away with.
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books similar to anna and the french kissFlirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

Release Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
How/Why I Snagged It: This book is being hyped as the next Anna and the French Kiss. Um, hello. If you follow me on Twitter, I can’t get enough of AatFK, so of course this sounded awesome and right up my alley.
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Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta

Release Date: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick
How/Why I Snagged It: I am a HUGE Melina fan. I haven’t read Finnikin of the Rock yet, but one of the sweetest ladies at Candlewick convinced me that I must read this series. She snuck me a copy because they hadn’t announced they had it yet.
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the disenchantments ARC from ALA, books with covers with girls wearing glassesThe Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

Release Date: February 16, 2012
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
How/Why I Snagged It: Road trip. Older characters. Music. Beautiful cover. Enough said.
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Various Positions by Martha Schabas

Release Date: February 14, 2012
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
How/Why I Snagged It: I confess. I’ve always wanted to be a ballerina. Or at least I’ve always been obsessed with the world of dance. If I can dance in real life, why not read about it?
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sequel to delirium by lauren oliver, pandemonium, dystopians and dystopias for young adultPandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Release Date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
How/Why I Snagged It: Getting this book was … terrifying. HarperCollins did a big book dump all at once of tons of ARCs and this book was included. It was pure insanity (and not to be totally ridiculous, but the whole thing caused pure pandemonium for real).
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The List by Siobahn Vivian

Release Date: April 1, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic
How/Why I Snagged It: This book just sounds riveting. It’s been on my TBR list since October! I was thrilled when Scholastic had a surplus of them to giveaway.
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books by courtney summerFall for Anything and Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Release Date: Fall for Anything: December 21, 2012 and Some Girls Are: January 5, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
How/Why I Snagged It: I have already read both of these, but NOW I ALSO OWN PHYSICAL COPIES!
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That wraps up the top ten books I snagged! Thank you so much to all the publishers for their generosity. I am beyond thrilled and so thankful for all the books I received.

What do you think, readers? If you also went to ALA, what was your favorite book to have received?

Here is a little project that went down on Monday at my house to make room for all of my new books. A HUGE thanks to my hubby, Dustyn, for all his help and patience. We’ve had the bookshelves for over a month; Sunday night I sprung the news that I wanted to put them together. He had taken the day off to spend with me since I was out of town all weekend. Here’s how we spent our day:

Assembled bookshelves. Bought paint (Brand: Behr, Color: Intellectual). Painted backs of bookshelves.

 Progress of painting backs of bookshelves. (BTW, shelves are from Ikea, the Billy bookshelf.)
And that’s me.
Literally waiting on paint to dry.

This is in our guest bedroom, which I’m turning into a reading room / DIY craft project room.

And here’s the part many of you have been asking about. What did I receive from ALA (in its entirety)?
The books are organized by their release date month.
(Sorry I’m not linking every one of these to Goodreads / Amazon. There are just too many!)










That wraps up the world’s longest Top Ten Tuesday post with a quick run down of the books I received. I will post a more in-depth review of ALA soon. I think this has gotten entirely too long for tonight…and I haven’t had a chance to read at all today, so I’m off to do just that!