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!

23 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Snagged at ALA!

  1. Brittani says:

    Thanks for stopping by my top ten Magan! Wow!! You got like literally a ton of books!!! Lol. OOHH! The Catastrophic History of You & Me! I cant wait to read that! I actually won an ARC of it and I’m just waiting for it to come in. You snagged a lot great books! πŸ™‚

  2. Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl says:

    Magan, I want to DIE. Flirting in Italian is a book I have been DYING for! It’s coming out while I’m in Italy!!!! NOOOOOOOO! Because now I can’t have it for the trip, which makes me cry inside because I love themed reads that mesh with my vacations. And you got Pandemonium!?!?! And Love and Leftovers! And The Disenchantments!!! And The Story of Us!!! And I am DYING for Pizza, Love, etc…!!!!! Wow. What an amazing time you had! I love that you went. πŸ™‚ And your shelves are gorgeous! Ikea, right? I have two of them myself. πŸ™‚ They are amazing, but take forever to set up!

  3. Ashley says:

    OH MY GOODNESS I AM SO JEALOUS. Of everything! I want to read pretty much every single one of those books on your list (most notably In Honor, The List, and Flirting in Italian), and your entire haul is fabulous!

    Also, I love your bookshelves! The color is fantastic.

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    • Magan says:

      Ange, there’s no way to carry them all at once! The parking garage was one floor below the convention center, so I periodically went downstairs to unload my bags. I brought a backpack (thank goodness!) and it turned out to be the best thing ever. So much easier to carry books like that than in the thin-strapped bags some publishers provided for free.

  4. Mandy R says:

    What a great haul from ALA!

    I love your new shelves. Painting the back is a fun idea. I am so jealous of them!

    Happy reading!

  5. Ginger @ GReads! says:

    YOU, Magan, are definitely one of my most favorite things about the craziness of ALA weekend πŸ™‚ I had so so so much fun hanging out with you & getting to know you better. Walking around the exhibit hall, scoping out books together, talking about lord know’s what!, was such a treat for me πŸ™‚

    I am IN LOVE with your shelves! I may need to invest in something similar at my new place. The one book shelf I have now is over flowing. And your comment about pandemonium at Harper.. SO TRUE! I still can’t believe that happened.

    • Magan says:

      Ginger, I love, love, love that we got to meet. It was seriously one of the BIGGEST highlights of my weekend. I wish we had more time to sit, nerd out over books, and talk. I am so glad to know that you and I have such similar taste in books and that you got copies of some of the same ones I did. You’ll be my discussion buddy! πŸ™‚

  6. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books says:

    I cannot even explain how much AWE I am feeling at seeing all the books that you managed to snag. SO. MANY. TITLES. I am loving your stash! πŸ˜‰ There are a lot of titles that I want to read on your pile, especially Flirting in Italian and The Disenchantments.

    I’m so glad you had fun at ALA and cannot wait to hear all about it! And, as I’ve mentioned already, I LOVE your shelves. They look absolutely amazing! πŸ˜€

  7. Tara @ Hobbitsies says:

    Okay I have officially read your post in detail and it sounds like you had a BLAST. And I am beyond uber jealous. And In Honor is SO SO SO SO GOOD.

    And your shelves are SO SO SO SO PRETTY. I might need to look into these billy shelves even there’s none around me. Although my boyfriend did say I’d never buy another bookshelf again because he’d make them so….

    When you’re less tired you should totally take a picture of the all the shelf with the books from a distance so I can admire the finished pretty.

    Books I would snatch off the shelves if i could – Flirting in Italian, duh, and A World Away. AMISH PEOPLE YEAH.

  8. VeganYANerds says:

    WOWSERS! You got so many books!! I really want to read In Honor and Pandemonium.

    I hope you love Froi of the Exiles! And if you need a copy of Finnikin of the Rock and can’t find it, just let me know πŸ˜‰

    • Magan says:

      Thank you all so much for the sweet comments about the bookshelves. I’ll update you with a finished picture soon. Right now the books really are just thrown on the shelves. Hahah.

      As for ALA, all I can say is sign up for a conference. Look into ALA (in California) in June 2012 or BEA (in New York) in June 2012. If you live in Texas, TLA will be in Houston this year. I forget which days. :-/ Thank you all so, so much for stopping by to comment! Can’t wait to share reviews of these books with you!

  9. Anna says:

    Yaaaay for ALA Midwinter! I had such a good time. You got Pandemonium! It was touch and go there for a while, but Harper Collins pulled through. πŸ™‚ As for your question…I think Dying to Know You is my favorite to have received.

    • Magan says:

      Anna, that is going to be my next book to start! I’m glad you’re enjoying it so far! Thanks for being my ALA buddy this weekend. I’m so glad you went, too!

  10. Sarah @ Storybound Girl says:

    Can’t wait to read a few of the same books and FREAK OUT ABOUT THE AWESOMENESS TOGETHER. I finished Pandemonium this morning & now I can’t decide what to read next!

    Love your bookcases with the painted backs. I’ve got a row of (full) Billys myself… they’re great when you need space for a lot of books. You can just keep on buying more as needed (except I need another one & I have no idea where to put it!)…

    • Magan says:

      Thanks, Andrea! I tend to be a little obsessive compulsive. And also a few people had asked me to see the books, so the easiest way was to organize them (to fulfill my OCD need) and take pictures (because goodness gracious I was not about to type all those out!). Haha. Thanks for becoming a new follower. I’m off to go check out your blog now.

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