Hey y'all!As you read this, I'm probably headed to Firefly Music Festival. It's a trip that I've been planning for a while, and it's something that I'll likely never get the chance to do again. Right after Firefly, I have a day or two of rest then head over to Orlando for something distinctly more WLS-esque: a book conference.Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram may know that I'm über-excited for American Library Association's annual conference, taking place in Orlando at the end of this month. I'm only going to the Exhibit Hall portion (open from June 25-27) but I'm beyond pumped to get back into the conference groove.I've attended BookExpo America before - in 2012 and 2015 - and it's definitely one of the signs that told me that I wanted to be involved in the publishing industry. ALA is supposedly pretty different (although I know admittedly very little about what it's like to go as a blogger) but I can't wait.I've felt pretty out of touch with publishing over the course of my senior year because it was such a transitional year. I've been majorly lagging behind on new and upcoming releases. What's more, I had a reading slump in the spring. But I'm out of it now and ready to hear about all the Fall 2016 titles.Normally, by this time of year, I have plenty of lists of upcoming books I could pounce on at the conference. This year, as I mentioned, I'm going in completely blind. What books are people excited for? Which ones fit my taste that are coming back? Which ones should I go out of my way to hunt down at the various booths?I don't have my spreadsheet completely done yet, but I have a couple ideas of books I might like to find. These may change. I could very well come home without any of them and be perfectly happy, or I could decide upon further research that I'd rather focus all my energy on getting the latest thriller from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Who knows?I don't even know if some of these books are ARCs yet! But here are a few picks in no particular order.
- The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics | Goodreads
I wouldn't call myself a fan of horror books, but I think there's something undeniably attractive about when they're done well. They've definitely been on the rise in the YA market, and I've loved just about every one I've picked up (especially when they rely on psychological aspects.
- The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart | Goodreads
Ahem, Mysterious Benedict Society? Right along the lines of The 13th Reality in being one of the cleverest, most amusing middle-grade books I've ever read. I hold it close to my heart and I hope I can say the same for Trenton Lee Stewart's latest.
- Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan | Goodreads
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares is one of my favorite books. I've reread it every Christmas since it first came out. It's holly, it's jolly, and it's downright hilarious. Plus, I'm a self-professed David Levithan fangirl. I love love love him, and the fact that I have a picture with him is an incredible source of pride for me.
- Spindle by E.K. Johnston | Goodreads
Although I felt like Johnston's A Thousand Nights largely flew under the radar after its release last year, I really loved it. She picked up on numerous cultural details that fleshed out a lush, readable retelling that had a serene quality to it. I would love to see her apply that finesse to a new companion.
- And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich | Goodreads
Last year, one of the fabulous gals working the Little, Brown booth gushed to me about The Dead House. I ended up picking it up and really loving it. I'd sink into it every night before I went to bed - a bad idea in hindsight - and pore over eerie letters, photos, and journal entries that crafted a compelling scary story. Great, inventive psychological thriller that wasn't over the top. Needless to say, I want to read a book like that again.
- Little Nothing by Marisa Silver | Goodreads
This book looks absolutely otherworldly and I really love the idea of that. It's refreshing when an author can create an entirely distinct, absorbing new world. This one is half fairytale and half something else entirely.
- Timekeeper by Tara Sim | Goodreads
I just found out this title'll be at ALA and I want it! The concept sounds amazing and those comp titles (Cassandra Clare, Victoria Schwab) promise an enthralling read. I love anything that uses clockwork, and the way Tara Sim weaves this sounds especially intriguing.
- The Graces by Laure Eve | Goodreads
I've been reading about this book since it was first announced. I love the concept, I love the reviews, and y'all know I love reading about the blurriness of characters with questionable morals. I'm always down for a well-crafted witch book. "Haunting prose"? "A gut-punching twist"? Please.
- A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir | Goodreads
Do I even need to articulate why I desperately want this book? I've been telling people for over a year that this'll be the next series to explode a la Hunger Games. Only time will tell.
- Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter | Goodreads
Sarah Porter did a lovely job with her Lost Voices books, and I still think back to them as a pinnacle of atmospheric YA. I'm itching to see what she'll do with a new plotline, and I'm looking forward to the surely-gorgeous writing. (Plus, I love retellings that draw on Russian folklore and stories.
- The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee | Goodreads
I've heard a lot about this one lately, partly because the stunning cover was just revealed. I'm really interested to know how McGee is going to tackle futuristic glamour. It looks contemporary enough for me to treat it like an eat-em-up beach read but different enough for me to appreciate the depth of the world-building. Plus, I automatically like Katharine McGee because she spells her name the same way I do. It's KathArine, not KathErine.