Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Selection of Books from ALA Midwinter

These are just some of the books I picked up from ALA that I'm excited/looking forward/wanting to read first.

Of course, if you want to see the full list of books I picked up click here.

Books I'm super STOKED about:

The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
Pub. date: May 1st 2012
Did I foam at the mouth when I saw this? Did I kind of squeal and run towards the stack of ARCS? Did I pinch my friend's arm and declare that I was the most excited person in the room? Yes, yes, and YES. I literally gasped when I saw the sequel to Ship Breaker (which, if you haven't read, you simply must go do that now.) So I've been anxiously looking forward to the day when I have a chunk of time to devote to this book.

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix
Pub. date: May 15th 2012
A new book from Garth Nix? You bet I'm excited. Also, this might be the first thing I've read by him since the Sabriel series. I also LOVE the title. Looks good!

Bink and Gollie: Two for One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile
Pub. date: June 12th 2012
I loved the first Bink and Gollie book, so when I found out they were giving out the second, I eagerly snatched it up. The illustrations always crack me up!

Books that intrigue me:

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
Pub. date: January 3rd 2012
This looks sweet (pun intended). Plus I've got a Hardback and the cover is kind of glittery.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Pub. date: January 3rd 2012
Even though I've seen a couple of lackluster reviews for this book, I still want to read it for myself and see what I get. I really like the cover.

Winterling by Sarah Prineas
Pub. date: January 3rd 2012
Really like the cover. Fantasy premise looks good too.

The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges
Pub. date: January 10th 2012
The cover is nice. I also like the historical fantasy aspects.

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Pub. date: January 10th 2012
It's Christopher Paul Curis. How can I NOT be excited? Plus I LOVE the cover.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Pub. date: January 17th 2012
The cover is just so SWEET looking. How could I not want to read this?!

Tempest by Julie Cross
Pub. date: January 17th 2012
Cover = intriguing. Time travel elements = intriguing.

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Pub. date: January 31st 2012
The cover is so fascinating. But I've been seeing this book float around goodreads for a while now, so I'm interested to read it.

Princess of the Wild Swans by Diane Zahler
Pub. date: January 31st 2012
I love fairy tale retellings/spin-offs. The premise looked good.

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Pub. date: February 28th 2012
I've really been meaning to read Delirium, so now that I have the sequel I should be reading it sooner, ey? Plus it's got the dystopian factor.

Partials by Dan Wells
Pub. date: February 28th 2012
It's got that dystopian allure, plus Wendy Darling liked it.

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick
Pub. date: March 1st 2012
Ever since Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, I've been a fan of Jordan Sonnenblick. His writing usually cracks me up.

Starters by Lissa Price
Pub. date: March 13th 2012
The stark white cover pulled me in. Plus it's dystopian. We'll have to see how good it is.

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Pub. date: April 24th 2012
Cover intrigued me. Premise intrigued me. Amount of people on goodreads who want to read it intrigued me.

Show Me a Story! Why Picture Books Matter edited by Leonard S. Marcus
Pub. date: April 24th 2012
21 different children's books illustrators talking about why children's books are great? Yes I want to read it! Props to my friend Angela who saw this book and grabbed it for me!

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Pub. date: May 1st 2012
I have been meaning to read this series for SO LONG. And then when I found out they were giving out the third book I totally stood in line. It's high on my to-read list.

The Hero's Guide to Saving the Kingdom by Christopher Healy
Pub. date: May 1st 2012
I liked the cover art because it kind of reminded me of How to Train Your Dragon (and I'm in love with all things HTTYD) but my friend Angela also read it while we were at conference and thought it was hilarious, so now I'm really anxious to read it.

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
Pub. date: May 8th 2012
I'm kind of a sucker for books with fancy dresses/cool clothing on the cover. Plus my sister read this book and liked it.

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Pub. date: May 22nd 2012
I (surprisingly) picked up many mermaid/ocean books. But I'm still excited, because it's not a usual topic, but seems to becoming more popular?

Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel
Pub. date: June 26th 2012
Historical fantasy? Sounds good.

Deadly Pink by Vivian Vande Velde
Pub. date: July 10th 2012
It's been a while since I've seen anything by one of my favorite childhood authors. I almost passed by this book until I saw the author's name.

Pub. date: July 10th 2012
This looked good - the publicists also described it as high fantasy, so I was definitely interested because I haven't read a good high fantasy in a while.

Pub. date: August 21st 2012
I've been waiting for the next series from Kenneth Oppel since Airborn. I also picked up the first book, This Dark Endeavor at ALA last summer, so now I've got both!

Pub. date: September 4th 2012
I mean, it's a mermaid book, so already that intrigued me, but the cover is also very haunting. I hope it's good.

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