I’m relatively new to the blogging community and even more so to the complete thrill of going to book conventions such as BEA. If you follow me on Twitter or read my post about my impromptu hiatus you’ll notice that I went to my first BEA this week. What I was not aware of before going was the drama on Twitter for those who have gone. Some people are upset that a few individuals got double copies of coveted ARCS. I have seen some of the pictures that have gotten most upset and I can say that I agree because there are some books that I wanted but didn’t get for another reason or another (Metaltown because there wasn’t any more tickets L). But there is one thing that bothers me that I keep hearing and I feel that it is just a justification for those who have the dreaded ARC envy*. This is….
You shouldn’t grab ARCS at events that you aren’t interested in because you’re taking it away from who wants and will promote it.
Now, I understand what and whom this phrase is intended for and I truly know why it is said and for the most part I agree. But, this sort of phrasing can be a double edged sword in the way that it could turn someone who is new to the community away from expanding their reading range. Speaking from personal experience as someone who is a blogger, teacher, and future librarian I feel that I need to grow my blog and step out of my normal box of what I normally gravitate towards and to do so and to do that I took books that for the most part I knew nothing about before this event. But hearing all of this hatred about taking an ARC that you might not like has got me wondering, if I was a little bit younger and not completely confident in my abilities would I shy away from taking a book because I didn’t go into BEA knowing and wanting it? Yes, I probably would have. Here’s the thing, do I plan to give each and every book that I got a chance? Yes. Am I probably going to like all of them? No. But who knows if I might find my most favorite book of 2016 in this pile!
I’m going to combined this with the Broke and Bookish Top Ten Tuesday pick of the week because it’s completely fitting.
This week’s topic is: 10 Books You Picked Up on a Whim. So here it is, my BEA whim list! I picked these up for various reasons and they weren’t on my radar but I’m excited to get reading.
I was very lucky to grab this book because it technically was not a book that was being given out during BEA. I originally went over to the lovely people at ABRAMS because I wanted The Graces ARC but sadly missed out. While there I browsed their display and saw this book and became obsessed with it! On the last day of BEA I made it just in time to snag this book as the publishers were emptying out their displays!
I didn’t even know this book existed and when I saw the cover from someone else I was intrigued. This book sounds like a book that I typically read but fits on this list because I didn’t know anything about it!
Now, unfortunately I didn’t get a physical copy of The Graces from BEA but as I said above ^ it made me basically stalk the ABRAMS booth for the entire BEA. But I wanted this book so much that I got on Netgalley and requested this book and was approved during BEA (so I will include this book) It involves witches and that was all I needed to hear.
When I picked this one up (during my ABRAMS stalking) I read the back of the book and from the first line it gave me quite a The Handmaiden’s Tale spin but also completely different. I don’t know what to think of it but boy does it sound interesting! It is a book about an abbey were only girls are allowed to escape abuse and oppression and follows Maresi and a new girl named Jai who brings her past to the safe of the abbey when she arrives. Doing more research, I think that this book was already released but Amulet Books has bought the rights and are releasing it in early 2017!
I don’t normally read many contemporaries but when I do they tend to have something to do with mental illness. My job in the Army was working with mental health and I have had a little bit of a wondering of how mental illness is being portrayed to young adult people and whether or not it is helping or hindering those in normal everyday lives. Every Last Word by Tamora Lee Ireland happened to be one of my favorite books last year and I hope that this book can live up to my expectations of it.
This is chapter book for younger children and has been touted as maybe this generations Ramona (I loved Ramona as a child)! I wanted to give it a try and the cover is so cute!
This book was one that I picked up because I loved the cover and the synopsis drew me in. It is a story about a world where microchips have the power to do pretty much everything – even find you a perfect match. Now I have always liked evil corporation and sticking it to the man so this book will more than likely cure that itch I have. Again, I think that this book was already released but for some reason is being re-released (possibly paperback version?) in October.
Back in the day, I used to be a devour of urban fantasy and I guess that side of me is hungry and Last Call seems to fit the picture! This book not only sounds interesting but I couldn’t help but be drawn to the cover!
Same as Disruption I didn’t know much about this book. Harper was handing it out with Three Dark Crowns and I stopped and read the description and it sounds REALLY interesting. All I know is that it seems to take place in a highly technical apartment/condo complex and then someone falls. Mystery! I love it!
I got this book with a tote bag that was being given out and as soon as I read the description I got a definite Orphan Black kind of vibe. I could be mistaken, but it is what struck me and made me very curious. Four girls by the name of Guinevere are abandoned by their parents at a monetary. They all have their own personalities and have to deal with that when comatose soldiers enter the abbey. Sounds fantastic.