Top Ten Books I Want To Pick Up At BEA!

Top Ten Tuesday

This is my first year going to BEA, and needless to say I am SUPER PSYCHED. There are going to be so many great books there that it’s hard to pick just 10…so…here’s more than 10!

  1. After Alice – Gregory Maguire.

From the multi-million-bestselling author of WICKED comes a magical new twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s book ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Published by: HarperCollins 10/1/2015.

I’ve never read or seen Wicked (I know, I know) but I’m looking forward to reading something similar!

  1. All the Birds in the Sky – Charlie Jane Anders.

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.

This sounds incredibly intriguing!!

  1. Armada – Ernest Cline.

Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

I loved Ready Player One even though YA isn’t really my thing, and this one sounds just as good.

  1. Calf: A Novel – Andrea Kleine.

A mind blowing literary page turner that reimagines two high-profile events from the 1980s: John Hinckley, Jr.’s attempted assassination of President Reagan and former society girl Leslie DeVeau’s cold-blooded murder of her ten-year-old daughter Published by: Counterpoint Press 10/01/2015.

I do like alternative/fictionalized history (or at least I did in 11/22/63) so I’m definitely excited to check this one out.

  1. Coldwater – Jeff Rovin.

A sci-fi thriller from the New York Times bestselling author follows the strange aftermath of a terrible Los Angeles earthquake. Published by: Adaptive Books 10/01/2015.

I love post-apocalyptic stuff, so this sounds like it’ll be right up my alley!

  1. Yes, My Accent is Real – Kunal Nayyar.

A delightfully funny collection of essays by the Indian-American actor, Kunal Nayyar, who plays the loveable, sincere yet incurably dorky character Raj in The Big Bang Theory.

I love The Big Bang Theory, and I looooove Raj. I hope I get to meet him!!

  1. Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng.

Lydia is dead. But they dont know this yet . . . So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Published by: Penguin Random House 01/01/2015.

This is on my Dive Into Diversity list, and it never hurts to get a free copy! I’m excited to read this whether or not I get a free copy, though.

  1. In a Dark, Dark Wood – Ruth Ware.

What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

I remember hearing about this one last year but I could never find it online. Now, hopefully, I won’t have to!

  1. Nightfall – Jake Halpern.

Night is coming. On Marins island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours—it comes every twenty-eight years. Published by: Penguin Random House 09/01/2015.

This sounds like it has the potential to be another whiny dystopian YA novel, but the concept is too interesting to pass up.

  1. None of the Above – I. W. Gregorio.

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she’s intersex . . . and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school.

I’ve never read anything like this before, and it sounds fascinating—particularly considering the current climate surrounding LGBTQ issues.

  1. Orphan #8 – Kim van Alkemade.

The fascinating story of a woman who must choose between revenge and mercy when she encounters the doctor who subjected her to dangerous medical experiments in a New York City Jewish orphanage. Published by Harper Collins 7/1/15.

Yikes! Sounds horrifying…so pretty much right up my alley.

  1. Pretty Baby – Mary Kubica.

She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can’t get the girl out of her head…

This sounds like it’ll be really good. I love suspenseful thrillers like this!

  1. Pretty Girls – Karin Slaughter.

A sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets, cold vengeance, and unexpected absolution, in which two estranged sisters must come together to find truth about two harrowing tragedies, twenty years apart, that devastate their lives.

  1. Seveneves – Neal Stephenson.

From #1 NYT bestselling author comes an exciting science fiction epic—a story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years. Published by: HarperCollins 5/1/2015.

I have a ticket for his autographing session, so hopefully I’ll get to meet him!

  1. The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness.

What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

I might be over YA, but I’m all for genre-busting, silly-sounding novels like this.

I’m sure there’ll be more that I want once I get there, but these are the ones that stand out after a quick perusal of the list of books that’ll be available!


If you’re going to be there, let me know!! I’d love to meet you!!

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