A month or so ago, Loreal mentioned that she really liked it when I featured a list of books I was eagerly anticipating back for I Heart S&S Month. I haven’t done a Waiting on Wednesday for a while now, but I hope to go back doing this on a monthly basis. Here are all the titles I can’t wait to read, buy, or both in October.
The Death Cure by James Dashner
Summary: Thomas knows that Wicked can’t be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they’ve collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It’s up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test.
What Wicked doesn’t know is that something’s happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can’t believe a word of what Wicked says.
The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine.
Will anyone survive the Death Cure?
Expected Publication Date: October 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Why I Want to Read It: I love the Maze Runner series! It’s definitely one of my favorite dystopian thrillers.
Stick by Andrew Smith
Summary: Fourteen-year-old Stark McClellan (nicknamed Stick because he’s tall and thin) is bullied for being “deformed” – he was born with only one ear. His older brother Bosten is always there to defend Stick. But the boys can’t defend one another from their abusive parents.
When Stick realizes Bosten is gay, he knows that to survive his father’s anger, Bosten must leave home. Stick has to find his brother, or he will never feel whole again. In his search, he will encounter good people, bad people, and people who are simply indifferent to kids from the wrong side of the tracks. But he never loses hope of finding love – and his brother.
Expected Publication Date: October 11th 2011 by Feiwel & Friends
Why I Want to Read It: I really enjoyed Andrew Smith’s The Marbury Lens so I can’t wait to read his next novel!
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Summary: It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
Expected Publication Date: October 18th 2011 by Scholastic Press
Why I Want to Read It: Maggie. Stiefvater. Need I say more?
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
Summary: Perry Stormaire is a normal high school senior– he is busy applying to college and rehearsing with his band –until he agrees to go to the prom with the Lithuanian exchange student who is staying with his family. It turns out that Gobi Zaksauskas is not the mousy teenager that she seems but rather an attractive, confident trained assassin. Instead of going to the prom, Perry finds himself on a wild ride through the streets of New York City as Gobi commandeers the Jaguar his father lent him for the prom in order to take out her targets. Perry learns a lot about himself – and ends up with some amazing material for his college application essays.
Expected Publication Date: October 25th 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Why I Want to Read It: It sounds too funny to pass up on. I got this ARC during BEA and I can’t wait to pick it up.
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First of all, this will be such a boring post since I didn’t bother to take any pictures at all! I know, I’m terrible. But the highlight of my BEA experience is probably meeting Darla and Sandy from Read. Chat. Love. We’ve only been talking almost every day online for the last few months and it was finally nice to meet them! I’ve never met any online friends I’ve had until BEA, and you know, as an active member online, I’ve accumulated lots of online friends even outside of the book blogging world.
BEA week was unfortunately the most tiring week I’ve ever experienced. On top of BEA, I had three finals and move-out day at my dorm. So I basically ran around Manhattan the entire week! I raced through all my finals (oops!) to get from the Upper East Side to the Javitz Center which was extremely tiring! BEA on top of finals were extremely mentally exhausting. But despite the fact that I am / was extremely whiny about how tired I was and still am, BEA was completely worth it.
I admit, I didn’t do as much networking as I would have liked. My first day at BEA, I felt extremely lost and tired and I didn’t quite know how to just go about it. It was kind of strange for me to just pick up books. Like seriously? Books for free? But eventually, I did get the hang of it, and I did talk to a few publishers and bloggers! Seriously, I really need to learn to go up and talk to people. Hopefully, I’ll be better next year!!!
And I’m unfortunately not posting the massive (which is really not that massive compared to what I’ve seen on other blogs…) stash of BEA books because I did just move back from college and to be honest, I am exhausted from reorganizing my books that I’ve somehow accumulated while I was away at school. It seems that my book collection has grown twice its size. Here’s a small preview of the books I did get (and that I remember getting):
I did end up getting the books I wanted except for LOLA and FOREVER. I’m satisfied with my haul even if it doesn’t compare to other people. No jealousy from me. I’m just glad that I got to go!
And one last thing… While waiting on line to get my autographed copy of DARKER STILL, I had an amazing epiphany. Sourcebooks had a massive poster of the cover, and that’s when I realized that the dress on the cover looked like my senior year prom dress! Crazy!