Fangirl Friday: #ALAac17 Author Signings : Books from Home

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Today’s Fangirl Friday continues to focus on author signatures in my collection, but this time, I wanted to present something a little different.  As I recently attended ALA Annual in Chicago for work, I was able to meet a few authors and snag a few more signatures.  I wasn’t able to personally meet very many authors as I was quite busy attending work-related sessions, so many of these were acquired via my husband standing in line since he was there on vacation.

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2017 #BEAleftbehind & BookOutlet Book Hauls

Considering I leave to attend ALA in a couple days, I thought it might be a good time to recap some recent book hauls.  Namely the books a co-worker picked up at BEA for me and my most recent Book Outlet sale purchases.

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The most exciting book from BEA was The Tea Dragon Society as it is signed by the author/illustrator, and I love this art and story combo!  You can read the webcomic online for free here or purchase the book when it publishes in October from Oni Press.  The same co-worker who picked up that one also snagged a copy of Holly Black’s newest, The Cruel Prince.  Can’t wait to read this one!  A second co-worker surprised me by bringing back a final copy of Daughter of the Pirate King and an arc of The Glass Town Game.  If I remember correctly, she picked them up at the Owlcrate booth 🙂

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I’m not sure that you can tell yet from looking at my blog, but I recently discovered how much I love Tor.com’s novella line of titles.  And since I’m a couple years behind in reading them, I picked up four of the most intriguing ones available on Book Outlet.

Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Impersonations by Walter Jon Williams

The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

In addition to those, I also picked up Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher, which I’ve been hearing wondrous things about.  The Secret Loves of Geek Girls looked like a fun mix essays and topics, and I decided that I needed a second copy of The Throne of Glass Coloring Book since I couldn’t bring myself to actually color in the one I pre-ordered.

I should be posting reviews of Binti and The Tea Dragon Society in the near future as I have finished reading those.  But I’m also hoping to read through most of these fairly soon as well!

Fangirl Friday: Author Signatures Pt. 7

Back in January, I had the opportunity to meet 2 authors that had quickly made their way to the top of my TBR based on the synopsis and premise of their books/series.  So, even though I hadn’t read more than a chapter or two of either of their books, I drove a little over 2 hours one way on a work night to meet Susan Dennard and Elise Kova.  And I took a friend who had even less knowledge of these two than I did.

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Fangirl Friday: Author Signatures Pt. 4

As promised, here are some signatures collected from past ARCHONs!  It’s always exciting to see who the writer/artist guest of honor will be and then to meet them in person.  My earliest favorite author, Tamora Pierce, attended a couple years back.  I went to almost every panel she was on and even invited her to my bachelorette party.  Unfortunately, although she agreed to make an appearance that night, she was not feeling well.  Instead, she sent her assistant with a lovely note apologizing and congratulating me.

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Fangirl Friday: Author Signatures Pt. 3

Another week to feature some fun author signatures in my collection.  Next weekend, I’ll be attending ARCHON 2016 in Collinsville, IL, so part 4 of this series will feature authors that regularly attend the convention.  The week after I return will feature newly collected signatures, and the following week will showcase any remaining authors that didn’t fit into those two posts.

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Newly Acquired Author Signatures

Here are some of my new bookplates!  I’ve worked with E. Rose Sabin, Shelby Bach, and Sara Wilson Etienne to add their signatures to their respective books and my collection.  I was so excited to receive these over the last week.  Thanks to all of these lovely authors for both the signatures and the stories.

Throwback Thursday: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

R: Recommended (This is at the top of the pile.)
Creative Must (Does something different really well.)
This was an amazing retelling/sequel to the world that is Oz! I will freely admit that I might not have read this if it wasn’t for meeting the...

R: Recommended (This is at the top of the pile.)

Creative Must (Does something different really well.)

This was an amazing retelling/sequel to the world that is Oz!  I will freely admit that I might not have read this if it wasn’t for meeting the author at ALA Midwinter 2015, just because I’ve never been in love with the Wizard of Oz.  But I’m very glad I read this because the storytelling was great and the retelling aspect was almost seamless.

Pros:
Amy, the MC, was compelling and likable
Wicked characters did not completely change sides
The new characters mixed well with familiar ones
Characters were diverse and interesting

Cons:
Pacing seemed off sometimes-slow exposition bits
Tin Man/Scarecrow/Lion are now horror-level creepy w/o explanation
Still not convinced why Amy must be the one to kill Dorothy

Some of the cons are rectified with the reading of all the side novellas, which explain a LOT of the backstory I was wondering about while reading this novel.  But I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

#ALAleftbehind Book Haul

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My company is only able to send one person from my department to ALA, but my boss was willing to take my list and grab fun stuff again this year.  She was able to pick up everything on my list of confirmed swag as well as a few little extras!

 

Some of these I tried to get at BEA16, but was unable to secure:

Heartless by Marissa Meyer-Such a hot item at BEA that I waited in 3 different lines without success

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst-This is the book HarperCollins tried to tell me didn’t exist at BEA.  I’m so excited to have the chance to read it!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber-I had a ticket and was in line at BEA16 for this title, but the line was soooo slow that I gave my ticket to someone holding their friend’s spot in line but wished she had her own ticket.  I was excited to see her name on the signing schedule for ALA

Replica by Lauren Oliver-OK, so this one is on my list because I kept hearing about it at BEA.  Unfortunately, Lauren was unavailable for signing due to contracting the flu.

Here are the new ones at ALA16:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff-After meeting him at BookCon and reading the description for this book, I knew I needed it!

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill-This is currently the only December book in my 2016 challenge, so I was happy to see that she was signing.

Harley Quinn and Power Girl by Amanda Conner-This is my favorite iteration of Harley Quinn right now.  I had sent Harley Quinn Vol. 1 for signing, but the author had taken a trip to Italy, where she broke her hand.  I hope it heals quickly!

My boss also scored some fun socks, Dragonwatch branded post-it notes, mini colored pencils, and Monstress bookmarks.  I feel really lucky that all of this made its way to me and hope that everyone had a great time at ALA this year.  Look forward to reviews of many of these titles–right here–very soon!