If y’all follow us on Twitter, then you are well aware that we are GEEKING OUT over an upcoming book event! We are rocking an 8 hour road trip to sunny SoCal to attend YALLWest- the west coast version of YALLFest.
Two whole days of young adult author panels, book signings, special events, and food trucks set in the gorgeous backdrop of Santa Monica. This is the first year for this kick butt amazing festival of young adult books, and we are thrilled to attend!
In preparation, of course I want to read ALL THE BOOKS by ALL THE AUTHORS. (It’s always a little bit awkward when I go to a signing for an author where I haven’t read ANY of their works… oops!) I made a list of the panels I hope to attend, then a list of the authors on those panels, and then a list of the top books by those authors that I plan on reading beforehand. I came up with over 16 books.
The problem is, I HATE feeling forced to read something. It could sound like the coolest book ever, but if I feel pressured into reading it, then I stubbornly kick my heels into the sand and refuse to budge. Even if the one who is doing the pressuring is myself.
As such, I have one week before YALLFest and an untouched TBR list. It’s crunchtime, you guys!!
Here is my more realistic, top five books I want to read before YALLFest!
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?
Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.
Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.
I love, love, love Stephanie Perkin’s writing style! Her first two books were fabulous, and I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to read the conclusion to the series. I need to get on it!
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers. To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change. Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control. But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
If you haven’t heard the buzz surrounding this debut novel, then you’ve been living under a rock. I’ve heard so many good things, plus Aveyard is hysterical on twitter! Need to read. STAT.
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Blood doesn’t lie…
Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty – a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning…
I DEVOURED the Vampire Academy series last month, and now I’m hooked. I’d love to get a start on this series before I get to meet Mead in person!
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It’s hard to be patient. It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.
I have yet to read anything by Oliver, but I’ve heard good things. Out of all of her novels, this one sounded interesting to me. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to check it out!
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent is a 2012 science fiction young adult novel by American novelist Veronica Roth, the second book in the Divergent trilogy. As the sequel to the 2011 bestseller Divergent, it continues the story of Tris Prior and the dystopian post-apocalyptic version of Chicago. Following the events of the previous novel, a war now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. While trying to save the people that she loves, Tris faces questions of grief, forgiveness, identity, loyalty, politics, and love.
I’m embarrassed to admit that I have only read the first book in the Divergent series. Since I’ll be attending tea with the award-winning, super-famous author, I need to get a move on and read these books!
Anyone else out there attending YALLWest?! Is your TBR list as long as mine? What are YOUR fab five TBR before go time next week?