Book on the Go

What does one do after getting their advanced reader copies?

If that one is me, it’s bring the book to work and take photos around the library. Because why not?

But first, some morning coffee.

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Obviously my ARC would use a literary mug.

Now off to work!

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You may be the guest of honor, but you still have to work, ARC. And watch out for the monster door.


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So perfect! So great on the shelf! (Like the bookends my teen club made? Each is based on a different book – that’s “The Book Thief”.)

But let’s be honest, when you’re actually checked in, you’ll be on the front of every display.

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Librarian bias.

Can’t wait to see you as a real, hardcover, beautiful book, ARC!

Some Fun Now

A few fun book updates:

My advanced copies are in! Look at them! They’re beautiful!

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I might have cried (a lot) when I opened the box with them. I also might have non-verbally cheered. (I have a cold now, so my cheering was rather raspy.) Still, I’m beyond excited to see the book as a Real Thing. Each step of the way is exciting, each update thrilling, but seeing it as this – an actual physical thing - is truly amazing. I’m so in love.

(Also terrified because that means people will be reading it now.)

Aside from that, the book is available for pre-order, if you’re interested, on Amazon and the HarperCollins website. Which means i’m on the HarperCollins website, which is INSANE.

So insane.

All that to say, my book is doing well.

And I hope you are, too.

Banned Books Week, 2014 Edition

I think one of my favorite displays to make each year for my library is the banned books week one. I have a new theme each time, and love showing people how crazy some of the bans are (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been banned simply because it was thought of as nonsense. Really.). So, one year was focused on classics, one on kids books, one of feeling bad for the characters (please don’t ban me, I love you). Here’s my theme for this year:


And here are my bookmarks:


Excited to hear the reaction this year!

(If you’re a librarian or teacher and interested in using my flyers/bookmarks from this year or the previous ones, please email me! I’ll be happy to send them along.)

Some Fellow 2015 Debuts

There are some perks to being an author. One is getting to read other books early. (I suppose reviewers have this perk, too, so NEVER MIND.) As part of the Fearless Fifteeners, we’re passing around early advanced copies of our books, and it’s been so fun reading them. I’ve gotten to enjoy three so far, and highly recommend them all. They are…..


My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Beautiful and haunting, it’s about a girl who creates a suicide pact with a boy with a dark past. Though bleak sounding, there’s so much light and hope in it, I cheered. I can really see this one connecting with readers.

Denton Little’s Death Date by Lance Rubin

A new twist on the knowing-when-you’re-going-to-die idea that takes place in exactly one day. So hilarious and so utterly fun (for a death book. I know.)

Conviction by Kelly Roy Gilbert

Oh, how do I talk about this one? A boy thrown into the middle of his father’s legal problems, while dealing with his own issues. It’s about faith and, well, conviction, and losing both. I don’t want to give too much away about this one, but trust me, you’ll want to read it.


These all come out in 2015, so get them on your reading lists now.

What books are you excited to read in the new year?