2016 Books

My goal is typically to read 50 books in a year. I did not accomplish that. But, thanks to finally jumping on the audio book bandwagon, I read more than I actually thought. So here’s my list. And here’s to more great books in 2017!

Adult Fiction:
Today Will Be Different – Maria Semple
The Book of Speculation – Erika Swyler
Modern Lovers – Emma Straub
Before We Were Strangers – Renee Carlino
Eight Hundred Grapes – Laura Dave
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion

Non-Fiction:
Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling
Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

Plays:
Harry Potter and the Curse Child – Parts One and Two

Graphic Novels:
Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Vol. 1
Haunted Mansion
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous
Roller Girl – Victoria Jamieson
Paper Girls, Vol. 1
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power

Young Adult:
What Light – Jay Asher
P.S. I like You – Kasie West
How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff
How to Disappear – Sharon Huss Roat
Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories – Ed: Stephanie Perkins
When the Moon was Ours – Anna-Marie McLemore
All About the Hype – Paige Toon
Because of the Sun – Jenny Torres Sanchez
It Started with Goodbye – Christina June
The Inside of Out – Jenn Marie Thorne
How it Feels to Fly – Kathryn Holmes
Outrun the Moon – Stacey Lee
The Trouble with Destiny – Lauren Morrill

 

Middle Grade:
Zoe the Skating Fairy
Brittany the Basketball Fairy
Stacey the Soccer Fairy
Helena the Horse-Riding Fairy
(Above all by Daisy Meadows, and all read for work. Ha!)
Goodbye Stranger – Rebecca Stead

A Month of Autofocus

November is my birth month, which makes it pretty awesome. To celebrate, I’m having a month of AUTOFOCUS! Each day throughout the month I’ll post on Twitter info on a chapter. (So, the 1st will be chapter 1, the 2nd will be chapter 2 and so on.) Either a deleted scene, a fun fact, or just a thought I had while typing. And at the end of the month, there will be prizes. Yes, prizes.

 

Want to play? Awesome, it’s easy:

  • Get the book (buy it, borrow it from a friend, get it from the library, check out an ebook, etc…) (Please do not illegally download it. Please.)
  • Follow me on Twitter (@laurengibaldi)
  • Check out #autofocusreadalong
  • Comment on my Tweets, or Tweet your own thoughts. Use #autofocusreadalong. Every Tweet with that hashtag will go into a drawing for PRIZES. (1 point for each Tweet. 5 points for a photo with the book!)

That’s it! If you can’t keep up with 1 chapter a day, that’s totally cool. There’s school and work and, you know, life. You can still participate. Send me comic recommendations for Bennett–he’ll love them.

Excited? I know I am.

As always, THANK YOU for reading. I appreciate you all. A whole bunch.

 

Upcoming Events!

If you’re in Central Florida, I have FOUR events planned for June! Check them out!

On Friday, June 10th, I’ll be at the Oviedo Barnes & Noble at 6:30 p.m. for B-Fest.

On Saturday, June 11th, I’ll be at the Colonial Barnes & Noble at 2 p.m. for B-Fest.

On Saturday, June 18th, I’ll be at the Orlando Book Festival! My panel is at 1 p.m., with YA authors Jenn Marie Thorne and Medeia Sharif. Sale/signing will be at 2p.m.

On Sunday, June 19th is the AUTOFOCUS launch! It’s at the Alafaya Library in Orlando at 2 p.m. Come celebrate with me!

AUTOFOCUS on the Go

Did you know that it’s less than TWO MONTHS before AUTOFOCUS, my second novel, is released? I certainly didn’t until I looked at the date. And cheered. It’s crazy to think that in June (14th, to be exact!) I’ll have two novels out. Wasn’t I just dreaming about writing a few days ago? It was draining to write, but in the best way possible way. I’m so excited for you all to read it.

Currently, advanced copies are being sent around, so here are some ways you can get one!

  • I recently contributed to the These Words Matter series, about the book that made me a reader (Spoiler alert: A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry). Check it out, and enter to win an ARC!
  • Electronic ARCs are up on Edelweiss for bloggers/teachers/librarians to review. So feel free to request it.
  • Last, my writing friend, Kathryn Holmes, and I are doing a giveaway for both of our books (since they release on the same day–ahh!) Check out Twitter to enter!

giveaway instagram

And, last, if you’ve managed to get an advanced copy, I’d love to know! Send me a photo, and i’ll post some soon. 🙂

Books Read in 2015

I’ll admit it–I didn’t read a lot this year. Between battling a toddler: being a librarian; working on TNWSY, AUTOFOCUS, and Possible Book 3; and sometimes saying hello to my husband (hi, S), I had very little time. I usually make it a goal to read 50 books in a year. I didn’t even hit 40 this year. Sob! Though, I 100% made up for it in picture books. Reading THE ABC’S OF COOKIES four times a night counts, right?

Anyway, on with the show. This time I’ve organized by category. Enjoy!

Adult Fiction

  • BABY BE MINE by Paige Toon
  • FUNNY GIRL by Nick Hornby
  • JOHNNY BE GOOD by Paige Toon
  • STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel
  • THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin
  • THE SUN IN HER EYES by Paige Toon

I was in a huge Paige Toon mood this year, clearly. Two of those (Baby, Johnny) were re-reads, because sometimes you just need a little Johnny Jefferson. Hornby’s latest was terrific (I’ll read everything by Hornby), Station Eleven remarkable, and Fikry truly a delight.

Adult Non-Fiction

  • THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP by Marie Kondo
  • WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOMETIME: EMBARRASSINGLY A TRUE STORY by Josh Sundquist

I read the first because I needed to organize (and it worked!), and the second for a reading list (It was funny).

Young Adult Fiction

  • DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy
  • EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon
  • FILL-IN BOYFRIEND by Kasie West
  • I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE by Paige Toon
  • KISSING IN AMERICA By Margo Rabb
  • NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES by Adi Alsaid
  • NONE OF THE ABOVE by I.W. Gregorio
  • THE START OF ME AND YOU by Emery Lord
  • SUMMER OF YESTERDAY by Gaby Triana
  • THIS MONSTROUS THING by Mackenzi Lee
  • UNDER A PAINTED SKY by Stacey Lee
  • WE ALL LOOKED UP by Tommy Wallach
  • THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • A TIME TO DANCE by Padma Venkatraman
  • UNDERNEATH EVERYTHING by Marcy Beller Paul
  • WRITTEN IN THE STARS by Aisha Saeed
  • THE WRONG SIDE OF RIGHT by Jenn Marie Thorne

So….9 of these are by my fellow debuts. Perhaps I’m a little biased in my reading? All wonderful. WONDERFUL!

Middle Grade

  • JUST A DROP OF WATER by Kerry O’Malley Cerra

Kerry and her book are terrific.

Graphic Novels

  • ARE YOU MY MOTHER? by Alison Bechdel
  • AWKWARD by Svetlana Chmakova
  • BATGIRL, VOL. 1: THE BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE by Cameron Steward, Babs Tarr, Brenden Fletcher
  • GOTHAM ACADEMY, VOL. 1: WELCOME TO GOTHAM ACADEMY by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl
  • JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS: SHOWTIME by Showtime by Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell
  • MS. MARVEL, VOL. 3: CRUSHED by G. Willow Wilson, Mark Waid, Takeshi Miyazawa
  • MS. MARVEL, VOL. 4: LAST DAYS by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona
  • SUNNY SIDE UP by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

I really love Ms. Marvel. Just adore her. So there’s that. I got into the FUN HOME musical, so I tried Bechdel’s other graphic novel (hard to get into–especially as a mom–but definitely interesting). Awkward and Sunny were also for a reading list, and were tremendous. Batgirl and Gotham I got at ALA and definitely enjoyed.

Plays

  • THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams

Perhaps this was for research purposes. PERHAPS.

So, there’s that. 35 books. I also finished edits on AUTOFOCUS, and started writing a 3rd book. I’m proud of all that I read, and am looking forward to all the new books this year. And now, on to 2016!