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Saturday, May 29, 2010

There were several buzz books for the upcoming year in publishing that were discussed at BEA. I loved hearing the editors gush about the books their authors wrote because, of course, they are the most passionate about them (next to the author). I was also able to attend the panel of the authors for the young adult buzz books which was also great. I think pretty much every blogger at BEA was at that panel, lol!

There were 5 adult books and 5 young adult ones mentioned. I am going to list my favorite 3 (from a combo of both adult and YA) and then list the rest, all along with a short description in my own words. They are all linked to

Room by Emma Donoghue
Publish Date: September 3, 2010

Narrated by 5-year-old Jack, Room tells the story of Jack and his mother who have been held captive in a room for Jack's entire life. The captor fathered Jack 2 years into the captivity of Jack's mother. From what I understand, something happens that makes the mother realize she HAS to figure out how to get out. And so goes the rest of the book. I'm soooo excited about this one! I actually started reading it already... it's different for sure, but I'm intrigued!

The Duff by Kody Keplinger
Publish Date: September 7, 2010

Duff stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend. According to the story in this book, every group of friends has one, and the main character in this book learns that's what she is. But instead of letting it get to her, she totally stands up for herself and even throws her coke in the face of the guy who calls her that. But things change shortly thereafter, and she and this guy become "enemies-with-benefits". What will happen next?? This book sounds sooo cute! And the author is only 18-years-old!!!

Matched by Ally Condie
Publish Date: November 30, 2010

I had heard so much about this one since way before BEA, and it doesn't even come out until the end of November! Matched is a young adult dystopian and is the first in a trilogy. The government matches everyone up with their soulmates when they are 17-years-old. The character in this book is so excited to find out who she matches up with but things go awry when not only is she matched with her best friend (what? how boring, she thinks) but then she sees the flash of a second face. What does this mean? What will the government do if she tries to go against what they want for her???

The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale
Publish Date: February 2, 2010

In this quirky debut novel, the first ever talking chimpanzee is living life alongside other humans. But then he murders someone and is sent to live at the zoo for the rest of his life. There, Bruno is interviewed about his life amongst humans. Watch out for the 3 page sex scene between Bruno and a woman! According to the editor (said in jest), "it's not beastiality... it's love". LOL, okay. But sounds interesting anyway.

West of Here by Jonathan Evison
Publish Date: February 15, 2011
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This is, from what I understand, sort of an epic book about Irish immigrants settling in America. The editor said about this that the author tells a good story. He made it sound like there's a lot involved in the plot and it's well paced.

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddartha Mukherjee
Publish Date: November 16, 2010

I was under the impression this was a memoir about dealing with cancer. But in looking back it looks like it might be a biography of "cancer" itself. I don't remember too much more about this one. =/

Juliet by Anne Fortier
Publish Date: August 24, 2010

I actually stepped out of the room before they talked about this one because I was in a hurry to get to the next thing I was attending and didn't want to be late. According to the back cover synopsis, a girl finds a key to a key to a safety deposit box that holds some letters and leads to a modern Romeo and Juliet... it sounds to me like the movie, Letters to Juliet, but I'm not sure if they're related. Especially since this book is just now coming out in hardcover? Not sure!

Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Publish Date: September 7, 2010

If you read my blog, you may realize from the cover that this isn't my typical genre. And apparently it's not typical for the editor either. She said her first reaction was "dragon romance?!" Um, okay.... but turns out she ended up loving it. Basically this girl is half dragon half human or something like that. Or maybe she is a dragon that takes on human form. Yes, I think that's it. But then she falls in love with a dragon hunter or something. Interesting....

Plain Kate by Erin Bow
Publish Date: September 1, 2010

You may want to click over to the description on barnes and noble for this one. Somehow I don't remember it as the description there says at all. But I do remember the editor talking about what a wonderful character Kate was. Sorry, I'm not a lot of help with this one.

Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
Publish Date: August 3, 2010

A vampire tries trades in eternity to try to be human again. But wait until the other vampires find her! Because that is not okay. At least, that's what I think this is about... feel free to correct me if I'm wrong!

This last one wasn't one of the buzz books but is one I'm adding in because I'm excited about it too!

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Publish Date: February 2011
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The author of Before I Fall has written a dystopian for her second novel. In Delirium, a cure for love has been found and the government is mandating that all individuals receive this vaccine(?) because, of course, love ruins everything and good order and all that. But what happens when our main character falls in love just months before she's scheduled to receive the cure? Uh oh...

That's it for now. Stay tuned for more...


Juju at Tales of said...

Thanks for the update :) These are cool :)

jackie tracy said...

'Room' does sound really interesting!

Amanda said...

I'm not excited about too many of these, but Matched was good and the two excerpts they read from Plain Kate were just gorgeous! And I hadn't heard about Delerium but that sounds really good too.

Jenny said...

Juju -- I'm reading Room already and it's definitely good!

Jackie -- good... ;)

Amanda -- yeah when I went back and posted them all I realized I wasn't as excited about most of them as I remember.

Cindy said...

I ended up reading DUFF on the train and really enjoyed it.

I see a bunch of books on the list that I wanted but didn't get.

Trisha said...

You are making me regret not spending a bunch of money to bring my books on the plane with me. I have to wait for UPS! I was intrigued by Duff as well after listening to the author at the Teen Author Carnival. I find it amazing that an 18 year old wrote such a unique story.

softdrink said...

How did I miss seeing you at BEA???

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I snagged Room and The Evolution of Bruno...
Both sound intriguing!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

These books look great - I picked up a few of these too.

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