Atlantia by Ally Condie

If you’re an Ally Condie fan (Matched, Crossed, Reached) then you’ll LOVE Atlantia!


Atlantia is an underwater world in which two sisters are separated and of course, there are betrayals, secrets, and good stuff.

I love it cuz it’s underwater because not too many people are writing underwater dystopian.


Condie’s work is clean; there are not curse words or situations that you might not want your young teen reading.

Take a look at the night I got to meet Ally.


Books Conferences

#BEA and New York City Here I Come!

I’m so happy to announce that I’m attending BEA this year! What’s BEA you ask?  BEA, or Book Expo America, is the biggest, most ginormously fun book conference on the planet!


BEA is THE conference to attend in the book industry; everyone and anyone who likes books is there.  So you’ll have book bloggers, book sellers, librarians, authors, book publishers, book illustrators, coffee (goes with books), reporters, and more from all over the world to discuss books.  I went last year and had the time of my life.  As you’ll see from the collage below, there isn’t anything I didn’t do, except sleep much!


I’d like to thank Thien-Kim of I’m Not the Nanny and Rachee of Say it Rah Shay for tolerating me last year.  Kim and Rachee and I are in the From Left To Write, an online book club so we knew each other going into the trip. Rachee and I are in the Philly area and I stalk see her as much as I can.   Fun fact #1: Rachee is a real live librarian who works in a library!  Fun fact #2: I’m a certified librarian, but I work in a bookstore!

So anyway, you can see from the collage that the three of us met everyone, took every book, and met every challenge that was presented to us!

I expect this year to be no different: I’ve got a full agenda lined up and I hope to meet some new book blogging friends, learn about some new books, and maybe make some new connections.

My dance card is filling up so if you want to get next to me while I’m in New York, leave a message down below, I love making new friends!

Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books Young Adult

C #Atozchallenge

It’s day C of the A to Z Challenge and it’s so difficult to choose one book!


Because I can’t choose just one, here are 3 books that caught my eye. Let me know what you think:

Unconventional Librarian Chains

Chains by the great Laurie Halse Anderson. Anderson’s books are always thought provoking and in my area, almost always on the required reading list.  Here’s what Goodreads says:

As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight…for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.

And you know anything multicultural is number one in my book, right?

Next is the delightful Conjure by Lea Nolan.

Unconventional Librarian Conjure

Conjure is a story from South Carolina low country and a young girl who falls in love and learns how to conjure spells.  It’s spooky, thrilling, and empowering all at the same time.  I feel like Lea Nolan is my bestie and she’s so easy to talk to on Facebook.  Check her out at   Did I mention there is great slave history built into the story? yep.  She’s awesome like that.

And finally, the very popular Crossed from Ally Condie, part of the Matched trilogy.

Unconventional Librarian Crossed

This series has been on my TBR list for sooooo long. I hope to get to it soon! Here’s what they’re saying on Goodreads about it:

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky – taken by the Society to his certain death – only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake. Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander – who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart – change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

As if there’s anyone on the planet who doesn’t know about Matched, right?

So tell me, have you read any of these?