Monday, April 4, 2016

Rochester Teen Book Festival Book Challenge - EEEEEKKKKKK!!!

Since I planned to do Rochester Teen Book Festival 2016 (original planning post), six additional authors have been added to the line up. Holy crap! That's 32 confirmed authors! I've got to get reading. Of course, someone always has to back out at the last minute, but it's never someone I haven't read. Gotta just read them all!
Last year I found a few new favorite authors/ books through this challenge, including Marie Rutkoski's The Winner's Curse trilogy. I just bought the final book today. Reading additional books and getting distracted in pretty much a death blow to completing a challenge, so this month I am determined to (mostly) stay focused on getting new books/ authors read. If I make it, I will double back to books by authors who are "repeaters." That means, at minimum, I've got 21 books to get through in about 6 weeks. Not insurmountable, but no little task, either. (updated- 19!)

Here's where I stand to wit:
Already Read
Top Picks
Laurie Halse Anderson*
Speak and others
Chains ß I have to read this!
Jesse Andrews

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl (own)
Cathleen Davitt Bell

I Remember You
Charles Benoit*
Fall from Grace, You

Sarah Rees Brennan
Anna Breslaw

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here
Jennifer Donnelly

Tim Federle
Better Nate than Ever
Tequila Mockingbird
K. L. Going
King of the Screwups
Pieces of Why, Garden of Eve
Chris Grabenstein

Harriet Reuter Hapgood

The Square Root of Summer

Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall
Ellen Hopkins*     

A. S. King*
Reality Boy; Ask the Passengers

Justine Labalestier

Razorhurst (currently reading), Liar
Mercedes Lackey

Carolyn Mackler     

Kekla Magoon
How it Went Down

Kory Merritt

Ridley Pearson

Disney After Dark
Tamora Pierce*
Song of the Lioness 1-4

Gary Schmidt     
Orbiting Jupiter
Ok for Now
Steve Sheinkin

Alan Sitomer

Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked
Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves (own), What We Left Behind
Mariko Tamaki
This One Summer

Janet B. Taylor

Terry Trueman*
Stuck in Neutral

Scott Westerfeld*
Uglies, Afterworld, Peeps

Suzanne Young

The Program, Hotel Ruby

Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King

The RocTBF is kind of a big deal. If you are anywhere around upstate New York on May 14th, you should definitely come on by. It's free to attend any of the workshops or panels. There are food trucks and lunch baskets for sale and Barnes and Nobles is selling books by all authors in attendance. And if you see me, say hi! I'll be there as a volunteer. Obviously.

Currently Reading (DONE!):
In the hopper:
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