Top Ten Tuesday: Ten TBR Books We Learned About at NCTE/ALAN


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Ten TBR Books We Learned About at NCTE/ALAN


I knew about several of these books before I went to NCTE/ALAN, but actually going to the conference and talking to the authors and publishers made me even more excited about them. I could make a list that has dozens of books on it, but these five came to my head first, and I am genuinely excited about all of them!

1. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock


Speaking with this author was truly a joy. She was interesting and funny, and it made me really want to read her book.

2. Riding Chance by Christine Kendall


This book is a really interesting premise. After he takes a wrong turn, a young man is sentenced to the stables. I am excited to read this book.

3. Wish by Barbara O’Connor


The cover immediately drew me in. I saw a few bloggers posting positive reviews of this book, but when I actually held it in my hand, I couldn’t wait to crack the cover!

4. Gem and Dixie by Sara Zarr


I have a very strong bond with my sister, so I am really inspired to read this book. I started it on the plane and really enjoyed it.

5. Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan


I love reading about art, and listening to this author made me quite excited to read this book. Several of my friends have read it and loved it. They said they couldn’t put it down!


After NCTE/ALAN, I went home and immediately read a few of the titles I received such as The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas, The Outside Circle by Patti Laboucane-Benson, Loving Vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell, HiLo: The Great Big Boon by Judd Winick, but here are five books I haven’t gotten to yet that I plan on reading soon.

1. Ghost by Jason Reynolds


Jason Reynolds’s book Ghost was a National Book Award Finalist, is one of my book club’s Mock Newbery choices, and sounds amazing–I need to read it sooner than later.  Also, listening to Jason Reynolds describe how running is equivalent to teaching yourself how to suffocate and how he incorporated that idea into this book made me want to read it even more.

2. Scythe by Neal Shusterman 


My students and I always adore Neal Shusterman’s work. He just has a way of coming up with the most unique ideas then making them work in such brilliant ways. Oh, and Neal read some of this at ALAN–MUST READ!

3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


I think if I didn’t put this on here, Leigh’s legion of fans would be so disgusted by me. Every time I said I hadn’t read this while at NCTE/ALAN, I was met with a face of pure shock. I’ll get to it soon, everyone!

4. Lion Island by Margarita Engle


Margarita Engle is one of my favorite authors, and her books in verse that deal with forgotten or hidden histories are always so beautiful and interesting. I very much look forward to learning about this time in Cuba’s history and  go on this journey with Antonio.

5. Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson


IT IS FINALLY OUT! I cannot believe I haven’t read it yet, but I haven’t, but I will! If you haven’t read Chains or Forge, do it now then you can read Ashes with me!

If you attended NCTE or ALAN, what books did you learn about that you want to read?

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3 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten TBR Books We Learned About at NCTE/ALAN”

  1. Wish is just perfect. One of my favorite books from this past year. A lot of the others are new to me so I’ll have to check them out.


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