Thursday, June 15, 2017


The 2017 Armchair Book Expo event was a great success.  We were so excited to see the enthusiasm from all of our participants, the on-site correspondents, and our sponsors.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Armchair Book Expo came into existence thanks to a large number of bloggers wanting to experience Book Expo America way back in 2010.  We have been able to bring Book Expo into your homes in a variety of ways, with hundreds of participants throughout the years and dozens of volunteers working diligently behind-the-scenes.

Since its inception, we have seen many changes in the book world.  The publishing industry has changed.  Blogging has changed.  The Expo itself has changed.  And, within each of those changes, we have attempted to adapt each year to meet those needs.

However, as always, all good things must come to an end.  And, it is with great sadness that I share with you that our 2017 event will be our final Armchair Book Expo.

A lot of discussion has been bouncing around among the current team as well as the original founders of the event.  And, the majority of the conversation has centered around this very decision to discontinue the event.  A lot of work is needed to run an event like this.  Volunteer help throughout the years has dramatically decreased.  We have seen a large drop in the amount of participation through the years.  And, let's be honest, bloggers are not as welcome as they have been in the past.  With all of these factors facing the team, the executive decision was made to call this year our final event.  We really could not ask for a better year to finally say good-bye.  Because you all are awesome!

So today, we say good bye and good night.  Thank you all for your support throughout the years.  Thank you for your enthusiasm.  Thank you for spreading the bookish love.  Keep on reading.  Keep on sharing the love.  Keep on keeping on!  

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Throughout the week of Armchair Book Expo, we had a number of featured giveaways that ran separately from all of the daily giveaways.  We can now say that all winners are confirmed, and we want to send them all a quick CONGRATULATIONS!

PRIZE PACK FROM BOQUILLAS' WINDOW:  Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

  1. Alicia of A Kernel of Nonsense
  2. Melissa of Rambling of a Book Nerd
  3. Emily of Paging Serenity
  4. Monika of Lovely Bookshelf
  5. Sprite of Sprite Writes
  6. Colleen of North of Normal 
  7. Stephanie of Cover2Cover
  8. Donna of Girl Who Reads
  9. Christina of Esconced in Lit
  10. Deb of Readerbuzz

  1. Leah of Leah Corrine Writes
  2. Allison
  3. Erica of The Literacy Apothecary

PRIZE PACK FROM MARFA HOUSE:  Sprite of Sprite Writes

  1. Tina of As Told By Tina
  2. Austine of NovelKnight
  3. Theresa

Monday, June 5, 2017



PLEASE NOTE:  All winners must be registered participants in order to claim their prize.  In order to help spread the love throughout the week, participants can only win a maximum of 2 prizes from the Armchair Book Expo sponsored giveaways.

If your name is on the list, read on to learn how to claim your prize.

Bloggers listed twice means they have won twice.
Steph@Cover 2 Cover
Steph@Cover 2 Cover
Alicia@A Kernal of Nonsense
Jo @Book Lovers Blog
Jo@Book Lovers Blog
Austine@Novel Knight
Austine@Novel Knight
Chrissy@Every Free Chance Books
Chrissy@Every Free Chance Books

I've won - How do I claim my prize? 
Review the list of Sponsored Giveaways and pick your top 3 choices.

  1. Complete the Prize Claim Form.
A confirmation email will be sent within approximately 24 hours,
confirming which prize you have won as well as your email/mailing address,
depending on your prize

All prizes must by claimed by Monday, June 5 at 12 Noon EST.

Questions? Email armchairbea AT gmail DOT com.

CLOSING SURVEY: Let Us Know Your Thoughts

Another year officially complete, and another successful year at that.  As in past years, we want to hear what you thought.  Please take a few minutes to share with us your thoughts on the 2017 Armchair Book Expo by completing the survey below.

Thank you again for all your support and participation!  It is all of you that helps to make our events successful every single year!

Sunday, June 4, 2017


ICYMI:  The twitter party highlights for you to scroll through on the general wrap-up of the event this year!


LIVE FROM BOOK EXPO: Young Adult Buzz Books + Giveaway

What books are on the Young Adult buzz list for the Fall? The Young Adult Editors' Buzz Books presented the five books expected to be THE books to read for the rest of 2017. Have you heard of these? Which one are you most excited to read?

Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.

Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny get caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. The truth of what happened that night—some would kill to know. Justyce is dying to forget.

Beasts Made of Night by 
In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. 

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family. 

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life. 

A gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy.

 All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry
Sarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt work in the vast maguey fields that span the bone-dry Southwest, a thirsty, infinite land that is both seductive and fearsome. In this rough, transient landscape, Sarah Jac and James have fallen in love. They’re tough and brave, and they have big dreams. Soon they will save up enough money to go east. But until then, they keep their heads down, their muscles tensed, and above all, their love secret.

When a horrible accident forces Sarah Jac and James to start over on a new, possibly cursed ranch called the Real Marvelous, the delicate balance they’ve found begins to give way. And James and Sarah Jac will have to pay a frighteningly high price for their love.

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime that Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater
One teenager in a skirt. 
One teenager with a lighter.
One moment that changes both of their lives forever.

If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

Spinning by Tillie Walden
Poignant and captivating, Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden's powerful graphic memoir, Spinning, captures what it's like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.

It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark.

Weekends were spent in glitter and tights at competitions. Perform. Smile. And do it again.

She was good. She won. And she hated it.

For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden's life. She woke before dawn for morning lessons, went straight to group practice after school, and spent weekends competing at ice rinks across the state. It was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven from the stress of school, bullies, and family. But over time, as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the close-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life, and whether all the work was worth it given the reality: that she, and her friends on the figure skating team, were nowhere close to Olympic hopefuls. It all led to one question: What was the point?The more Tillie thought about it, the more Tillie realized she'd outgrown her passion--and she finally needed to find her own voice.

Tillie Walden, Author of Spinning

Tillie was gracious enough to spend a few minutes with Stacy Millican of The Novel Life for an interview. We bonded over time at the ice rink - Tillie with her twelve years in competition synchronized ice skating and me with the years my son played ice hockey. 

Tillie shared about the early mornings spent practicing for hours in the cold rink - now she's obsessive about staying warm. When she writes, Tillie covers up with heavy blankets and warm sweatshirts. It gives her a sense of being grounded.

When asked which authors and graphic illustrators influence her writing, Tillie gave a surprising answer - Tana French, author of The Trespasser, In the Woods and The Secret Place has influenced her the most. Tana French showed Tillie the potential of great storytelling. 

Allison Bechdel, cartoonist and author that the Bechdel Test is named after. The Bechdel Test asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women or girls who talk to each other about something other than a man or boy. Allison's work showed Tillie that a graphic novel + memoir works, and works well. 

With many thanks to First Second Books and Roaring Brook Press we have one copy of Spinning by Tillie Walden to giveaway.  Complete the form below by 12:00 Midnight EST Monday, June 5, 2017.  A winner will be contacted by email and announced here on the site.  Good luck!

LIVE FROM BOOK EXPO: Book Expo and What It Means To Me

Two long days of lines, authors and of course books. My real journey began 31 days in advance when my great grandfather and I left home and started driving. We had amazing stops along the way like; White Sands, New Orleans, Nashville and Philadelphia. Just because the fun of Book Expo 2017 is over doesn't end our journey. We still have 27 days left on the road with Boston, Maine, Toronto and Montana ahead of us.

Day One of the expo was a whirlwind of excitement. I ran into Leigh Bardugo on the exhibit floor. Saw some old friends from previous years which was nice. There were galley drops that I wasn't expecting till the next day so was able to snag them then instead of later.

Day Two of the Expo was more relaxed and just involved wandering the floor while waiting to start the Wonder Woman line as well as Neil Patrick Harris. Finished my day chatting with a Penguin Random House publicist about a few upcoming titles then walked and got cupcakes from Made by Melissa (a delightful treat if you have the chance to try them)

Hope you enjoyed the awkward live streams on Facebook. I will still be posting #RoadToBookExpo photos over on my instagram for the next 27 days so be sure to keep in contact.

Enjoy the photo collages and until next time,
Books Buying Beauty


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz here for the last time. I spent my final day in NYC at BookExpo's sister event, BookCon.

BookCon was a yee-haw finale to my time here in New York. BookCon is generally a younger crowd than BookExpo, with huge numbers of children and teens and their parents. There aren't many giveaways at BookCon, but they have amazing book sales.

So here is my day at BookCon....


People were a bit more formal at BookCon, I noticed.

Made quite the effort.

 Some did well with a bookish theme. Don't you love the skirt and shoes?

Children did well, too.

Babies, even.

Some had a distinctive sense of style.


There were lots of interactive games and other activities at BookCon.

 Candlewick had a Where's Waldo scavenger hunt going on. Found you at last, Waldo!

Quarto Publishing had a table where kids could design and mail their own postcards.

Scholastic had a green screen for Clifford and Dog Man.

It's always fun to spin-and-win.

 A couple of publishers encouraged BookCon-ners to write and tweet.


Mercy alive,were there authors at BookCon!

There was Rainbow Rowell.

The amazing Margaret Atwood.

Big Bang's Mayim Bialik.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid's Jeff Kinney with a fan. Touching.

Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey with a fan. So touching.

There were huge lines for all of these great authors.

Some of us got plain tuckered-out.

There's so much more I wish I could show you, including Kami Garcia, Laini Taylor, Sarah Dessen, Maggie Stiefvater, and Nicola Yoon.

But I have to get up at 3 am to catch a plane home to Houston. I must tell you that I have loved getting to share BookExpo and BookCon with you. If I were you, I'd start a jar of pennies today to save up for 2018. I hope to see you there!


ICYMI:  The twitter party highlights for you to scroll through on Book Recommendations!




PLEASE NOTE:  All winners must be registered participants in order to claim their prize.  In order to help spread the love throughout the week, participants can only win a maximum of 2 prizes from the Armchair Book Expo sponsored giveaways.

If your name is on the list, read on to learn how to claim your prize.


Rissie@Finding Wonderland
Lisa@Lisa Loves Literature
Rosina@Lace and Dagger Books
Jenna@Falling Letters
Heather@Based on a True Story
Heather@Based on a True Story
Lynn@Chapter Break
Ariel@The Librarian's Bookshelf
Alicia@A Kernal of Nonsense
Chrissy&Melissa@Every Free Chance Books
Ariel@The Librarian's Bookshelf
Julie@Chapter Break
Emma@Words and Peace
Emma@Words and Peace


I've won - How do I claim my prize? 
Review the list of Sponsored Giveaways and pick your top 3 choices.

  1. Complete the Prize Claim Form.
A confirmation email will be sent within approximately 24 hours,
confirming which prize you have won as well as your email/mailing address,
depending on your prize

All prizes must by claimed by Monday, June 5 at 12 Noon EST.

Questions? Email armchairbea AT gmail DOT com.


Thank you all for participating in Armchair Book Expo 2017!  It's been another great year, and we couldn't have done it without you.  However, it is now time to wrap it up for another year.


Twitter Party @ 9 AM EST:  Wrapping It Up


Wrap Up:  Let us know your parting thoughts on Armchair Book Expo 2017.  Did you have a favorite day or topic?  Did you meet some new book lovers?  Share any and all thoughts with us.


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Name @ Blog Name - Daily Topic Represented 

For example: Sally @ Armchair Book Expo - Introductions OR Sally @ Armchair Book Expo - Introductions & Best Practices

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

LIVE FROM BOOK EXPO: A Picnic with Author Jane Green

Both of us---Deb Nance from Readerbuzz and Stacy from A Novel Life---are here to share this incredible event.

It's early summer in New York City today. The weather is idyllic, low 70's, sunny. And we have been invited to a picnic. Invited by author Jane Green

Yes, that is me, Deb Nance, taking a photo with the beautiful Jane Green.

It was a delicious lunch, with Jane Green lunch sacks, fruits, and a salad in a jar. Plus a tart made by Jane Green herself.

And we each received a copy of Jane's brand-spanking new book, The Sunshine Sisters. Doesn't this look like the perfect summer read?

It was great fun to enjoy the New York sun and chat about books with others.

Happily, it was also an opportunity for us four book bloggers to meet up! From left to right, Sheila DeChantal from Book Journey; Candace Levy at Beth Fish Reads; Stacy Millican from The Novel Life; and Deb Nance at Readerbuzz.

What a wonderful day!

LIVE FROM BOOK EXPO: You Never Know Who You Gonna Spy at Book Expo

Deb Nance from Readerbuzz here. I was just walking along, and who do I see?

R. L. Stine...

...Mac Barnett...

...and Mo Willems!

So much fun!

LIVE FROM BOOK EXPO: One Reason We Love Book Expo: The Authors

It's Deb Nance again from Readerbuzz

Oh man, did I see the authors!

Who did I see? you ask.

Here are some I managed to snap during Book Expo.

Adult fiction author Adriana Trigiani

Mystery writer Mary Higgins Clark

Adult fiction author Lisa Wingate

Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin

Adult fiction author Janet Fitch

Wonder author R. J. Palacio

Everything I Never Told You author Celeste Ng

Action and suspense author Nelson Demille

Children's picture book author Philip Stead

The Dollhouse author Fiona Davis

Adult and children's author James Patterson

Children's author Jan Brett

Author Daniel Handler (or is it that wily Lemony Snicket?)

Illustrator Eric Velasquez and author Carole Boston Weatherford

YA author Jason Reynolds (with a random baby)

YA author Marie Lu

Day the Crayons Quit author Drew Daywalt and his "manager"

Romance novelist Heather Graham

Adult and children's author Jennifer Weiner

YA author M. T. Anderson

Orphan Train author Christina Baker Kline

Mystery writer John Grisham

New author Neil Patrick Harris

And, finally, Lemony Snicket (who looks strangely like author Daniel Handler).