end of the year + favorite books + thank you

I really don’t know what to write about 2014 except that it was tough and wonderful and emotional and disheartening and full of new things. My first book was published and it’s been out for eight months and I still can’t believe people are reading it. I was lucky enough to be named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start in the spring and see Pointe named a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, the Chicago Public Library, and the Los Angeles Public Library. And I got the chance to be a part of some incredible library panels and bookstore events where I hung out with old and new author friends and met lots of great teens and readers.

I am so incredibly grateful to all of you who talked about and recommended Pointe, whether in person or online or via carrier pigeon. Word of mouth was very helpful to my book, and it means the world to me that anyone connected with it and talked it up. Thank you so much for making my debut year such a dream.

This was also the year I went back to work full-time, as a copy editor for a weekly magazine. And while I love my job, my reading suffered for it. I read only 18 books compared to 64 in 2013, but I also copyedited 24 books as freelance projects and that counts as reading so not all is lost. (Btw, when I was like eight years old I said I wanted to be an author and hang out with my spelling workbook all day and I think I am living the dream, guys.)

I enjoyed just about everything I read this year, but of course certain books won’t let me stop thinking about them and here is what you need to get your hands on immediately if not sooner:

Dirty Wings by Sarah McCarry

The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

(Yes, I have some catching up to do with books actually released in 2014.)

My critique partners each have a book coming out next year and everything they write is my favorite. So if you’re looking for more books to preorder and/or put on your list for 2015, I read the following novels earlier this year and highly recommend them all because I have super talented CPs/friends:

All The Rage by Courtney Summers (April 2015)

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu (May 2015)

Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn (June 2015)

I’m also looking forward to 2015 because I have several trips and events planned! I’m speaking at my old high school (!!!) in February in Missouri,  and will be on a panel at the AWP conference in Minneapolis in April with authors I greatly respect. I can’t say more about the other events just yet, but suffice to say I am quite excited and more details to come.

Oh, this was also the year I discovered jumpsuits and perhaps now own too many and show no signs of stopping, but that’s another post for another time, friends.

5 thoughts on “end of the year + favorite books + thank you

  1. The dream you’re living – spelling workbooks and all – sounds pretty spectacular. I really enjoyed Pointe and I know the people at whom I’ve recommended it also got totally engrossed. Hope next year is full of good stories. It looks like your critique partners will be filing 2015 with good stuff, to be sure. (Now I want to get my hands on Kuehn’s book ASAP.) Happy new year!

    1. Sarah, thank you so much for the comment! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the book and so happy and grateful that you’ve recommended it. (Definitely pick up Stephanie’s book—it’s phenomenal!) Thank you for the well wishes and I hope 2015 is great for you!

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