This past Wednesday was an incredibly special day for me. Both as a book lover and a blogger. I was given the opportunity to attend Indigo’s Fall 2017 YA Preview event in Toronto. This blog post will detail the event itself and some of the books discussed, so you can have them on your radar and pre-order some of the ones you’re most excited about!
PS: If you’d like to see more photos and meet some of the other bloggers at the event, make sure to search for the hashtag #IndigoYAPreview on both Twitter and Instagram!
I arrived just at 5pm, where a bunch of fellow bloggers from the area were waiting to be let in around the entrance. We were soon invited upstairs, where a beautifully decorated room awaited us! We received the most warm welcome from the Indigo team, who had our name tags ready to go, a catered table of bagels and veggies, bubbly beverages and snacks galore! And of course, books everywhere!
We started the event with a bit of a mingling and eating session, where everyone was able to catch up and meet other bloggers! Shout out to my table-mate and amazing fellow booktuber Erika, who I hadn’t seen in ages! It’s always a pleasure to catch up with fellow book influencers.
Then we moved into sharing some brief introductions, of both the bloggers and the Indigo team conducting the events of the evening. It was great to meet the faces behind all the work we see on social media and also from the many stores around the GTA. Shout out to Ameema (Ajax), Shannon (Eaton Center), Taylor (Richmond Hill), Sydney (Eaton Center) and Teresa (Barrie), who came all the way downtown to gush about books with us!
Then….we talked about all the books! Below is a quick list with some brief notes on what you can expect this Fall season!
1. Highly Anticipated Novels:
These are the titles that everybody and their mothers can’t wait to get their hands on! I may or may not have some of these pre-ordered already…ops.
- The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur – October 3, 2017
- Turtles All The Way Down by John Green – October 10, 2017
- Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas – September 5, 2017
- Renegades by Marissa Meyer – November 7, 2017
2. No Filter:
This was my absolute favourite part of the night. We had Brandon, Chelsey, and Tina from the Indigo team explain to us about this new and exciting initiative in stores. A new table will be set up in the major store locations (others to follow in October) all about books with #NoFilter, written by smart and innovative young writers who are breaking the mold on what books can be; they are the voices of young people overcoming struggle and pushing boundaries. These books would often fall into too many categories, such as being a Young Adult book that is also a Memoir and discusses Well-Being. Where would these books go? Well, now they have a home! And in great company! A lot of these titles have been on my radar or are already on my shelves!
- Love Her Wild by Atticus – Out Now
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – Out Now
- Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim – Out Now
- Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green – October 3, 2017
- You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero – Out Now
- Unlearn: 101 Simple Truths for a Better Life by Humble the Poet – October 31, 2017
- Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav – Out Now
- Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook – Out Now
Unlearn by Humble the Poet is due to come out in an exclusive partnership with Indigo! The cover we were shown at the event was different than the one I’ve listed, but I was not able to find the new one online. It must have been a secret…
3. Great Books for YA Explorers:
These are the titles that YA Lovers would likely really enjoy, if they’re willing to step outside of just YA fiction into essays, memoirs, humor, and other categories. I can’t give enough praise and love to ODWABDANOTWM by Scaachi Koul and Trust No Aunty by Maria Qamar.
- Courage is Contagious: And Other Reasons to Be Grateful for Michelle Obama edited by Nick Haramis – October 24, 2017
- Trust No Aunty by Maria Qamar – Out Now
- One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul – Out Now
- We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby – Out Now
- Bad Feminist (Paperback, Olive/Pink Edition) by Roxane Gay – October 10, 2017
- Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman by Loryn Brantz – September 26, 2017
- Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung – November 7, 2017
- Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen – Out Now
I am specially excited for Courage is Contagious and Quiet Girl in a Noisy World. That new Bad Feminist cover is also speaking to me…
4. Great New Contemporary:
- Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu – September 19, 2017
- They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera – September 5, 2017
- Release by Patrick Ness – September 19, 2017
- Kat and Meg Conquer The World by Anna Priemaza – November 7, 2017
- A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck – September 26, 2017
- Top Ten by Katie Cotugno – October 3, 2017
- Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart – September 5, 2017
- Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds – October 17, 2017
5. Great New Fantasy:
- La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust #1) by Philip Pullman – October 19, 2017
- One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake – September 19, 2017
- The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo – September 16, 2017
- The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera – October 3, 2017
- The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli – October 3, 2017
- Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust – September 5, 2017
- The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty – November 14, 2017
- Fireblood (Frostblood Saga #2) by Elly Blake – September 12, 2017
We heard amazing praise for The Tiger’s Daughter from Angel, who vouched for this amazing Mongolian inspired fantasy queer story (not YA). The City of Brass was also compared to Uprooted by Naomi Novik, and Girls Made of Snow and Glass got amazing raves as a feminist Snow White retelling.
6. Great New Science Fiction:
- Artemis by Andy Weir – November 14, 2017
- Warcross by Marie Lu – September 12, 2017
- The Empress by S.J. Kincaid – October 31, 2017
- Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller – October 31, 2017
- Nyxia by Scott Reintgen – September 12, 2017
- Satellite by Nick Lake – October 3, 2017
- This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada – November 7, 2017
- Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray – Out Now
Nyxia got amazing praise from Taylor, who described it as the best combination of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Ender’s Game. She also gave a shout out to Otherworld (which I’m very excited for, as a huge Jason Segel fan), adding that the story is an interesting mix of sci-fi and fantasy.
7. Great New Paranormal and Dystopia:
- All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater – October 10, 2017
- Monster by Michael Grant – October 17, 2017
- The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin – November 7, 2017
- Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley – November 21, 2017
- Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel – September 5, 2017
- That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston – October 3, 2017
Overall I’d say a good portion of the people at the event had only amazing things to say about That Inevitable Victorian Thing, even though it doesn’t quite fall under the paranormal or dystopian categories.
8. Under The Radar:
These are books that deserve more praise than what they have been getting thus far! Stories were shared of people sobbing uncontrollably after reading The Mosaic. As you know, The Nowhere Girls has been on my radar for a while!
- The Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather Smith – September 5, 2017
- The Lives of Desperate Girls by MacKenzie Common – September 19, 2017
- The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan – October 3, 2017
- Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi – October 31, 2017
- Invictus by Ryan Graudin – September 26, 2017
- Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler – November 14, 2017
- The Mosaic by Nina Berkhout – Out Now
- The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed – October 10, 2017
9. Upcoming YA Events:
There are some amazing events coming up in Canada that need to be shared!
- Becky Albertalli, Julie Murphy, and Angie Thomas will be in Dartmouth (September 8, 7pm), in Oshawa (September 9, 4pm) and Yorkdale (September 11, 7pm).
- Maggie Stiefvater will be in Oshawa (November 7th at 7pm).
- Scaachi Koul and Jonny Sun in conversation at Yorkdale (October 5th at 7pm).
AND FINALLY, the goody bag!
So many books!!!
We were fortunate enough to receive a tote bag filled with ARCs of upcoming releases and recently published books. I was also very fortunate to win a copy of Trust No Aunty by Maria Qamar and also Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim during some of the trivia giveaways.
Thank you so much again to Tina and the entire Indigo team for hosting such a wonderful and fun event! It was a pleasure to be sitting among some of my favourite book bloggers.
Have you read any of these titles yet? Which ones are you excited for? Let me know in the comments below!