I attempted to get a copy of Insurgent (Roth) and Unwholly (Shusterman), but WOW, were those lines long...
My ARC has a different cover from the one pictured here--a cheerleader in the snow holding a bloody ax. AWESOME!
Another ARC I am excited about is Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs. It is the sequel to Sweet Venom, which I am considering for our school's Lone Star Plus Reading Incentive for the 2012-2013 school year.
I also got signed books from Jackson Pearce (Purity and Fathomless--OMG!!!) and Sara Zarr (Sweethearts and How to Save A Life). Jackson Pearce is actually as cute as she looks; I heard over and over how funny she was in the "Right Now: New YA Literature to Entice Readers" author panel.
This is the first year I did not attend the Book Cart Drill Team Challenge, but I remember that last time we were in Houston in 2009, I had a very difficult time seeing the action. Instead, I ate with my library ladies at The Cafe (yes, again!). We had a funny and possibly a bit crazy waiter who talked a whole lot and seemed really worried he was going to get fired. During dinner, someone set off an air-horn in the hotel lobby, which for some reason I could not stop laughing at.
After dinner, one of my roomies and I went looking for a geocache challenge item my roommate had not yet been able to find. She had found nine of the ten items and had looked for it a long time the previous day. We worked together on it, and found that pesky little box hiding underneath the grating covering tree roots in Discovery Park. I had never geocached before, but it was pretty cool. Being directionally-challenged however, I have no idea if I would be able to find that stuff on my own!
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