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Sunday, May 4, 2014

New To My Shelves #171

Happy Sunday! Welcome to this week's edition of New To My Shelves (previously known as In My Mailbox (IMM) / Stacking the Shelves (STS) or My Weekly Round Up in the Stacks. This week's posts features just a few of the goodies that have recently arrived, or I've purchased over the past two weeks. You can check out all the goodies that have arrived via my Instagram account. 

For Review
It's been a couple weeks since I last posted a New To My Shelf post. I swear with school coming to end, life has become crazy busy. I wanted to shared a few of the upcoming releases and new releases I've recently received for review. I can not wait to feature these titles on the blog!!

Aside from my new addiction to pre-ordering books, here are a few that I've picked up recently. The bottom two are for my son. I'm so excited he's starting these two series. 

Thank you to
Simon Teen, Harper Teen, Penguin Teen, Entangled Teen, Random House, and Little Brown for these awesome reads.

I'd love to see what you've recently added to your shelves. Please let me a comment to your post so I can come check it out. Have a great Sunday!

Texas Teen Book Festival announces headliner: James Dashner of Maze Runner fame

Hi YA Readers! A couple months back The Austin Teen Book Festival announced it's now called the Texas Teen Book Festival. If you've been a follower of Mundie Moms over the past couple of years you'll know that I've had the chance to attend this festival since it's first year, and after that I've and the chance to help out at the festival each year. It's a HUGE festival, and one that I highly recommend attending. This year promises to be even bigger than year's past. Check out who they just announced as their headliner! JAMES DASHNER is coming back to Texas!!!

Per Friday's TTBF press release:

Texas Teen Book Festival announces headliner:
James Dashner of Maze Runner fame

Oct. 18 Festival to be held at St. Edward’s University

AUSTIN (May 2, 2014)—Young Adult genre rock star author James Dashner, creator of the wildly popular Maze Runner series, will be the headliner of the Texas Teen Book Festival Oct. 18 at St. Edward’s University.

Dashner’s latest novel is The Eye of Minds, a novel set in a world of hyper-advanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming. He is also the author of the 13th Reality series.

“We couldn't be more excited to announce James Dashner as our headlining author,” says Heather Schubert, librarian and founder, along with BookPeople, of what was originally called the Austin Teen Book Festival. “And we are so excited about The Maze Runner movie release in September. This year's festival is going to be the most interactive and wild yet, and we have an amazing list of all-star YA authors to prove it!” Schubert says.

Now under the auspices of the Texas Book Festival, the Texas Teen Book Festival is one of the largest gatherings of YA authors and readers in the nation, with more than 40 authors and 4,000 fans attending in 2013. The Texas Teen Book Festival is presented in conjunction with the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, BookPeople, and venue sponsor St. Edward’s University.

The Texas Teen Book Festival will “bookend” the Texas Book Festival, scheduled for Oct. 25 and 26 in and around the state Capitol, with more than 40,000 expected to attend.

“I was lucky enough to attend the Austin Teen Book Festival right after The Maze Runner first came out, and to now return as the headliner for the Texas Teen Book Festival is exciting and surreal. I'm very honored, and I plan to enjoy every single second of my time there!” Dashner says.

“YA lit is a lot of fun, but in the end, everyone involved with the Texas Teen Book Festival is quite serious about engaging teen readers and about educational outcomes,” says Texas Book Festival Executive Director Lois Kim. “We’re very fortunate that St. Edward’s was willing to embark on this adventure with us. It’s the perfect location for the Festival because a university campus is where we want all teens to end up,” Kim says.

“Our partnership with Texas Teen Book Festival provides us the opportunity to help inspire thousands of young readers who will visit St. Edward’s in October,” says Mischelle Diaz, the university’s director of communications. “We hope that our vibrant campus and the impressive lineup of authors will encourage students to think about higher education as a pathway for making a difference in their world.”

Both the Texas Book Festival, held in and around the State Capitol, and the Texas Teen Book Festival are free and open to the public thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and volunteers.

About the Texas Book Festival

The Texas Book Festival celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Founded in 1995 by first lady Laura Bush, Mary Margaret Farabee, and a group of volunteers, the nonprofit Texas Book Festival promotes the joys of reading and writing through its annual Festival weekend, the one-day Texas Teen Book Festival, the Reading Rock Stars program, grants to Texas libraries, youth fiction writing contest, and year-round literary programming. The Festival is held on the grounds of the Texas Capitol each fall and features more than 250 renowned authors, panels, book signings, live music, cooking demonstrations, and children’s activities. Thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and nearly 1,000 volunteers, the Festival remains free and open to the public. 

Find out the Texas Book Festival via their website | follow them on Facebook | Twitter  #txbookfest

Find out more about the Texas Teen Book Festival via their website | Facebook | Twitter, #ttbf14

The City of Lost Souls Read-A-Long: Chapter 3

Hello & welcome to day #3 of our City of Lost Souls Read-A-Long. You can find out more about the read along and find the schedule here. There is no right or wrong way to participate. Your comments can be as long or as short as you'd like them to be. 

Today's discussion is about the Chapter 3: Bad Angels
  • Poor Simon. My heart totally breaks for him with how his mom is treating him. I was both surprised, and admired Jordan and Maia for confronting Simon about what's going on. At least he knows they care about him. Do you think Simon will heed their advice and contact his sister? What do you think his sister's reaction to everything will be?
  • So.... Jace and Sebastian. I'm shocked to see the two of them together, and even more surprised that Clary didn't make herself known to them in the library, though I understand why she didn't. What do you think Jace knew she was there? What do think is going on with Jace and Sebastian?
  • Alec and Magnus. I'm started to get a little ticked at Alec for the way he's treating Magnus. Magnus has always been a favorite character of mine, and my heart has always broken for him in the sense that Magnus will know more about love and loss than most characters in both this series and the TID one, considering he's immortal. Why do you feel Alec is stuck on Magnus's past loves, and he being immortal. Magnus can't change who he is. D o you think he's justified in feeling that way and treating Magnus the way he is right now? 
Please DO NOT POST SPOILERS. There's some fans who are joining the read-a-long who are reading Clockwork Prince for the first time.