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FYA Book Club: 2016 Yearbook

Take a look back at the past year of the FYA Book Club, and find out the fave FYABC pick of 2016!

FYA Book Club: 2016 Yearbook

As eager as we might be to put 2016 behind us, a few good things did happen last year. And, in fact, more than a few good things when it came to the FYA Book Club!

It was another year of amazing books.

JANUARY: Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

FEBRUARY: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

MARCH: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

APRIL: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

MAY: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

JUNE: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

JULY: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

AUGUST: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

SEPTEMBER: Every Breath by Ellie Marney

OCTOBER: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

NOVEMBER: Out of Darkess by Ashley Hope Perez

DECEMBER: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

Out of those books, here are the fave FYABC picks of 2016, as chosen by FYABCers around the world!

3.  Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

2.  An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

1.  Dumplin' by Julie Murphy (FYADFW's own!)

Here's a look at a few of the FYABC meetings that were held last year (more photos available on Facebook).


Edmonton, AB; Little Rock, AR; Orlando North, FL; St. Louis, MO

Some lucky chapters even got to meet YA authors!


Top: Calla Devlin; Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman; Lily Anderson; Veronica Rossi and Mary E. Pearson (Oakland, CA x 4)
Middle: Michelle Modesto; Jodi Meadows, Cynthia Hand, and Brodi Ashton; Nina LaCour and David Levithan; Nina LaCour, Gayle Forman, and Jandy Nelson (Oakland, CA x 4)
Bottom: Ransom Riggs (Oakland, CA); Stacey Lee (Oakland, CA); Gail Carriger (Orlando North, FL); Jeff Zentner (San Francisco, CA; Oakland, CA)

There were festivals and book launches galore.


North Texas Teen Book Festival (Austin, TX); YALLWest (Oakland, CA); The Loose Ends List (Manhattan, NY); GeekyCon (Orlando North, FL -- with Julie Murphy!)

And, of course, the return of #FYADoesVegas!


We got to know a few chapters a little better: Staunton, VA; Edmonton, AB; and Winnipeg, MB. And we added some new clubs to our ranks!

Blue Bell, PA
Bozeman, MT
Cape Cod, MA
Cardiff, UK
Knoxville, TN
Massachusetts (West)
Miami, FL
Olympia, WA
St. Joseph, MO
Twin Cities, MN


Some clubs, we got to know really well -- through #YASummerShowdown and its new winter counterpart!

As for FYA HQ, we got to celebrate a few FYABC selections by (virtually) hanging out with their awesome authors!


Top: Stacey Lee (Under a Painted Sky); Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (The Royal We)
Ellie Marney (Every Breath); Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda)

We made new merch in honour of a few of the FYABC picks. (#ShamelessSelfPromotion)


The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen; Dumplin' by Julie Murphy; Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

We served up FYABC-themed recipes, courtesy of our resident mixologist, Jennie -- and one from the author of the book herself!

Top: Under a Painted Pie and Under a Painted Rye (Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee)
Bottom: The Royal Tea (
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan); A Diamond in a Rhinestone World (Dumplin' by Julie Murphy)

We spruced up our desktops with monthly calendars inspired by FYABC selections, thanks to our graphics maven, Mandy C. (Also available as calendar-free wallpapers!)


We also launched FYABC discussions on Litsy (@foreveryoungadult) for anybody, anywhere to join in on the FYA Book Club fun!

Thanks for the memories, 2016. Here's hoping 2017 will be even better!

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Mandy Wan's photo About the Author: Residing in Edmonton, AB, Mandy unabashedly loves YA lit, frozen desserts, and terrible puns.