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
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.
And, of course, the return of #FYADoesVegas!
As for FYA HQ, we got to celebrate a few FYABC selections by (virtually) hanging out with their awesome authors!
We made new merch in honour of a few of the FYABC picks. (#ShamelessSelfPromotion)
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!