Speaking of Potential Collectibles...

Yesterday I got into a little bit about what makes a book a collectible. Collectors of hypermodern books (books published in the last 20-ish years) are at somewhat of a disadvantage because it takes 5, 10, or 20 years to truly determine if the book IS a collectible.

We are basically speculators. We're making our best guesses, but there are so many variables at play, that we're lucky if we have a 50/50 track record.

That said, I'm guessing that this book may end up being a YA collectible:

The Reader by Traci Chee (G.P. Putnam's Sons, Sept. 13, 2016)

This is her debut novel with the promise of two more books in the trilogy.

It's gotten starred reviews from: 
• Kirkus
• School Library Journal
• Booklist
• Publishers Weekly
And has been shortlisted for the 2016 Kirkus Prize ($50,000 USD). I'm guessing it will make other awards lists in the upcoming year.

She's been scheduled for a few book events (mostly in California), but no book tour at this point. I imagine if she starts getting more press there will be a drive for her book and a possible tour. As far as I know, the publisher didn't have her do any in-house signings. We're only a week into the publication, so it's not surprising that there aren't any signed copies available yet.

According to her website, folks who preordered her book and provided proof (in the form of a receipt) were sent signed bookplates... so watch out for those listings popping up in the near future. A signed bookplate isn't as valuable as a signed and handled book. Although I'm sure there are plenty of  sellers who won't make that differentiation.

She's also getting a lot of buzz in the review sections on Goodreads and Amazon.

So keep your ears open and eyes peeled for this one.

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