So last week/weekend was Book Expo America and BookCon, and what an experience it was! I want to start by saying thank you to everyone involved. From the good people who accepted us as press bloggers down to the bloggers, educators, and fellow book nerds I met along the way. Shout out to those who were patient with my crippling social anxiety and made me feel so so welcome, you’re the real heroes! And of course thank you to all the authors, publishers, and exhibitors for being totally epic and making dreams come true.
Wednesday, not a lot happened, I’m not going to lie. But I did take the opportunity to meet some of the awesome bloggers who I follow online and to learn the layout of the convention land. It was HUGE! I picked up a couple of arcs, like Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin (sequel to Wolf By Wolf – which I have, but haven’t read yet.. oops) and A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess. I was feeling less than perfect, so I cut the day short, but Katie was da best and picked me up a copy of Lauren Oliver’s Replica at the end of the day!
Thursday was magic. I still wasn’t feeling well, but just the fact that I was going to be seeing Adam Silvera later in the day made me power through. I started the day with seeing Ransom Riggs at the Penguin booth. I thought he was signing arcs for Tales Of The Peculiar, but they were just chapter samplers. However, I’m always pumped to see Ransom any chance I get so I was happy to be there. From there I walked the show floor, picked up some arcs, chatted with some peeps, stood in some lines, and just had a good time! I got to meet Jennifer Niven and get her new book Holding Up The Universe to send off to a lovely friend in California. I’m not the biggest fan of her first book, but she was a lovely human to meet. From there I hovered until it was time to see Adam. They started passing out the arcs for History Is All You Left Me, and if I wasn’t surrounded by hundreds of people I would’ve started crying right there. It’s no secret that this is my most anticipated book of 2017,and Adam is one of my favorite humans on this planet. So thank you times a million to both Adam Silvera and SoHo Teen for putting this book into my hands.
From there we put ourselves into a Lyft and headed off to do some partying. Thanks to Macmillan for hosting an awesome blogger party!
Thursday was a pretty great day!
If Thursday was a pretty great day, then Friday was an epic day. I actually didn’t do that much, but the little that I did was fantastic. Since my first actual line wasn’t until 2:00pm I did a good amount of floor walking when I first got there. I met some good people standing in line for David Arnold and we bonded over, well book.. what else? Getting a signed arc for Kids of Appetite was highlight number one of my day. I loved Mosquitoland and I’m ready to get into his next book. Plus getting another chance to hang out with Adam again was of course a highlight. I adore these two and I will cherish this photo forever.
Highlight number 2 of the day, and one that is neck and neck with highlight number 1, was meeting Alyson Noel. I was excited to get her new book Unrivaled, but mostly I just wanted to meet her and tell her how important her Immortals series was to my future reading career. Most people have Twilight to thank for their YA awakening, but for me it was Evermore. So I was really excited to see her and tell her thank her for those books. Getting Unrivaled was of course a sweet sweet bonus!
Highlight number 3 was of course meeting the lovely, and tall, human Jay Kristoff! He was so sweet to be constantly chillin’ with his fans and taking time to talk to us. Have I ever mentioned how authors are some of my favorite types of people?
So BookCon was on Saturday, and what a ridiculously crazy day it was. First and foremost, I had a lot of fun. However, given the chance to do this all again, I would do BookCon differently or possibly not at all. There were SO many people! Given that it was the only day where non-industry people could attend I was expecting a hoard of teens, but what we walked into was even more epic than what I imagined. (I was accompanied by two of my best book friends, Layla and Vi, so when I refer to ‘we’ I mean them and I)
Despite the longer than life lines and the hoards of people, we did have a good time. The numbers of people were overwhelming, but in the end I’m just so happy to see so many teens and book nerds who are excited about reading and meeting their favorite authors. It was a tiring, but good day! Between the three of us we met Morgan Matson, Danielle Paige, Laini Taylor, Hannah Hart, Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman, William Ritter, and Nicola Yoon. My highlights were getting the Gemina arc from Jay and Aime, and seeing Nicola Yoon again and getting The Sun Is Also A Star! My third most anticipated arc of the event!
In fact, BEA/BookCon was were I got three of my most anticipated second novels from some of my favorite 2015 authors: History Is All You Left Me, Kids Of Appetite, and The Sun Is Also A Star! I’m excited for all the books I received, and I fully plan on reading and reviewing every single one. Some of them when I got them signed they are personalized so I will keep them and cherish them, but most I just got signed so I can share the love with someone who doesn’t have the same chances we do. So look out for those reviews and giveaways in the future.
My final book haul. 28 books total that I am stoked to read!
At the end of the day BEA/BookCon was an experience that I will treasure forever. The whole thing was very hard for me to step out of my introvert comfort zone, but I’m proud that I did it. I look back on each day and there are things I wish I would’ve done differently, things I could’ve said or done, but since I don’t have a time machine I have to accept it. It’s really hard for me to be outgoing, and some people can respect that and be welcoming, but some people just brush me off thinking I’m just being rude. It’s a daily struggle being socially anxious- being so scared to even say hello to someone, but I try not to dwell on the things I could’ve done differently.
One last thank you to everyone involved! Again, I’m going to treasure this amazing opportunity forever.
Did you go to BEA or BookCon? If so, what was your favorite highlight?