Kylie’s BEA & BookCon Wrap-Up

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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.

Day 1:

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!

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Day 2:

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 IMG_0003surrounded 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!

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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!

IMG_0098Highlight 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?

BookCon!

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)

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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,IMG_0122 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!

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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?

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April 2016 Wrap-Up and Challenge Update

 

Happy May!! I am REALLY excited for this month for a few reasons. BEA is this month and there are also a TON of amazing releases coming out. Plus May always gets me in the summer mood and I just seem to devour books during the summer. April was a fairly good reading month for me!

All the books I read in April…

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Eeeep! 14 books!! I mean 3 of them were middle reader graphic novels but they were awesome so they totally count! I also got a regular middle reader AND a non-fiction title!

2016 Challenge progress!

Flights of Fantasy

  1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  2. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
  3. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

  1. Roommates by Erin Leigh
  2. Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mathewson
  3. More Than Fashion by Elizabeth Briggs
  4. When We Collided by Emery Lord
  5. The Score by Elle Kennedy
  6. Bad Boy’s Baby by Sosie Frost
  7. A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers
  8. Love and Lists by Tara Sivec
  9. Dirty Thoughts by Megan Erickson
  10. Paige in Progress by Brighton Walsh
  11. The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt
  12. Dirty Talk by Megan Erickson
  13. Blind Reality by Heidi McLaughlin
  14. Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry
  15. The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan
  16. His Country Bride by Debra Holt
  17. With a Twist by Staci Hart
  18. The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout
  19. Score by Christine Bell

I wanted to start something new this month. I don’t stick to TBRs because I am such a mood reader but I thought I should feature a few books I am excited for that are upcoming on my TBR. Here are a few books I am excited to try and get to in May!

Did you have a good reading month? Have you read any of these yet?

April 2016 Wrap-Up

March was kind of a slump for me. I was reading these two very large self-published books for an internship I was a apart of, and these books were so bad they put me in such a reading funk. But I think in April I made up for that and got back in my awesome reading groove that I’ve had going this year so far. Over 40 books in 4 months, I’m proud of myself for that.

So what did I read in April?

booksPax by Sara Pennypacker (5 stars)

The Ticking (comic) by Renee French (4 stars)

You by Caroline Kepnes (4 stars)

The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine (4 stars)

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (5 stars)

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight (2 stars)

 

audiobooksFox 8 by George Saunders (5 stars)

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (5 stars /re-read)

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas (5 Stars)

Gumption by Nick Offerman (5 stars)

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke (3 stars)

The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer (3 stars)

A pretty good month! My favorite book this month has to be The Serpent King or The Darkest Corners. They were both amazing! My least favorite of the month was definitely The Outliers… I have a review coming up for that one, so stay tuned if you want to know why I didn’t love this book.

Fun fact: I read The Secrets of Attraction without knowing it was a companion sequel to The Promise of Amazing. I own both books, and when I got them I looked up to see which came first, and somewhere along the way  I got mixed up and started the wrong book first. I still enjoyed it though, and even though some things were spoiled for me, I’m still looking forward to reading the first. This seems to be a trend for me. A couple years ago I read Lola and the Boy Next Door before Anna, not knowing that they went together. It worked out for me then and I’m sure it’ll work out for this series.

What did you read in April?

 

 

March 2016 Wrap-Up and Challenge Update

 

Hello! Happy April. Today I have a wrap-up of books I read in March. March was an ok month for me. I am in the midst of a Gilmore Girl binge for the first time so that really cut into my reading time. I am near the end (cries cries cries) so I won’t have Luke to distract me. I am also getting my wisdom teeth out at the end of the month and that should give me a few days of solid reading time! I also did a re-listen of the audiobook of Ready Player One this month bc that book is everything!!!

All the books I read in March…

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So I only finished 6 books in March! Not too shabby but I was aiming for more. I kinda jumped into too many books and didn’t end up finishing them.

2016 Challenge progress!

Flights of Fantasy

  1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  2. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
  3. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

  1. Roommates by Erin Leigh
  2. Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mathewson
  3. More Than Fashion by Elizabeth Briggs
  4. When We Collided by Emery Lord
  5. The Score by Elle Kennedy
  6. Bad Boy’s Baby by Sosie Frost
  7. A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers
  8. Love and Lists by Tara Sivec
  9. Dirty Thoughts by Megan Erickson
  10. Paige in Progress by Brighton Walsh
  11. The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt
  12. Dirty Talk by Megan Erickson

I added one book to each challenge this month! I should be finishing up a few fantasy books this month so that list should grow a bit in my April wrap-up 🙂

Did you have a good reading month? Have you read any of these yet?

February 2016 Wrap-Up and Challenge Update

 

Ok…February was not a good reading month for me. I finished a total of 4 books. I started 6 different books but did not manage to finish them this month. I got a decent way into most of them though, so March may end up being a great month because I should be able to finish those up plus a few others.

All the books I read in February…

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So I only finished 4 books in February (I also DNF-ed 1) but I really enjoyed all of these. Even though I am a bit bummed I didn’t get to more books in February I am happy they were all great reads! Check out below how these aided to my reading challenges for 2016.

2016 Challenge progress!

Flights of Fantasy

  1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  2. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

  1. Roommates by Erin Leigh
  2. Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mathewson
  3. More Than Fashion by Elizabeth Briggs
  4. When We Collided by Emery Lord
  5. The Score by Elle Kennedy
  6. Bad Boy’s Baby by Sosie Frost
  7. A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers
  8. Love and Lists by Tara Sivec
  9. Dirty Thoughts by Megan Erickson
  10. Paige in Progress by Brighton Walsh
  11. The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt

So I didn’t add any new books to my fantasy challenge this month but having only read 4 books that’s all right. I did start a few fantasy books in February so I am hopping to finish them in March. Here’s to a better reading month for me next month!

Did you have a good reading month?

January 2016 Wrap-Up and Challenge Progress

January was an amazing reading month for me! About halfway through the month I started devouring ebooks and started tackling some of the ebooks I have been sitting on for awhile. About half my list for the month is ebooks.

My personal goal for the year is to read at least one non-fiction title and one middle grade a month. This month I did finish a non-fiction title but didn’t actually finish a middle grade title. I am about 50% into but didn’t finish in time for January. Aiming to finish 2 in January because of this! Hoping to conquer Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow for my non-fiction pick in February but that book is a chunker and maybe not get all done in February.

All the books I read in January…

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2016 Challenge progress!

Flights of Fantasy

  1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  2. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

  1. Roommates by Erin Leigh
  2. Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mathewson
  3. More Than Fashion by Elizabeth Briggs
  4. When We Collided by Emery Lord
  5. The Score by Elle Kennedy
  6. Bad Boy’s Baby by Sosie Frost
  7. A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers
  8. Love and Lists by Tara Sivec
  9. Dirty Thoughts by Megan Erickson

I crushed the Contemporary Romance reading challenge in January! My aim for the year is 20 and I am basically half way there for the year. I may need to spend some time with fantasy books in February.

Did you have a good reading month?

November 2015 Wrap-Up

So November is notoriously a terrible reading month for me. I think I average about 5 books where as most months are anywhere from 10-15 books read. It really does not help that one of my most anticipated games came out (Fallout 4!!) and sucked up ALL my reading time.

Total books read in November: 5 (including a reread of Cinder)

I had some epic plans to reread all the Lunar Chronicle books before Winter came out (including reading Fairest for the first time). That did not happen. I was able to get through Cinder, which I think I love more every time I reread! I started Scarlet but found myself in possession of Winter a few days earlier than anticipated and knew I had to drop everything to read. Part of me thinks I wasn’t able to pick up another science fiction/fantasy title the rest of the month because I was still in awe of the perfection that is Winter and The Lunar Chronicles.

The other 3 books I finished in November were all contemporaries, ranging in YA, NA and adult. I will hopefully have all 3 reviewed in the next week or so but they were all enjoyable!

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How was your November? Hopefully you read more than me!