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Monday, June 18, 2012

BEA 2012!

This year I had the good fortune to be able to attend BEA (BookExpo America) again! After having to miss the expo for the past 2 years, I finally found time in my work schedule to attend day 1 and 2 of the expo! The night before, I was invited to an event at the Scholastic headquarters in NYC! I met the lovely publicists I had previously only known through emails, and I got to attend some pretty dynamic and hilarious readings by a bunch of authors!

Night @ Scholastic
Had an absolutely amazing and entertaining night! Thank you to all the lovely people and authors at Scholastic! Looking forward to all the books featured that night! The authors featured are such wonderful, hilarious and down to earth people!
At the end of the night I got a really nice little totebag and some great books!


Thank you, Scholastic!

BookExpo America
I finally got to meet in person so many bloggers I've spoken with, followed, and interacted via goodreads!! I met the lovely Brianna (aka the Book Pixie), Taschima Cullen (Bloody Bookaholic) and Sandy (Pirate Penguin's Reads) in person at last! Brianna is such a sweet person and Tasch has a hilarious sense of humor--had a blast at the expo with them, even when we were just waiting in line to get in to the exhibition hall! We were pleasantly surprised by the appearance of two rather good-looking (shirtless) guys who were promoting the fourth book of Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush Hush series, Finale! Needless to say, it was a rather nice beginning to day 3 of the expo!
I didn't get to meet Sandy in person until the end of the 2nd day but she's a lovely person! She had the cutest little penguin plushie keychain on her lanyard!

Luckily for me, I got to see Lenore of Presenting Lenore again! She is possibly one of the sweetest bloggers I know; she always says hi to all the bloggers and stops to make conversation! Her debut novel, Level 2, is also coming in 2013! Doubly lucky for me, I manage to snag an ARC of it! Squeee!! Can't wait to read it!

Another blogger I had the pleasure of getting to know is BC Haysel of The Tattered Page! We bonded over trying to reach the ARC drops and standing in the crazy lines for the authors who were autographing! So glad I got to get to know her better--she's so funny and just a genuinely nice person!
Bloggers are just such funny, sweet, great people--so glad I was able to connect with more of the community at the expo!

And now the books & swag I got!:

Day 1
Books:
Falling Kingdom by Morgan Rhodes
The Diviners by Libbra Bray
Zom-B by Darren Shan
Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans (squeee!)
Wake by Amanda Hocking
Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers by Dan Pilkey
Undead by Kirsty McKay
Pinned by Sharon G. Flake
Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull
Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Black City by Elizabeth Richards
After Hello by Lisa Mangum
Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman
In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz
A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
The Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony
Prodigy by Marie Lu
The Shadow Horses by Susanna Kearsley
Amber House by Kelly Moore and Tucker Reed
Beta by Rachel Cohn
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Venom by Fiona Paul
The Lost Prince by Selden Edwards


Swag:
Some bookmarks (including a signed one for Venom!), a frisbee for The Lost Dogs, a magnet and playing cards from 2 children series and a mask that I got along with an ARC of Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr!

Day 2
Books:



Thank you to the wonderful Taschima of Bloody Bookaholic for the copy of Alice in Zombieland! Sooo excited for that book!!

Swag:
Got a nifty little water pouch from Disney-Hyperion, some post cards of upcoming Poppy Titles, a Croak magnet, book marks and stickers, a couple of pins (Love the Keep Calm and Pray for Dawn one especially!), a read tattoo, a whoopee cushion and a neat little measuring stick and a cupcake recipe!

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I had an absolute blast at Scholastic and BEA this year! I'm very grateful I got the chance to go! I managed to snag a few extra ARC's so keep an eye out for some giveaways soon!!
Wish I was able to list out all the bloggers I met, but I'm drowning in business cards and still trying to visit all your blogs! I'm glad I got a chance to meet you all and look forward to reading your reviews!

However, since the line for Veronica Roth's signing of Insurgent was too long and got cut off, I didn't manage to get a copy of Insurgent. So if anyone has an extra copy they don't want, I'd be willing to swap an ARC or two for it! ;)

5 comments:

Lenore Appelhans said...

I got cut out of the Insurgent line too. SO GOOD to see you again!!

Briana said...

The only book I would maybe swap for Insurgent would be Level 2 but even then I don't know if I would be able to part with it! :P Consider yourself lucky getting Level 2 though! That's awesome!!!

Taschima Cullen said...

It was fun hanging out with you too! Same time next year? :D

Book Sp(l)ot said...

That looks like you got some fantastic books (and swag) and the Scholastic thing sounds cool.

These BEA posts are making me wish (even more than I already did) that I'd been able to go *here's hoping I can somehow manage next year*

Glad you had such a great time - and SO jealous that you have Level 2, btw ;)

BookChic said...

Great recap! I was at the Scholastic event too and it was a ton of fun. I wish I'd been able to say hi to more people, but it was just crazy.

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