Yes, I was at BEA. It was my second year attending and my intention was quite different this year. I definitely wanted to meet some of my blogger friends (new and old), I wanted to attend publishing events outside of BEA, and lastly, I just wanted to meet authors.
But my biggest goal for BEA this year was to walk away with 15 books or less. Making a quick mental tally, I’d say that including books I got for others (mainly my younger brother and sister), I got 16 books in total, with at least 11 books that I am definitely reviewing.
My favorite BEA moment: Maggie Stiefvater recognizing my name and telling me that I am in her newest novel, The Raven Boys. (Pretty sure it is on page 37 of the ARC. Check it out if you have it.)
Favorite author that I met: Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus. I almost forgot that she was signing at BEA. The Night Circus is one of my favorite reads and it was one of the few books that I really wanted to pick up at BEA.
Favorite blogger that I met: After months and months of talking to Brent of Naughty Book Kitties online, I finally had a chance to meet him.
First book I read from BEA: I am currently reading Rachel Cohn’s Beta. I got this on the last day of BEA. It was the only book I got that day and I had time to kill while waiting for my best friend. I’m surprised at how well Cohn can pull of science fiction!
Book I can’t wait to read from the rest of my BEA pile: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Obviously.
Book I wish I had a chance to pick up at BEA: Kristin Cashore was signing at BEA. How I wish I could get a signed copy of Bitterblue. But you know that her line would be ridiculously long. While it would have been great, I wasn’t prepared to stress out for a signed copy.
Overall, BEA is a fun but exhausting experience. The two highlights of the event really are meeting my few blogger friends and meeting authors. I love seeing publishing industry people that I know. I don’t know if I will be attending next year, but I am glad that I had a chance to go in 2012.