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.
First of all, this will be such a boring post since I didn’t bother to take any pictures at all! I know, I’m terrible. But the highlight of my BEA experience is probably meeting Darla and Sandy from Read. Chat. Love. We’ve only been talking almost every day online for the last few months and it was finally nice to meet them! I’ve never met any online friends I’ve had until BEA, and you know, as an active member online, I’ve accumulated lots of online friends even outside of the book blogging world.
BEA week was unfortunately the most tiring week I’ve ever experienced. On top of BEA, I had three finals and move-out day at my dorm. So I basically ran around Manhattan the entire week! I raced through all my finals (oops!) to get from the Upper East Side to the Javitz Center which was extremely tiring! BEA on top of finals were extremely mentally exhausting. But despite the fact that I am / was extremely whiny about how tired I was and still am, BEA was completely worth it.
I admit, I didn’t do as much networking as I would have liked. My first day at BEA, I felt extremely lost and tired and I didn’t quite know how to just go about it. It was kind of strange for me to just pick up books. Like seriously? Books for free? But eventually, I did get the hang of it, and I did talk to a few publishers and bloggers! Seriously, I really need to learn to go up and talk to people. Hopefully, I’ll be better next year!!!
And I’m unfortunately not posting the massive (which is really not that massive compared to what I’ve seen on other blogs…) stash of BEA books because I did just move back from college and to be honest, I am exhausted from reorganizing my books that I’ve somehow accumulated while I was away at school. It seems that my book collection has grown twice its size. Here’s a small preview of the books I did get (and that I remember getting):
I did end up getting the books I wanted except for LOLA and FOREVER. I’m satisfied with my haul even if it doesn’t compare to other people. No jealousy from me. I’m just glad that I got to go!
And one last thing… While waiting on line to get my autographed copy of DARKER STILL, I had an amazing epiphany. Sourcebooks had a massive poster of the cover, and that’s when I realized that the dress on the cover looked like my senior year prom dress! Crazy!
Gah, I am in the middle of finals week and even if it means that I will be running all over the East and West sides of Manhattan all day, I am squeezing in a few hours of BEA every day. My finals end at 1:30 on Tuesday and Wednesday which should get me to Javitz at around 2 PM.
I am unfortunately missing a lot of the signings that I was looking forward to, and unfortunately, education comes first. Sigh. Next year!
I’m a total introvert and chances of me coming up to other bloggers are very slim. Help me crack myself out of my shell! If you recognize me, come up and introduce yourself! I’d love to meet you and also get my mind off finals!
Here are some recent pictures of me!
I’m really quite short and I will most likely have my hair up just because it’ll look a lot neater that way.
And just for kicks, here’s a picture of me taken over the weekend with a lot of make up. I will definitely not show up to BEA looking like this though it was a lot of fun dressing up!
Other than BEA, I do plan on attending some other events. I will definitely be at the Teen Author Carnival. (I think I deserve a study break!)
Let me know if you want to meet up!