Muggle-Born’s Not-So-Comprehensive BEA Recap

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.


  1. Your name is in The Raven Boys, when I saw it I immediately thought of you. That is very cool. I went to BEA for the first time this year and my goal was books but only books I really wanted because I have a weight limit on my check in luggage and I pretty much succeeded there. I was also hoping to network too but I am disgustingly shy so I stayed away from most of the industry reps :P. I spoke to some bloggers though so that was cool.

    I might go again next year and meet up with more bloggers and join less signings.

    1. For once, I am so happy that I have a unique name!

      Yeah, I didn’t network too much this year and I basically just used BEA to hang out with bloggers that I had yet to meet in real life.

  2. Glad you had fun at BEA this year. I also met Erin Morgenstern while I was there. She’s so talented.

    Going to have to check my copy of The Raven Boys (which I’m dying to read) for your name.

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