In My Mailbox (BEA 2012 Edition)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

I know a few must be wondering about my time at BEA.  Let me just tell you it was a blast!

That was the day of the Book Blogger Convention and I didn’t know what to expect.  First time I ever went to the Javits Center, which is amazingly huge!  I met up with a lot of people that first day, Jenna (Coffee, Books, and Me), Steph (The Fake Steph), and Kate (Midnight BookGirl).  We waited in line for a bit and got this awesome swag bag filled with books (a list of all the books I got at BEA are down below).  We had breakfast and lunch with amazing authors and then got to listen to some speakers.  Jennifer Weiner was hilarious.  Some of the panels that I went to in the afternoon were interesting too.  I think I learned a few new things about the publishing world. 

Favorite Book of the day: Darker Still by Leanna Renee Heiber
Favorite Part of the day: Having breakfast and lunch with some awesome authors, including Ally Condie (Matched), Suzanne Lazaar (Innocent Darkness), Leanna Renee Heiber (Darker Still), and Zoraida Cordova (The Vicious Deep).

It was the first official day of BEA.  It was my first time so I still didn’t know what to expect except to be tired beyond belief by the end of the day.  I already had six blisters on each foot because I got lost on Monday and had to walk at least 30 blocks to the place I was staying.  However, on the floor, it wasn’t so bad because most of the ground was carpeted.  I went to all my favorite booths.  My most favorite booth was Macmillan because they were just so awesome to me.  I got to meet Megan, an awesome blogger at Between the Lines and while waiting in line for Melissa Marr’s Carnival of Souls, I met my two favorite bloggers in the blogosphere: Danny from BewitchedBookworms and Donna from Bites.  They were both extremely nice and amazing!  After I left the Javits Center, I quickly dropped off all the books I got that day and tried to find the Jefferson Market Library to attend the Teen Author Carnival.  I was half an hour late because I had mistaken the building for a church and walked right past it.  TAC was awesome and I loved listening to all the panels.  I got to meet two of my most fav authors, Michelle Hodkin and Barry Lyga.  Michelle Hodkin was so sweet and even gave me a teaser of The Evolution of Mara Dyer in my copy of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer because she spelled my name wrong.  I had so much fun!       
Favorite Book of the day: Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant
Favorite Part of the day: At the Teen Author Carnival, I met my all-time favorite author, Barry Lyga, and got Boy Toy signed!

That day was much the same as the first.  I attending the Children’s Breakfast and I was so glad I did.  I didn’t get the best seats in the world, but it was enough to get to see John Green and Chris Colfer.  I got to meet awesome people in line waiting for books.  There was a lot of waiting in line but it seemed to me that BEA was like a theme park for books and I really enjoyed it.  People I got to meet: Jennifer from Crazy for Books and Keri from Quill Café.  Jennifer was fantastic and Keri was great, she even has a mascot for her site which is the cutest.  By the time I got back where I was staying, I was so tired that I missed the Books of Wonder signing I was going to go to.  Maybe next time. 

Favorite Book of the Day: The Diviners by Libba Bray
Favorite Part of the Day: I got to meet Veronica Roth and just having finished Divergent a few weeks ago, I gushed about how much I loved Four.  She was just so nice and inscribed, “Be strong!” in my copy of Insurgent (which I just finished, so awesome! Review to come.).

Last day of BEA and it was sad but still as awesome.  I had a huge schedule and knowing by other people telling me that Thursday was a slow day, I was hoping they were right.  It was slower than most and waiting to be let onto the floor, I met Darla from DforDarla’s Definite Reads.  She was great!  I got an awesome shirt from Sourcebooks that says, “Authors are my Rockstars!”  But then my schedule sort of fell apart and I began wondering.  I knew I needed to get in line for Breath by Sarah Crossan and there I met the two first bloggers I ever followed and inspired me to create my own blog: Natascha (Bloody Bookaholic) and Briana (TheBook Pixie), we played UNO in line and I had loads of fun hanging out with them.  After that, I found Jenna again (from the first day) and we went to booth to booth looking around and handing out cards.  I got some awesome books that day and now I am super excited to start reading them all!

Favorite Book of the Day: Embrace by Jessica Shrivington
Favorite Part of the Day:  I was less than three feet away from John Green, being short I just got to see his puff level, but it was still awesome.  I’m used to seeing John Green in a small Youtube video on my computer so to see him in real life was pretty amazing, being a nerdfighter.    
Altered by Jennifer Rush
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Black City by Elizabeth Richards
The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
Skinny by Donna Cooner
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Eternally Yours by Cate Tiernan
Prodigy by Marie Lu
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Darker Still by Leanna Renee Heiber
Skylark by Meagan Spooner
Breathe by Sarah Crossan
The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
I’m Not Her by Janet Gurtler
If I Tell by Janet Gurtler
Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler
Narc by Crissa-Jean Chappell
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Wacko Academy by Faith Wilkens
Rot & Ruin by Jonathon Maberry
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Queen of Swords by Katee Robert
BZRK by Michael Grant
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
Entice by Jessica Shirvington
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Beta by Rachel Cohn
Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Angelfall by Susan Ee
Blessed by Tonya Hurley
In a Glass Grimly by Adam Gidwitz
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison
Elemental by Emily White
Venom by Fiona Paul
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
After Hello by Lisa Mangum
What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang
Surviving High School by M. Doty
Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin
Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford
Zom-B by Darren Shan
Red Rain by R. L. Stine
Ashes by Isla J. Bick
The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
Origin by Jessica Khoury

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
Ashfall by Mike Mullin

How was your BEA?  What books did you get this week?

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  1. OMG sooo many books!!!!! I still can't believe BEA is already over ;(( It was sooo lovely meeting you! and I hope you'll have fun reading your stack of awesome!

  2. it was so great to meet you, Gina! Enjoy your haul!