I have been a bit MIA this week. I left for New York last Wednesday, got back Monday, and have been working and reading since. I was at BEA Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (for Book Con). Sunday, I went with some good friends to go see Wicked –cause why not end the week with an awesome Broadway play?
BEA was insane. I met so many cool bloggers, authors, publishers, editors, booksellers, and book lovers. I even met a book cover designer (!) who designed some really cool YA that I know and love. There really is something magical about being at a giant conference filled with people who will not judge you for your obsession with the written word. Seriously, everyone leaves BEA with bags of free books and no one really judges.
I went to some amazing panels too. I heard Kathy Reichs, Jodi Picoult, David Mitchell, Cary Elwes, Veronica Roth, Danielle Page, Alaya Dawn Johnson, and Marie Lu speak. I got the scoop on all the upcoming Children’s, Middle Grade, and YA titles.
I met up with friends from the year before! I met up with library school friends. And believe it or not, I also tracked down a bookstore. I’ve been wanting to go to a particular children’s bookstore in NYC (Books of Wonder) for the longest time, so I did, and got even more books…Thank you, Emma, for going along!
I have books signed by Caragh M. O’Brien, Scott Westerfeld, Amy Plum, A.S. King, Philip and Erin Stead, Mem Fox, David Wiesner, Garth Nix, Sarah J. Maas, Gail Z. Martin, Christina Lauren, Kresley Cole, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Danielle Page, Jack Gantos, and Garth Nix. I also had David Mitchell sign my conference program, cause why not?
Before I go through all the books, I did also receive some books the week leading up to BEA (one I pre-ordered, and the other two are courtesy of Macmillan!)
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
I also picked up some amazing tote bags, and a little bit of swag! The rolled up posters went to my library already (they were for the new Amulet book and the new Raina Telgemeire book).
Besides Mr. Wuffles! By David Wiesner and Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page (which I got from the awesome bookstore) all the books listed and pictured below came to me free from BEA:
Mr. Wuffles! By David Wiesner
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip and Erin Stead
The Scarecrow’s Wedding by Julia Donaldson
Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox
Clariel by Garth Nix
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Breaking Butterflies by M. Angelais
The 8th Continent by Matt London
Tape by Steven Camden
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
The Yeti Files by Kevin Sherry
Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George
Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson
Amuelt: Escape from Lucien (book 6) by Kazu Kibuishi
Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin
Sublime by Christina Lauren
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
Lux Beginnings by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Throne of Bones and Frost Born by Lou Anders
Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Meyers
Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
Sway by Kat Spears
Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
Nest by Esther Ehrilich
Chloe by Design: Making the Cut by Margaret Gurevich
Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
The Swap by Megan Shull
Bombay Blues by Tanuja Desai Hidier
Dork Diaries (1) by Rachel Renee Russell
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos
Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson
After the End by Amy Plum
And here are the lovely autographs (the last one is the book con booklet signed by David Mitchell):
And I think I will end this super long post with some pictures by the Cassandra Clare wall (which actually served as a really great meeting spot). Casey, if you’re reading this, I just had to share the picture of you too! It like was our wall.