)So I am back from BEA. It was a lot of fun. Sadly, I was only able to go on Wednesday (and I even had to leave early) but it worked out okay. Besides...those bags of books really made my shoulders and back hurt. Seriously, I'm still aching. I can't be the only one! It was a lot of fun and such a good experience. I do want to go back again in the future...who knows if it will be next year or not...but sometime! I do need to run around a lot more. I'm sure I missed out on a lot of good books. I didn't get to check Quirk Books or go back to Sourcebooks or even find BenBella Books and Europa Editions. Quite alright...saw some other fun booths and got a total of 20 books (one is a repeat because Chelsea of the Page Flipper was kind enough to give me hers since she had one...so giveaway people!)
As Shooting Stars is myself and Alicia (when it comes ot YA book reviews) we do have some of the same books, so hopefully we can do giveaways for some of those as well. Alicia is sneaky and got books I didn't see (and she was there longer) so I'm sure she has quite a stack. *Jealous*
I'd make a whole list of books I got but they are in a huge fed-ex box in another room so I'll just name some by their titles: Matched, Notes from a Blender, Adios Nirvana, Annexed, I Am J, Halo, Married with Zombies, and more. :-)
I didn't really get to meet that many authors...had a book signed by Maria V. Snyder and Carolyn Mackler though. I even ran into Eric Luper at the fed-ex station so that was kind of fun!
I saw Stephanie Kuehnert for a second but she was walking away from the line I was in, so sadly, I didn't talk to her but she's amazing so it was kind of cool to say I saw her anyway. haha By the way, you all need to pick Ballads of Suburbia which is her latest novel and so amazing!! One of my new favorite books of all-time.
As for the rest
of my New York journey, I got to see West Side Story. It was really good. I love musicals and this was one I'd never seen anywhere before. Too bad we had a couple ladies next to us who talked the whole time. They were on the other side of my s
sister so she heard it the most. Truly horrible theater etiquette!
And one of the most exciting things I did was see Julia Hoban (author of the amazing Willow). My sister and I met her at Magnolia Bakery (from Sex and the City, for all you fans) and we got to talk and hang out for a little over an hour. It was the first time I met her and she's super sweet in person too. Willow is an amazing read and again, another all-time favorite book I've read. It must be read by all, so no waiting! Get it now. It's in paperback for less than TEN BUCKS!
Anyway, overall, it was a good time. I'm so tired right now though. It was a crazy busy week. I'm sure Alicia will have an update post on her time when she gets home as well so look for that. I have quite a few reviews that I need to post as well so more posts to come. Sorry there wasn't much of anything this week!
P.S. I had business cards but sadly only gave them to a few people. However, my new business is up if you want to check it out: http://www.laurenashleybecker.com/