|Random shot of the Javits Center floor (near the autographing area)|
My sister and I were supposed to fly out of Louisville on Wednesday, May 27 and go through Detroit to make it to NYC. Well, due to bad weather, our flight kept getting delayed and then our new flight straight to NYC was canceled around 9 that night. They put us in a hotel and we left around six the next morning, going straight to NYC. What really sucks about this is that we got there late and by the time we found our hotel and checked in, I had missed the Harlequin Teen breakfast. This was the only fun event I was invited to so I was really bummed to have missed out. Anyway, the rest of the day went well. My feet were killing me, but I had a couple meetings and met some fun authors, etc. throughout the day.
We attended BEA again on Friday and I don't know how I was able to walk (I have bad feet in general, but somehow I got blisters all over them so it was tough...). Again, I met some cool authors and was able to get a ton of fantastic sounding books. My sister had a really good time too and she found quite a few books she hopes to read/review for the blog sometime in the future. There are also plenty of books we both want to read like These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly.
|My sister, Kari, and I at Dylan's Candy Shop (I'm in the red shirt)|
|Waiting for Disenchanted!|
Anyway, back to BEA. Here are some of my highlights, as well as pictures of MOST of the books I got while there.
These two photos are Kunal Nayyar from The Big Bang Theory. I was late that day but my sister was able to take a couple good photos of him meeting with fans for his upcoming memoir, Yes, My Accent is Real.
*On Thursday, I hurried to Kate Scelsa's signing. Scelsa wrote Fans of the Impossible Life, which I'm so excited to read. I told her she was my first for BEA and she wrote that in my book!
*The only other signing I waited in line for on Thursday was for Will Walton, author of Anything Could Happen. It was really cool to meet him - he seems super sweet and I love the sound of his novel. Authors Julie Murphy and Adam Silvera were also in line to say hello, so it was cool to be right behind them as well!! The above photo is Will Walton (blue plaid, glasses on the left) and David Levithan - who is the publisher and therefore he was there to help support Will and he was the one going around with post-it notes so that Will knew how to spell your name.
While I was there a bit longer on Thursday, I feel like more happened on Friday for me. I got more books signed (random in-booth signings for the most part) and I received more books to take home. I didn't take a suitcase so my sister and I shared carrying totes of books around and then we shipped it all home at the end of the day. I paid for two boxes, and yeah, it's expensive, but I think it was worth it and it all came in the mail nice and neat the next week.
|My sister and I waiting for the shuttle on Friday afternoon at BEA|
*When we arrived on Friday morning, my sister joined the Kelley Armstrong signing for The Masked Truth and got a copy signed. I was going to try and join the line for Black Widow but it was way too long. However, later that day I got in the line for Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld which was awesome and the wait wasn't too long, so that's even better.
|Another waiting for the shuttle shot|
The above books are June, July, and August ARCS. I'm excited about The Gratitude Diaries - that was an in-booth signing I randomly came across and I'm really excited I did. So that one is autographed.
These are my September ARCS- The Story of My Tits is a graphic memoir about breast cancer (it's signed - random in-booth signing). Dream Things True was a galley drop and the author happened to be in the booth so that one is signed as well.
These are the October ARCS and it's full of some good titles. City on Fire is one I'm excited about - the author had an in-booth signing, but I missed it, so it's cool they had extra copies later. Nine Lives is another in-booth signing I attended. I'm also really excited about Illuminae. The floors leading up to the main floor of BEA were designed to look like the cover. Photo below:
These are my November ARCS, and it's slowed down a bit, which is nice. September and October are some busy months! I'm excited about D.C. Trip in particular.
This is my one and only December ARC but I'm really pumped. I read an excerpt from this one and it sounds great - by the way, the main character is blind if you didn't already know!
And these are January 2016 ARCS - it will be difficult not to read these sooner since I have so many other titles to get through. I was excited that my sister was able to get a copy of The Expatriates since I didn't make it to the author's in-booth signing. I'm also excited for The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend.
And finally, these last two photos are books that are finished copies. I assume that means that all of them have already been released, but I hope to read some of these in-between reading the various ARCS I got. The Ables sounds great and it's one that I got signed as well.
My other final copies! I'm excited to read Emergency Contact, which is an M/M romance I had seen online before. Point Hollow and The Dead Hamlets are both thrillers that sound awesome.
So that's about it! If you have any questions about BEA or these novels or my time in NYC, please let me know and I can do another post answering them!