|Lauren on the Navy Pier|
Alright, it's time for my BEA Wrap-up! I was really excited to attend Book Expo America this year in Chicago. My sister was able to go last minute, which meant I was able to attend and she was very kind and drove us to the city. It's only about 5 or so hours to get there, so not too bad. Definitely a lot better than having to deal with flying to NYC. Plus, I hadn't been to Chicago since I was about 14 so it was kind of cool to be there again.
We drove into Chicago on Wednesday night, ate dinner, and prepared ourselves for the first day of BEA (well, the first full day).
Thursday, May 12
My hotel was near a shuttle stop, which was amazing. I highly recommend getting a hotel that has a shuttle stop that brings you straight to the convention center if you attend BEA in the future. NYC has the same set-up. It makes getting to and from SO much easier than finding your own way around the city after a long, long day walking around the convention floor.
|Lindsey and I at BEA|
|All of my autographed books|
The first signing I had to make on Thursday was for Audrey Coulthurst, who wrote Of Fire and Stars. I had talked to Amanda from Being Perry on Twitter about meeting up, and this was one of the signings we had in common. I texted her and we realized we were only a couple people apart in line. It was great meeting her, but sadly, we didn't get a picture together! I did run into her one or two other times and we talked via text a couple times. It was fun to meet her in person! I also happened to be right in front of author Mia Siegert in that line and I DID get a picture with her!!
|Mia and Me!|
|Author Lisa McMann and I|
|Adam Silvera and Me|
My autographed books on top includes More Happy Than Not because I happened to win a Twitter giveaway for a copy, and the person who ran it saw I was going to be at BEA so she met up with me on Friday and gave it to me there. That person was Kylie from Twitter - check her out - and I was really excited to have another person to meet at BEA, because I really wanted to meet more bloggy people this year, and I did! I also met Susan from Wastepaper Prose again. The first time, she said "hello" in passing and then I was able to sit down for a bit later on and talk to her more!
That night I went to dinner with my sister, we swam in the hotel pool, and got ready for the next day!
Friday, May 13
My feet were hurting but not nearly as bad as last year in NYC, so I was really grateful for that! I got to see Amanda for a second again. I was in line for Daniel Kraus and she was waiting for Maggie Stiefvater - the lines were next to each other. I was excited to get Daniel's novel The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch because it's one I've wanted to read for awhile. I asked when the second was coming out and he said "October" and then he joked that "Once you finish this, it'll be October" because it's a bit of a heavy novel! I'm excited!
Later, I got Stalking Jack the Ripper signed by Kerri Maniscalco. I didn't get a picture because there were a lot of people in line and I felt weird. I did a lot better asking for pictures this year though. I don't think I asked anyone last year! Just go for it, if you're shy like me! Unless there is a set rule and they tell you "no pictures" then they don't usually care!
|My September book haul - easily the busiest month!|
At the end of the day, there was a drop for Gemina. My sister and I got in line a bit early, but man, that line was so long. I literally laid on the ground because my feet were so tired and so were my shoulders! Lugging all those totes around gets crazy tiring after awhile. It was worth it though as we got a copy and I can't wait to read it. I loved Illuminae. I hurried over to the Caleb Roehrig signing after that though because I really wanted to get Last Seen Leaving. The line was fairly short at that time, so I was able to get a signed copy! Yay! Success!
BEA Blogger Dinner
After my Friday on the convention floor, I went back to the hotel for a bit to wait until it was time to head to the blogger dinner. I was really excited to attend as I knew this would be a good time to meet up with bloggers I hadn't seen yet. I was looking at Twitter and author Mia Siegert (photo of us above) had asked if anyone at BEA wanted to do dinner. I told her about the blogger dinner and she was worried she wouldn't be allowed to go, but I said it was fine, so I was really excited that she came. She ended up getting there early, so my sister and I took a taxi to meet with her and we were the first ones there. There was a whole area in the back sectioned off for us with a BEA Blogger Dinner banner. It was so cute. My sister, Mia, and I got a table together and chatted as people began to show up. Velvet from VVB 32 Reads was one of the next people to arrive and she joined us. We swapped cards and were both like "I know you!" It was fun to meet her in person, as her blog has been around for awhile now! Check her out!
|Nicole and Me|
|Laura and Me|
|Michelle and Me|
That's about it for my BEA Re-Cap. I didn't include all of the photos that I took of the books, but you can see more of those (as well as a few photos of my sister and I at the Navy Pier) on my Instagram.
My sister and I drove home Saturday afternoon, but we slept in a bit first, packed up, and then went to the Navy Pier for a little bit. Not everything was open, but it was still fun. Very cold though! I got a shirt for a friend's son, whose birthday party I had to miss, and I got a basic t-shirt for myself just to have something! My sister got my mom a magnet for Chicago because she loves magnets when she or any of us go anywhere. All in all, it was a lot of fun. I met some amazing people - bloggers and authors alike - and I'm glad I was able to attend!
I don't know if anyone has this on their blog (sorry if you do!) but I would love to read all of the other BEA Wrap-Up posts, so if you have one, please link up below. It's open until June 10, 2016!