June 2, 2014

BEA 2014 Recap!

I went to BookExpo America (BEA) for the third time last week and it was by far my favorite experience! Remember all the things I said I wanted to do this time around? Like relax, take my time, be pickier about books, meet more publicists and bloggers and just have fun? Well I did all that and more. For one thing, the event in general was much more organized this time around (with the exception of BookCon). I only waited in a few long lines and usually wandered around with Alexa who was my partner-in-crime for the entire event. I got all the books on my list and couple more that sparked my interest. I met a lot more bloggers this year, many of whom were oh-so-lovely in person (Jamie, Steph Kat & Meg from Cuddlebuggery, Nicole, Cassie, Andi, Tiff, Heidi -- I'm thinking of you ladies in particular!). I got to see and chat with my favorite authors like Sarah J. Maas, Jennifer L. Armentrout and Heather Demetrios. Plus I was invited to a few publisher-held blogger events for the first time ever (thank you again HarlequinTeen, Macmillan and Bloomsbury!). I just had a really, really great time. I didn't even mind waking up early and commuting to NYC as much :)

Now, here are some pictures! 
(Photos are from my phone, Alexa's & Jamie's)

>> Authors 
(top left, clockwise) Posing with Adi Alsaid; Jennifer L. Armentrout; Neil Patrick Harris (!!!); Morgan Matson; Miranda Kenneally; Heather Demetrios; Sarah J. Maas.

>> Bloggers 
(top left, clockwise) With Gaby, Jamie and Nicole; posing with the cover model of Black Ice; the Javitz Center; the Bloomsbury ARC shelves (I seriously wanted to grab books!); with Alexa; the waffle Alexa & I treated ourselves at the end of BEA; with Jamie (we finally met!).

>> The Book Haul
(left, clockwise) Day 1 -- my favorites are LUX Beginnings (obvs!), Stone Cold Touch, Queen of Tearling, Talon and I'll Give You the Sun; Day 3 -- um, HEIR OF FIRE; Day 2 - my favorites are Landline, Breathe Annie Breathe, Since You've Been Gone and Exquisite Captive. 

How was everyone else's BEA experience?
(And if you didn't go, you should!)

7 comments:

  1. HELLO CHELLY! (I couldn't help it). It was so nice to meet you as well and I'm glad you had such a fantastic BEA!

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  2. I wanted to go to BEA sooo bad! Next year! Definitely next year!

    Vivian Apple at the End of the World is one of my most anticipated titles! :D

    Angie @ Pinkindle

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  3. So jealous you got Landline! Bookcon was insanity, literally. So happy for you that you got to meet some bloggers as well as attend publisher parties! :)

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  4. I'm so jealous that you got to go to BEA! It's definitely on the top of my bucket list! Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Chelly! It's great that I got to live out BEA through the posts of bloggers who got to go, hehe.

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  5. I love reading everyone's BEA recaps, and I especially enjoy seeing all of the book hauls! I would love to go to BEA one day; it sounds like lots of fun :)

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  6. I'm very happy we were able to hang out for long periods of time during BEA! It was such a treat to just wander the floor with you, and find all the awesome bloggers, authors and books! I also find it very amusing that we have all the same ARCs (except for 4 you have that I do not, and all the middle grade books I picked up). Fun times ahead for FWA!

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