I was looking forward to BEA, aka Book Expo America, all year long. BEA meant that finals were finally over and I could quit studying, that I could meet and see all my lovely friends again, and that I get the chance to discover and obtain so many of my most anticipated books.
Unlike last year, this year, I want to post separate recap posts for each day of BEA since this year, I’m not feeling that lazy. I also want to capture BEA in greater detail since this would be my last BEA for awhile until it comes back to New York City.
I met my friend Danielle, who was already waiting in line – yes, there was already a line filled with people already – where she informed me that the Press Office won’t have my badge as she tried to get her Press Pass badge there without any success. I decided to go to the Press Office anyways since it wasn’t that far away, where the people working there couldn’t find my badge and gave me a generic Press Pass badge instead. Since I actually want people to know who I was (the generic Press Pass didn’t say my name, my blog, or my location), I headed to the Registration Booth all the way at the other side of Javits to get my pass. I then headed back to Danielle and waited for the rest of my friends to show up: Sajda from Across the Words, Nori from ReadWriteLove28, and Jon from Bookish Antics.
As soon as doors opened at 1PM, I rushed – aka speed-walked – all the way to the Macmillan booth to snag a ticket for the Truthwitch signing as there was only 100 copies/tickets available. By the time I got there, there was already a small crowd surrounding the booth. I manage to snag the golden ticket – yes, the Truthwitch tickets were gold in color – and carefully put the ticket in my pocket because I didn’t want to lose my ticket or have someone take it like what had happened in New York Comic Con. I headed straight to Disney after that, where I saw a bunch of A Thousand Nights galleys at the Disney booth, which were all gone in less than two minutes. I then headed to the Hachette booth and snagged a copy of Wolf by Wolf, a book I’ve been eyeing for the longest time since who could resist a synopsis with what if Germany won World War II?
From then on, I just randomly walked around the show floor, picking up galleys I was interested in, until 2PM. There was never a boring moment – I would be walking around the place and notice that a publisher was dropping a book or books I was interested in, get in line if there was one, get the book, continue to walk around, and the whole cycle will repeat. My one hour of free time turned out to be an hour of busy time. (Yes, I’m aware that that “pun” was horrible.)
At 2PM, I headed straight to the Macmillan booth with my friends for the Tonight the Streets Are Ours galley drop. Even though I was thirty minutes early for the galley drop, the line for the galley drop was quite long already, which I can understand because it’s LEILA SALES. I finally met my twitter all-caps BFF Nikki from Fiction Freak on this line (NIKKI, WHY DIDN’T WE GET A PICTURE TOGETHER?) as she had just arrived to BEA because of her many plane delays.At around 3:15PM, we headed to the Truthwitch signing with our golden tickets. There was already a long line for Truthwitch and we proceeded to sit on the floor and wait. When we were finally at the beginning of the line, I told Susan Dennard that I would just like Truthwitch to be signed only and not personalized, which got a look from her. I’m assuming that she didn’t understand why I only wanted Truthwitch to be signed and not personalized. My reasoning for only wanting books signed and not personalized is because if I end up not enjoying the book after I read it, I want to be able to pass it on to other people who would enjoy it more than I did, and it’s harder to pass on books when the book is signed and personalized to me.
After that, it was almost 4PM, which meant that I headed straight to Simon and Schuster and waited for the Zeroes ARC drop there. After the Zeroes galley drop, I continued to wander around the show floor.
Before I left the show hall, I waited for the Walk On Earth A Stranger and Newt’s Emerald galley drop, then headed to Penguin Random House, where they were dropping galleys of Another Day. I was surprised that Penguin Random House was also dropping ARCs of These Shallow Graves at the same time since they never mentioned they would. I quickly snagged a copy of These Shallow Graves since I’ve been hearing some buzz about it and that has definitely piqued my interest.
I started heading home at around 4:45PM, tired and ready to flop onto my bed and that was caused by only walking four hours on the show floor.
Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
A Little In Love by Susan Fletcher
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson
Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix
The Copper Gauntlet by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
Another Day by David Levithan
I decided to share the BEA love by giving away an galley I got at BEA at the end of each recap post. Today, I am giving away the ARC of A Little In Love, which I’ve heard is a Les Miserables retelling told from someone else’s point of view.
Terms & Conditions:
- This contest is open INTERNATIONALLY.
- The giveaway will run until July 3, 2015.
- You must be 18 years or older, or have parents’ permission to enter.
- All your entries will be disqualified if you pickup entries for something you haven’t done. (I had to do this for so many of my last giveaways, please don’t make me do this again.)
- If you only use ONE account to do all these tasks and enter under different names, they will still only constitute as ONE entry.
- If the winner does not respond to my e-mail within 48 hours, I will have to choose another winner.
- I am not responsible for any items lost in the mail.