If I thought Day One of BEA was busy, Day Two was A LOT busier due to one main reason: publisher parties and more books to grab! I was out and busy all day Thursday.
On Thursday, May 28th, aka Day Two of BEA, I had to wake up at 5AM – which should be a CRIME – since I was invited to join the Harlequin Teen breakfast, which started at 7:30AM and getting to Javits Center will take me an hour and thirty minutes subway ride to get there. I arrived at Javits Center at around 7:10AM, where I met up with Meredith from Pandora’s Books and chatted with her after not seeing her face to face for almost a year. (It was nice seeing you and chatting with you face to face again Meredith!)
The Harlequin Teen breakfast was fun. They served food – I had a very hard time picking up the orange juice and a banana muffin while trying to hold onto my small plate – and they had books! I picked up White Hot Kiss, Legacy of Kings, Nowhere But Here, and Never Always Sometimes and listened to Jennifer L. Armentrout, Eleanor Herman, Katie McGarry, and Adi Alsaid’s short introductions about their books. The authors and the people who worked in Harlequin then rotated around the tables. Katie McGarry was one of the authors who stopped by my table and her “speech” – if you can even call it that – about how different the motorcycle gangs she knew when she was growing up was compared to the media and society’s portrayal of them. Her “speech” made me even more excited to read her book.
After the Harlequin Teen breakfast, I went to the show floor entrance to meet my friends. There, I gave Nori from ReadWriteLove28 my ARC of Never Always Sometimes since I wasn’t interested in it as much as she was and White Hot Kiss to Tabitha from Tabitha’s Book Blog. (I also gave Tabitha my copy of Nowhere But Here later.) As soon as doors opened, we speed-walked to the Disney booth, where I snagged a copy of Hunter and then quickly stepped into line for Passenger.After Passenger, I decided to wander around the show floor before I headed to Ernest Cline’s signing for Armada. I was lucky I arrived at the line at the time I did because three minutes later, Ernest Cline’s line became really long. Jon from Bookish Antics and Sajda from Across the Words met me on the Armada line and successfully convinced me to give Armada a chance before I give it away. I then headed to the Autographing Center for the signing for Blood Passage.
Next up on my schedule was Lair of Dreams. I found out that the Lair of Dreams signing was ticketed at the last moment. After lots of confusion and misdirections given by multiple people, I finally found the right Lair of Dreams line and waited for more than twenty minutes for it to even move a single step. In those twenty minutes, the Lair of Dreams line grew – it suddenly wrapped around the exhibit hall wall and back again. It was a scary long line, but after foury minutes of waiting, I finally reached the front of the line and met Libba Bray before time or books ran out.
After the Lair of Dreams signing, I decided to stop by the Autograph Center for the Jennifer E. Smith signing for Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between because I had the extra time to, so why not? After that, I went to the Penguin Random House booth, where I lurked until they were ready to drop Everything, Everything and the tote bag that matched Everything, Everything.
Near the end of BEA, Nori kindly gave me her copy of Tonight the Streets Are Ours since I was looking for another copy since my first copy of Tonight the Streets Are Ours I got from Day One somehow got wet when I came home. Thank you so much Nori!At around 5:30PM, Sajda, Nikki, and I left Javits Center to go to the Strand – Sajda and I for the Macmillan Happy Hour while Nikki just wanted to stop by Strand. The Macmillan Party took place at the Rare Book Room in the Strand and it was fun to mingle with other bloggers I know and chat with, take pictures at the photobooth, and eat some delicious food. I was feeling a touch awkward and antisocial though because I’m a introvert and I was really tired, but I somewhat managed.
Right before we left the Macmillan Happy Hour, Macmillan had some Fierce Reads goodie bags and guess what was one of the books in those goodie bags? That’s right, SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo!!! Cue the freak out. (I was actually speculating that Six of Crows *might* be in the goodie bag, but thought it was too far fetched. To have it actually happen is AHHHHH.) This also saved me from running around all crazy-like on the show floor on Friday since having one less book to grab will save me 2+ hours of wait time, especially since it was Six of Crows. Also in the Fierce Reads goodie bag was Firewalker, Signs Point to Yes, Tonight the Streets Are Ours, and Fairest. (picture below).
Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond
Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios
Armada by Ernest Cline
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
Firewalker by Josephine Angelini
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
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 Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales.
Terms & Conditions:
- This contest is open INTERNATIONALLY.
- The giveaway will run until July 4, 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.