Friday was the last day of BEA, which was both NOOOOO! and YESSSSS! at the same time. “NOOOOO!” because I don’t want it all to end and “YESSSSS!” because I was so tired and just wanted my bed near me already for a nice long sleep. I was extremely busy at Day One of BEA and woke up mighty early at Day Two of BEA. By Day Three, I was so ready to leap onto my bed and sleep like the dead.
On Friday, I woke up at 5:30AM and almost woke up later than that because I forgot to put the sound option on on my alarm. Oops! Thank goodness my mind has an internal alarm clock of its own or else I would be wayyy late for BEA. I arrived at Javits at around 7:40AM, found Danielle, and put down all my bags on the floor. Realizing that I never took many pictures of Javits, I wandered around, taking many pictures of all the book advertisements and some of the exhibits that I could see from my place on line. I also learned that this year, BEA was featuring China. No wonder there were so many Chinese posters and exhibits all around Javits Center!
While waiting in line for the doors to open, I heard that Penguin had tweeted out that ARCs of Soundless was dropping as soon as doors open at the Penguin Random House booth. Cue the freakout as Soundless was my number one priority book to get at BEA. Getting Soundless at the beginning of BEA would also help loosen up my schedule.
Also while waiting in line to enter the exhibit floor, Nori from ReadWriteLove28, Nikki from Fiction Freak, and I also encountered the rudest man ever. We were chatting with other bloggers – Holly from The Fox’s Hideaway, Shannon from It Starts At Midnight, and Val from The Innocent Smiley – when this man suddenly came up to us and told us that he had been waiting in line since 6:30AM and would give us (Nori, Nikki, and I) five minutes to chat with our friends. If we’re not gone by five minutes, he would be calling the security guard to take us away, which was whaaaat? So we weren’t allowed to talk to our friends and we will be TIMED if we want to? We were of course mad because who was he to order and threaten us around so rudely like that?, but since we didn’t want to start anything, we just left the area. Hopefully karma will have to say something about how he acted though.
After that, it was time to enter the exhibit hall. I immediately speed-walked to the Penguin Random House booth and was lucky enough to snag myself an ARC of Soundless. I then went to the Harpercollins booth with Nikki, where we both stepped into line for the galley drop for Patrick Ness’ The Rest of Us Just Live Here. After that, I rushed to the Autographing Center for Kelley Armstrong’s thirty-minute signing.
After Kelley Armstrong’s signing, I stopped by the Algonquin booth and snagged myself an ARC of Beastly Bones. I then slowly walked to the Disney booth, which was still doing the Black Widow signing. I decided to stay near the Disney booth and lurk nearby since I was told that Disney would be dropping A Whole New World right after the Black Widow signing. You do not want to know how much I NEED A Whole New World. I just can’t resist that font for the title.
While I was lurking by the Disney booth, I saw Nikki at the Blood and Salt signing, which was located right across the Disney booth. I chatted with Nikki about random things for awhile because that’s the thing we’re best at doing. There, on the Blood and Salt line, I met Emily Lloyd-Jones, author of Illusive and Deceptive, and she was the sweetest person ever! Emily told me she loved my blog (if you’re reading this, thank you so much Emily – you saying this means so much to me!) and gave me some Illusive bookmarks.At around 12PM, Jon and I left the show floor to go to another area of Javits that I’ve never been to before to have lunch with Sarah Dessen and Carrie Ryan. There, Sarah Dessen and Carrie Ryan talked about their books, facing people’s expectations, and their writing techniques/styles. Both authors also chose a boy from a Young Adult book that they would date if they were teenagers again and listed music they listened to. (Sarah Dessen listens to Taylor Swift too! Yay!) Listening to Sarah Dessen and Carrie Ryan talk was a great and exciting experience. Thank you Penguin and Rachel for inviting me to attend the luncheon!
After the Sarah Dessen and Carrie Ryan luncheon, it was around 1PM to 1:10PM. Jon and I rushed to the exhibit floor to the Autographing Center to stand in line for Richelle Mead’s signing as I wanted to meet her. Her line was surprisingly not as long as I had expected, but then again, we probably went there a little bit too early as thirty minutes later, Richelle Mead’s line became very long. Richelle Mead was so adorable and she told me that Soundless was indeed a standalone. On the Richelle Mead line, I also saw a woman wearing an amazing bookish dress she created. I asked her if I could take pictures of her and her dress, and she agreed. It turns out that the pages of the books on her dress were actual beginning pages from each of the featured books.
After Richelle Mead’s signing, I wandered around the show floor with nothing to do. I decided to stop by the Harlequin Adult signing that will start at 4PM and sat down at the Harlequin area at around 3PM. There, I chatted with other bloggers I haven’t met before and learned that the autographing line for Six of Crows line was shut off thirty minutes early since they’ve reached the full hundred people already. However, they forgot to account for people with the Front of the Line pass for the Autographing Center who would use it for Six of Crows, which left twenty plus people that waited on the line without Six of Crows. Thank goodness Macmillan was awesome and kind enough to give us Six of Crows at the Macmillan Happy Hour on Thursday.
My friend Danielle was so nice (and awesome!) and helped me snag the two Harpercollins galleys that I wanted: Dumplin’ and What We Saw since the galley drop for those two books was the same time as the Harlequin Adult signing. Thank you Danielle!
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins
The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong
Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Soundless by Richelle Mead
A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
Beastly Bones by William Ritter
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
Hold Me by Susan Mallery
Fatal Affair by Marie Force
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 Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot.
Terms & Conditions:
- This contest is open INTERNATIONALLY.
- The giveaway will run until July 5, 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.