When I got home from BEA Mister BS couldn’t pick me up because my flight was late and he was taking my sister to the member’s preview of the Frida Kahlo exhibit, so a driver met me at the gate. It was a totally weird ending to a weird week.
I spent two days at BEA (one at the blogger deal, one at the exhibition). It was an experience. It was my first time attending, and although I read several posts about what to expect, I can’t say it was what I thought it was going to be.
I plan to do some individual posts on some parts of my trip so this isn’t super long, just a general recap.
First bummer of the trip was my Kindle freezing just as I boarded my flight. It had never happened to me before, and was terrible timing, as I was right in the middle of a book and getting on a long flight. Luckily I had an audiobook on my iPod and the book I was reading—The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler—was already out in bookstores and there was a Barnes and Noble a couple blocks from my hotel, so I just bought it.
The blogger event was disappointing, and I ended up wishing that I was at the School Library Journal Day of Dialog because I didn’t take much away from any of any of the panels and I wasn’t good at networking, either (which is totally my own fault and a personal issue, but impacted my enjoyment of the events). I am socially awkward and not good at seeking people out even if I’m friendly with them online and am not good at making new connections.
Due to some flight delays/general tiredness/the rain, I decided to forego the Simon Teen party I had planned for Tuesday. Wednesday I went to see What Maisie Knew, which was awesome, and possibly not coming to Lawrence or Kansas City on the big screen, so I took the chance to see it in New York and was not sad about the decompression the time in the theater provided.
My most exciting portion of my NYC trip was visiting New York Public Library’s Federico García Lorca exhibit! But I also had a great time at the Tumblr does YA party.
The exhibit floor was crowded and overwhelming. I didn’t get the chance to introduce myself or chat about the books with many of the reps in booths because it was such a madhouse. There was little chance to “discover” new titles. People were rude and pushy. I tried to mostly stay out of the way.
The mad rush for ARCs was disappointing. I’m not grabby by nature, especially when I can have books mailed directly to me or receive a digital copy through Netgalley or Edelweiss, and I got pushed around a lot. I didn’t even venture back toward the autographing tables.
But I did come home with a few books. A small suitcase and a backpack’s worth.
I was sad I didn’t have a chance to discover more under the radar books or ask more publicists about books with queer or non-white characters. The few times I had a chance to ask, I was met with shoulder shrugs when I asked for diverse titles. Very disappointing. Here’s what I did get.
children’s, middle grade, and YA ARCs
Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman | Entangled by Amy Rose Capetta | All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry | Sorrow’s Knot by Bow |Cherry Money Baby by John Cusick | The Extra by Kathryn Lasky | Into That Forest by Louis Nowra | My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula Freedman | The Lord of the Opium by Nancy Farmer | The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater | The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb | Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell | The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle | Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan | Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts
signed romance novels (for a friend)
Seducing Mr. Knightly by Maya Rodale| Ash You Wish by Eloisa James | The Way to a Duke’s Heart | A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacClean
Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith | The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler | Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I’ll post write-ups of the blogger convention, my favorite BEA panels, Tumblr does YA party at Housing Works, a movie/book review of What Maisie Knew and my trip to the Federico García Lorca exhibit, and since I have so much I want to talk about, I might schedule more than one post a day, but I’ll be back to regular programming and reviews soon.
If you went to BEA, what was your favorite part? What books did you pick up?