Turn of the Season: Goodbye, Summer! – Favorite Summer Memories

Turn of the Season is a week long blogging event being hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books and I.  Alexa is a sweet Summer child and I’m an Autumn fox baby so we wanted to put together an event celebrating the end of Alexa’s season and the beginning of mine.  Throughout the week we’ll be highlighting some of our summer favorites as well as our autumn anticipations!

Favorite Summer Memories

BEA / BookCon – These happened at the tail end of May into June but I got to spend the entire event with Alexa which was such a pleasure! We got all the books we had been looking forward to, attended some really fun parties with amazing authors, and hung out at BookCon with Rachel, Andi and Lili!

Meeting Jenny Han, Sarah Dessen & Jennifer E. Smith – I’ve ALWAYS wanted to meet Jenny Han.  She’s my favorite contemporary author and I was THRILLED when Books of Wonder announced the event.  Lili was even sweet enough to pick up a book and number for me so I didn’t get stuck there ALL since this was a VERY popular event!

Attending Joe & Kris’s Biergarten Show – My brother in law and sister in law are super talented musician and one Sunday afternoon they had a gig at the Biergarten in Astoria. Andrew and I attended along with his parents and his sisters Brittany and Molly and we had such a great time!

Alaska – Alaska is certainly a place that I never planned on venturing to but when my brother in law moved there with his fiance, that plan changed! It was really fun to spend so much time with Andrew’s family and to see the beautiful landscapes that are so very different from those in NYC.

Brunch with Andrew, Kristina & Joe – Kristina and Joe made a quick trip to NYC and Andrew and I were able to meet up with them at Dos Caminos which was so much fun! We hadn’t ever met Joe but he was so nice and it was fun to hear about their wedding planning!

My Birthday Weekend in Mystic, CT – This was SUCH an amazing trip! Andrew, my brother Bob, his girlfriend Amanda and I ventured to Mystic, CT the weekend of my birthday and it was the perfect mini getaway.  We packed so much into so few days- we visited Gilette Castle, the Mystic Aquarium where we fell in love with the most friendly beluga whale, Mystic Pizza and my personal favorite, Book Barn where we saw a cute little Hobbit Hole!

Ice Cream dates with friends – I’m really glad that I’ve began seeing Alexa and Rachel on a regular basis<3 It’s so nice to have bookish friends so closeby and even better to be able to eat ice cream together and talk about books! And our last ice cream date was with Lili who I adore!

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BookTube: BEA Book Haul

Since I’m still in the process of unpacking, I’m not loving my current BookTube setup but BEA was already almost a month ago (CRAZY) and I figured it was now or never that I post my haul for everyone to see!  I am so happy with my experience at BEA this year and you can read a more in depth recap of BEA vs. BookCon in my wrap-up post.  Happy reading!

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Event Recap: BEA is Better than BookCon & How BookCon Improve

Last week I returned to Book Expo America (BEA) at the Javits Center for my second time attending the show since 2012.  For the most part, I knew what to expect from the event and I spent a ton of time beforehand making a list of all of the signings and giveaways that I knew I wanted to grab which was really helpful.  The most important thing about BEA is being organized and prioritizing what you cannot miss.  It’s the one convention where wandering around aimlessly will not work to your benefit.  On the first day of BEA, Kristina and I spent some time getting the lay of the land.  One the second day, we were much better about getting in specific lines and finding out what time ARCs were being dropped and by the third day we were PROS.  We were first or almost first in line for every single book we wanted that day (and we got them all!).  At BEA, all of the books you’re waiting in lines for are free so the waiting isn’t so bad.  From the last time I attended I had learned to be picky about the books I accept especially since I then become the one who’s responsible for carrying them for the rest of the day.  There were only about 3 books I ended up with this time that I hadn’t already planned on taking but I ended up leaving them because I couldn’t justify why I had accepted them.  Sometimes you just feel bad when someone is really trying to hand you their book and it’s easier to say okay and put it down somewhere else later.  All of the authors that I met, chatted with, and took photos with were at BEA (I’m much less interested in waiting in line for celebrity “authors” than I am in people like Patrick Ness and R.L. Stine).  We also had a beautiful sit down dinner with Quirk Books, and a really fun Epic Reads party to attend after BEA whereas I hadn’t heard of many events going on after BookCon.

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Since I was unable to attend last year due to various weddings and such, I missed the initial madness that is BookCon.  I have been hearing horror stories about it ever since and while they certainly made me cautious about what I was getting myself into, I was not going to miss the opportunity to see it with my own eyes.  For those who don’t know, BEA is an industry only event which is full of publishers, authors, press and literary agents while BookCon is open to the public.  While you can still win some free ARCs at BookCon, those in attendance are purchasing the majority of the books they take home.  Before BookCon started, half of the convention floor was dismantled and a temporary wall in the Javits Center sectioned off a small portion of what we had been walking around for the past three days.  It seemed strange to me to have a bigger event in a smaller amount of space.  I think BookCon could have utilized the other portion of the floor if they had added in vendors that the public would be likely to benefit from.  For instance, I think there is a HUGE missed opportunity for an Artist Alley (similar to comic conventions) to highlight artists who create bookish artwork, fan art and prints.  It would also be AWESOME to see Etsy vendors selling bookmarks and book inspired jewelry.  Plus, COSPLAY.  I think an event where readers cosplay as their favorite characters would be the coolest.  I could definitely see myself dressing as Celaena Sardothien, Luna Lovegood, or several other characters if that were to become a thing at BookCon. The one thing I did love was the platform at the Epic Reads booth where we were able to stand behind a cutout and take photos as if we were on the cover of Kiera Cass’s new spinoff book in the Selection series, The Heir.  I didn’t spend much of my time at BookCon because I felt as though I had gotten my fill during BEA.  I’m almost tempted to try to start my own book convention using my suggestions!

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BookTube: Top 10 Books I Want From BEA

Next week I’ll be taking off work and heading to the Javits Center with Kristina for the convention I am most excited about this year, BEA!  This is actually the last year that BEA is being held in my hometown of New York so I knew that I would never forgive myself if I missed it.  As convention prep, I made a video describing the top 10 books I’m really hoping to get while attending BEA!  Are you going to BEA this year?  What are you looking forward to getting early?

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