BookExpo / BookCon Recap & Photos!

Hello friends! I’ve had to take a break from my weekly recaps because Andrew and I were away for our anniversary and then the following weekend, I attended BookExpo and BookCon at the Javits Center in New York City.  I have so many wonderful photos to share from the event! I spent the whole convention with Alexa from Alexa Loves Books, following a schedule that we mapped out for weeks beforehand (and updated once we arrived so we could make all the ARC drops).  We kicked off our conventional at NOVL headquarters where we attended a lovely brunch and listened to Ryan Graudin talk about her newest novel, Invictus.  If you watch my vlog below, you’ll actually get to see a clip of Ryan discussing the book (PS she has the most awesome hair I’ve ever seen and I was totally in love with her metallic skirt).  Each table got to complete a puzzle assembling artwork of one of the characters in the book (but we got lucky because ours has two characters!).  You can also hear a bit more about them in the video!  We also did some speed dating with the editors at Little Brown which means that they would spend about 10 minutes at each table, telling us about one of their upcoming titles.  I’m most excited about Fireblood because I’ve been meaning to read Frostblood for a while and now I’m excited to have the opportunity to read them back to back.  Then Alexa and I headed over to the Javits Center and picked up our badges for BookExpo!

Day one of BookExpo was a resounding success! We acquired so many of the books we were looking for but some highlights for me were WarcrossThe Belles and the Harry Potter sampler from Scholastic.  The floor was much different this year than in years past.  There was a much calmer vibe to everything and people seemed generally more polite which was lovely.  We did witness one tug of war over an ARC of Warcross but that was the extent of bad behavior that we saw for the day.  I was also really excited to try out the photobooth Fierce Reads had set up for Language of Thorns.  You were able to choose a background based on the newly renamed Shadow and Bone trilogy, the Six of Crows duology or the newest addition to the Grishaverse, Language of Thorns.  I loved that they had the character banners set up with Kevin Wada’s amazing artwork of the Six of Crows gang.  After day one I went to the Gotham Market on 11th Avenue and tried my first and last sushi burrito ever.  It was delicious but WAY too messy.  Then at night, we went to the Big Honcho Media Stay Golden party at The Ainsworth which was so much fun!  I definitely stayed out a bit too late but I was having too much fun to leave!

Then on our last day of BookExpo (the show floor was only open for two days this year as opposed to the usual three) Alexa and I managed to get all of the other books we were hoping for! Despite staying out past my bedtime, I was still able to get to the Javits Center before 8AM.  Our plan was to be there early and head straight to the Disney booth for a copy of Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (while everyone else ran to Penguin for the full ARC of Stephanie Perkins’s There’s Someone Inside Your House which we thankfully managed to get the day before).  It was honestly like kismet.  We met Kerri Maniscalco in the Little Brown booth and she signed a copy of Hunting Prince Dracula for us.  We ran into Stephanie Garber roaming around the show floor and got to gush to her about how much we both love Caraval and need her to do a book tour in NYC so she can sign our copies!  We also stopped by the OwlCrate booth (several times) and we dressed up in their Harry Potter props for some fun photos.  They also did an ARC drop of Lucky in Love by Kasie West and I acquired Top Ten by Katie Cotugno from them the day before thanks to Alexa’s expert wheel spinning skills.  Right before we left the show, we were invited by Lili from Tor to have cocktails with Chad Michael Murray and Heather Graham in celebration of their new book.  We got to take photos with Chad (!) and I picked up a copy of the book for my sister in law, Molly.  I’m still completely amazed that Chad Michael Murray seems to have not aged in the slightest.  He was so charming! Then I dropped my books off at the hotel and Alexa and I headed out the other Ainsworth for the Fierce Reads party.  We met our friends Rachel of Hello-Chelly and Lindsay there and we got to hang out with so many amazing authors.  I got to tell Marissa Meyer how Cress and Thorne are my forever OTP and I joked with Leigh Bardugo about how I got yelled at in LA for crossing the street when the light was red even though there were no cars coming because apparently that’s not allowed in LA and this New Yorker who dodges cars on a daily basis had no clue.  They also gave us a swag bag with a samplers of Meyer and Bardugo’s latest works (Renegades and Language of Thorns) as well as a couple of other titles.

Then bright and early on Saturday morning, me, Alexa, Rachel and Andi of Andi’s ABC’s went to PRINT for the Penguin Teen breakfast! I finally got to meet Chelsea from Penguin in real life and she’s one of the nicest people ever! She also did an excellent job organizing the breakfast and I’m so thankful to have been invited!  We had more speed dating at this event but this time with five amazing authors- Marie Lu, Stephanie Perkins, Julie C. Dao, Kristin Cashore and Peter Bognanni.  Each author sat at our table for 10 minutes to talk to us about their new books and it really got me even more excited about each title.  In fact, I’ve since already read and loved Warcross by Marie Lu.  It’s a new favorite for sure! And I got to take a photo with Stephanie Perkins who is the cutest human ever.  Penguin Teen was nice enough to give us a box set of all the game changing titles they have coming out this fall as well as a posted signed by each of the authors at the breakfast.  Afterward, the four of us headed over back over to the Javits for BookCon.  I have to say that I was really impressed with the way everything was handled this year.  The event was much more organized than in years past and I had a blast walking the floor with my friends.  Highlights from BookCon for me were 1) meeting so many sweet people who came up to me and said they love my videos! I feel so thankful that anyone took the time to say hi to me!, 2) standing directly next to Jenny Han and Morgan Matson in the Simon and Schuster booth and 3) getting an ARC of An Enchantment of Ravens which I am highly anticipating reading!  So overall, this was the best year at BookExpo and BookCon that I’ve ever experienced.  I cannot wait until next year!  Below are videos of my full book haul if you’re interested in viewing it as well as a vlog of the event so you can get a feel for the show floor.  Happy reading!!!

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