For What It's Worth

Monday, June 10, 2013

BEA 2013 wrap-up!

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Another BEA has passed and I survived! It seems like a badge of honor these days with the increasing crowds.

I am really happy to report that I felt like the overall behavior of bloggers, librarians and publishers was MUCH better this year. Sure, there are always a few people that get pushy or greedy but overall I felt there was a sense of camaraderie and cooperativeness about getting books rather than being competitive and downright nasty as I’ve witnessed the past few years.

I made a point this year to spend more time talking to my fellow bloggers and meeting up with friends. I got fewer books this year than in the past but even what I got is too many. You don't think you have that many until you get home and go oh f*ck! The few books that I had accidently grabbed duplicates of (I have my hubby with me so it happens a lot) I brought back much to the shock of the publishers lol

Every year Book Expo America seem to get more organized. Publishers have almost everything scheduled now. That’s kind of a blessing and a curse. It’s very difficult to schedule all the signings and book drops since almost everything has a line starting one hour before. Unless we invent cloning technology stat, you just can’t be everywhere at one time. On the other hand – schedules mean people aren’t storming a publisher booth trying to trip people to get a book.

Allegiant seemed to be the YA book that was being pushed the most even though it wasn’t there much to everyone's disappointment. Veronica Roth was there signing posters and speaking at the author’s breakfast so a lot of people expected a surprise drop of the book. I figured they wouldn’t just because they were so stringent on book #2.

Soooo…I was really horrible about taking pictures this year but here are a few pics of the books I picked up this year.

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These are a few that I went to BEA really wanting. Several of my friends loved Reboot by Amy Tintera so I’m looking forward to that one. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell was the LONGEST line (for a booth signing) that I was in for all of BEA – it was crazy - but she was SO nice!. I wanted The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black because how awesome is that title??? And Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles because she hasn’t had a book out for awhile.


mail-1I fell in cover love with these books. I didn’t know a thing about any of them but they all sound so interesting.

Reality Boy by A.S. King
The Beginning of Everything by Robn Schneider
Ink by Amanda Sun
Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart
The Ward by Jordana Frankel

Here are all the books in pile form…

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I didn’t bother with too much swag this year but I did grab a few fun things.

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I’m Always Book Tipsy book bag from Sourcebooks, Parasite by Mira Grant swag including hand sanitizer from Orbit Books.

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Mustache on a stick. Not sure what that was for but it seemed like a fun way to torture Figment when I got home. I think he’s saying…Mom & Dad went to BEA and all I got was this lousy mustache.

The best part was talking to my blogger friends and making new ones even if it’s while we’re stuck in a line or passing each other by to run to the next line…at BEA it’s ALL about the lines!

I realize this is probably the lamest – most boring BEA post I’ve ever written but I got back from BEA, was home for one day and had to take a three day road trip so I’m beyond tired. Apologies! I’ll try to do better with my BEA/NYC food wrap-up post. I think that’s more requested than my book one anyway.

25 comments:

  1. sounds like fun and yes I love reading all about the food porn at BEA. Yeah for Fangirl...I loved that one very much xxooo

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  2. You are the third person home from BEA that says something about not knowing about Reality Boy until they got it.
    This makes me sad (that she is so under-appreciated) and happy (that more people are discovering her).
    A.S. King is one of my Top 3 authors!!! I hope you read it and LOVE it soon!!!!
    Glad you had a good time and that people were well behaved!

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    1. I do know of A.S. King but I didn't know about Reality Boy. It sounds really good. I have that one at the top of my post BEA reading list.

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  3. LOL love the pic of Figment :) The sourcebooks bag is so cute. I'm glad you got some that you really wanted! That's so funny that the pubs were shocked you took duplicates back!!

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    1. Everyone tries to get MORE books lol I told them I had taken too many and they can pass it on to someone who didn't get anything and they were like...you want to give a book BACK to us?? They asks me repeatedly lol

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  4. I think when I finally go to BEA, I am going to be all about making connections and meeting bloggers and authors. :)

    Great post!

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    1. Honestly there isn't too much time to make connections with publishers. I guess maybe if you're invited to the parties (which I'm not lol) but you can meet a lot of other bloggers if you make time for it.

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  5. It was so nice meeting you! I barely took any pictures haha I was so overwhelmed it was the last thing on the mind. I did get a picture with the incredibly attractive Dan Krokos though ;)

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    1. People get so many pictures of all the signings and everything and I'm just too exhausted when I get a minute to myself lol

      He is VERY attractive lol

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  6. I'm so happy you had a good time! I love reading all these BEA recaps, they're so fun. I'm pretty dang sure I get to go for the first time next year and I can't wait! I look forward to your food recap, too. ;)

    Thanks for sharing!

    Litza at She Dreams in Fiction

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    1. That would be great! We can meet!

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  7. I love your posts. I really like the looks of Fangirl. I'm a fan of A.S. King so I'm anxious to read Reality Boy. I'm so happy the behavior was better this year.
    I want food pics!!!! lol

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    1. It just felt like everyone learned to chill a little and realize you can't always get every book and that's ok.

      I was considering not going again if it was bad this year but it was great.

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  8. All the books! And cute book bag :D

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    1. They always have nice swag there but I tried not take much this year.

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  9. LOL @ the funny paraphernalia. And I'm lucky my boss isn't in the house yet this morning, because I actually had to laugh out loud at the Figment pic and caption ;).
    So those Everests-like piles are the books you managed to take home? Oh my gosh. And not counting the duplicates. I hope you're a fast reader! Maybe you are in the mood for sharing all the titles (some are unrecognizable) so that we (err, I) can look them up? ;) Thanks!
    It's great that your hubby not only shares your passion, but is also actively involved in it.

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    1. I am a fast reader but I never seem to get through all the BEA books! I'll probably be reading them until I'm 90 but I'll do it!

      My hubby enjoys stalking for books which is probably how I end up with so much. Two people definitely makes things easier.

      I'll probably feature more of the books in Stacking the Shelves type posts over the next few weeks with goodreads links.

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    2. *makes mental note to follow future Stacking the Shelves*

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  10. This conference is on my bucket list. It will happen at some point :) I am horrible about taking pictures too if that makes you feel any better!

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    1. I took a lot the first year but now I'm too busy/tired running around all day lol

      I hope you make it to one!

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  11. So jelly! Spread me on toast!

    I REALLY want to read that Holly Black book so I can't wait to hear what you think of it!

    LOVE the kitty pic. Totally made my day! LOL

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    1. He was thrilled....as you can imagine lol

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  12. This wasn't boring at all! I kind of want to read Fangirl now, because it sounds so cute, even though not typically something I read. I think Figment is digging his 'stache and feeling very dapper. I'm so glad we got to hang out this time!

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  13. I need the post with the food!! And that cat with the mustache cracked me up so much!
    And I'm so happy we got to hang out together, even if it was short. Always so much fun to see you :)
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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  14. http://asaturdayrant.blogspot.com/2013/06/bea-diary-2013.html

    A slightly different kind of review of BEA... from the vantage point of the small press.

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