Monday, June 10, 2013
BEA 2013 wrap-up!
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.
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.
I 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…
I didn’t bother with too much swag this year but I did grab a few fun things.
I’m Always Book Tipsy book bag from Sourcebooks, Parasite by Mira Grant swag including hand sanitizer from Orbit Books.
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.