So this is finally happening! After wanting to go the last couple of years I will be attending BEA (Book Expo America) May 29th to May 31st. For two years I have followed along on Twitter and blogs and from friends that went. But this year I’m gonna be there. With being there comes things that I want to make sure happen and things I’m excited about happening. I haven’t been doing this blogging thing for all that long but the one things I have learned in blogging is that the book blogging community is awesome! People are so willing to help a new blogger out, to answer questions, to lend them books. Honestly the highlight of my BEA is going to be meeting all of the bloggers and getting to finally see all their faces. Warning though, I’m shy and quiet at first. Doesn’t mean I don’t like you.
Reading as changed me in a variety of ways. Some in emotional ways, some in happy ways, some in I’m so angry I want to throw something ways. Books have the ability to touch your soul at a deep level. And that is all thanks to the authors that share their words with us. I have been gutted by a book (I’m looking at you Veronica Roth and Morgan Maston) and I have felt like I was floating on a cloud (again I’m looking at you Morgan Matson). I’ve also been so tense that I forgot that I was supposed to get off the train and go to work (yup, Kiera Cass to thank for that one). And I’ve also read a book at work because I couldn’t not (and that is all Miranda Kenneally!). Knowing that all of these authors I mentioned, and more, are going to be at BEA is definitely on my list of things that excites me.
Like I mentioned in the first explanation, I haven’t been blogging all that long on my own. just about a year and 5 months. In that short time I have gotten to work with a few publishers and have emailed with a few specific publicists. I’m excited that BEA is going to give me the opportunity to say hello and maybe even thank these people that have been willing to work with a new blogger. And to maybe even meet a few that have never heard of me.
I love New York, I really do. And yes this is coming from a diehard Red Sox fan. 🙂 The thing about New York is that it has the ability to make you feel like you are where you belong. I don’t know what is so magical about the city, but there is something there. Every single time I go I always think that if I could pick anywhere but Boston to live for a year it would handsdown be New York. It’s been a while since I have been to visit (I think when I saw SNL like 4 years ago was the last time) so I’m excited to be able to go back even if it is for a few days.
Basically BEA is going to be an experience that I hope to never forget and one that I can part take in again in the years to come. I have talked to a few bloggers about what to expect and what it will be like and this is the picture I have in my head:
Okay, so maybe that is a little dramatic.
And this might be just as dramatic, but come on, it’s Theo James. Who can blame me for finding a way to use him. (I’m still working on that Amazon cart thing I mentioned on Twitter)
But seriously, what ever happens at BEA I’m really excited for it. I’m trying not to have too much of a schedule, minus the few authors I have to meet on my list, but to just enjoy myself. It is going to be a whirlwind and I’m going to be excited and tired and overwhelmed, but I’m going to be there and that is enough for me. So if in two weeks you see me on the floor come and say hi (I’m terrible at noticing people first!).
So who’s getting excited? I know I am!