PART ONE HERE
After surviving day one of BEA (my body disagreed with this!) it was time for day two. We didn’t go to the Javits quite as early as we did on Thursday which was fine with me as I didn’t need to be there until it was around Morgan Matson signing time. My roomies and I went and had breakfast first before starting day 2. Based on my schedule I knew I was in for a long day as I had a boat load of signings I wanted to get though and I was meeting Miranda Kenneally after her signing before heading to the Upper East Side (XOXO, Gossip Girl!) for dinner with my friend from college that I haven’t seen in years.
Anyway when Gail and I got to the Javits we made out way to the Harper booth to grab tickets for the Kiera Cass in booth signing. If you pay attention to me at all you know how much The Selection series ruined my life (in the very best of ways) and I wanted to be able to tell Kiera that (I was successful! HA). After securing the tickets we wandered around some before joining the line for the Morgan Matson signing which was one of my BEA highlights. I had told Morgan I was going to awkwardly tell her who I was based on my toe nail polish and it totally worked. She knew exactly what I was talking about. Serious highlight! After talking to Morgan I walked around until it was time to wait in line for Lenore Appelhans and Amanda Maciel. Then it was more wandering and galley scoring (Landline, Zac and Mia and Love, Lucy!!!) before getting in line for Miranda. I was so excited to get to meet Miranda for the first time. I had already read her new book Breathe, Annie, Breathe as a beta reader and then read the finished copy (note, the Andrea in the acknowledgements in the back…totally me!) and loved it and couldn’t wait to meet the woman behind it. Well I can tell you all she is just as awesome as expected. 🙂
Survived Day Two. One more to go!
Pin Jen (Jenuine Cupcakes) and I made for Miranda Kenneally in honor of her new book and the hot boy in it.
Day 2 of BEA Book Haul: Zac & Mia/The Vault of Dreamers/Breathe, Annie, Breathe (s)/Messenger of Fear/We Should Hang Out Sometime/Memory of After (s)/The One (s)/Since You’ve Been Gone (s)/Tease (s)/Landline/Love, Lucy (not pictured)
With three crazy days under my belt I had one more to get through, Saturday.
The day started off with the kind people at Bloomsbury inviting me to their offices with some other bloggers for breakfast and mimosas (probably the best I have ever had!) and a look at their office space. It was my first time in a publisher’s office so that was really cool to get to see. Got to meet Courtney, Erica, Lizzy and more while there and Sarah J. Maas was also there. I haven’t read Sarah’s series yet but it is going to happen with all the love I hear for it. After we were done with Bloomsbury, Gail and I headed to check out of the hotel and to the Post Office. The Post Office was definitely an experience. I was terrified my books wouldn’t come so I kept ones that I would cry if I didn’t get them. Luckily, they all came and I was able to let out a sigh of relief. When we were done with the PO, we headed to the Javits which was simply put a nightmare. Book Con was so poorly done that you couldn’t get anywhere near it. Gail and I looked at each other, shook our heads and surrendered to the BEA Gods and called it a day. We decided to cut our losses and headed to lunch before heading home.
Even with the exhaustion my body felt, the 2 hour train delay we had to deal with and the aches in muscles I didn’t know I had, it was 100% worth it. I got to meet people I have been chatting with for over a year (Jaime, Rachel, Alexa, Rachel, Estelle, Tiffany, Emma, Nicole, Allison and April, Emilie, Danielle, Lauren, Michelle, Jen, Betty, Andye, Nikki, Gaby, and Brittany to name a few, if I missed you, sorry! Tried to remember everyone but I’m old!), some planned and some unexpectedly. I got to talks books with people that love them as much as I do for 4 straight days. And I got to introduce myself and my blog which I am really proud of. The 4 days I was in NYC was full of win. And I’m not just talking about the books I got (totally haul photo below). I’m talking about the experience itself. It was something that I will remember for a long time and something I can’t wait to do again next year.