Friday, May 28, 2010

Hello everyone!! Today finished up all the festivities for Book Expo America and Book Blogger Convention so I thought I would post a mini wrap up post. I had a blast (though I'm exhausted), and I think everyone I've spoken to about it already has plans to return next year. I definitely have to say that for a booklover, especially one who loves blogging about books, this was a must-attend event! I'm going to spread out my experiences over the next few days and share some of what was discussed about upcoming books. I got some great books for review that I'm super excited about!! I met a lot of authors and tons of other bloggers. BUT, as many bloggers as I met, there are still a ton I didn't get to meet! There were so many bloggers there! And it's crazy how you can see pictures of people online but then in person when you walk by them you're still not too sure that it's them, lol!

I was so excited to meet Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books because we have "known" each other for maybe 2 (?) years or so from playing games on We stayed in the same hotel and were able to hang out most of the time and had dinner together a couple times. We got along in person just as well as online. =)

I was also able to meet another of my favorite bloggers, Michelle, from Red Headed Book Child. She's a fun and hilarious person and it was great meeting her! (Picture is Jen, me, and Michelle).

Those are the only pictures I got. But I met so many more people whose blogs I adore! I met Amanda from The Zen Leaf and Trisha from Ecclectic/Eccentric on Tuesday when we went to Ellis Island (cRaZy story for another time).

I met Kari and Collin from Five Borough Book Review at the Harper Collins get together and Allie from Hist Fic Chick while signing in at the BBC reception (although we never really got a chance to talk!) They both also have great blogs though, so definitely be sure to check them out if you haven't already.

I keep thinking of more and more bloggers whose blogs I love that I met, lol... don't know if I can list them all! But to attempt, I met April from Good Books and Wine and Shanyn from Chick Loves Lit who (both) I kept bumping into at BEA. I also met their roomie Monica from Bibliophilic Book Blog who it took me a second to recognize at first, lol! Of course, there's my fellow Floridian blogger, Michelle, from My Books. My Life who I saw in the bathroom but neither of us was sure enough that we each were who we thought to say anything until we talked on Twitter later and realized we were both right, LOL. I met Linda Ellen from Better with Books (previously of Bambi Reads). I know I can't possibly list everyone I met, so please don't be offended! I figure if I limit my list to people I talked with here or on twitter frequently or often or enough to recognize, then that's fair. I also met Natasha from Maw Books, Colleen from Books in the City, Trish from Hey Lady, Whatcha Readin' (and TLC book tours), and Deborah from Books, Movies, and Chinese Food who I also used to play with in a lot of paperbackswap games.

Anyway, I thought I would break up my next few posts to sort of highlight the different books mentioned during the different panels. Tentatively, tomorrow I'll talk about the buzz books for the upcoming year (adult and YA) and my brief attendance at the keynote "speech". The next day I'll talk about maybe the books highlighted in the book club books for fall panel. I may add or make a separate post the author's breakfast hosted by Jon Stewart which we (hubby an I) loved! And I may or may not write a separate post about the book blogger convention. And somewhere in one of these posts I will write about the wonderful authors I met!!

On one last note, just wanted to add that my husband, Jason, accompanied me on this trip and he was awesome because he held all my heavy bags of books so I could zip around the convention center without being weighed down! He was very much appreciated!! And he had fun too checking out stuff at Marvel and DC Comics. He even met a comic book industry idol of his, Todd McFarlane!


Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

Looks like you had a great lucky girl! Wish I could have been there and met you and everyone else. I look forward to your posts about the books.

Guess I haven't been by in awhile. I love your new layout!

Melissa said...

Seems like you had a great time! I would have loved to attend, but alas it wasn't in the cards for me this year. Can't wait to read your posts about it all.

Diane said...

Sounds like a wonderful time; loved the photos

nomadreader said...

I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you! I think I missed out on a lot by subletting an apartment and being away from the hotel gatherings. I suppose we'll have to stay virtual friends for now and hope for next year!

Booksnyc said...

It was great meeting you! Wasn't the Book Blogger Con yesterday, great?

Hope you have a good trip back to Fl

Jennifer (Crazy-for-Books) said...

Hi Jenny!!! I was so excited to finally meet you after chatting online for over 2 years! It was awesome! And, your hubby deserves a big thank you from me as well since he carried some of my stuff around BEA. He's a trooper!! I had so much fun and I really hope we can try to get together again soon! Our airports fly back and forth to each other round-trip, so hopefully we can come visit (if you aren't sick of us yet!!). Thanks for putting up with me and my crazy family. I had a blast!! ((HUGS))

Juju at Tales of said...

You met Michelle from the Red Headed Book Child?
I should have been there.
I SO want to meet her.

Thank you so much for sharing your pictures and notes. I can't wait to hear more.

PS Your hubby is awesome. said...

I am glad that you enjoyed NYC. It's a cool city, although with too many people and sometimes it gets stressful to live there:)

I am looking forward to hearing all about these events! Thanks for sharing!

Lynne said...

What a nice hubby. I told my husband yesterday that he's going with me next year. And wait till I tell him the comic book part...that may get him to actually pack his suitcase the day before instead of an hour before we leave.

I joined in the Armchair BEA and it was the next best thing to actually being there.

Maybe next year I'll get to meet you and our hubbies can hang out with their comic books.

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

It was great meeting you over lunch and discovering our professional working connection, too!

I'm looking forward to reading all your updates! And your husband definitely deserves major kudos for carrying around the books.

Kelly McDermott-Bay said...

What a wonderful blog.
Kelly Bookend Diaries

Christie (The Fiction Enthusiast) said...

Looks like so much fun! Your hubby is a trooper! I’m so excited to see other husbands went. I just asked mine last night if he would want to go next year if MIL could stay with the kids.

jackie tracy said...

Poor, poor Jason. Is that my tote bag I see in his hand? :)

Jenny said...

Michelle -- I'm super excited about a lot of them! And thanks for the compliment... my hubby designed it.

Melissa -- Sooo hope you can go next year!!

Diane -- thanks! It was fun!

nomadreader -- I can't believe the number of people I didn't get a chance to say hi to or meet! And so many I wouldn't have ever recognized, lol!

Colleen -- was definitely fun!

Jennifer -- I had so much fun too!! And definitely come down to visit!!! Just let me know when you wanna come! =)

Juju -- LOL! Michelle is a very funny person! Hopefully you can go next year??

Andreea -- I love NYC, lol!! I could see it getting stressful sometimes, but I love the rush of all the people, lol!

Lynne -- LOL! I think my husband enjoyed himself much more than he thought he would! Definitely go next year!!!

Melissa -- it was great meeting you too! I need to send you a card, lol... never know when it might come in handy! =)

Kelly -- thanks. =)

Christie -- there weren't a whole lot of husbands (a few), but it sounds like next year there might be some more!

Jackie -- don't worry about him... he likes to feel needed, lol! =)

jayayceeblog said...

Sounds like fun. I'm stopping by through the Book Blogging Hop.

Helen Smith said...

Hello - found you via the book hop. Glad you had a good time at BBC - sounds great.

Trisha said...

It was so great meeting you Jenny; even if we did have a bit of difficulty finding time to actually talk! Things were so hectic at the BEA! Next year I'm getting there earlier! Wow that was a lot of exclamation points! !! just for good measure !!

Amy said...

I'm so sorry we missed each other!

Jenny said...

Trisha -- yeah I need to plan some things better next year I think!

Amy -- me too! I did see you but you didn't get a chance to say anything.. I think it was when you were doing BBC stuff. Hopefully next year!!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

What Jenny says is true. I am as awesome as she says!

Just kidding. I was so very excited to meet you Jenny and Jennifer too.. I had a blast. I'm sure if your husband was nearer to me I would have made him carry my stuff too.

I will be posting photos soon too!

Hope you are relaxing after it all.
Take care,

Amanda said...

It was wonderful to meet you, despite the unfortunate Ellis Island incidents. :D

softdrink said...

I may have already said this (I'm still in a bit of a fog), but I can't believe I missed you! It was a crazy, but wonderful, week!

Michelle (my books. my life.) said...

I got braver after our bathroom experience. It gave me the confidence to shout out people's names even if I was wrong.

It was great meeting you!

Allie ~ Hist-Fic Chick said...

It was so nice to meet you, even though it was an all-too-brief encounter! But you're not so far away, actually, and I think I'll be in DC in Sept, so hopefully we can catch up then if you are attending any of the lit fests!

Jenny said...

Allie -- actually I don't think I'll go be able to go to the thing in DC. =( When exactly is it? I thought maybe I'd be able to b/c we're visiting my BIL in Raleigh around that time, but I think we're going to end up making that a short trip.

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