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 paperbackswap.com. 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!