Kim’s BEA 2014 Adventure: Event Recap + Giveaway!

June 5, 2014 2014, bookish trips, event, giveaway, Kim 252

Oh man, you guys, I am back from BEA and am here to regale with you my adventures! This has been such a crazy couple of weeks for me. My nephew was born the week before BEA so if I wasn’t already sleep deprived, BEA was sure to oblige! :p Luckily, I live in the Philly suburbs so it didn’t take too much time for me to hop on a train to NY Tuesday evening and make my way!

Wednesday morning was the NOVL Bloggers Brunch at Hachette headquarters. It was too funny–when I stepped onto my subway train I just happened to be in the same car as Jamie and April. Serendipitous, I think! NOVL had a great brunch spread for us–including mimosas! I don’t know about you but I never say no to a mimosa. ;) We were treated to an awesome look at some very intriguing titles coming this summer/fall. I’m super interested in The Young World, Salt & Storm, and most especially Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future. It was so neat getting a peek at what goes on behind the scenes to bring a book into reader’s hands. Thank you so much for inviting me, NOVL!

Here I am looking super cool with some books at Hachette.

Here I am looking super cool with some books at Hachette.


That evening it was time to, yes, shimmy on down to the Epic Reads party! My goodness, was this party amazing. I got to mix and mingle with awesome Harper peeps, chat with authors, and meet some seriously awesome bloggers. The hit of the party, though, was most definitely the photobooth. Hee, here’s Steph, Jamie, and I having a blast with it. :D When my cousin told me she me in a photo on the Epic Reads Tumblr I knew I’d made it! And, uh, no big deal or anything, guys, but we played YA trivia at the party and Garth Nix was on my team!  Jamie asked him if we could hop in the photo booth and he was totally game. Check out the results! Was that even real life?! Thank you, thank you, thank you for inviting me, Epic Reads!! I had a blast!!!


The line waiting to get into the convention  at 9AM.

The line waiting to get into the convention at 9AM.

Thursday morning we were up bright and early to get in line for the actual conference! Remember how I mentioned the nephew thing? Yeah, it left me with pretty much no time to put into planning for ARC drops, panels, or anything. I really went into BEA without a plan (other than get Heir of Fire!!) which was interesting. It was good in that I wasn’t running around like crazy trying to make it from ARC drop to ARC drop to signings and back again. But it was bad in that I felt like I wasn’t really getting the most out of BEA. There is a way to do BEA hardcore and I definitely wasn’t doing that. I basically wandered the floor and if I happened by a publisher booth when there was a drop happening I’d pick the book up if I was interested. At some point in the day Meg let me glom onto her and with her schedule of ARC drops I was able to pick up a decent few. I was definitely focused on only taking what I was really interested and I was working with a limited amount of suitcase space as well. So while my haul might not be ginormous I love it still. It was also just wonderful to be able to chat with everyone working at the publisher booths and meet the people who work so hard to put to put the stories we love out into the world.

Here's my beautiful BEA haul in it's entirety!

Here’s my beautiful BEA haul in it’s entirety!


That evening was the Macmillan Bloggers Party. More bloggers! More publishing folks! (More drinks! Shhhh.) And I got to gab and gab with the ever lovely Debby and Gillian about our love for all things Throne of Glass, and most especially Chaol. This BEA recap is 50% BEA and 50% fangirling about the Throne of Glass series and I’m not even sorry! (Okay, I’m a little bit sorry.)

Friday morning came and it up was up with the sunrise again. I did not mind, though, for this day was HEIR OF FIRE ARC SIGNING DAY. You might not know, okay at this point you probably know, but I am a massive fan of this series. If I returned from BEA with nothing but an ARC of Heir of Fire I would consider BEA a success. I was in line at around 9:20. The signing began at 11 and I didn’t get through it until 11:40. IT WAS WORTH IT.  My #1 most anticipated read of 2014 and it was signed and in my hands! Just look at the pretty:

Look at my precious, beloved book.

Look at my precious, beloved book.


I would like to offer my sincere apologies to literally every single person I spoke to on Friday because I would not shut up about this book. I can’t help it. This series just turns me into an incoherent blob of feels.

I also had a secondary mission for Friday and that was to get hilariously amazing children’s book Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great signed for my nephew. Ta-da! Aunt points for me!

This book is really wonderful and you want it for the children in your life.

This book is really wonderful and you want it for the children in your life.


I bought this book for him before he was even born and it’s just the beginning. He has no idea what he’s in for yet! You will be a reader, child! I will make it happen!

Saturday morning I was off to the Bloomsbury Blogger’s Breakfast. Jessica Day George and Sarah J. Maas were in attendance and we got a tour of the Bloomsbury USA offices. Sarah was gracious enough to let me fangirl at her repeatedly, get a picture together, and sign my Throne of Glass tote! I was in heaven! Thank you so, so much, Bloomsbury!

Aaaahhhhmazing. Thank you, Bloomsbury! Thank you, Sarah!

Aaaahhhhmazing. Thank you, Bloomsbury! Thank you, Sarah!

Then I was off to make one more pass around the floor at the Javits. The “We Need Diverse Books” panel was Saturday morning but darn it-it was already packed when I got there and I couldn’t get in! There’s an unedited audio stream of the panel here for your listening pleasure. Things were winding down after that. Except for BookCon…BookCon was CRAZY and JAM PACKED. It was amazing seeing so, so many young people in attendance but the lines…my goodness, I have never seen such lines and it was almost impossible to move or get anywhere on the floor. I had a train to catch so I made my way to Penn Station and back to Philadelphia. And that was it for BEA 2014!

Is there anything I would have done differently? I wish I had planned (this is a no brainer). I wish I had spent less time wandering aimlessly trying to grab ARCs and focused more on attending panels and specific events. In line with that, it’s not worth it to me to sit in line before the hall opens up at 9AM. I’m a person who loves sleep way too much and, honestly, I just don’t function at my best without it. Next year I’ll sleep in a little, be refreshed and ready to focus on hanging with friends and making new connections. I want to devote my energies to people, panels, and events and not running around the floor. I agree that it’s strange that books are the least of my focus for BEA 2015 but it is what it is. Oh and getting the ARC of ToG #4 if they have it. Who am I kidding? More 2 hour lines? NO PROBLEM.

Also, folks really aren’t kidding when they mention how much BEA hurts. Every day my back was killing me and I have bruises (actual bruises!), in the most random places. People say BEA will kick your ass and it’s true. Wear very comfy shoes and schedule a massage for when you get home. Lordy.

BEA: Exhausting. Tremendous. Intense. Fun. AMAZING. I’m so happy I got to meet so many wonderful people and make new blogger friends. I send a fervently heartfelt thank you to everyone who was so warm and welcoming to me, most especially Tabitha, Anya, Jamie, Steph, Kat, and Meg. You were all so sweet and patient with this newbie blogger and I appreciate it so much. The best part of BEA isn’t the books, it’s the people. You made my BEA experience wonderful and I couldn’t have done it without you!


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Win a Pack of ARCs from BEA!

I couldn’t contain all the BEA excitement. I just have to share it with you!! I have an amazing mix of contemporary, thriller, paranormal, and romance ARCs for you fresh from BEA!

The pack includes:

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Vivian Apple At the End of the World by Katie Coyle
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Zodiac by Romina Russell
Talon by Julie Kagawa
Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick
Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan

All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a comment below telling us why you’re excited to read any of these titles. One US or Canadian resident (aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission) will win all eight books. See entry form for complete rules. Good luck!

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Our thanks to Dial Books, Razorbill, HMH Books for Young Readers, Macmillan Teen, Harlequin Teen, Harper Teen, and Disney*Hyperion who provided the advance copies for this giveaway.

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252 Responses to “Kim’s BEA 2014 Adventure: Event Recap + Giveaway!”

  1. Emily

    I would love to go to BEA one day! What a great experience!

  2. Charity Casas

    I have been looking forward to reading Talon by Julie Kagawa when she first announced the new dragon series because I enjoy her style of writing. I will read all these books in no time at all! Hope I get picked!

  3. Tinaaa

    YOU ARE SOOOO LUCKYYY WAHH!!! I WANNA GO THERE SOME DAY!!! The books hehe, i really would love to read is I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson & Talon by Julie Kagawa ^^ The sky is everywhere, is my #1 fave YA poetry/free verse/ novel written book! And I LOVED the iron fey (so much that i bought all four books hehe), struggling a bit with the Immortals (not a vamp fan hehe) but Juile is writing DRAGONS yay!

  4. Emily Anne

    I’ve never been to a book convention! However, I hope to go to one in the future :) They sound like so much fun! Im glad you had a good time there! Also, I’m really happy to spy I’ll Give You The Sun in the giveaway pile. I’ve heard so many great things about the author, plus the synopsis is amazing… sounds like it could be one that will rip your heart to shreds with all the strong emotions! Thanks for the giveaway :D
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  5. Ariel T

    I’m super excited to read Talon because I love all of Julie Kagawa’s books! I’m so jealous of everyone that gets to go to BEA. It looks like tons of fun! All those authors and books! I have gone to some book tours before like Fierce Reads and Dark Day though. It was awesome. I haven’t met any of those particular authors, but I would love to meet Julie Kagawa and Sarah J Maas. I’m extremely jealous of everyone who got an arc of Heir of Fire. I’m dying to read it. Thanks for the amazing giveaway too!

  6. Paloma M. Virella

    I’m interesting in reading the majority of this books because ever since I started reading books Ive been looking for book hauls and started to listen to reviews about the books or all the hype about them but of course I can’t get my hands in of them because where I live there aren’t any book stores or conventions but from all the books there I’m most excited to read Zodiac. When I read what it was about it just basically took my breath away so hopefully I will get the chance to win.

  7. Misti

    I sadly have never been to any kind of book convention or book signing. No authors visit my small town. :( But I hope too in the future. It’s on my bucket list. It seems to be a whole lot of fun. My family always makes fun of me for always reading so I need to find someone awesome to go with, who will love it as much as me. Thank you for sharing your experience and the giveaway of course. The books you chose sound incredible and they are very beautiful. I always get excited for any kind of read.

  8. Jools

    I am incredibly interested to read Kiss of Broken Glass due to my personal background and I am always interested in resilience literature. Bloody Mary sounds so deliciously creepy as well! And who doesn’t love dragons! This is just a stack of interesting!
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  9. Linnea Pietsch

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway! Also, I would really love to win some of these titles, because some of them have beautiful covers. Not to mention, I’m a HUGE fan of Julie Kagawa and Jandy Nelson, so I’m super excited to read their new books. Crossing my fingers!

  10. A Canadian Girl

    I’d love to go to BEA one day! I know it’s easy to go crazy with concern about signings and snagging ARCs, but I loved your approach, Kim, as it just seems so much less stressful. And it sounds like you had a blast at all the different parties you attended.

    *eyes Talon (because hello, dragons!) and Lies We Tell Ourselves (because of its interesting premise)*
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  11. Rachel

    Would love to win these! I challenged myself to read 100 books this summer, which I am blogging about as I finish each one (on #26 so far). Would LOVE to have these great reads for my challenge!
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  12. Chenise J.

    I’d love to go to a book convention but sadly, I don’t think that will be happening anytime soon. Definitely most excited for Talon by Julie Kagawa. Just finished The Forever Song and I’m going through a bit of Julie withdrawal!

  13. Elizabeth @ Book YAbber

    That tote bag is amazing!

    Where did you find Sanctum?! I stalked the HarperCollins booth for two reasons, I needed to meet Aubry and Margot, which I did, and I was hoping for a copy of Sanctum, but unfortunately was unsuccessful.
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  14. Katharyn

    I love all of Julie Kagawas works and I can’t wait to hear her take on dragons!

  15. jose orozco

    First of all, thank youn for this giveaway, I have never gone to a book convention but i am dying to, i would love to win this giveaway so i can have zodiac and lies we tell ourselves…

  16. Jackie G.

    I’ve never been to a book convention, but they sound amazing based on everyone’s blog posts. Vivian Apple at the End of the World sounds absolutely fascinating. It seems like it will be an interesting spin on those gloomy apocalypse books that have been pretty popular
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  17. Lizzy

    I’m swooning a bit about Talon. I haven’t made it to a book convention yet (Vermont doesn’t really allow me to easily get to NYC), but I’m saving for next year. I’d just love a chance to meet the bloggers that I’ve been following for such a long time…and then try not to fangirl over the authors.

    Glad you had fun! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  18. Hilary

    I have never been to BEA or any book conventions. In fact, this is my very first time hearing of BEA and right now…I have half a mind to move to NY right this instant in preparation for next year! I’m super excited to read Zodiac and I’ll Give You the Sun. This is as close as I’ll get to being at BEA for the time being. Thanks for having this giveaway!

    • Hilary

      Sorry for writing this again. My computer was acting funny and I thought I didn’t post a comment.

  19. Hilary

    I have never been to a book convention ever. In fact, this is the first time I’ve heard of BEA and now I have half a mind to move to NY right this instant. Ha ha. I would love to read I’ll Give You the Sun because I’ve heard people talking about it and it sounds pretty good. This giveaway is as close as I’ll get to BEA for the time being. Thanks for having this giveaway!

  20. Rhonda M.

    I’m jealous! I love the Throne of Glass series! I want to go to a book convention~ I looked up these books and they look interesting. Zodiac and Talon look like something I would love. I would actually read all of those though.

  21. Katie F

    I’m really excited about this giveaway because I recently went back to work after having my second child which means I can read on my lunch break again!! It’s so hard to read while a cute little munchkin is staring at you :)

  22. Destiny

    Wow, that’s a great haul! I really wish that I could go to BEA or some type of book event in the future.

  23. catslady

    I’ve never been to one but I would love to some day. Actually, these are all new to me authors which is always a great thing – nothing like finding new favorite authors. Thanks for the chance.

  24. Ginny @ Gin's Book Notes

    I am going to my first book event next week. UtopYA in Nashville! I am so stinking excited that I can’t stand it. I’m hoping to make it to BEA next year. (fingers crossed) :) I REALLY need to read Sarah Maas Series! I know…I know… I promise it’s on my list to read soon. I also want to read Talon. Loved all the pictures and hearing about the great events you attended. Thanks for sharing.
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  25. Amanda

    I think, given the opportunity, I would have just like you — grabbing ARCs and not thinking too much about all the other events. I would love to go to a gathering like this one day! I just came across I’ll Give you the Sun on Goodreads, and it sounds amazing. I’d say that’s the book I’d be most excited to read.

  26. Linda Canniff / La La in the LiBrArY

    When you don’t do the Twitter entry function through the Rafflecopter itself, a lot of people on devices, using apps,do not get urls at the top of their Twitter pages, so we are unable to verify the tweets. That is a lot of entries lost, and alot of missed tweets for you. The Rafflecopter allows me to tweet via Kindle Silk, which gives me a url to copy.
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    • Wendy Darling

      There are reasons why we structure our giveaways the way we do. We get thousands of contest entries each month, and this is the first time we’ve ever had this come up as an issue.

      Our assumption is that readers who are interested in entering our book giveaways, many of which we run at our own expense, will find a way to get us the small amount of information we’re asking for. Those who tweet using apps should still be able to find the URL by emailing themselves the tweet or waiting until they’re at a desktop to provide the information.

        • Wendy Darling

          It’s unfortunate that our system makes it so difficult for you to gain extra entries via Twitter. Unless Rafflecopter changes options so it’s more advantageous for the host, the tweeting option is unlikely to change anytime soon.

          Obviously there are other point options you can take advantage of that don’t require pasting a URL.

  27. Linda Canniff / La La in the LiBrArY

    I am interested in reading every book I can get my hands on! I have not met any authors other than my IRL friend Anne Serling. My best blogging buddy, Brittersweet and I are already planning our trip to BEA next year. We are definitely excited about it. :)
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  28. Rain Jeys

    I especially want to read Talon because Julie Kagawa is so talented and YA High Fantasy is my favorite genre. Zodiac also sounds fascinating!

    I’ve never been to a book convention. I hope to make it to BEA next time it’s not in NYC (too crowded and far). I did get to meet Holly Black once though, and that was amazing.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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  29. April Castillo

    I’m sure that all of the books are wonderful, but I’m very excited for Talon by Julie Kagawa. She is my favorite author.

  30. Mara

    Gosh I wish I could go to BEA!!! Looks like my kind of heaven ;D

  31. Brooke B.

    I was quite sad that I couldn’t attend BEA this year, it’s always been on my wish list of conferences to attend. I did attend my first every bookish event in April of this year, the Barbara Vey Readers Luncheon in Milwaukee, WI. My first time on a plane and everything…small-town Ohio gal is movin’ up. ;) These books sound great!! Talon has been one I’ve wanted to get my little booky claws on. :)
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  32. Rebecca Castillo

    OH MY GOSH! So many wonderful titles here! I cannot wait for many of these books! I’m super excited about Talon. Julie Kagawa is my all time favorite author!

  33. Tia

    I would love to win because I am dying to read Talon!! I have never been to a book convention, but I would LOVE to go!

  34. Amanda White

    These books all look amazing , thank you so much for the chance :)

    • Amanda White

      I have never got the chance to attend any conventions, I have met a few authors however they were not well known just local authors from around where I live. I would love to go to a book signing or a convention though. I just love reading about different people’s trips to conventions and meeting different author’s , getting to hear about the funny stuff that happens or how nice an author was.

  35. Stephanie S.

    I’ve never been to a book convention unfortunately. :( Hopefully one day! I really want to read Talon by Julie Kagawa! I’ll Give You the Sun is also one I want to read. It sounds really good and interesting!

  36. Terri M. LeBlanc

    I haven’t had a chance to participate in a book convention yet. But I have attend 3 local Sci-Fi conventions and have made it a point to chat with the authors in attendance. It’s been tons of fun and now we stay in touch via social media. This year I’m helping to plan our local sci-fi convention and proposed a couple of book-related programming ideas. Can’t wait to see if the proposals are accepted.
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  37. Elisquared

    I have been to a couple of conventions, but nothing even close to as big as BEA. I think I would be completely overwhelmed by the size of such an event, but also delirious happy to be there. Planning is a necessity for me too! You did pretty well even though you didn’t have a chance to plan (friends are good for helping with that).

    Each of the books are all ones that I’ve heard exciting things about. I think the one I’m most excited about is I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson! Loved The Sky is Everywhere, and this one sounds just as amazing!!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway; it is so generous to give away some of the books you got!
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  38. Christine H.

    All of the books in this giveaway look so good. I’m especially excited because I’m a fan of Julie Kagawa and Jandy Nelson, and new books by familiar authors makes me happy. Additionally, Zodiac, and Kiss of Broken Glass have intriguing concepts, and I would love a chance to read them. I’ve never been to a book convention, but the only signing I have been to was a book festival. However, I didn’t get to meet any of the authors above. I loved reading your recap of BEA by the way. It sounds like a lot of fun.

  39. Crissie

    The only think that would make this pack better is if you had a copy of Heir of Fire in it lol

  40. Susan T.

    I have never been to a convention or met an author and all these BEA post are making me jealous! Lol! I really want to read Mary:The Summoning and Talon. You picked a nice variety of books!

  41. miranda lewis

    I’ve never been to a convention but I really want too! They always look so fun and who wouldn’t be thrilled to meet all these amazing authors and come home with little treasures that they got from the convention as reminders about the journey. Anyways I’m excited about Talon :) any would be lovely.

  42. Kathy L.

    Ah BEA sounds like it was so fun! I totally understand how you would think it be worth going just for Heir of Fire. I love that series too! I’ve only been to one book event, last years Austin Teen Book Fest, and it tired me out. I can’t imagine three days of it! And I heard next year Book Con is going to be two days! I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Oh and of these books I’m most excited for Talon! I love Julie Kagawa’s books and dragons are amazing! So It’s basically a given that I’m going to adore Talon.

  43. starryeyedjen

    I think I’ll Give You the Sun is my MOST anticipated read this year. I absolutely adored The Sky is Everywhere and I pretty much force it on anyone I know who hasn’t read it yet. I’m also pretty excited for the first book in Julie Kagawa’s new series. DRAGONS! Thanks so much for the giveaway…it sounds like you had a lovely time!
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  44. Esther Saavedra

    I haven’t been to any conventions unfortunately. what I wouldn’t give! I am absolutely thrilled to read Talon most of all. I am jumping around in my excitement, currently. I LOVE Julie’s writing

  45. Danna

    Sadly, I haven’t been to a book convention before. (I think I am going to list that in my bucketlist! Lol) I badly want to read ZODIAC! The title and the *very* beautiful cover intrigued me.

  46. Ashley Reed

    Never been to a book convention before, Looks like so much fun!

  47. Jennifer

    I like opportunity to branch out of my normal genres…I find something interesting in each.I love books in general.
    I have never been to a convention. The idea of being crowded by a lot of people makes me anxious. I wish I could…it would be awesome to meet the authors.

  48. Rachel King

    I have never been to a book convention (likely never will) but I enjoy living vicariously through all of the BEA blog posts I come across every year. I’ve only gotten into reading some of Julie Kagawa’s books this year, so I would love to read Talon especially.

  49. RivkaBelle

    One day, oh one day, I will go to BEA … All the lovely stories, I want to add my own!!! :)

    These look awesome, but the two most catching my eye: A Little Something Different (and the cover, I swoon!) and I’ll Give You the Sun :)

    Thanks for the chance at winning ARCs!

  50. danielle hammelef

    I’ve never been to a convention, but now I want to go! Wow! It’s like an author’s dream. I would love to read I’ll Give You the Sun as well as others. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway!

  51. cheryl perkins

    Sadly there are no book conventions anywhere near me…nearest would probably be near NY City. Someday maybe.

  52. Ali Goff

    I’ve never been to a book convention but it sounds awesome. I would love to read all these ARCs.

  53. Michaela @Will Read for Coffee

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I’ll take these tips and (fingers crossed) see you there next year. I have been to be few festivals so far and it is soooooo hard not the stand in line for books but it’s also hard to miss out on hearing you favorite authors actually TALK! Urgh lol. I feel your pain :)
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  54. Stephanie T.

    -drools at bookstack- Oh, what. I couldn’t think…when I saw those… wonderful titles. I’ve never had the chance to attend a big book convention. Either there isn’t one near where I live, or conflicting events. Mostly the latter reason. Although I’m sad that I can’t attend, I’m sure my wallet is glad. Thanks for sharing your experience :)

  55. Susan Schwartz

    I would especially like to read Zodiac!
    Thank you for this giveaway opportunity.
    Glad you had such a great experience.

  56. Simran

    SO SO SO excited that Jandy Nelson has come out with another book! Based on the little blurb on goodreads, it sounds intriguing!

  57. Michele

    BEA rocks! I am the complete opposite. I’m there to pick up the arc’s to read so I know which of my patrons to recommend them to. I’m so jealous that you were able to get a copy of Julie Kagawa’s book. Her lines were horrible. I did get to talk to Julie before book con started. She came out to try and get a pic of the crowd. She’s always so sweet to talk to. Book con was huge this year. Over 7000 tickets were sold. This was my 12th year attending BEA. I’m glad you had a great time. Maybe I’ll see you there next year.

  58. Rachel Sanford

    I was just saying how jealous I am of people who live near places that have book conventions. I’ve never been to anything like that. Plus it’s rare for authors to make trips to Arkansas, but when Nicholas Sparks came here a couple years ago I made a small road trip there for his talk and signing.

  59. Melissa Golden

    I’ve never been to a book convention or met any authors. Some day I would love to go to one though! I’m also dying to meet Maggie Stiefvater and Kristen and P.C. Cast! I can’t wait to read Talon… I just finished the Firelight books by Sophie Jordan and loved them! It seems like dragons are the popular shape-shifters lately. Its kind of refreshing! Mary: The Summoning sounds like a great horror book which I also like a lot.

  60. Sarah K.

    I’m really excited for Lies We Tell Ourselves. It sounds like it’s going to be a good read. I’ve never been to a convention, but I would love to go to one.

  61. Heidi D

    It looks like you had an amazing time. I’m a little jealous, to be honest, lol. I’ve never attended a book convention or any kind of author signing/event. Maybe one day. Here’s to hoping. I’m looking forward to reading all of those books, as they’re all on my TBR list, but I’m most excited about Zodiac. I’ve always been fascinated with astrology and zodiac signs and whatnot.

  62. Terri @ Alexia's Books and Such...

    I’ve read excerpts for I’ll Give You the Sun and Lies We Tell Ourselves and they both sound amazing! And can’t wait to read Talon, because everything Julie Kagawa writes is amazing! I met Julie a few years ago at BEA and she’s so incredibly nice! Hoping to attend BEA again next year, as it’s the best!
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  63. Blakely

    I would love to read these books because I’m that person that will read anything and everything that I’m given. Also they would make a great addition to my growing bookshelf!

  64. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    I am most excited to read Talon, Zodiac, and I’ll Give You The Sun. Big Julie Kagawa and Jandy Nelson fan so I’m looking forward to their books. Zodiac sounds very intriguing. Kind of like factions made up of zodiac signs. I have never been to a big book convention but I do attend many author signings and have been lucky enough to get books signed by some of my favorites such as Gayle Forman, Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, Kasie West, Cassandra Clare, Lauren Oliver, Andrea Cremer and some others. Thanks for the BEA recap and giveaway!
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  65. Genevieve

    I never got to go to a book convention but where I used to life there was a bookshop where a ton of way famous authors dropped by I meet a Cornelia Funke and Shannon Hall! Hope I win, I am so out of books ! (:

  66. Genevieve

    I never got to go to a book convention but where I used to life there was a bookshop where a ton of way famous authors dropped by I meet a Cornelia Funke and Shannon Hall! Hope I win, I am so out of books !

  67. Lianne

    I have never been to BEA or any book convention but I would love to attend! I am really looking forward to reading Talon and I loved the other books that she wrote! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!!!!

    • Jessica Smith

      I am going to my first book convention in just a couple weeks! I’m going to Utopya in Nashville and I am STOKED!! All of these books look amazing and I’ve been dying to read Talon!

      • Kim

        Whoa!!! Utopya looks amazing! A con for women writers of paranormal YA/NA? Sounds awesome! I’m excited for you! I’ve never been to Nashville but my sister and my cousins are obsessed. So that’s another treat! Seems like you’re in for a good time ahead. :)
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  68. jpetroroy

    I love Jandy Nelson. So jealous you got this one!

  69. Kate I.

    I’ve yet to attend any book conventions but I do regularly attend author events hosted by my capital city’s newspaper and the main branch of my city’s public library (recent featured guests include Joyce Maynard and Anne Perry). I aspire to attend BEA!

  70. Jennifer

    I really, really wanted to participate on the Giveaway but I’m from Puerto Rico, which isn’t usually considered as part of the US in giveaways :( Anyways, BEA sounds so cool! I’m hoping my add offers me between a trip and prom, in which I will instantly scream NEW YORK BEA BOOK AHH! Though I have no idea how it works, the whole BEA and BookCon thing. I’ll have to keep looking around for other bloggers who’ve gone previous years to see how to make it when I get to go. Awesome post, and I hope you get that next Throne of Glass book next year ;)
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    • Kim

      BEA was so, so great. I was incredibly lucky to be able to attend! I probably won’t when it moves to Chicago for 2016 but ah well. That is just how these things go. I can at least help you a little bit here with this specific thing (and maybe it will change in future years but this is how it worked this time): If you had a BEA pass you automatically had access to BookCon. A BookCon pass was only good for the BookCon specific area, (which is a lot smaller), the BookCon panels, and is only on Saturday. It just depends on what you want. Do you want to mostly attend panels and a handful of signings? BookCon is probably for you. If you want to network with publishers and bloggers than BEA is the right route.

      And thanks! I finished ToG #3 just last night and I’m already dying, absolutely dying, for Book 4. A 6 book series?! It’s killing me!!!
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  71. Lauren @ Love is not a triangle

    SO GLAD to meet you at BEA! I wish we’d had more time to chat though. I will say that I hardcore planned for this event, and though I still felt like I was running around like a crazy person, I felt much less chaotic in the process because of it. Plus I’m so bad at deciding whether I want a book on the spot, so knowing what’s going to be there ahead of time was really helpful for being careful about what I grabbed. But having gone last year made it easier for me to focus on planning since I could picture the floor and layout of the event in my head. You’ll have a much better time next year! I’m glad you had fun despite the chaos and a great stack of books!

    I still haven’t started that THRONE OF GLASS series because I was frightened of a triangle in the first book, but I’ve heard confirmation that it disappears, and I know you wouldn’t be this invested if it was still there in book 3. I need to do a binge of the first 3 books.
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    • Kim

      We will fix this year next year, Lauren! More chat time for sure. Heh it might just be unavoidable to not run around crazily at BEA. Unless you literally do nothing but stroll the floor without a goal or care in the world. But that’s no fun! I will say that I did at least have a strong familiarity with my Fall TBR list so I was able to quickly identify whether or not I wanted something. I had a small suitcase (also dumb! And I knew it was dumb but I literally can’t manage dragging anything larger from train to train to subway to hotel and back again) and I wasn’t interested in spending money on shipping so I kept the haul small anyway. And, you know, what you say really rings true. I’m such a visually oriented person it was hard for me to plan for BEA because it was such an unknown. Now knowing the general scope and layout, now that I have that clear vision of it in my head will make everything so, so much easier. Yay I know what I’m doing now!

      Oh, Lauren. You *need* to read THRONE OF GLASS. Yeah, it’s true. The first book is a bit triangle-y. But it’s over by the end of that book. After that it’s just glory. And as far as triangles go it’s probably the most bearable one I’ve ever read. The fact that I liked the first book as much as I did (3.5) means the triangle really isn’t that bad (for a triangle). I am SO curious to see how you will find these books. I will be keeping my eyes peeled to see what you think if you end up reading them (please do!!!).
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  72. Denee J.

    I’m soooo excited for Talon!! I read an excerpt at the end of The Forever Song and was hooked! :D I’ve never been to a book convention, and no one really comes to ohio :(
    -Novel Reveries

  73. bethany

    Can I just say… have not yet gone to a crazy event like BEA but heard SO MUCH about the new Book Con and maybe maybe will be able to sneak away next year!

    Thanks for posting a recap and fangirling like crazy around HOF & Sarah J Maas–eeee!!! Right there with you…

    • Kim

      BookCon looked like a *a lot* of fun. But, it was craaaaaazy crowded. Maybe next year they’d organize it better and the issue would be solved? But this year it was jam packed. You could barely move on the BookCon side. Still, if you can handle sardine crowds then go for it! And yay! I’m always so thrilled to find a new ToG fan! Those books are something else aren’t they? I end up utterly destroyed every time I read one and yet I love it. Magical.
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  74. Thomas

    Sounds like you had a fabulous, productive time! I love how you reflected so deeply and sincerely on your time at BEA – it will definitely help prep you for next time. Still, all those books though… so glorious. I’d like to win the bundle because of I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. It has such a fascinating, unique plot: twins? At least one of the twins being gay? The story being split in half and narrated by both of them? It sounds so quirky and riveting and I cannot wait to read it.
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    • Kim

      I really did have a wonderful time, Thomas. And I’m so grateful for the opportunity and the experience. Ha I hope my reflections do serve to help me next year and I’m not just repeating history! And ha. I’m beginning to second guess giving away the Nelson book. :p I change my mind it’s allllll for me! Haha. I’m hearing really great things about it. Considering how loved her first book is I’m sure it won’t disappoint. Good luck with the giveaway!
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  75. Carina Olsen

    Oh! It looks and sounds like you had such an amazing time :D So happy for you. <3 But also so jealous, lol. You got to meet so many people. Sigh. It sounds amazing :) I would love to go to BEA one day. <3 *Fingers crossed* Anyway. And so many amazing books you got :D I hope you love them all. <3 Cannot wait to read Talon :D And ohh. Such an amazing giveaway. Wishing I could enter, hih. <3 I wouldn't mind paying shipping to Norway. ANYWAY. You are amazing for doing the giveaway :) And for sharing your amazing time with us. So glad you had the best time :)
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    • Kim

      I did have a great time! Thanks, Carina! I’m lucky; I was able to meet some really awesome book people. I wish it was magically possible for everyone who wanted to go to BEA to go! Fingers crossed you get there one day! Yeah, it may not be much but I’m really happy with my haul! Talon has so much promise and potential! I’m almost nervous to read it!
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  76. Jessica Cooley

    Wow, I’m so jealous! It looks like you had an amazing time. One of these days I want to go…the panels look so interesting and the arcs…it looks better than Disney.
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  77. Stephanie

    I love these posts! I missed BEA this year as I opted for RT Convention since it was nearer this time around. Every time I see a BEA post I question my decision. I loved RT, but there is nothing like BEA.
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  78. Effie M.

    I am so excited for Talon! I mean, come on … dragons AND written by Julie Kagawa? Then there is Vivian Apple At the End of the World by Katie Coyle, which sounds pretty darned amazing, too. I do love a good postapoc read! oh heck, they all look fantastic, and it’s summer, and MOAR BOOKS must happen! <3
    Your time at BEA sounds like it was absolutely amazing.

    • Kim

      I think TALON is going to be awesome!! Definitely really looking forward to that one. I really enjoyed her vampire series. I did a good bit of skimming on VIVIAN and it seems great, honestly. I can never get enough post-apocalyptic fiction. This one is a bit different in that it’s actually a sort of PA/contemporary cross. With a heavy dash of philosophizing. But I think that all makes for one intensely interesting book, you know?
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  79. Evthoxia Roussakis

    I’ve never been to a book convention before, but I’ve met 3 of my favorite authors who came to my city last year for a short panel and signing. Julie Kagawa, Amanda Sun, and Aimee Carter are all great.

  80. Katie

    I am beyond excited to read I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. I read her other book, The Sky is Everywhere, last year and it really impacted me. Her writing is absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to read her next book!

  81. Alice Atorly

    The BEA totes kill me. So many of them are adorable (I like big books? Epic Reads? Deep Blue Towel/Bag? Genius.). Also–I love your unicorn book, and I’m totally jealous (but not angsty jealous) of your Macmillan Blogger Party invite. There’s always next year, I suppose! :)

    Talon, I’ll Give You the Sun, and Lies We Tell Ourselves are all on my Most-Read-But-Can’t-Seem-To-Get-My-Hands-On List right now. Oy vey!
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    • Kim

      The totes were so great. I really liked one that said “Totes Books.” Good pun work, there. And you are clearly a person of excellent and sophisticated taste if you like the looks of UNICORN which is one of the greatest kids books. The parties were all lovely. I was super fortunate to be invited. Haha I hope they’ll take me back next year! And those three are at the top of my list as well. My list is so long, though. sigh sigh
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    • Kim

      It was amazing, Jeann! I feel so fortunate that I was able to attend and get these much sought after ARCs! Yeah, I imagine it must be frustrating to be so far away. I only live 90 miles from NYC and I didn’t even ship anything. I kept it contained to only what would fit in my (small) suitcase. Hence the small haul. You make do with what you can, you know? I hope you can make it someday! I did encounter a fair amount of Aussies.
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  82. Anabel

    I really want to go to BEA next year! Talon by Julie Kagawa is one of my most anticipated books! And also, i’ll give you the sun, I’m a total contemporary fan! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  83. Holly U

    Someday, I really wish to go to BEA. Not just for the books, but for meeting authors and bloggers. It always sounds like so much fun, and I enjoy reading people’s recaps of the event. I don’t know all of these books, but the one that I’m most excited about is Talon by Julie Kagawa. I love her books! :)
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    • Kim

      The people are the best part of BEA! I’ll always stick by that. It’s *so* much fun but it’s really tiring and overwhelming. It’s something you just need to experience to really get. I hope you can make it sometime! And my goodness. I think TALON is definitely “winning” in terms of book everyone’s most excited for. I spy *very* high shipping potential for that romance in that book. It better not disappoint me!
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  84. Rachel Bostick

    I’m so looking forward to reading Talon. I absolutely love Julie Kagawa’s books, especially the Blood of Eden trilogy! I finished The Forever Song recently and it was such an amazing book (although it did make me cry a little).

  85. Andrea G

    In the stack of books I only see one author I recognize and I love to discover new author to love. It can become easy to just read books by authors I’ve read and liked before.

  86. Samantha Wallace

    I would love to win these books because I just love reading books and I have never met any authors before even though I wish I did. Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

  87. Erin BookNut

    These books look amazing, I’ve been anticipating Talon for a while! The only convention I made it to was this year’s Teen Book Festival in Rochester. It wasn’t really a convention, more of a really freaking awesome event, but there were many lovely authors to meet and talk to.
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  88. Alice

    I actually went to Bookcon last week (which was the last day of BEA) and got to meet some amazing authors! I also saw Julie but they ran out of copies of Talon, so I’m so excited for this contest! :) Shes been my favorite author for a while.

  89. Jessica R

    It sounds like you had an amazing time, even with the lack of sleep! Especially at the Epic Reads party. That sounds like it was a blast! And how great that you got to spend some time with Sarah Maas and get Heir of Fire! :) I’m definitely not missing BEA next year because I was so bummed to not see all the awesome people who were there. Thanks for writing this recap so we could live vicariously through you!
    Also, thank you for the giveaway because I am so excited to read TALON, because dragons (duh!) and LIES WE TELL OURSELVES because historical forbidden lesbian/interracial romance? Yes please! :)

    • Kim

      Haha yes. Even with the sleep deprivation it was all so worth it. Getting HoF was definitely the highlight of my trip. And Sarah is *such* a sweetheart. At Bloomsbury she had her copy of ToG out and asked anyone who wants to to sign the book. It’s really sweet! Her book is just covered in fans writing their love for the series all over it.

      I am happy to provide the recap! I’m glad you liked it. :) I hope it’s enjoyable for the vicarious living crowd. But how exciting that you’ll be there next year! Prepare yourself accordingly! Heed my advice!

      LIES seems so, so good but I’ve heard that it’s pretty heavy (well, I mean, obviously) but I think perhaps even more so than one would at first think. So I’ll need to make sure I’m really in the right space mentally to handle that one.
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  90. Brittany Todd

    Oh my god Talon …oh my god Talon. I’m obsessed with juli and obsessed with Dragons so this is like the holy grail to me. I would literary give up all the other if I could get my hands on a talon. That’s how serious this is lol. I haven’t been to any book conventions but I am absolutely going to BEA next year and am thrilled. Thanks Kim you little doll!
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  91. Kara @ Great Imaginations

    I’m not entering the giveaway, Kim, I just wanted to say how great it was meeting you at BEA this year. I am also hoping to attend next year so I will see you again, if it is at all possible! The Epic Reads party looked like it was so much fun! And I totally know what you mean about focusing on events and people and not books. I still got a tremendous haul but I did a lot more social stuff this year and wandered the floor with my besties and that is the best way to do it, I think!
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  92. Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction

    Kim! I think you and I have very similar tastes in books. You might just be my latest book twin. I would have grabbed all the books in your haul. Amazing taste you have :-) I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on each of them. I have become obsessed with Bitter Greens! I’m so happy that Jon at Scott Reads It told me about it. Love this recap!
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  93. sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    I would love, love, love to go to BEA someday! I haven’t been to a book convention yet and it kills me to see what a great time everyone has each year while I sit on my couch and pout. lol How awesome to get your most coveted book of this year and have it signed by the author! So glad you had a great time. Thank you for having this amazing giveaway. I’m particularly excited for Jandy Nelson’s new book. :)
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  94. Deirdre

    I have never been to a book convention or met any of these authors. I have not heard of many of these books, but I really love Julie Kagawa. I have read descriptions of these books and I cannot wait to read them!

  95. Meghann

    I had a ton of fun at BEA 2014. I loved meeting everyone and I had a great time!

  96. Paige Nguyen

    I’ve been wanting to go to a book convention for a long long time! They sound unbelievably fun! I’ve heard so many great things about these books, especially Talon by Julie Kagawa. One of these days maybe I’ll get to go to a convention by being the one in the boot, signing all the pretty books :)

    • Kim

      Yes, I’m unbelievably lucky to live so close to NYC and also to have ALA Midwinter swing through Philly every 5 years. I can’t wait to read TALON myself! Oh, you are an author? Sending all my good vibes that you get to be in those booths one day!
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  97. Susan

    I was jealous the whole time everyone was Tweeting about all the fabulous events and giveaways at BEA. Sounds like a blast, and I’d love to get there next year.

      • Susan

        Well, I’m in Florida. So, it’s all far for me. But, I will try very hard to go next year. Sounds well worth it.

  98. Amanda S

    I’m interested in winning these because my experience this year doing my Bachelor of Education has taught me to always be on the look out for new books! You never know what book will reach that one reluctant reader in your class, which is especially important in the novel heavy high school courses!

    • Kim

      Ah yes. A subject close to my heart: the reluctant reader. I like to hold on to the hope that everyone can be a reader, some just haven’t found the right books yet. I’ve *always* loved reading but I can remember really not enjoying the books I had to read for school as a kid. For some kids those were the only times they’d pick up a book and if I didn’t like them I very much doubt they were enthralling for non-readers.

      Well, anyway, good luck! If these books are meant to find their way into the hands of reluctant readers and kindle a love for reading in their hearts I cannot help but warm to the thought.
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  99. Nicole

    Sounds like you had a great time at BEA! A Little Something Different sounds very interesting!

    • Kim

      Doesn’t it sound SO cute? I’m so intrigued to read it. It’s a little bit meta, almost. I’m sure I’ll be shipping the main characters…and then reading along with so many POVs of characters who are also shipping the couple. Too cute!
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    • Kim

      ANYA!!!!! It was so great to meet you and hang out and chat and stay together!!! I’m so glad you stayed with us! It’s so funny that we’re both hardcore SFF people yet have completely opposing view on romance in our books! I hope I will be seeing you at BEA 2015?
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      • Anya

        Haha, I’m being swayed towards romance in sf/f though ;-). I think I had the classic problem of running into too many not great romantic sf/f books that I got a bit turned off. Have you read The Ophelia Prophecy? I was so proud of myself since it is apparently romantic sci-fi and I loved it!

        I’m not sure about BEA 2015 at this point. We kind of just need to see if we can stay with the boy’s aunt again >.>
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  100. Moira

    It looks like you had a great time at BEA :) Two of the books that I think sound good are Lies We Tell Ourselves and Kiss of Broken Glass. Both are on my list to read. I hadn’t heard of I’ll Give You the Sun until this post, but I will definitely have to read it too!

  101. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    SO jealous!! Not only is your book haul amazing, but you got a SIGNED ARC of HoF!! I just finished my unsigned eARC last night, and now I hate everything. Seriously, I have like a dozen (at least) really excellent books I could be reading . . . Exquisite Captive, Snow Like Ashes, Half a King, etc., and I don’t even want to. I’ve wasted like the last 4 hours doing nothing on the internet. Worst book hangover EVER. But so worth it. Gah, wasn’t it fantastic?! ToG is my favorite YA series. LOVE it.
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    • Kim


      Jessica. I stood in line for houuuuuurs for that signed ARC and it was SO WORTH IT.

      Your comment has touched me on a spiritual level. I finished HoF earlier today and now we’re feels twins. HOW DO I LIFE? HOW DO I GO ON? No answer to these questions, Jessica. No answer. You know in Jurassic Park when Lexie is having the freakout after the lawyer leaves them in the car to face the T-Rex alone and she has that high pitched, desperate “He left us! He left us!” going on? I had the same tone of voice going for HoF. “My ship! My ship!!!” I really, really, really love this series. I comb her ToG Pinterest board daily for clues. I’m lucky in that I at least have my cousin who is equally obsessed as me to discuss and theorize with. If you don’t have a person like that yet I will gladly be that person for you.
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  102. Melinda Christensen

    I have not been to a book convention, sounds like so much fun. I have been to a book signing. Enjoyed it very much. Sounds like you had a wonderful time, thoughts of good memories.

    • Kim

      Thanks, Melinda! It was a really great time and I feel so fortunate that I was able to attend. I mean, there are downsides certainly. It can get very painful and exhausting but it’s worth it. The people truly make the event.
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  103. Jamie J

    Glad you had a wonderful time! BEA sounds like such an experience. I want to go one day but the costs for events, hotels, flights, etc are often out of my budget. One year though…
    Julie Kagawa is a favorite so her book in particular is screaming at me. Zodiac and a few others look good too!
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    • Kim

      It really was wonderful! I was truly very fortunate to be able to attend. I hope you can make it one of these years! I can’t wait to read TALON myself…I really enjoyed her vampire series! Good luck with the giveaway. :)
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  104. Amanda P.

    Girl, I totally get Heir of Fire hype. I am dying seeing everyone with the ARCs! I must have it lol! I need more books to read and review, so this box of books would definitely come in handy, and they all look so awesome! I have never been to a book convention, but I have been to my share of author signings, and they are always so fun! Hopefully, next year I can go to BEA! :)
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    • Kim

      Right? I’m always so glad to find fellow ToG fans! :) Haha especially someone who is potentially on my level of obsession which is…quite high. “Stand in line for 2+ hours to get that ARC” high. “Comb the ToG Pinterest boards for clues” high.

      I hope you can make it to BEA too! It really is something else…and absolutely invaluable in terms of making connections with other bloggers and with publishers. I’m hoping so hard for you!
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  105. Justine @ paperback heart

    I love all the BEA recaps! It looks like everyone had such an amazing time and makes me want to start planning for 2015 right now!

    I’m so excited for I’ll Give You the Sun since The Sky is Everywhere pretty much ruined me.
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    • Kim

      Oh it was incredible, Justine! I mean, I’ve just returned from 2014 and I just want to start planning 2015 already!

      I know my friend Jamie is reading I’ll Give You the Sun now and is loving it. A very, very promising sign!
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    • Kim

      Yes and it looks so cute! I think I’ll save that one for after I next read a particularly heavy book. I’ll need something to lighten up. And I knowwww. I’m SO excited to read HALF A KING. Please don’t disappoint me, book!! Whew, I did have a lot of fun but it was exhausting fun. I’ll probably be one of those people with a minute by minute schedule next year. :p I’ve learned my lesson!
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  106. E

    Aah, I really wanted to read I’ll Give you the Sun and Lies we Tell Ourselves, but was sadly turned down for ARCs from NetGalley. Very sad. I’ve read Vivian Apple at the End of the World, and was a little disappointed, but the others all sound so great! So excited!!
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    • Kim

      Ah, I know the disappointment of a NetGalley rejection all too well! Oh no! I skimmed VIVIAN a good deal and I rather liked what I saw. I’m sad to hear you didn’t care for it. But those other two titles sure do have a lot of promise and hype surrounding them. I hope they meet your expectations!
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    • Kim

      I’m realllly excited for TALON myself. Dragons! Shapeshifting! Romance! Alll my yissssss. And I was super fortunate to get HEIR OF FIRE! That was a 2+ hour line, though! A less time consuming and wearying route would be requesting it on NetGalley (it is still up!).
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  107. Brenda

    BEA sounds like being at Disney on any holiday, jam packed with long lines. Yet, it’s so exciting you got to meet the authors and publishers that you wanted. And how cute is the book you had signed for your nephew too.

    • Kim

      I wouldn’t know, Brenda. I’ve never been to either Disney World or Disney Land. *sob* So sad, I know. I’m willing to bet it’s a bit more magical than BEA, though. Although BEA is kind of magical itself. Different magic! And UNICORN is the greatest book. I love it completely. All the little ones need this book and they don’t even know it.
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    • Kim

      The new Jandy Nelson had better be seriously amazing considering how much everyone wants it! I hope it lives up to expectations! Have you read Julie’s vampire series? I really liked it (but I haven’t read the Iron Fey) and am SO looking forward to the new series!
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  108. Mary @ BookSwarm

    BEA is truly something that you need to experience to completely understand, isn’t it? SO CRAZY and SO AWESOME all at the same time. I’m sorry we missed each other!! It’s just so busy. Looks like you had a fantastic time and got some wonderful reads, though! Maybe next year?
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    • Kim

      Oh nooooo, Mary. I missed you! We can’t let that happen again next year!

      And yeah, BEA is just…it’s something else. It’s so overwhelming I don’t even have the proper words for it. Still, I’m *already* looking forward to next year. You caaaaan’t escape BEA!
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  109. Emma

    I have never been to a book convention, unfortunately, but I have been to a few book signings. It is always fun to meet authors and get your books signed. :)

    • Kim

      It is fun! Especially when you have some time to have a brief chat and the authors always appreciate your support, of course. Unforunately, BEA is so huge that author interaction can be severely limited. A lot of the signing lines had a “no picture” policy or I would’ve had more pics for you all! Whomp whomp.
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  110. Alyn

    I see Julie Kagawa and I automatically must have it now!! I haven’t been to any book conventions or even book signings. Sad life really for someone that loves to read books.

    • Kim

      Awww. Before a few months ago I had never been to even a signing in my life and now I’ve been to BEA and back! You never know. It can happen for you! And I agree…TALON is really up there on my to-read list!
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  111. Katie @ Spirit of Children's Literature

    Sounds like you had a fabulous time at BEA! I enjoyed reading about your experience, and when I am able to go, I’m going to take your advice about planning, wearing comfortable shoes, and making time to connect with people. This stack of books looks wonderful! I am especially excited to read I’ll Give You The Sun and Kiss of Broken Glass, but they are all appealing!
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    • Kim

      Yayy I hope you can make it one year! Pleeeeease heed my advice about the shoes! And getting proper rest. Goodness me. I can’t wait to put my own advice into practice next year. And thank you! I tried to grab books with a wide appeal but were also highly coveted. Nelson’s book keeps popping up and over and over again as a “most anticipated.” I’m intrigued to see if it will live up to its hype!
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  112. Makaela

    It’s nice to see that you had a great experience! I’m not sure I could hold to a schedule even if I made one. I think it would be a little overwhelming! Lies We Tell Ourselves is my #1 wishlist book this year. The synopsis reminds me of the Disney Channel movie: The Color of Friendship. I cannot wait to read it!
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    • Kim

      Yeah, that *is* the other thing about having a schedule: there’s pressure to stick to it. And there are some things that are happening simultaneously that makes it impossible to make it to both. Just the nature of the beast!

      LIES is supposed to be really great but rather heavy. I’m looking forward to it a tremendous but I’ll definitely need to be in the right frame of mind and mood to read it. I don’t often seek out “heavy.” I’m usually about fantasy and escapism. I need to make sure I’m at full ability to appreciate it!
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  113. Jackie

    I’ve never won a book giveaway before, so I’d be happy to read any/all of them. I must admit, though that I read the blurb for talon a little while ago, and I was super intrigued. Thanks for the great giveaway, ladies!

  114. Kaniesha

    So jealous that you got to see Sarah and got the tote+HoF arc :'( (I’m jealous of everyone who did though, really).

    It’s fantastic that you had a great time and got to experience BEA!

    As for the books in your giveaway, I’m most looking forward to Talon, The Lies We Tell Ourselves, Kiss of Broken Glass and I’ll Give You The Sun. I’ve seen a lot of people hyped about Zodiac too though! Thank you for the opportunity :-)
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    • Kim

      I love the tote because it gets people to ask me “What is that tote about?” and then I get to talk about ToG at them! Win/win for everybody. Those people definitely never regret asking! :p

      BEA was amazing! I can’t wait for next year already! And happy to provide the chance to win. Good luck~!
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  115. Vivien

    This sounds like such a blast! I haven’t been able to attend a book convention, but I always try to make any local signings! They really are a highlight of my book reading/sharing experience. I’m sure with conventions you always need lots of planning. And naturally, the more you go the better you’ll be able to plan things out. Now if I could only talk the husband into joining me (that way I have someone to carry everything!). ;)

    • Kim

      Ha I tend to shy away from signings because I get so nervous around favorite authors! But I agree that they can be really wonderful experiences. The downside of BEA is that it’s so massive that you don’t really get any time to have even a brief conversation. It’s still awesome, though! Yes, a book carrying lackey-er, husband, :p That’s definitely a great way to go! I can tell you my book was verrrry sore at the end of the day for toting all those books around (and I didn’t even have that many!)
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  116. Leandra Wallace

    One day! One day I will make it to BEA! Even the acronym is pretty awesome. =) Thanks for sharing your experiences and I totally get the determination to make your nephew a reader. I’m like that w/my son. Books at an early age are how you make readers for life! I actually packed Guess How Much I Love You in the diaper bag to take to the hospital when he was born, b/c I wanted to read to him on his first day out in the open, but I was just too tired to dig it out. Who knew having a baby was so exhausting? ;)
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    • Kim

      My nephew *will* be a reader. I demand it! Haha. I really hope reading to kids at an early age turns them into readers…I know for me I just literally *always* loved reading. I was actually born like that. And my mom certainly read to my sister as much as she did to me but sister was never a reader. *sigh* Well, I’ll do what I can. I guess we have to do the whole “unconditionally love and accept children for who they are even if they’re not readers” thing. :p
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  117. Liz

    I am pretty excited about Julie Kagawa’s Talon! I love dragon shifter books (Seraphina, FTW!)

    • Kim

      I’m really excited about TALON as well. I have to say I am a little bit worried about SERAPHINA similarities but I’m sure the story will be plenty unique. I really LOVE a good forbidden love story, though. And this one looks like it will deliver.
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  118. Michelle Lee

    I’m interested in reading these books because all the books you have listed have been on my list to read! I Have you ever been to a book convention. Although if there was one near where I live, I would love to go to one. I don’t believe I have met any of these authors listed above, but that would be totally amazing if I did! Thank you for this amazing giveaway! :)

  119. Nadia

    I’ve never been to a book conference before :( I would love to attend BEA, it looks so awesome! I admit I was fangirling on twitter seeing so many of my fave bloggers meeting each other and meeting awesome authors!

    And ahhhhhh I’m so glad you got Heir of Fire! I’m dying to read it. CHAOLENA FOREVAAAAAAR.

    Thanks for the giveaway! That’s so awesome of you that you got ARCs for the readers :) (and so many great ones at that. TALONNNNNN ??! I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN ??!! whoaa!)

    • Kim

      BEA is awesome! But incredibly overwhelming and intense. I honestly lost track of the days and time. Your brain becomes a blob by the end. It’s great to meet authors and get favorite books signed but it comes at the cost of a *lot* of time and energy. Whew. It is worth it, it’s just something you really need to be mentally and physically prepared for.

      Good. Good…It gladdens my heart to see fellow raisers of the Chaolaena banner. I SHIP THEM FOREVER. After CoM we must STAY STRONG, Nadia. Very strong. But I have faith in my ship of ships.

      And yay. I’m glad you like the giveaway! I tried to include books that I heard a lot of buzz about at the convention. I wanted offer people who weren’t able to make it a chance to have them!
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  120. Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I keep wanting to go to BEA but the past two years BEA coincided with exams I had and this year it interferred with Senior Prom but…maybe next year! I’m looking forward to reading Nelson’s latest, only because her debut was SO GOOD and I absolutely looooved it, so I’m sure her newest is bound to be just as heart-wrenching and incredible. I’m glad you had such a fantastic time, Kim, and I hope I can one day be at BEA and meet you! :D
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    • Kim

      I would love to meet you if you make it to BEA someday, Keertana!! Senior Prom is much more important than BEA, though. :) I haven’t read Nelson’s debut yet but hear so many good things and people were just clamoring for her new title. It seems like her books really pack an emotional punch. I’d need to brace myself to read them! Still looking forward to it, though. :)
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    • Kim

      Yes! I am so looking forward to that one! Fairy tale retellings can be some of my absolute favs when they’re done well. I hope this one lives up to my expectations! I must give my thanks to my friend Tabitha for snagging that one for me-I was often lax in the galley grabbing department.
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    • Kim

      Oh my, BookCon was definitely…quite something, eh? I hope next year it will be much better organized and planned. People start lining up at 7 to get into the regular BEA floor but I heard the BookCon lines started forming at 5. 5!! My goodness. I could barely move on the BookCon side of things and just ended up fleeing back to the BEA-only side.
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  121. Emma

    I’m excited for several of those books (A Little Something Different, Zodiac, Lies We Tell Ourselves, and Talon especially), and I’d love to win them. I’ve never been to a book convention (boo), but I hope to in the next few years!

    • Kim

      The copy for A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT says that it has a squirrel POV. Squirrel POV! Color me intrigued. It looks like such a cute book. And I’m just dyyyying to get to TALON. I can’t wait! Good luck with the giveaway!
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  122. Angie

    This is soooo amazing. I know what you mean about planning. I went to San Diego Comic Con a few years ago and planned the whole thing and am so glad that I did. I am going again this year and will plan a little differently this time. I would like to see more panels myself. Glad to see you had fun!
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    • Kim

      It was obviously super dumb of me to go into this without a plan but my life got super crazy busy riiiight before BEA. Ahhhhh SDCC! SDCC is a whole different beast. I could barely survive BEA, I salute you for tackling Comic Con . BEA 2014 is barely over and I’m already excited to put everything I’ve learned into making BEA 2015 even more awesome!
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    • Kim

      They do look amazing, don’t they? I can’t wait to dig into my stash. I’ve never had a stack of physical review books before! It’s exciting! Folks are really excited about I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN. I want to read it too, but I need to be in a specific mood for contemporary that isn’t just light and fun. I figure’d it’d be better to get this one into the hands of someone who really wants it, you know?

      I hope you can make it to BEA one day!! I’m fortunate that I live so close by. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make it to Chicago for 2016 so I’m gonna have to make the most out of 2015.
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  123. Ann

    Lies we Tell Ourselves and I’ll Give You the Sun look very interesting. Talon is intriguing, too! Glad you had fun at BEA! I love the little sketch in the Unicorn Thinks He’s a Pretty Ghost. Too adorable. =D

    • Kim

      UNICORN is the best book!!! No, really, it’s amazing!! I can’t wait until my nephew is old enough for me to actually read it to him. Unicorn can make it rain cupcakes so he is obviously pretty great. :D

      I’ve heard great things about LIES but that it’s (obviously) really sad. I’d need to be in the mood to handle that but am still really, really looking forward to it! And I can’t waittttt to read TALON. I loved Julie’s vampire series. I can’t wait to see what she does with dragons!
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  124. Sashana

    I’m so excited for I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson! I haven’t read The Sky is Everywhere but I’ve heard amazing things. September is going to be an awesome month for YA!