BEA 2015: Event Recap + Giveaway

June 4, 2015 event, events, giveaway, Kim, Layla 162

BEA 2015


Kim: Well folks, another year, another BEA.

Layla: Says Kim! Another year, and BABY’S FIRST BEA. (That’s me. And it was my first BEA.)

Kim:I was so overwhelmed by my first BEA I can’t even believe I signed up for another!  Layla, you were such a pro babby BEA-er. *sniff* So proud! By the way, did you know that it is actual magic when co-bloggers meet irl for the first time? You can actually wish upon a star from the magic of co-bloggers meeting. Or maybe that’s just us.

Layla: Oh, I second this. My heart grew three sizes that day.

divider vine croppedSome of the highlights from our trip:

On the floor at BEA


Layla: I can show you the world … replete with shining, shimmering, and splendid ARCs. A herd of bloggers amassed for the drop of Disney’s A Whole New World, a retelling of Aladdin in an alternate universe where Jafar finds the lamp first! The funny thing about this was that I had no idea this was happening and just showed up and then found out a galley drop was in the near future. Anyway, you can see everyone gathered at the booth, expectantly keeping their eyes on the prize. I really loved getting to meet folks while waiting in line for galley drops – while I heard stories of folks diving to get copies of Truthwitch, everyone I met was so lovely and so generous with their information.


Kim: Oh yes, I couldn’t agree more! The vast, vast majority of attendees at BEA are so sweet and courteous and polite. BEA is pretty much just one (seemingly endless) line after another and we’re all really just in it together. Let us all offer up our hands in praise to each other for the sheer fortitude that BEA requires. Make no mistake, you will be hurting at the end of any BEA day. But the burn is worrrrrrrrth it.

Publisher events



Kim: EpicReads always has such a lovely party and this year was no exception. The best part about these parties is always getting to chat with fellow bloggers and publishing professionals. But the EpicReads photo booth is such a highlight. As you can tell, Layla and I had a great time. OR DID WE.

Layla: We did. It’s not every day that I get to cavort with a giant rubber chicken head, after all. It was a great party! That was really my first opportunity to meet folks I’d only previously met online, which was pretty neat. Also, there was book swag aplenty + rice krispie treats, which is all I need in life. Finally, Kim continued her campaign to convince me to watch Doctor Who, and at this party, she began to rally her supporters.

Kim: The campaign is eternal. It won’t stop until you watch. *stares at you creepily*


Layla: Eleanor Herman at Harlequin Teen’s Blogger Breakfast. While this was early – 7:30 a.m.! – it was really wonderful. Not only was there food and good blogger company, but all of the authors – Adi Alsaid, Jennifer Armentrout, Eleanor Herman, and Katie McGarry –  and publicists there spent five minutes apiece at each table talking about their work or what was coming up in the next few months. Here, Eleanor Herman – whose book, Legacy of Kings, looks really exciting! – demonstrates her royal heritage by holding aloft a fancy goblet and wearing a crown. (She’s apparently a descendant of Eleanor of Aquitaine, which makes me more jealous than anything.)

Kim: Whaaaaaat. But I want to be a descendant of Eleanor of Aquitaine! *pouts petulantly*


Layla: Look at the crowd gathered for Macmillan’s party at The Strand. Also, look at all of the rare books lining the walls. I was incredibly worried that I was going to spill something but luckily that didn’t come to pass. Kim and I perused some of the pulp fiction on display, we chatted with a bunch of bloggers, and then we took advantage of the photo opportunities.

Kim: I was also very concerned with those rare volumes! They appeared to escape unscathed however. At least from the two of us….*ominous  stare*


Layla: Me, Josephine Angelini, and Kim wearing some super nifty glasses. Josephine Angelini was just so fun to talk with! I really enjoyed hearing about her upcoming sequel to Trial by Fire, Firewalker, which she says is even steamier. Sign me up! I haven’t read Trial by Fire, although I know both Kim and Wendy loved it, so I’m looking forward to joining the fan club. Also, she obviously far outranks both Kim and me in her ability to strike a pose.

Kim: She really was so fun and personable! I think bookish folk are, for the most part, usually introverted and/or shy. So ice breakers and small talk at these parties can be something of a challenge (they are for me at least!). But Josie just immediately jumped in to talk to us and was so friendly and sweet. I was already so excited to read Firewalker but now it’s multiplied! (And yes, Layla, you really do need to read it. ((AND SO DOES EVERYONE ELSE)) So. Much. Chemistry. *fans*)


Kim: Not only did Macmillan throw a great party for us, but the giveaway totes had seriously amazing swag. Here I am just being super thrilled that, not only is Leigh Bardugo signing my Six of Crows ARC, but we had a great chat about Sansa, ASOIAF, and women in fantasy in general. One must always seize upon the opportunity to talk with fellow Sansa fans when the opportunity presents itself. Don’t mind me being sort of a creeper, Leigh!

Layla: This is true. Mind you, I ran into people while waiting in line – whom I’d never met before – who recognized The Midnight Garden and remembered talking about Sansa Stark with Kim at BEA LAST year. It was *delightful.*

Kim: This makes me untoward amounts of happy.


Kim: In an alternate universe, that may or may not be known as my dreams, I had brunch with Susan Dennard and Sarah J. Maas. They are as amazing and lovely and weird and down to earth as they seem. And they, and their books, preach feminism and lady power, and they’re just basically all of the best things. Perhaps maybe one day one of us might be cut out to say a word jaaaaaeeeerrrbb.


Layla: It looks like a magical unicorn of a photo. I’m afraid to look at it directly.

Dessen Ryan lunch

Layla: Penguin Teen hosted a lunch for bloggers with Sarah Dessen and Carrie Ryan. This was really a blast; Sarah Dessen and Carrie Ryan fielded questions about their YA literary crushes (fellow authors or characters? characters, as it turns out) what they’d be doing if they weren’t writing, and current favs in TV, movies, and music (Sarah Dessen told a cute story about how Taylor Swift favorited one of her tweets! D’aww). It was really a pleasure to get to listen to them chat together.


Layla: Bloggers during the Q&A segment of the Dessen / Ryan lunch. Questions included things like, “Who would you kill, kiss, or marry in your books?”

Kim: Lunch with Sarah Dessen!!!! So epic. This looks like it was such fun and I’m so glad you got to attend.  It looks like it was such an intimate and lovely lunch!

Layla: It was an action-packed day for both of us. After our respective lunches and after wandering the floor a little more, Kim and I joined forces again to go to the Atria party later that afternoon. We had several lovely conversations – with Tory Lowry, a publicist at Atria, and with Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, whose upcoming new adult book The Status of All Things asks what you would do if you could rewrite your life by rewriting your Facebook statuses. (Spooky, scary. In my case, there is nothing but cat videos and passive-aggressive song lyrics. Maybe I would change those?) It was fascinating to talk to them both – they’ve been lifelong besties! – and hear about how their writing process works. It was a fun group to talk to!


Layla: Me and Kim at the Bloomsbury Kids brunch! Not only did they provide us with the opportunity to be crafty and design our own tote bags (I didn’t, but I saw some really swell ones), they fed us doughnuts and let us take pictures with masks. Of course, Kim wanted to take a picture with Throne of Glass, because she is nothing if not a loyal fan.

Kim: Yaaaaaaaaaasss. Thank you, Bloomsbury, for having us and also thank you for the donuts from the Doughnut Plant which were the best donuts I have had in my life. And, OBVIOUSLY, I made us take our shelfie with Throne of Glass. Who do you think I am??

Food adventures

Kim: So you may have noticed, by which I mean, HOW HAVE YOU NOT, that we are big fans of food here at TMG. I, of course, had already spotted and planned out many options for us to feast and imbibe while in NYC.

Layla: We were looking at menus at least two weeks out, is what she’s saying. Kim was nothing if not dedicated and her hard work paid off – in the form of delicious pierogi. Veselka is my new favorite place in the entire universe. Kim – who graciously served as tour guide and navigator – picked it out and I still don’t have the words to describe it beyond “I ate everything” and “I would like to live in that kitchen.” You should go and eat all those pierogi though because they were heavenly.


Kim: Yes, please. Do look at this heaven. That borscht, though. The dill was so fresh the fragrance was wafting off of it. The pierogi were fried to perfection and filled with the most sumptuous cheese and potato. Give my regards to the chef and please also just, like…I would like an existence based off of skulking around Veselka for all time.

Layla: That borscht was truly a thing of beauty and a joy forever. Let me just add that the blintzes were delicious as well and I would 100% order MORE FOOD if I were to go there again. So many things I didn’t try!


Layla: My final – not like, forever-final, but for now-final – visit to Shake Shack. You all, they put CHEESE INSIDE A PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM (and then they fry that mushroom). I mean, I’m not sure about the order actually, but the finished product is delicious. After hearing about Kim’s deep and abiding love for Shack Shack for the last few months, I can safely say that I was not disappointed. Immaculate Shake Shack, your praises we sing.


Kim: Good…good. I am glad to ensnare you into the Shake Shack lair. I am so glad I was able to take you to the Mother Shack aka the original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. It’s such a pretty location and really just optimal for prime Shake Shack enjoying. Soooo happy it did not disappoint!


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BEA Giveaways! 

Kim: Of course we have awesome goodies for you! Both Layla and I reserved copies just for our readers. We have not one, but two, prizes for this 2015 BEA giveaway. Two lucky winners will receive BEA giveaway packages from us! Mine will be the books you see on the right. Layla’s winners will receive a bundle of highly coveted ARCS from BEA that she has set aside, and mine include the 10 titles shown below.

Layla: It is a mystery bundle. The real mystery, though, is whether all my books will arrive through USPS today. I can tell you that Richelle Mead’s Soundless will 100% be in it, though, as I actually brought that one back in my suitcase.


All you have to do is is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a thoughtful comment below telling us why you’re interested in the ARCs you’ve heard about from BEA.

Open to all US readers aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission. See entry form for complete rules. Good luck!

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Giveaway copies were provided by the publishers. Photographs by Kim and Layla!


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Kim: Layla, I had the best time with you. I would add saying goodbye to you on Saturday morning to my “made my heart hurt” shelf on Goodreads.

And, in general, the best part of BEA is always seeing blogger friends and meeting new blogger friends. An immense, immense thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who welcomed us and guided these newbie(ish) bloggers, as always.

Layla: It was by far the most painful part of the weekend, and that’s saying something when you consider how much walking and standing and book-carrying we did. But I’m sure this is only the beginning of our in-person hangouts, and look forward to coercing you (and Wendy, muahaha) into visits. I can’t promise Veselka, but I will feed you donuts and sing any duet from Jekyll and Hyde with you.

And, totally seconded? It was such a delight to meet everyone and you are all the nicest.

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162 Responses to “BEA 2015: Event Recap + Giveaway”

  1. Rebecca Styles

    I loved the BEA recap! I’m really excited about Everything Everything, Tonight the Streets Are Ours, and The Dead House. I have been wanting to read them since I heard about them. Unfortunately, I have never been to a book convention, but I’m thinking about going next year.

  2. Kelly Mather

    I haven’t ever been to BEA, but i hope to one day. I absolutely love young adult fiction. I read The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, so I really want to read Passenger. Everything Everything sounds really good too. Thanks for having this giveaway!

  3. Josy Herrera

    Oh my goodness! I really want all of them. Haha. But mostly Passenger. Actually this year was my first to go to a book fair/event ever. I had so much fun and got to meet my favorite authors. (At Yallwest)

  4. Alyssa @Spellbinding Books

    Thanks so much for this post about BEA + giveaway! I haven’t been to BEA yet (so sad), but I have been to the MPIBA trade shows a few times in Colorado, when I worked as a bookseller at the Boulder Book Store. I have met Leigh Bardugo when she came to the bookstore during the release of Siege and Storm. Thus, one of the books I am most excited about is Six of Crows. I love the Grisha trilogy! I am also very excited about Truthwitch, and I participate in Truthwitch Tuesday. I really hope I have the opportunity to recommend those books early at and Thanks again! Happy reading:)
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  5. Ashlie

    So I’ve just discovered The Midnight Garden today (through the Harriet the Spy discussion link left on the comments over at Goodreads) and I couldn’t be more excited. I have spent the last six months getting REALLY excited about the YA world and the awesome authors I either loved as a child or am just discovering now. I find Twitter and active blogs like this one make it so much easier to follow along and fangirl out :) I followed a lot of the BEA excitement jealously on Twitter, and two of the ARCs I’ve been super curious about are Six of Crows (I adored the Grisha trilogy) and a Julie Murphy book called Dumplin’. Thanks for sharing your experience and wonderful pictures! I really look forward to spending more time here!
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  6. Sarah Avant

    I had no clue that something like BEA even existed! And I live in a suburb of Chicago, so hopefully I can make it next year. The book I’m most interested about is Everything Everything, because I am chronically ill and I work with disabled and chronically ill people all the time at my university. After TFIOS I’m excited to see more and more novels come out like this in the YA genre.

  7. Anna Weimer (@lostbraincell)

    AHH there are so many I’m excited about. Sounded is definitely one of the top ones. And I’m really intrigued by Passenger because I’ve read lots of things about it since people started getting ARCs and talking about it.

  8. Kelly

    Wow, that took forever and a day to scroll to the bottom of all of these comments!

    I wish I could have been there for BEA! I’m so jealous! I was there for BOOKCON which was AWESOME, but it’s DOESNT appear to be as personable as BEA seems to be. I need to go one year. If only I could get off work!!!!

    Also, Kim, you’re still absolutely amazing for giving me the gift! I LOVE JOSIE SO MUCH! She just seems absolutely awesome and I’m so happy that you both got to meet her! She sounds like a blessing to awkward introverts like us. Haha!

    Overall though, I’d really love to get Passenger. I fell so deeply in love with Alex Bracken and her writing when I read The Darkest Minds, I’m bound to love everything she writes from now on. TDM has honestly become my favorite dystopian. I even read the novellas!!! IN ORDER!!! WHO AM I?!?! A few of the other ones I would probably surprise my co-blogger with. ;) She’d flip. Haha, I just like making people happy. I try to make people happy, at least.

    Anyways, it’s 4am and I’ve rambled too much. This is SO KIND of both of you to do! Thank you so much for the chance! Have a great rest of your weekend!!!
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  9. Shyanne

    I never been to a book convention or met an author before, which is crazy since I live next to new york. Hopefully next year I’ll be able to go to bookcon or anything book related!

  10. MannaB

    I have only been to one small book event, but I have wanted to go to BEA since I first heard about it and have not had the funds to go. I think it would be so much fun to meet so many authors and bloggers! I really want to read The Dead House and Passenger. I hope you enjoyed your time at BEA!

  11. Carol

    Sadly, I never got to go to a convention and I never met an author! It’s mainly because I don’t know anyone who shares the same passion I have for books, and going alone is not an option, since I tend to be very anxious! I really wish I had the courage to go though, it seems such a great experience! I really want to meet Alexandra Bracken and Holly Black and Rainbow Rowell! ;) Anyway, I’m really looking forward to I crawl through it and Passengers!

  12. Bri Pete

    You have no idea how much I want to go to BEA!!! I’m so excited that its in Chicago next year though since that is much closer to me and might make it possible for me to finally attend. I would kill for any of these ARCs, but the one I am most interested in is The Dead House. It looks so creepy and that just draws me in:)Everything, Everything has also been on my radar for a while and I will definitely be trying to get that one just as soon as it comes out. I really loved this post and next year if I can go to BEA,(fingers crossed!!!) I might do something like this on my own blog. Thanks for the giveaway and giving me a chance to maybe get an ARC!!!

  13. Laquesha @ We're All Bookish Here

    Oh, how I wish I could attend BEA or any other bookish convention, really but sadly the convention gods despise me for they always occur in periods when I have exams. :)

    I loved this recap so much! It was so in-depth and I personally enjoyed the fact that both of you were commentating, it added to the whole experience. I am so happy that you both had fun at BEA!

    I’ve never attended a bookish convention or met an author in real life but let’s say if hypothetically, I had gone to BEA, I would have been most excited for Soundless because Richelle Mead is one of my favourite authors and also, Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman because…there’s cowgirls and guns and revenge! Lovely post, girls!
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  14. Megan C.

    That’s so amazing that you had brunch with Sarah Maas! I don’t feel like I would be able to contain my composure, ah! I am most looking forward to reading Soundless by Richelle Mead, as I read the BEA chapter sampler released and I’m dying to know what happens next! :D

  15. Carolyn

    Would love to read BLACK WIDOW and PASSENGER. Heck, all of ’em.

    The pictures of BEA are gorgeous!! Kudos to whoever took them!

    The only Book Conference I attended was in San Francisco at the American Nurses Association annual meeting when my first non-fiction book was published: ENHANCING WELLNESS back in the last century: 1980.

  16. Andrew

    I loved this post and reading about your experience at BEA! The arcs i’d love to get are definitely Soundless, Passenger, Illuminae, Fans of the Impossible Life and SO many more that i would love to read and review! The only book convention i’ve been to is LA Times Book Fest. and Yallwest and it was awesome, but it probably doesn’t compare to BEA because you have all the book lovers, aka book bloggers that you can meet in irl but books galore and the big city of NY! Hopefully i can go next year or the year after- or just ever. Being in California, NY is so far, but i’ll make it there. Thanks for sharing your experience i love reading about each and every one of them! :D Also thank you so so much for this giveaway, i can’t be more thankful of you bloggers that share your book love with others :)
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  17. Maryssa L

    Your recap was so much fun to read!!! I went to Bookcon both last year and this year and I LOVE going. I’ll definitely be going to Chicago next year as well! There were so many ARCs at BEA that weren’t at bookcon, I’m especially jealous of Passenger and Black Widow!! Both of your prizes sound awesome because the shown books look amazing but a surprise is just so much fun. You’re awesome for doing this amazing giveaway (:

  18. Lizzie the Sarcastic Blonde

    Sadly I haven’t been to BEA or any author events! :( NO ONE comes to Michigan! Sob! Hoping to go to BEA next year in Chicago! Crossing my fingers! I books that I totally would have grabbed would be Passenger, Six of Crows, Truthwitch, Illuminae, Soundless, Walk the Earth a Stranger, Black Widow, Legacy of Kings, and A Whole New World!
    That’s AMAZING you got to meet Susan Dennard and Sarah J Maas! Two of my favorite authors! The picture looked magical!
    Thank you so much for this giveaway!
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  19. Jamie Welch

    I would love to go to BEA, I haven’t ever been and I would love to go!

  20. Sheridan Rogers @ I Turn the Pages

    I have never been to a book convention before! BEA sounds so exciting for me (especially since I am a newbie blogger – my one year anniversary is on July 13th!). I am so happy to see that you had a lot of fun. :)

    The ARC that I am really interested in is Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl. Honestly, I love Natasha Romanoff. I already read the sampler of this story, and I loved it so much, and I cannot get it out of my head. Black Widow is amazing – she is a character that I look up to, and I would really like to read this story to get to know her more.

    Thank you so much for the chance of winning! This is really nice of you! :)


  21. Alexia

    Oh man, I am so glad you guys had fun at BEA. I have made preliminary plans to go to BEA next year in Chicago. It’s definitely going to be easier on me financially.

    I am DYING for Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. It’s got time travelling in it, which is one of my favorite things in the world. I really don’t read enough time travel books. My other most coveted one is I Crawl Through It by A. S. King. I love the tough stuff contemporaries and this one just looks right up my alley.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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  22. Katie

    I’ve never been to BEA, and I’ve only been to a handful of author events. I’ve always lived in small towns too far away from author events to travel to them–which makes me so sad! But they sound like a blast, so it’s always been a dream of mine to one day make it to BEA and other events.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  23. Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction

    HELP, I hit enter before I put my email and address.
    Kristen(at) myfriendsarefiction(dot)com

    You looked like you had so much fun! I love these pictures and OMG a chance to win Passenger. I neeeeeeed it. Thank you sooo much for all your generosity. You ladies are amazing. I hope to make ALA next year but looks like another BEA will go by without me (can’t make it to Chicago). thank you for sharing your experience :-)
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  24. Lorryn Woodward

    This is such a cool giveaway. Thank you for the chance. I would love to go to a book event one day. There are so many books that were at BEA that sound amazing and I can’t wait to read them. Whoever wins is very lucky.

  25. Kierane

    Allo, just commenting to say this is awesome, I’m a dork, thanks for the chance, and BEA looked like it was great, I’m envious you all got to go :)
    Thanks again, much love.

  26. Kierra

    I’m just quick testing to see if this comment posts…(my earlier comment went to spam, I think)

  27. Kierra

    “Gasp” That is the coolest freakin thing! You got to have brunch with SUSAN DENNARD and SARAH J. MAAS. I probably wouldn’t be able to speak coherent words, haha. And after seeing those food pics, I am rather hungry ;)

    I’ve never been to a book convention, sadly. It doesn’t help when there’s never any book events near you :( Anyways, I’m pretty pumped about Vengeance Road, Six of Crows, Passenger, Soundless, Everything Everything, and Wolf by Wolf.
    Thank you for sharing your experience and the epicly generous giveaway! :)

  28. Alison Bews

    I have met Leigh Bardugo at a number of events and I absolutely love the Grisha Trilogy so I’m really hoping to win an arc of Six of Crows! I really can’t explain how excited I am to read the new books and all the other ARCs from BEA. I live in LA so I wasn’t able to attend Bookcon or BEA and this is my only way to get my hands on any of these beauties. Fingers crossed!
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  29. Vivien

    I’m really excited to read Everything, Everything. The synopsis on goodreads really intrigued me. But, I’m even more intrigued with the mystery bundle. WHAT’S IN IT?!?!?
    Unfortunately, I never been to a book convention. They’re either too far away, way too expensive, or they start while I’m in school. :(
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  30. Thomas

    Love the ubiquitous enthusiasm in your posts on the Midnight Garden, and I am so glad that you guys had a great time at the conference! I would appreciate the opportunity to win one of the bundles because you guys always give away the greatest books, and I have heard endless praise for Everything, Everything (and it’s written by a POC author, which we need more of in YA). On a random note, Sarah Dessen really worked wonders with that white dress of hers.
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  31. Lupe M.

    I am a huge Libba Bray fan since I read A Great and Terrible Beauty when I was in middle school and I cannot wait for Lair of Dreams. The wait is killing me, but I am so lucky that her tour is bringing her to my hometown!

  32. maleficent m

    you are so lucky you got to go! It’s like dream/nightmare to go to bea. all the BOOKS but also all the PEOPLE…I can’t wait to read rae Carson’s new book Walk on Earth a Stranger and also black widow

  33. Paola

    I think EVERYONE wants an ARC of Passenger! Haha. I’ve been looking forward to reading I Crawl Through It as well because I adore A.S. King.

    I’ve never been to a book convention but I really want to! I might go to Chicago next year :)
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  34. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    Thank you for being so generous as to hold such an amazing giveaway Kim and Layla! ♥ So glad to hear you both had an amazing experience at BEA – I wasn’t able to attend this year, but I’m crossing my fingers for next year! xD
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  35. Teisha @ Girl Writes Reviews

    I am dying to read Passenger, Tonight the Streets Are Ours, and Everything, Everything! All of these books sound so incredibly intriguing. Alexandra Bracken is an amazing author. Everything, Everything’s plot is unique and unlike anything I’ve read. And, Tonight the Streets Are Ours sounds fun and adventurous! Hope I get a chance to read these! Thanks :)
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  36. Camille

    BEA sounds so amazing! I’m also totally jealous you ladies got to meet Sarah J Maas, I’m definitely most looking forward to Passenger by Alexandra Bracken and Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

  37. Stella Maria

    I’m a little late, but omg I spot a Passenger ARC! I recently came across your blog and think it’s fabulous! Anyways, I was only lucky enough to attend Bookcon this year, but it would be a dream to attend BEA. The highly anticipated books I’m looking forward to is Tonight The Streets Are Ours, Passenger (of course), Lady Midnight, Until Friday Night, Never Always Sometimes, Lair of Dreams, .. I could keep going!

  38. Ashley C.

    Thank you so much for such a thoughtful breakdown of your BEA experience. It looks like you both got as much out of it as possible and had fun while doing it!Passenger from Alexandra Bracken sounds so amazing as well as Everything, Everything. I love when a contemporary YA book has a clever and original premise!

  39. Angela @ Angela's Library

    I’m glad you both had such a great experience at BEA! I was also a newbie this year, and I couldn’t believe how helpful and friendly everyone was. As you pointed out, the majority of the attendees – and the authors – were so sweet, and it made the entire event that much more amazing. Also amazing was when I got to meet Layla while waiting in line in the autographing area. It was great meeting you in person and gushing about Robin Hood and other disturbingly attractive animated foxes. ;-)
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  40. Liz H.

    Loved your recap and am very jealous of your interactions with authors! Thanks for thinking of those who couldn’t make it to BEA this year (but hopefully next year since it’s in Chicago).

  41. Stacie

    Well, I have heard such good things about “Everything Everything” … but I can’t resist a mystery bundle!

  42. Sarah Miller

    I am most excited to read Passenger by Alexandra Bracken! The book sound so interesting. Loved reading about your time at BEA!

  43. Melanie

    I would love to read Everything, Everything it sounds like an amazing book. I wish I got to see my favorite authors more though.

  44. Alexa S.

    I loved reading about your BEA experience, ladies! And it was so, so lovely to see you both <3 (You'll be hearing from me when I FINALLY read Uprooted. I promise. Cross my heart.)
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  45. Bethany

    how can someone NOT want these ARCs?!?!

    it seems like this was a GREAT year for bookcon (not that every year isn’t but you know…). I wonder how scaled down it’ll end up being once it’s not in NY and only 1 day!
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  46. Melissa W

    I found this website via a review on Goodreads, and I’m so glad I did!

    I am intrigued by the mystery bundle of ARCs. Who doesn’t love an ARC?! They always make me feel a little cooler than I am. And the mystery surrounding which books are included…? Well, that mystery has me hooked!

    Cheers! And fingers crossed.

  47. Jen

    how fun! I met Meg Cabot once and she was so much fun.

  48. Ziya

    Omg you guys met Sarah J. Maas?! I am so so so sooo jealous! What was she like? There are no words for how much I love her Throne of Glass series, really no words! I study Medicine and these kind of books give me exactly the warrior princess break I need sometimes :p

    I entered the giveaway, but it is so hard to choose the books I would love the most. I want them all!! Haha, I am greedy like that.

    The blurb of ‘Passenger’ (from Alexandra Bracken) sounds really fun, I liked her Darkest Minds trilogy, but this one looks like it is going to be even better! Love the ‘adventure/epic quest’ aspect and I think I like the guy already :D! Also I stumbled upon ‘Everything, Everything’ a couple of weeks ago on Goodreads, it looked so interesting. Then I saw Wendy’s comment and I got even more excited. It sounds like such a heartbreakingly beautiful story, can’t wait to get my hands on it!

    Thanks for the post guys!

  49. Suzy

    I am interested in the Mystery Bundle because I am all about mystery and suspense books as of late. They make you want to turn the page. Also, I have gone to the LA Times Festival of Books two years in a row.

  50. Lynette

    I am most excited about Soundless, Six of Crows, and Legacy of Kings.

    Unfortantly, I was not able to go to BEA this year because I just had a baby and she needed mommy to stay for a little bit longer! This actually was my first year hearing about it since I have been out of the reading game since I joined the Army (recently got out). SO, 3 1/2 years later here I am!

  51. Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!)

    Awww, this is so great! BEA always seems like a great time – I want to go every year it rolls around, especially since this year, a friend from overseas was able to go! Alas, the timing and finances don’t work in my favor – mostly the timing. Perhaps when I finish uni.

    Anyway. Thank you for the amazing giveaway, for sharing your lovelies! Of the stack, I’m actually only interested in Wolf by Wolf and Passenger! Had I gone to BEA, the only books I would have been after would have been those two, Truthwitch, and Six of Crows. Everything else is unfamiliar! I’m sure many people are excited to read them though :)

    Thank you again! :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!
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  52. Alicia

    I’m most interested in Passenger because Alexandra Bracken is one of my favorite authors, and I’ve been in love with her books since her first one, Brightly Woven, came out.

  53. Brittany

    Great post! Hi Layla–I think you and I met in the A Whole New World line. In fact, I suspect that that’s my arm in your photo haha.

  54. Sara Strauss

    I went to BookCon this year, but everyone said that BEA was better, so I’m hoping to try and get into BEA next year! I want ALL the books!!

  55. Alice

    I really want Passenger! It looks so good. I like to read YA fantasy, mainly!

    • Layla

      I’m really excited about Passenger, too. The line for that one at BEA was incredibly long – so I think lots of folks must agree with us. :) Good luck in the giveaway!

      And yay, YA fantasy is very much in my wheelhouse too.
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  56. Jasprit

    This is such a fantastic recap post ladies! I like how you guys covered so much of BEA in so much detail, as I couldn’t be there, I’m glad that I was able to experience it through your wonderful post. And all those food post are making me super hungry! Thanks again for sharing! :)
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    • Layla

      Haha, you’re very very welcome. I particularly enjoyed the food, the books, and the Kim time, and I hope my enthusiasm for all of those things is coming through. The food pics in particular should make you super hungry and should also send you running for your friendly neighborhood pierogi provider if you should have one. (For me, that is the grocery store, unfortunately.) Hope you’re able to go to BEA in the future! Although it will be in Chicago, which I guess means we’ll have to switch up the food thing entirely … harrumph.
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  57. Alisha Sienkiel

    It sounds like you guys had so much fun! I really wish I could have gone. I would love to have arcs of Soundless (because I love the author!), Passenger, Wolf by Wolf and Six of Crows! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

    • Layla

      We did have so much fun! It was really delightful to hang out w/ folks in person and chat about the books we love. Such a good time. I hope you’re able to get to BEA some day. I’d love to be able to go again but am not sure how feasible Chicago will be for me (I guess I’ll see next April and evaluate then).

      Richelle Mead was very nice! I was glad to get my hands on Soundless, too. Thanks to Wendy, I have read and loved the Vampire Academy books, so I’m excited to see her build up a new world. And yes, all those other books look so good too. Good luck in the giveaway!
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  58. Katie @ Bookish Illuminations

    Wow–you ladies look like you had the most wonderful time! I really wish I could have been there–it would have been epic to meet both of you. Here’s hoping we can all meet at ALA Midwinter in Boston. But I’m going to plant to go to BEA in Chicago next year, so I’m hoping you both will go as well. So cool that you were able to chat with Leigh, Kim, and have that signed copy of Six of Crows. I’m also jealous that you consumed those donuts at the Bloomsbury visit and that outing to the Polish restaurant sounds divine! My trips to NYC have also definitely revolved around food. Food and books–what more can we ask for? I would absolutely love to win either of these ARC packs! I’m very excited about Passenger (time travel? 1776? Yes please!) and also The Dead House and Soundless as well. There were so many books people at BEA were tweeting about that I’m really looking forward to. What a wonderful post–thank you for sharing of your BEA adventures and I look forward to my own in the near future!
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    • Layla

      So bummed that you weren’t there, but I hope that we’re all able to meet up and have super cool hangouts in person some day. Maybe ALA Midwinter? (Although I just realized that that is probably going to be around the same time as the major hiring conference in my field, and I’ll be on the academic job market this year … sigh. So I might not be able to go, which is a shame, because Boston is really feasible for me otherwise.)

      VESELKA WAS AMAZING. (Like actually amazing.) I am so glad that I trusted Kim to basically do all of the planning and navigating for this trip (hotel! food! maps! I think she might have also found my flight?) because she was a total pro at everything. I was very excited about food + books but also KIM TIME. That was pretty great too.

      I can confirm that Soundless will def be in my mystery bundle, and since USPS delivered my books (in varying levels of ok-ness) the rest of the bundle is no longer a mystery. :-D Good luck in the giveaway! The Dead House looks creeeeeepy as hell to me.
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  59. Nicole Layug

    Totally envious of your time at BEA, but it seems you both had a good time! I seriously cannot wait to read many of the books I heard about at BEA, they all sound so good! Especially Black Widow and Passenger! Thanks so much for this giveaway!

    • Layla

      I hope you’re able to go in the near future! BEA was a great time – it’s really the first conference I’ve been to as a blogger and only a blogger, and it was a great experience (though also totally overwhelming, and man, no shoes are ever going to make walking for that long comfortable or painless). There were a lot of good books at BEA – I have my pile on the floor of my living room, and keep casting happy glances at it. And yay! Black Widow and Passenger! I’m excited about the Black Widow book too – I have to catch up on my Avengers watching though, and also Captain America 2 … good luck in the giveaway!
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  60. Carina Olsen

    Oh. <3 I love this post SO MUCH. You are both amazing. I loved reading and seeing your BEA adventure :D Really wishing I could have been there too. <3 It looks like you guys had SO MUCH FUN :D I'm just too jealous, lol. Yet beyond happy for you both. <3 Thank you so much for sharing Kim and Layla :) You are awesome. Also, best giveaway. Sigh. It is peeerfect. Really wanting a few of those ARCs, hih :) Wishing I could enter from Norway if I pay lots of shipping. <3 One day, maybe :) Adore the post. <3 Adore you all.
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    • Layla

      It was so much fun. I’ve really enjoyed seeing other people’s posts from BEA – it’s so cool to see what other folks were up to (and also what books they’re excited about)! I hope you’re able to get to BEA someday – maybe it’ll happen!

      I’m stoked about Illuminae – they were advertising it by plastering the cover’s image on the stairs, which was pretty cool. It made the stairs marginally more fun to run up and down! :)

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  61. Angie

    It looks like you gals had a lot of fun this year at BEA! :) I loved the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    I am looking forward to A Whole New World. Jafar is my favorite Disney villain!

    • Layla

      We did, we did! It was quite a lot of fun. I’ve really enjoyed seeing other folks’ pictures of BEA popping up across the web, too. I’m going to try to be even more camera-happy next time. :)

      A Whole New World looks interesting! I couldn’t not pick it up because, um, it’s basically alternate-universe fanfiction for Aladdin but like … approved by Disney? AHH SO INTRIGUED I CAN’T EVEN. I love AUs and I love Aladdin so I had to stop and grab that one. Jafar is an excellent Disney villain but my favorite is Ursula. Ursula 4eva!
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    • Layla

      IT WAS SUCH A BUMMER. And totally weird, because I know I walked by the Truthwitch line when I got in, and I was in the Passenger and Fallout lines when you were, but I just didn’t see you! And Kim tried to look for you at the Bardugo thing but didn’t see you either. We must have just kept on missing each other. Such a shame. But you’re right, maybe next year it’ll happen? I’m not sure Chicago’s in the works for me – I’ll need to evaluate next Spring, basically, but I did really enjoy BEA this year (good food and good time w/ Kim and also BOOKS) and it’d be cool to go again.
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  62. rachel

    Bro my niece and I are so jealous about BEA.

    She’s a rabid reader after my own heart and for the past two years I’ve been funneling as many books her way as I can. I know she’d probably murder someone for a chance to get her hands on Passenger early. Personally, I’m all about that Black Widow novel.

    • Layla

      Fingers crossed that you all get to go sometime, then!

      And excellent work training your niece in the ways of rabid readership – she obviously has excellent taste (as I too was making grabby hands at Passenger and stood in line forever to get it). Good luck in the giveaway! The Black Widow novel looks cool, too, though I think I want to catch up on the Marvel movies I’ve missed before I read it (even though I bet that’s not necessary). Excited that there’s going to be a book fleshing out her backstory. Woo!
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  63. Kayley

    I really want to read that Black Widow book. It will be interesting to see how Margaret tackled the challenge of writing a character for a comic book heroine.

    • Layla

      I know. I’m really interested in some of the cross-genre stuff that’s coming out this year (i.e., how A Whole New World adapts Aladdin as an alternate-universe novel; the Lois Lane book by Gwenda Bond; and Black Widow). It’s super fascinating, and it’s kind of neat that we’ll get to see different authors approach a similar problem at the same time. Which is a long-winded way to say, YES, color me excited for that book, too. :)
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  64. Amanda P.

    Oh my gosh there were soooo many good books at BEA this year! Like so many. I was all set to go with plain ticket, hotel, press pass and everything and then my mom was hospitalized. It was a bummer, but I’m honestly glad I stayed home. But I wish I could have gotten Six of Crows, Truthwitch, and Soundless. I think those might have been my top 3 ARCs. I had so many that I wanted to get though. Lair of Dreams, Passenger, Never Always Sometimes, and These Shallow Graves were also in the mix. Ugh there were just so many good ones!
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    • Layla

      Oh Amanda, I’m so sorry to hear this – how is your mom doing? I hope she’s doing better. That must have been so stressful.

      There were many good books at BEA! I’m ready to read for a solid month and do nothing else. But to be fair, I think a lot of them are going to show up on NetGalley and Edelweiss if they haven’t already, AND you will have the added bonus of not waiting in line for them or having to cart them home, or, you know, elbow strangers to get them or something. ;) Good luck in the giveaway and with getting your hands on stuff you wanted. And again, so sorry to hear about your mom.
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  65. Jamie

    BEA looks so awesome! I’ve always wanted to go, but I haven’t had the chance yet. That ARC stack looks delicious! I’m particularly eager for Wolf by Wolf, Black Widow: Forever Red and Passenger!

    • Layla

      It was incredibly awesome! I’m sorry you haven’t had the chance to go yet – maybe in the future? (Will it moving to Chicago make it any easier?) This was my first BEA but I sincerely hope it’s not my last.

      Kim did a good job hunting down books for the blog! She was as dedicated to that as she was to the quest of finding delicious food in NYC, and she succeeded at both for sure. :) I’m excited about Wolf by Wolf too.
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      • Jamie

        OMG it’s coming to Chicago?! How did I not know this? This is great news, and probably means I’ll be able to go to BEA 2016!!

  66. J. Oh

    Aww, I absolutely loved this post! I’m so glad y’all had a good time. What an awesome lineup of authors/books/events! :) I’ve never been to BEA, naturally, but I live super close to NYC and I love Madison Square Park and Shake Shack. I’m looking forward to trying Veselka. ;)

    I think the ARCs I’m most interested in are A Whole New World and Truthwitch (I love YA fantasy, and the former has a premise that really interests me; the latter, I admit I was kind of biased based on the superstar review by Sarah J. Maas on Goodreads). I think both have the potential to be new favorites. But all the ARCs look so shiny and pretty and fun :)

    • Layla

      With regards to Veselka: go go go go go go go go go. You live close by! You should go! (And let me know that you’re going so I can live through you vicariously.) I hope I’m not overselling it here but it was definitely my favorite place we ate at on the trip. This is not to disparage Kim’s beloved Shake Shack which was delicious in its own right, but man, I love a good blintz.

      Although really it must also be pretty excellent to go to Shake Shack ANY TIME YOU LIKE.

      Re: A Whole New World and Truthwitch: YES. Totally hear you on A Whole New World. I’m utterly fascinated by the existence of this book. (Disney seems to be doing a lot with spin-offs and rewrites lately – there’s also that new show about the teenage children of Disney villains, right?) An AU of Aladdin but by Disney? Sign me up. I have no idea whether it’ll be good or not but, man, so interested to see how they write this.

      And I bet Truthwitch is going to be wonderful. I didn’t get that one at BEA, but will absolutely buy it when it comes out due to Sarah J. Maas’s recommendation as well.
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  67. Melinda Christensen

    “My secret to tell” looks really interesting. “Wolf by Wolf” might be a good read. What is a galley drop? Just curious. You all look like you had a fantastic time. Peace!

    • Layla

      A galley drop is when publishers handout advanced reader copies for an upcoming book. Sometimes they’re scheduled and sometimes they’re not. We tried to be aware of what was going on, because there’s limited copies of a given book. I tried to check Twitter for updates but was really bad at doing this; walking around and keeping my eyes open was a way better strategy for me personally.

      I am so excited about Wolf by Wolf, too. I like a good AU.

      And yes, we had so much fun.
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  68. Stephanie

    I would love to win the ARC bundle because I can share with the tweens and teens in my school library. I love finding the perfect book for the perfect kid and instill in them a love of reading. With so much emphasis on testing, I think students are losing the thrill of reading for pleasure. I want to make sure in my small part of the world that that does not happen.

  69. Aila

    Woo I’m so excited for all these books! Soundless sounds, well, amazing and I’m super excited for Passenger and Six of Crows, especially since I love the author’s other works.

    It seems that pretty much everyone who went to BEA had an amazing time! Hope I can go one day. :)
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  70. Nikki

    That looks like so much fun! I’ve always wanted to go to BEA. I’m super excited for the bundles given that TMG really has never steered me wrong. I’ve found a lot of great books that I wouldn’t have found otherwise. I don’t know most of those listed in the bundle but would love to try them out :)

  71. Ellie

    I’m so jealous you got to have brunch with Sarah J Maas and Susan Dennard!
    This year I was melting with envy from all the BEA tweets and Instagrams haha
    My top books I wish I could get from BEA is Truthwitch, Six of Crows, Passenger, and Illuminae
    Thank you for the giveaway!
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  72. Andrea G

    Wow, looks like BEA was amazing! It also looks like it is crazy out on the floor. And all the pretty new books, swoon.

  73. Emily

    It sounds like you both had an incredible BEA! I’m also glad you got to try Shake Shack – I went myself on Friday evening to recover from BEA.

    I’m mega impressed with the number of awesome events you went to – especially the parties! Where did you find the energy?
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  74. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    OMGGGGG you guys looked like you had so much fun! MY GOSH so many amazing blogger events, breakfasts and chats with authors, be still my heart! That brunch with Sarah J. Maas and Susan Dennard, amazing. Oh gosh I just can’t even! You guys are so generous for holding a giveaway too, even though I can’t enter.
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    • Kim

      We had the most fun of fun!! I mean, I had a lot of fun last year, but it was nothing in comparison to getting to have my coblogger by my side!! And, I know. I’m still pretty sure that brunch didn’t ACTUALLY happen. I’m just very skilled with Photoshop or something. :p I’m so lucky and I still can’t believe it! Aww that’s very sweet of you to say. We like to try and share the excitement with all the peeps who can’t make it to BEA.
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  75. Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

    Ahh you two looked like you had so much fun at all the blogger parties! <3 And Eleanor Herman's costume is FANTASTIC. And look at Leigh! So awesome. :) Hopefully I can go next year–I would absolutely love to meet you all. :) And thank you so much for the giveaway!

    Layla: Ah, Soundless! That's the #1 book I wish I was at BEA to get, and I would love to win it. :)
    Kim: I'm seeing awesome titles in your bundle, like Passenger, Black Widow, Wolf by Wolf and Tonight the Streets Are Ours! <3
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    • Kim

      We had fun everywhere we went!! Even lugging our suitcases full of books through the stultifying NYC streets. When you have a good pal by your side it makes even the most unpleasant of tasks better. :) I hope you’re able to go next year too! I’m not 100% that Layla and I will be able to go (Chicago is much less accessible for me than NYC) but I’m going to try really hard to make it happen. It would be lovely to meet you!
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  76. Amber

    I apologize for my super super super long comment in advance. :) Though I’m writing this after already having typed it, ha.
    – – –
    Oh my gosh, the floor looks insane. :) So many people. Gosh. I am really excited for A Whole New World, it’s kind of like a dream. I’m always happy to hear that people were nice at BEA. :) It sucks when there are less than kind people you run into. I’ve never been to BEA, but I plan on going next year! :D

    I’ve seen pictures of the EpicReads party and it looks so fun. Legacy of Kings looks fantastic. And long. :) Gah, I’ve heard about the 7.30 breakfast for Harlequin Teen, my gosh, that has to be so early given BEA starting and everything the day before.

    YES, A CHAT ABOUT SANSA<3 Best chat ever I imagine! ;) That's so great.

    The Penguin chat sounds so fun.

    I have seriously never heard of anything in those first two food pictures, but it all looks AMAZING. And I don't eat mushrooms, but cheese inside a mushroom would possibly pass as edible in my book. :) I've heard about Shake Shack a lot, I must go there if/when I ever go to NY.

    I'm glad you guys had such a fun time! Those pictures you showed were so cute. :) I love the last one.

    Ah, and now for the giveaway comments. :)

    Why am I interested in the ARCs I've heard about from BEA. I'm going to have to make a list now. ;) No, but seriously, I am. Haha.

    Wolf By Wolf–I am interested in this because I read Ryan Graudin's previous book The Walled City and I loved it so so so much. Wolf By Wolf sounds like a really unique book that I can't wait to get my hands on.
    I Crawl Through It–I've heard A.S. King is a fantastic author and I Crawl Through It interests me because of the magical realism aspect and the coping the main characters will do.
    Tonight The Streets Are Ours-I already have a copy of this, but I'm going to talk about it anyway. I'm excited for this book because it takes place over one night, involves a blogger and it's set in NYC, so it's basically perfect to for me.
    Passenger–I'm interested in this because of the time traveling plus everyone I know that's read it has only said fantastic things.
    Signs Point To Yes–This sounds like a really cute, fluffy book and I already have A Little Something Different (unread though, so far).
    Until We Meet Again–I'm interested in this one because of the time traveling aspect as well and it's talked about like being the teenage version of The Time Traveler's Wife, so I'm all for it.
    This Is Where It Ends–This sounds like a really dark contemporary that I just need to read at all costs.
    Hello Goodbye and Everything In Between–I'm so excited to read this one because the main characters are entering college and have to think about their relationship and if they want to continue.

    I seriously could keep going, haha, but I'll stop there! :) I literally just heard of Dead House like ten minutes ago though and that one sounds good, though, maybe a bit too creepy for my tastes, ha. Thank you for the giveaways<3
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    • Kim

      Awwwww. You are so sweet to leave such a lovely, long comment!! I love your enthusiasm for all of these books!

      If you’re going to BEA next year (which, first of all, YAY!) be prepared for even BIGGER crowds. From the talk of things it looks like NY isn’t feasible for a lot of people but Chicago is. It sounds like it might be BEAx10. So…just be prepared. :p Remember, the comfiest shoes you have and plenty of water and snacks.

      And of course such an awesomely thoughtful person is a Sansa fan!!! We do tend to be a good and quality crop of people if I do say so myself. :p

      Trust me about the Shake Shack mushroom burger, too. It’s not just a mushroom stuffed with cheese. It’s frrrrrried. It’s a fried mushroom. It’s super delicious, I promise you.

      Good luck with the giveaway! Your enthusiasm for these books is so sweet and refreshing to see. <3
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  77. Kristy Petree

    What a great time, so jealous! These are some great books you have. I have read (and loved) a few of the authors: Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy), Ryan Graudin (Walled City), and A.S. King (Everybody Sees the Ants), so those would be the author’s books I’d be most excited to win. Most of the stack are already on my radar, though.

    Really I’m pretty easy to please, but since you’re asking, the books I want LEAST are Passenger, Black Widow and The Dead House (less interesting storylines, plus two of them are lengthier books than I normally care to read).

    We don’t have much for book events in my area, but last year I got to meet Colleen Hoover and Abbi Glines, and several other indie authors (most were erotic romance writers–not my thing–and there wasn’t much for YA, so I’m always looking for YA contests). Thanks! :)

    • Kim

      Ha it’s almost refreshing to see someone NOT interested in the most sought after titles. Let’s give those other books some love, too, right? In any case, the honesty is refreshing! I think the Mead book is bound to be great. And I have to admit I am mighty intrigued myself by Wolf By Wolf. Alternate history with a Hunger Games-like competition? Sign me up.

      I’m sorry you don’t get too many bookish events coming through your area. Fingers crossed that changes for you in the future!
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  78. Brenda

    Loved the pictures and sounds like you had a wonderful time at BEA. I’m not entering the giveaway, just wanted to say thanks for the glimpse of what it’s like. From the looks of things, kinda like I thought, overwhelming. But, lots of books and authors and fellow book lovers.

    • Kim

      Awww you are the sweetest. <3 It's definitely overwhelming, but almost in a good way? At least there's plenty of books and bookish company along for the ride!

      So excited to hear that you're starting TOG soon too. You are in for such a treat. I'm watching you, Brenda! :p
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  79. Zoey @ Uncreatively Zoey

    I am, like everyone else on the planet, bouncing off the walls waiting for Truthwitch, Passenger, and Six of Crows! Not to mention Illuminae and, of course, Never Never. But wow, it looks like you guys had so much fun! AND BRUNCH WITH SUSAN AND SARAH! YOU ARE ACTUALLY LIVING THE DREAM. I loooove how Eleanor Herman was always dressed up. Seeing photos of her has been my favorite!
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    • Kim

      I know, I knowwwww. I still can’t believe I can hold both Truthwitch AND Six of Crows in my hands!! I want to read them both so desperately! But once I read them I won’t be able to look forward to them anymore and then whatttttt. The Reader’s Paradox! And we did have a lot of fun! It’s easy when you have a co-blogger as lovely and sweet as Layla.

      And I KNOW. Don’t worry, that brunch isn’t real and didn’t happen. The whole thing is just a figment of my imagination. :P
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    • Kim

      Oh I really hope you’ll be able to make it one day. Just don’t kill me! :p It really is a blast but it’s also a lot of work. If you do end up getting to go one year feel free to hit me up for tips and advice on BEA survival. :)
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    • Kim

      Thank you so much! We really did! It’s hard not to when BEA is full of bookish friends and bookish good times. Oh and the food, of course! I hope you get to make it to BEA one day. Fingers crossed for you!
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  80. Kyla McCallum

    I so wish I could’ve gone, but my parents wouldn’t let me. However, my journalism teacher went, and brought back a couple ARCs that she’s lending me! I’m currently reading an advance copy of Patrick Ness’s.

    • Kim

      Oh no! Parents just do not understand. But it sounds like you have a mega cool teacher! And see? You lucky duck! I totally wanted a copy of the new Ness but wasn’t able to snag it. You’re the smart one. Let someone else do the heavy lifting and then reap the rewards. :)
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  81. Elizabeth

    I am equal parts envious of you guys and convinced I would be COMPLETELY overwhelmed at such a big book event! I haven’t even made it to an author signing anywhere ever, so I should probably try that first. It’s not for lack of trying – Sarah J. Maas and Tamora Pierce were near me…when I was on the opposite side of the country!! It’s like my eternal quest to see Mae live in concert. They tour, they come near my area, I travel to the other side of the country. HOW DOES THIS ALWAYS HAPPEN??? In any case, it looks like you guys had loads of fun! Congrats on a successful BEA/NYC visit :)
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    • Kim

      Oh you would be overwhelmed–trust me! That’s just the nature of BEA. It’s gigantic and there is so much going on and so many people and there’s no way you’ll ever get to everything that you want to do. However, you get to meet and hang out with so many cool people and get books! Precious, beloved books. And you never know how quickly these things can happen! Prior to January of last year I’d never been to even a signing and then by May I was at BEA. Anything could happppppen! You should also keep an eye out to see if ALA will be swinging somewhat close by in the next several years.

      And now you’ve gone and mentioned Mae and I’ve “Summertime” stuck in my head now. :p
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  82. Sophia D

    Ps – no never been to a book convention or met any authors.

  83. Sophia D

    Oh wow! Green with envy that you gals get to go to such an awesome event :). ….. Would love the dead house but am intrigued by the mystery bundle as well!

    • Kim

      Yes, we were super fortunate! And I don’t blame you for eyeing up that mystery bundle. I know that Layla will have some MUCH sought after and buzzworthy books in that bundle Good luck with the giveaway!
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  84. Max Baker

    I am craving The Dead House ARC. YA horror is really gaining speed this year and The Dead House seems like a great addition to the genre. I haven’t been to a book convention before, but it’s on my bucket list and nothing will stop me from going to BEA at least once.

  85. Esthefania

    To be honest, as long as I get a book, I’m happy, but if I had to chose, The Dead House sounds really good, and I love mystery and urban legends, so I would chose this one. Thanks for the chance of winning it too!

    • Kim

      That one does look really great! I’m also super intrigued because (and I forget the term for it, but there is a term) it’s told all through diary entries and letters and flashbacks. And also because all of those entries are from 2004…a mythical time in which I was an actual teenager! So I’m intrigued to see “my” teen time represented in today’s YA world. Anyway, it looks really good! Good luck with the giveaway!
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  86. Denise M

    Legacy of Kings, I love YA SCi fi and fantasy best. A Whole New World speaks to the disney-file in me

    • Kim

      Ohhhhh yes!! Good choices! Legacy of Kings is going to have to try MIGHTY hard to disappoint me. And a Whole New World is very intriguing…big britches to fill though. Good luck with the giveaway!
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    • Kim

      It really was a lovely time. I love seeing everyone at BEA but this year was so special for bringing Layla and I together. I will be so sad to face any future bookish conference if I have to go without her! And I still really need to make it to ALA, especially since that’s my own professional field too! I’m going to really try to make it to Midwinter in Boston next year. But fingers crossed I can make it to Chicago for BEA next year and we can meet!
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  87. Ashley P.

    I’ve been jealously watching all of the BEA news over the last week and it’s made me come to accept the fact that I would give away a kidney for the chance to go to one. Just give it right away. Let me even cut it out for you.
    I want to read the Black Widow book so badly! I’m dying for it!
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    • Kim

      HA noooooooo. Keep your kidney!! I promise you, BEA is fun, but it is not kidney-worthy fun. :p Plus, there’s lots and lots (and lots) of waiting in lines and walking and standing around and basically we’re all really sore and hurting at the end of every day. There are downsides! Let the peons go to BEA for you and then just reap the rewards with giveaways. :p
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  88. Sarah

    I am so excited for this giveaway – ARC make me fell like an insider (which I am NOT)! I also love a book surprise, so Layla, your mystery bundle is right up my alley!

    • Kim

      Hehe I totally understand. “Who’s that cool girl carrying that advanced reader’s copy? She must be a way cool insider.” :p And good to know! If you win (and besttt of luck!) we’ll send the mystery bundle your way. :)
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  89. Danielle Nguyen

    Oooh it’s hard to choose, but I think Everything Everything is the one I’m most excited about. Have been hearing many good things about this one. Thanks for the chance to win!

    • Kim

      Yes!!! It’s nothing but raves so far for that one. Our Wendy loves it to high heavens and that is pretty much all I need to know that the book is amazing. Also, is it epistolary? I think it’s epistolary and I loooooooove those. Good luck in the giveaway!
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  90. Kayla Beck

    I’m always so jealous of the BEA posts, but I’ve never talked myself into going. I did do ALA last year, and it was a mad house. I swore I’d never do it again because crowd anxiety and some super rude book industry professionals. That being said, I’m thinking BEA in Chicago may be for me. *ponders* Yep, I think I’ll give it another go next year with either BEA or ALA.

    Thanks for sharing your experience!
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    • Kim

      Hee! Well do you need someone to help talk yourself into going? Because I will gladly offer my services! Was it ALA annual or midwinter that you went to last year? I’ve always heard that ALA is much calmer and less harried than BEA. This might be more true just of midwinter, though, based on your description of ALA. Midwinter is definitely, definitely low key. BEA is crazytown but there’s almost a sense of adventure and accomplishment in it. “I conquered BEA!” If you can make it to Chicago next year you should definitely go!
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      • Kayla Beck

        I went to ALA annual in Las Vegas. I think a lot of my problem was that I didn’t know what to expect, and it was SO HOT. Work also footed the bill, so I felt like there were lots of library expectations on my head. I think I’d have a lot more fun on my own dime and wouldn’t feel like I had to separate my blogger self from my librarian self.
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  91. Christina

    What a dream that you were able to go! I was having some serious envy via social media.

    • Kim

      I know! My second year and I’m still pinching myself. It really is a treat to be able to go and hang out with so many bloggers and meet authors in person! Hopefully the envy wasn’t too bad and there was a little bit of enjoyment in the vicarious living! :)
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    • Kim

      Awww I’ve always heard such nice things about Alex Bracken! And YALLFest too. The photos and recaps always seem like such a lovely time. Isn’t it all volunteer run? Or am I making that up? Well, in any case, it looks so fun! I hear the loveliest things about Charleston, too. I don’t mind the excuse to travel—or hang with bookish friends!
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  92. Harrison

    I’m really lusting after Soundless and Passenger, because they’re some of my favorite authors. I’ve actually met Alex Bracken and Sarah J. Maas (Sarah more than once, which I’m so happy that I had the opportunity). I’ve been to Yallfest and smaller signings in bookstores, but I would have loved to go to BEA! I was getting SO jealous seeing everything happening on twitter.

    • Kim

      Yaaaaaaaaasss. You are a person of clear good taste, being a Sarah fan and all. And isn’t she the sweetest? Such a cool, fun, and delightfully weird lady! I really need to read Alex Bracken’s books one of these days! She’s very entertaining on Twitter and so many trusted friends just adore her. Passenger seems right up my alley too.

      If it makes you feel any better just know that everyone who goes to BEA is in pain and is exhausted by the end of each day. And also that it takes dayyyyys to recover once you get home. BEA certainly takes its toll! But hopefully you were able to enjoy a little vicarious living via Twitter.
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      • Harrison

        I can only imagine! Each day after yallfest I just wanted to fall into bed, but it was so worth it. And Alex’s books are amaazing and she’s so so nice.

    • Kim

      We really did! BEA is such an exhausting and overwhelming experience, but it’s so worth it. We’re such a kind and excitable community and it’s never more obvious than when we’re all together in real life and squeeing over books!

      It seems like so, so many people are able to go to Chicago for BEA next year! Which is lovely! It makes things a little harder for me to get to but I’m crossing my fingers so hard that I can make it happen and then we could meet. Yay!
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    • Kim

      Yes, that one is certainly at the top of many lists! From what people say about her relegated role in the Avengers movies, I’m happy to see her get a novelization. Fingers crossed it’s just as great as you hope!

      BEA is in Chicago next year! While I am sad that this lessens my chances of going, maybe it makes it more likely for you? Well, I hope you can go one day! Everyone who wants to should get to experience the BEA crazy at least once. :p
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