I am now home, sitting on my bed with my fairy lights on, wearing my cozy Big Honcho Media hoodie and sipping tea. All of that is very nice, but I miss Chicago and the wonder that is BEA and the totally different craziness of BookCon and Uber rides with my Bookstagram friends.
The last two days that I was in Chicago were super busy and, at this point, a giant blur. I met so many more amazing people and got so many good looking ARC’s and talked to cool authors. Here I go again, missing this last week and wishing I could relive it.
On Friday, my friends and I joined forces with a couple other bloggers to get the most out of ARC grabbing. In the process, I got 19 books and met 6 authors of those books, all of which were very nice. Some of the authors include Alexandra Bracken, David Arnold, and Kami Garcia who already knew who I was through my Instagram, which was cool.
After the BEA day was over, the lot of us went downtown to the Barnes & Noble and when a group of book bloggers go book shopping together, damage is done. This means I bought 3 books even though I got so many for free this week. I know, I’m both ashamed and amazed, too. Afterward we walked through the freezing rain to Chick-Fil-A, which was obviously worth it. I figured Germany didn’t have Chick-Fil-A, so it was Mara’s first time there, but Canada doesn’t either? Amazing. You guys are missing out.
The fourth day of BEA wasn’t really BEA anymore, it was BookCon, which is a one-day book convention open to the general public (BEA is not). BookCon is a whole other beast than BEA. The vibe is totally different since the crowd is full of different types of people. A lot of book bloggers don’t go to BookCon, it seems, since it is basically the same stuff as BEA, just less of that stuff (if that makes sense). There aren’t ARC drops, but there are giveaways you can enter and books you can buy, but mostly it’s miles upon miles of lines to meet the biggest YA authors. Which is cool when those authors haven’t been at BEA with you all week.
I had four main reasons for going to BookCon. 1) My friends were still there and I wanted to spend as much time with them as I could, of course; 2) A recent grad from my university (Denison, also in Ohio, literally never leaving this place) was running a booth during BookCon and I wanted to meet her in person. Krista was super cool and fun to talk to since she is starting to emerge in the publishing world and also went to the school I am at now; we had a lot to talk about. In case you didn’t know, I would love to work in publishing when I graduate from school and Krista is currently getting into the publishing world so having Krista as a contact will hopefully be really helpful in the future (also, I just really like her); 3) Margot Wood, who we all know from EpicReads, was running the EpicReads lounge. We’ve talked before and she’s also from Ohio and working in publishing (obviously) so I had to go finally meet her in person. Guys, she’s just as great as she is in her EpicReads YouTube videos. When I walked up to say hi, she was eating a donut which was very in character. We talked for a bit about the world and books and other possible things that could happen in the future…;-). Anyway, I was really happy to meet those two in person and to have them as people I already know as I try to start my future career in publishing.
OH YEAH. Number 3. How could I possibly forget. If you follow me on Twitter (actually, Instagram, too), you already know how much I love Hannah Hart. You also already know that I met Hannah Hart at BookCon. Which was amazing. Like, so amazing I can’t even tell you how amazing. She was there to talk about and promote her upcoming book Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded. She gave a talk about the book later in the day, which I went to and loved. I am so excited about this book. In 2014, I believe, I read Yes, Please, Amy Poehler’s memoir and it was great and made me love and respect her even more, and I’m expecting Hannah’s book to be along the same lines. Also, Hannah showed us the official cover of Buffering, which isn’t actually being revealed till next week, and it is beautiful. After the talk, there was a meet-and-great you had to win tickets to and miraculously I did and I met her and talked to her for maybe 15 seconds and I was barely able to get the words out because I was so nervous but she understood what I was saying and finished my sentence for me and we took a picture and she told me to take care and it was all just wonderful. So thanks, BookCon, for giving me that experience.
And thanks to everyone I met this weekend, from my friends I loved spending time with and already miss so much to people who said hi because they know me from my Instagram, you are all the reasons why I love the Bookternet so much and why I will stick around here for a long, long time.