Sunday Post – Book Expo America 2015 Tales ( #BEA15 )

Posted May 31, 2015 by Melissa in Added to the Bookshelf | 33 Comments

 

Book Expo America 2015

I skipped the Blogger Conference this year and just headed into the city for Wednesday afternoon.  I was also  fortunate enough to be able to make it back into the city for BEA  Friday afternoon.  Since I live in New Jersey, I don’t stay in the city…but the commute in isn’t a short one…it takes me about 2 hours each way…so 8 hrs of travel for 2 afternoons! Ughhh… But it was so worth it!

I must say, that it seemed as if everything was much more sane this year than in previous years.  Either that or I was just less overwhelmed since I wasn’t there for all three days! Seriously though…it seemed a bit quieter…a bit less crazed and the lines and overflow much more organized. I also think that it was an incredibly smart idea to not have BookCon run concurrently with BEA. It was a disaster last year.  From what photos I’ve seen so far from this weekend…it looks pretty packed…but I can only hope and assume it is better than last year.  I wasn’t daring enough to attempt it again!

So on to the good stuff…

Wednesday Afternoon at BEA

Lots of great ARCs were out on the floor including Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff!! So excited for this one…it looks amazing!!

Illuminae, The Copper Gauntlet, A Thousand Nights and more!

I was also able to hop into a few lines and meet the lovely Stephanie Evanovich, Kate White, Jennifer Donnelly & Jayne Ann Krentz (who I totally fangirled on and I am usually so not that type!!!)

SIGNED BOOKS & ARCs
OMG!!! It’s Jayne Ann Krentz aka Jayne Castle aka Amanda Quick!!!!! Squee!!

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Harlequin Blogger High Tea at their headquarters in the gorgeous Woolworth Building on Wednesday after BEA and it was such a great experience.

Our Welcome!

There were five authors present to speak with the group and then mingle and chat.  (Karma Brown, Marie Force, Kristan Higgins, RaeAnne Thayne & Jodi Thomas)

Kristan Higgins, Karma Brown, Marie Force, , RaeAnne Thayne & Jodi Thomas

And there there was the lovely table that they set! What a dream!

A small portion of the lovely table!

After a lovely late afternoon/early evening of tea, lemonade, pastry etc…and wonderful conversation…we were on our way…with goodies!

Harlequin packed a great tote with some wonderful reads, Kristan Higgins made each of us a small gift bag with items including a signed copy of Catch of the Day! And RaeAnne Thayne made cute Angel bookmarks for us:)

Harlequin Party Goodies!
Harlequin Bag Contents!
Content of the bag Kristan Higgins made up!

Friday Afternoon at BEA

I got in a little earlier on Friday afternoon and it was busier than Wednesday but still seemed in control. I picked up a few books on the floor and the lovely Karen at For What It’s Worth was sweet enough to give me two of her extras.

Books & ARCS picked up on the floor

Then I hit the lines hard and waited and waited and it was so worth it!

SIGNED Books & ARCs

The real prize is always the chance to meet the authors, though. Even if it’s only for a moment and I can never think of anything to say and I am the most unphotogenic person in the world! Lol

With Kim Harrison, Patrick Ness, & Colleen Hoover!

And of course…there’s always a little Swag to be had including a Passenger (Alexandra Bracken) Notebook, and The Witch Hunter, Curiosity House & Throne of Glass Buttons!

BEA SWAG!

At the end of the day I attended the Atria Blogger Meet & Greet, had some lovely snacks, chatted up some of the staff and other bloggers and got to meet the lovely K.A. Tucker!! I had been bummed because I missed her signing so I was thrilled that she was there!

K.A. Tucker!!!!

And Atria sent us home with a goody bag as well!

Atria Meet & Greet Goodies!

Final Thoughts

Despite only attending 2/5ths of BEA, I really can’t complain about the number of authors I got to meet and all of the new reading material I brought home. I really would have loved to have picked up copies of Six of Crows, Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures, & A Curious Tale of the In-Between but that wasn’t in the cards…and truth be told…I’ll have a hard time getting all of these read before pub dates.

I was also bummed that I waited in line for 1.5 hrs and didn’t get a copy of Patrick Ness’ The Rest of Us Just Live Here due to Avid Reader Pass holders jumping the line, but I was thrilled to meet him and I had my copy of The Crane Wife with me and he was kind enough to sign that:)

All in all, though, this was my best BEA experience yet, I was invited to more events, though I had to pass on most, and I didn’t stress or wear myself out by attending the whole conference! I am so thrilled with all of the authors that I got to meet…even if it was only for seconds, and I have enough reading material to last me until Fall!

Recently on Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

What I Am Reading Today

If You Only Knew – Kristan Higgins
The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton & Swinburne #1) – Mark Hodder (Audiobook)
Love Fortunes and other Disasters – Kimberly Karalius

Current Giveaways

♥ Print Copy of SWEET (6/13)
♥ Signed Copy of CONVICTION (5/30)
♥ $10 Amazon GC & 2 Copies of THE UNRAVELING (6/11)
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33 responses to “Sunday Post – Book Expo America 2015 Tales ( #BEA15 )

  1. The Harlequin event looked amazing! I love all the authors you met there with the exception of one who is new to me – and I’m heading to look her up now 🙂 Thanks for telling us about your experience.
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  2. Sounds like you had a blast at BEA! Thanks for sharing your experience with us. That is a cute pic of you and Colleen Hoover. And that Harlequin tea looks lovely. I see Tonight the Streets are Ours on your stack- I’m dying to read that one! Enjoy all your new reads & have a great week 🙂
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    • Melissa

      I think that might be why I had a better time?? Weird maybe but I do not like crowds or a frenetic pace. This year seemed more low key and I think that combined with the fact that I spent less time there made it more pleasant for me. Glad you had fun!

  3. I LOVE your main photo at the top of this post. Great shot.

    I got a few of the same books, and I actually think I was a few people behind you when you took that photo with Jayne Ann Krentz. That is too funny.

    I missed the Atria Blogger Party. I was just too tired, but it looks like I missed a very nice time. Love the books and the bag they gave to everyone. I really want to read The Third Wife. Oh well….that’s what happens when you get older. Too tired and you lose. 🙂 🙂

    These are some GREAT photos. Great job.

    Have a wonderful week.

    Elizabeth
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    • Melissa

      Thanks Elizabeth! I’m trying to use more of my own photos in posts lately! Funny that you were in line right behind me! And trust me…I understand about older and more tired. That’s why I didn’t do all of BEA this year!

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