I am finally home from the craziness that is BookCon. I am still suffering from exhaustion and back pain from carrying all the books that I got. Despite the fact that BookCon was extremely tiring and crazy, I did have an amazing time.
Day 1: Arriving in New York
The day I arrived in New York, I had to take the train in from New Jersey. On the train, I met a family that was attending BookCon. It was their first Bookcon and the mom asked me if I could give her son and his friend some advice on what to expect. After talking to and giving advice to them, it was time to leave the train. When I finally arrived in New York, I met up with Booktubers and Bloggers. We went out to eat and talked about what events we wanted to attend. Overall, day one of New York was so much fun. I met so many new amazing people, especially Justin and Laura! Not to mention, I finally went to the Shake Shack and it was amazing!
Day 2: BookCon!
The first day of Bookcon was amazing! I spent a majority of my day with Laura, Justin, Jennifer, and many other incredible people! The main signing that I wanted to attend was Adam Silvera. Luckily, I was within the first 25 attendees waiting and I received a copy of They Both Die in the End!
After that, I went to more in-booth signings and ARC drops. However, the highlight of my day was going to the Entangled Teen booth to meet one of the authors that I wrote a review for and also meeting the publicist that sends me books to review for the company. Also, the publicist published my aunt’s new young adult series, Proof of Lies! It was incredible to meet an author whose book I had reviewed and a publicist that lets me review their company’s books. Anyway, if you have never read True Born by L.E. Sterling, you definitely need to!
Later on in the day, I met another awesome blogger, Dee from Nerd and Lace. Actually, I won a giveaway from her blog two years ago at BookCon but I never met her until now. She was very nice and hilarious! She is definitely one of my favorite people that I had met.
Day Two: Final Day of BookCon
Out of my three years of being a BookCon attendee, I have never seen something as chaotic as the Sunday of BookCon 2017. Penguin did a horrendous job at managing their booths. Because Penguin was placed directly in the middle of the show floor and it was a big mob, you could not go anywhere near their area. Not to mention, the staff around Penguin was extremely rude.
I was waiting for the E. Lockhart signing at BookCon. When I saw other people waiting for the signing, I believed it was in my best interest to do so as well. When the security told us to move at 10:29 (literally one minute before the line was supposed to form), we all tried to move out of the way of other attendees while waiting in the vicinity of the table where they would be giving out tickets. Out of spite, the line security members started the signing line on the opposite side of the Penguin booth so that many people who were not waiting got a place in line. As I walked to the end of the line, I walked across an area that was meant for lining up but was vacant at that time. When I did this, a member of the Bookcon staff pushed me away. There was no reason for a staff member to put their hands on me. I simply made the mistake of walking in an area that I was ill-informed that we couldn’t walk on. Many people saw her do this and brought it to her attention, she tried to lie even though it was evident that it was her fault. She only apologized when a fellow attendee mentioned to her that it was a violation of their no harassment policy and that I could sue her for touching me without my consent. Her actions were inappropriate and disgraceful.
Besides the unfortunate events at Penguin, I was extremely happy. I got (almost) all of the ARCs that I had wanted. Also, I spent the entire day with Laura, Justin, and Sarah. Honestly, without those people, BookCon wouldn’t have been as much fun. It was great meeting so many awesome people and getting to experience BookCon with them. I cannot wait to see them again. Also, I cannot wait to get to read the ARCs we received.
Books I Received that Were ARCs:
- Top Ten by Katie Cotugno
- Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill
- Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni
- Follow Me by Sara Shepard
- Suspect Red by L.M Elliott
- Natural Disasters
- The Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
- Odd and True by Cat Winter
- Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert
- She, Myself, and I by Emma Young
- A Short History of The Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
- Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock
- The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente
- Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne
- The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
- The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose
- The Goblins of BellWater by Molly Ringle
- A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
- The Audition by Maddy Ziegler
Signed Books that I Got:
- Mean Girls by Micol Ostow
- Red Dirt by Anna Jarzab
- At Home in the World
- The Rules of Love and Grammar by Mary Simses
- Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
- Feed by M.T. Anderson
- Select by Marit Weisenberg
- The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera
- Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
- All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
- If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
- Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
- Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
- The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
- Life is Like a Musical by Tim Federle
Other Books I Got:
- Aging Disgracefully by Danny Cahill
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
- The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
- The books I got in the VIP bag…. I cannot remember the books.
DO NOT SELL ARCs!!! Just a friendly reminder since I know a few of you did not know what an ARC is. An ARC is an Advanced Reader Copy which means they are uncorrected proofs and have not been published yet. Publishers give out ARCs to create hype for the books. Often, they are given to reviewers to promote and review the book prior to its publication. With that being said, it is absolutely, 100% illegal to sell ARCs. You cannot give people your ARCs in exchange for money. You could face severe penalties. Also, DO NOT BUY ARCS!!! You are just as bad if you buy books. Authors work really hard on their books and you’re damaging their success.
To end this on a happy note: Thank you to everyone who is nice and welcoming to the blogging community. I loved meeting you all! Comment below your BEA/Bookcon experience.