This past weekend, my mom and I embarked on a journey to Chicago. After greatly enjoying Bookcon 2015, my mom had surprised me with tickets to this year’s event. Living on the East Coast, I was surprised that I was able to attend Bookcon 2016. However, since the price to stay in Chicago and attend the event was expensive, Book Expo America (BEA) was out of my price range. Thankfully, I will be attending BEA and Bookcon in 2017.
Because Bookcon was only one day, my mom told me that we would stay for a long weekend to sightsee. My mom and I arrived in Chicago around 7:00 in the morning on Friday and left Chicago at 10:15 on Monday night. If you were wondering why my Bookcon wrap-up took so long, it is because I barely had time to rest on the trip. I had an amazing time in Chicago! THANK YOU TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO SAID HELLO TO ME AT BOOKCON! YOU ARE ALL INCREDIBLE! With that being said, here is the wrap-up for my trip to Chicago!
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
On Friday, my mom and I woke up at 3:00 in the morning for our plane. The plane was expected to take off at 6:00 in the morning. Despite being sleep deprived and irritable, I was excited for Chicago! Knowing that packing extra books for Bookcon is not worth it, I decided to only pack two that I really wanted to be signed: Beginnings: Obsidian and Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (my favorite series ever!).
Once I arrived in the Windy City, I went to my hotel, the Hyatt Regency at McCormick Place. Because it was Friday morning at 8:00, the BEA attendees were everywhere! I envied the BEA attendees to a crazy extent. I had to get out of the Hyatt because I was upset about missing BEA. When I left the Hyatt, my mom and I decided to walk to Millenium Park. Because I am a stereotypical tourist, I posted a picture of me with “the bean” and used a cute pun for the post. Despite me getting the pun, my friend had a little trouble. ***By the way, I learned how to make slideshows for my blog! The pictures above are in my first slideshow!***
After being a huge tourist, I decided to keep the trend going as I went to 360 Chicago! My mom and I decided to do Tilt! Tilt is a part of 360 Chicago where you stand on a platform that tilts 30 degrees off the 94th floor of a building. It was not as scary as it seemed and I had a lot of fun.
Finally, we decided to call it a day and head back to the hotel. Initially, I had a group of friends who wanted to hang out on Friday but a few of them had delayed flights. In the end, my friends Leslee and Elizabeth met up with me for dinner. We decided to go to a dinner for BEA bloggers. Despite, not attending BEA, they said it was okay if I attended. I had a lot of fun and met many bloggers! My favorite part was finally meeting Nori and Mish.
DAY 2: BOOKCON!!
On Saturday, my friend, Stella, and I woke up at 4:30 to get ready for Bookcon. Being extremely tired, Stella and I stopped for coffee. I got a few confused looks when I order a chocolate frappuccino at 4:30 in the morning. We arrived at McCormick at 5 in the morning. We were around 40 people from the front of the line. Despite being excited, we were dreading waiting in line for the next five hours. However, we were entertained by the lovely book nerds around us!
Once we were allowed in the wristband lines, Stella and I grabbed all the wristbands we wanted. There were no lines for wristbands in the beginning so we got a wristband for Jennifer Niven and Lauren Oliver. After that, I went into the VIP line. I was the fifth in line for the VIP line. In fact, I am mentioned in an article on Publishers Weekly: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bea/article/70385-bookcon-2016-too-short-for-readers-just-right-for-publishers.html.
Once we were allowed on the show floor, Stella and I hustled to the First in Line event. We both received signed copies of Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven and The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. Because we got Jennifer’s book signed, we decided to skip her signing later. After that, I rushed to Jennifer L. Armentrout’s signing and then Lauren Oliver’s. Finally, Stella and I reunited to go get some ARCs that we wanted. We attended a few signings, too.
Nearing the end of Bookcon, Stella and I realized that we had not sat, ate, or drank water for the entirety of the event. We were exhausted and in pain. We went to Tahereh’s signing and I started crying two people before I got to meet her. I admire Tahereh and her books. She is my favorite author and I was not prepared to face my bookish role model.
Afterward, Stella and I found some food that had been sitting at Penguin all day. Hungry, we asked a worker if it was okay to eat the now stale food because we refused to wait in line for food. With a disgusted look on her face, the girl said we could. Stella and I grabbed some of the food and continued on.
Finally, we could not stand any longer. We decided to sit for five minutes at Hachette while we waited for an ARC Drop. The girl who worked at Hachette probably thought we were crazy.
To my luck, Penguin was giving away one copy of Furthermore and I got it! I almost cried again. Then, I scared the girl because three seconds after she tweeted about it, I ran to her about A Touch Against the Night. While still at Penguin, I saw Nori again which made me very happy.
Finally, Bookcon was over and McCormick Place started demolishing the show floor at precisely 6:00. Stella and I barely made it home. I got a paper cut and her bag broke. We dragged forty books across McCormick Place. By the grace of God, we made it back in one piece. WE SURVIVED BOOKCON!!!
That night, my mom, Stella, and I went out to eat. We were too tired to walk somewhere so the hotel was where we ate. Halfway through my meal where I was sloppily eating pizza, Anna from Unquenchable Reads said hi! It was so nice to meet another person that I have been following on social media. We had a great time.
Thank you to everyone who said hi at Bookcon. I am a terrible observer so I was horrible at finding people. You all are so sweet!
DAY 3: DEAD AFTER BOOKCON!
The day after Bookcon was brutal. Everything hurt and I was exhausted. We decided to keep it a small day and just go to Willis Tower and eat some deep dish pizza. Later on, I got to see Stella one more time before her train left.
DAY 4: BYE, CHICAGO!
On the final day, I went on a Chicago Food Tour. Afterward, we visited the Chicago Cultural Center and Willis Tower. We spent five hours in the airport and left at 10:15.
BOOK HAUL FROM BOOKCON!!!
- ARC: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
- ARC: Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
- Brought from home: Lux Beginnings by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Brought from home: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
- Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu
- ARC: Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdom
- Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
- Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato
- Replica by Lauren Oliver
ARCs (not including signed books)
- Way Down Dark by James Smyth
- The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
- FURTHERMORE BY TAHEREH MAFI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
- Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten
- One Paris Summer by Denise Swank
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
- Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman
- This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell
- The Next by Stephanie Gangi
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
- The Reader Traci Chee
- The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
- A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
- Bertrand Court by
- Firewalk by
- A Shadow Bright and Burning by
- Our Chemical Hearts by
- The King Slayer
- A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
- The Loose Ends List
- H2O by Virginia Bergin
- Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally
- The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey
NOW, A LITTLE RANT BY MARISSA
Okay, so I usually run away from blogger/twitter drama but this time, I can’t. The argument is mostly over but I want to add some final thoughts.
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. I’m very disappointed in people who’ve been selling Gemina and Heartless on Ebay and if I find out any of them are you, I will call you out on it. I’m currently trying to find out how to report the people who are illegally selling ARCs. You are ruining it for everyone else and you’re a horrible person.
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.