So, I wanted to take a few to highlight some of things I was most excited about, but also the things I missed that I really wanted to pick up or see. And while I came away with quite an awesome collection of books from some of favorite authors, I don't think it's possible to get everything unless you've only got one book on your list. I was able to find more on my list than I missed, but that's okay. It will take me a while to read what I have. So without further ado, here in no specific order are the Top 10 books and events at both ends of the spectrum...
BEA Top 10 Hits and Misses
- Neil Gaiman – Why is Fiction Dangerous?: The lecture was awesome, we got two free books and I managed to snag one of the promotional pins.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: Outlander is one of my Top 10 all time favorite books and I really showed my fan girl side meeting Diana Gabaldon.
- Teardrop by Lauren Kate: Lauren Kate was another one of the big authors for me. I was very excited to pick up her new book.
- Hero by Alethea Kontis: I loved, loved, loved her first book and am really looking forward to the sequel, plus Alethea Kontis had the.best.hair.bling in the show.
- The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise: This was the first signed book I picked up. I had actually read about it before BEA, so was very excited to see the author was doing a signing.
- Grumpy Cat: Helloooo! Biggest celebrity on the planet??? She is only tres bon and so tiny and cute. I walked near her, but I would liked to have met her.
- The Hobbit tote bag: Mission accomplished. I was able to snag one of the most sought after totes bags in the whole show. Everyone who was anyone was sporting the tote.
- William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher (galley): Shakespeare and Star Wars? These are a few of my favorite things. I just don't know why no one thought of it earlier. I was able to snag a galley as I waited in line for my last signing of the show.
- Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker and Holmes Novel by Colleen Gleason (galley): This one looked really interesting. It's Steampunk and the best thing about it is that I managed to get the last copy of the galleys.
- Julie Kagawa – The Eternity Cure: Love Julie. Enough said. This was the first time I met her, so I was pretty excited.
- Across a Star Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund: My first debacle at the Autographing tables. I stood in line for probably close to 45 minutes before they advised they were out of books. The cut-off was like 5 people at moist in front of me.
- Invisibility by David Levithan and Andrea Cremer: I had a conflict for this time slot so I guess I'll be buying it.
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: The line was really long and it was conflicting with Harlequin Teen hour. If I got in line for Holly, I might have missed the Harlequin books. Four books vs one book? Hmmm.
- Shadowlands by Kate Brian: I really wanted to get this one as I got a galley of book two, but sadly, her signing conflicted with Neil Gaiman's lecture.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone signed print: I didn't even know they were handing out these beautiful signed prints at the Scholastic booth. I thought they were only signing big posters. It most likely would have gotten destroyed anyway. What am I chewing on? That would be sour grapes, my friends.
- Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney (galley): This, for me, was probably one of the biggest galleys I wanted to get. The booth must have put it out first Thursday morning while I was lost in the labyrinth of booths. When I finally found the booth, they only had one display copy and the event schedule did not indicate any galleys drop for the title, but someone got a copy. Of course, it could have been the one display copy.
- Star Wars Reads Day Celebration: I actually would have had time to see most of this, but I went to another booth across JJC and completely forgot about it. And I call myself a Star Wars fan??? I also missed the signing for Art2 D2, a book on paper folding.
- Antigoddess by Kendare Blake: This is another book I was looking forward to, but by the time I got to the autographing tables, they were out of books.
- Breathe by Abbi Glines: I haven't read a lot by her, but I have liked what I have read. Unfortunately, there was a conflict with this time slot as well.
- Jim Gaffigan – Dad is Fat: I did get to hear Jim Gaffigan for a few minutes while in line for Diana Gabaldon, but our line moved entirely too quickly. Jim had a question and answer period and then he was signing copies of his book. He is a very funny guy in my opinion and it would have been a hoot to meet him.
So there you have it; my best acquisitions and my biggest disappointments. I've got one or two more posts to wrap everything up, so until next time, keep reading!