Sunday, May 15, 2016

88 Pounds of Books


Well, eighty-eight pounds plus one suitcase of books.

That's what I brought home from BEA this week.

It was quite a week. I'll have a full update later, but for now I'll say that the hype is all true: BEA is amazing.

Best of all, BEA was in Chicago, and we got to visit with our wonderful son and daughter-in-law who live there. We ate at the Signature Room one night. Look at this view. 


And then our daughter-in-law's ma (one of the many Chicago words I've learned this week) made us one of the most fantastic meals of my life: lobster tails, steak, shrimp cocktails, potatoes au gratin, and asparagus. Oh my! Lisa's mom is a fabulous cook.

We got home yesterday but the eighty-eight pounds of books haven't yet arrived. Luckily, the postman brought lots of books to tide me over until the BEA books arrive:




I didn't actually finish anything this week. I guess I was too busy hauling books around and painting up the town.



How'd your week go? Did you make it to BEA? Or did you participate in Armchair BEA? I'd love to hear.



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41 comments:

  1. Eighty-eight pounds of books??? oh, my!
    Wish I could have attended BEA. Maybe some day...

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    1. I feel like BEA in Chicago was like jumping into the wading pool. I think I could try NYC now.

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  2. BEA sounds amazing...and the perfect excuse to go visit the US one day! Well, one of many...

    I really like the cover of 'Imagine Me Gone'. It's like reading a book in some ways - you have to fill in a lot for yourself.

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    1. The cover of Imagine Me Gone is like a little poem, I think.

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  3. Oh my eight-eight pounds of books! For me BEA is a someday thing, that might never happen. Glad you had fun and that food sounds amazing. Have a great week.

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    1. I thought the same about BEA. Then I just did it. Maybe you will, too.

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  4. Holy cow! I'm so glad you had so much fun! I didn't make it this year because I was at the beach with my mom and my sister. Ever since my dad passed away, we've spent the week of Mother's Day at th4e beach together.

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    1. I did have a great time. I will go again. Maybe we can meet up then.

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  5. Yay! I'm glad BEA went so well for you and that you got enjoy being in Chicago and with family.

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    1. I'm thrilled to have gotten to spend time in Chicago with my family.

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  6. Sounds like you had an amazing time. 88lbs of books is awesome!!!! Lots of books to keep you busy. I hope you enjoy all your lovely new books. Have a great week. Sunday Post

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    1. Yes, 88 lbs. of books sounds like enough books for a lifetime. But can one ever have enough books? Sigh.

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  7. I look forward to going to BEA again when it moves closer to the West Coast...I went in 2008, but I wasn't really into blogging then, so I didn't have online friends to meet.

    Enjoy your haul...and thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. I want to spend more time next BEA talking to my blogging friends.

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  8. 88 pounds?! That's a lot of books!!! Glad you had a great time. I've enjoyed seeing all the bloggers' pics from BEA this week. I hope to go next year. Looking forward to seeing your haul!
    Hope you have a good (restful) week!
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    1. Yes, I hope you get a chance to go next year!

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  9. Eighty-eight pounds! Wow! A sure sign you had a great time at BEA. I am glad to hear it. :-) No BEA for me or even Armchair BEA, but I am enjoying hearing about those were able to go experiences. Have a great week!

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    1. I have always been a bit jealous of those who got to go to BEA. Glad I got to experience it this year.

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  10. LOL 88 pounds! You already had quite a few the first day when I saw you. After lugging those tote bags the first day, I decided to go with the rolling bag, but when I hauled it out of my closet, the wheel fell off! I guess the 'book gods' were telling me not to take so many books.

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  11. Amazing book haul, can't wait to hear your thoughts on Waiting for Augusta. I'd love to make it to BEA someday.

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    1. It's a great book so far (about eighty pages in).

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  12. wow, congrats on the 88 lbs, your school children are going to be so thrilled, like a 2nd Christmas!

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  13. That's... a lot of books. :) And yay for Chicago- fun town. :) I hope it stays there or comes back another year, I might be able to attend someday as Chicago is not far. Glad you had a great week. :)

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  14. that's so exciting you got to attend BEA! and wait, ONLY 88 lbs?!? ;-)
    can't wait to read all about it and live vicariously through you!

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  15. Nice book haul! Chicago is only 2.5 hours away, but I could not work it out to get to BEA. I hope they return to Chicago. Glad you had a great time.

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  16. I'm so jealous of all of you who got to go to BEA this year! I can't wait to go next year!! I'm glad you had fun and got lots of great books! :D

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  17. I haven't heard of BEA before. Obviously it is a conference for bloggers. Is it for book bloggers? How does one find out about it?

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  18. Chicago is one of those places I've always wanted to go but never made it to despite living stateside for twelve years...the skyline looks amazing and makes me regret I didn't make it! Have a good week.

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  19. Oh God, I'm so jealous of anyone who got to go to BEA. Glad you had fun though and got some excellent books. Hope you enjoy them!


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  20. Amazing number of new books. I can't wait to see what you got at BEA. Here is what I read last week. Happy reading!

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  21. WOW - that is a lot of books! I've heard good things about Imagine Me Gone.

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  22. Oh that sounds like a wonderful week, although I am not sure I could face into reading them all. Would love to attend a BEA though.

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  23. Sounds like a great week. I always wanted to go but never managed to.

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  24. I had to explain to a very confused border guard why I was lugging home an entire suitcase of books after coming home from a library conference, he couldn't quite understand that I was planning on reading all of them!

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  25. That sounds amazing. I hope to attend BEA one day, although it will have to be the New York version!

    I have Imagine Me Gone waiting to be read as well. I'm excited to get into it!

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  26. Wow, that is a lot of books! I don't think I brought home that many, although they were definitely heavy to transport around.

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  27. 88 pounds of books?! You'll be in books a good long while!

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