Sunday, June 4, 2017

BookExpo: Have I Died and Gone to Book Lovers' Heaven?!

I was scared to do it on my own, but my sister couldn't come with me as she was already going to Paris (!) at the same time, and my husband couldn't come with me as he is not a big city boy. So I just said, What the heck! And I booked a flight to New York City and secured a hotel and here I am.

I am so happy I did.

My hotel turned out to be perfect. Tiny, tiny space but wonderfully comfortable and only two miles (walking distance, really) from Javits Conference Center. (The hotel is Pod 51, if you want to know, but don't you dare book it up so much that I can't reserve a room here for BookExpo next year!)

The subways took a little getting used to (uptown? or is it downtown? no, I think it's uptown....) All kinds of folks on the trains in NYC. I wouldn't have been surprised to see both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton sit down beside the (probably) homeless man; it's diversity at its finest.

Somehow I did make it to BookExpo, and it was divine. Divine. In every meaning of that word.

I wrote about it all on Armchair BookExpo, so I hope you'll stop by there, if you haven't already, and take a look at my posts:


Did I mention that I picked up a few copies of new books at BookExpo? How many? you ask. Honestly, I don't know yet, as I couldn't take them home on the plane. I mailed them home, so I haven't counted, but I will say that the two boxes of books weighed 98 pounds.

I'm flying home right now. Am I in a plane? Or am I still soaring from my BookExpo experience? In any case, I'm already planning BookExpo in 2018. Maybe I'll see you there?


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44 comments:

  1. Glad you had fun. What bravery!

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  2. Glad you had so much fun at book expo can't wait to see are your awesome books. Have a great week.

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    1. The books should arrive Thursday. I can't wait to see them again, too.

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  3. So jealous about the expo! Wish I lived anywhere near at all :)

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  4. OMG!! 98 POUNDS OF BOOKS?!? I am sooo jealous. I am hoping to go one day. Gotta get over my anxiety though.. Sighhhh..

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    1. It was a teensy bit scary the first day. I kept getting lost.

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  5. FABULOUS! I went in 2009 and enjoyed it immensely. Perhaps I will have the opportunity to go again in the near future. I'm not familiar with that hotel, but I will definitely check it out :)

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    1. I hope you will. If so, maybe we can meet up. Maybe in NY or maybe in Paris? Wouldn't that be fun!

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  6. I'm so glad you went even though you were on your own; that makes the adventure even more satisfying when you do something you aren't sure of. NY is such a fantastic city and to get 98 pounds of books at the same time is heaven.

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    1. It certainly made me more confident and more willing to try something daring.

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  7. I like the idea of tackling it on your own...I do a lot of things like that, so why not BEA?

    And I have been dying to visit New York!

    Thanks for sharing, and enjoy all those books. Thanks for visiting my blog...and as for our temperatures here in California, I live in the Central Valley, with famously long hot summers(sometimes weeks at triple digits). Down south and along the beaches, it is cooler. Sigh. I want to move there.

    My daughter got married on one of those beaches, and the weekend was so wonderful I almost didn't leave to go home...LOL.

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    1. You definitely must come to BookExpo. And make a move to a cooler spot.

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  8. Ooooh, it looks like I have a lot of catching up to do with all your blog posts. Glad you had fun.

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    1. Crazy, but I wrote ten posts for Armchair BookExpo.

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  9. Glad you took the plunge and went alone. You all ready for the next one now.

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    1. It won't be nearly as scary to go next time.

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  10. Oh my gosh BEA sounds pretty awesome. I'll be checking out your posts to get all the deets... :) glad it was awesome.

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  11. I've thought about trying to go to BookExpo on my own when the youngest is a little older but it seems so scary. You definitely make it sound worth it! Can't wait to see your new books!

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    1. If scared-y cat me can do it, you can, too!

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  12. So glad you had fun at BEA! Maybe I'll get there next year...

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  13. Oooh! I really want to go to a BookExpo someday!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

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  14. Loved reading all your posts for Armchair BookExpo, and so glad you enjoyed yourself. Can't wait to hear more about the books that you've picked up. Have a lovely week.

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  15. Ahhh! I am so glad you had fun. I did too (it's a lot to pack into 2 days!). I saw a photo of you enjoying the floor (either on instagram or twitter).

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  16. Sounds amazing! Good for you for tackling it, and then for sharing it all with us. It's the last two weeks of school and my kid's birthday, so the timing for even Armchair BEA isn't good for me, but someday!

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  17. 98 pounds! Quite the book haul. That should keep you busy all summer!

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  18. SO great to have met you -- and to have had a chance to talk a bit. Loved our chat in the sun!

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  19. I always go alone. :) Didn't make it this year, though.

    It was overwhelming the first year I went, but loved it.

    Glad you had a great time. I am going to check out your posts...only saw them today.

    Thanks for sharing, and so happy it was a wonderful, fun experience.

    I loved meeting other bloggers and the Speed Dating Session when I went.

    Thanks for coming by my blog earlier.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

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    1. Wish you had come and I'd gotten to meet you. Maybe next time.

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  20. Can't wait to see your STASH...I always love seeing the stacks.

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  21. I've never been. I'm not sure I could justify the cost. Armchair Book Expo, getting ready to move, drama club, and a volunteers' tea. Come see what I'm reading this week.

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  22. It sounds like you had a lot of fun, and good on your for going it alone! Looking forward to the book haul.

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  23. Maybe I should start planning now for 2018! I really enjoyed it last year and was hoping it would return to Chicago next year, which is much, much easier for me than NYC.

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    1. Chicago was much, much easier for me, too, but NYC turned out to be quite doable, too. You definitely should go ahead and start planning.

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  24. Congratulations on getting there and back, and isn't New York fun! If i could get there next year, i would.

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  25. Wow Great post! 98 pounds of new books! Wowza. Glad you had such a good time. I hope to be there in 2018/

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