BookExpo America 2015: Day 3 Recap + Giveaway

Finally, we have the last segment of my adventures at BookExpo America 2015! It was fantastic and writing these recaps (which turned out to be fun too) have immortalized my experience so I know I definitely won’t forget it! Now let’s wrap this up with a run through of Day 3 and an amazing giveaway!

BEA Day 3

The morning of the last day was the least crazy, at least for me. I even snagged a ticket for Meg Cabot’s signing without having to line up at all. Louisse and I sat down and looked through the daily show guide while we waited for the floor to open again. Here is Louisse at Day 3 of BEA. (Left photo – Can you tell it’s been a crazy past couple of days?)

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I also met Nikki of There Were Books Involved then. Although we weren’t didn’t get to chat much, we were able to take a successful selfie together. (I cannot be trusted with selfies. I screw them up 99% of the time.)

When the show floor opened, I lined up for Black Widow while Louisse got us copies of Soundless by Richelle Mead. This has been our arrangement for the first two days of BEA- always multitasking and reserving spots for one another and it was so helpful for both of us. Seriously, if you’re going to BEA, having a buddy is a must. 

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Anyway, Margaret Stohl signed Black Widow for us and I showed her a picture of me and her together when she was in the Philippines and she told me I had looked familiar. She told me to send her regards and I told her I was looking forward to reading her new book.

with margaret stohl black widow bea

Next, Louisse and I stood in line for Kim Liggett’s Blood and Salt signing. Virginia Boecker was around and we said hi and told her we’d been at her panel at TAC. She was friendly to us and agreed to take a photo with Louisse. Finally, I met Kim and when I introduced myself (just my name), she instantly recognised me and we hugged. She is seriously the loveliest and I was so excited I got to meet her then and also that I have a copy of her debut novel, which I’ve been looking forward to reading since hearing about it!

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At the autographing area, the line for Abbi Glines’s signing was pretty packed. She’s the author who introduced me to New Adult so it was really great to meet her. I can’t wait to read her latest upcoming title- Until Friday Night!

with abbi glines at bea 2015 until friday night signing

Louisse and I headed back to the Disney booth and look who we spotted there: Alexa of Alexa Love Books, looking lovely as usual, E. Lockhart, creeping at A Whole New World ARCs, and Disney publicist with the awesome hair.

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disney booth a whole new world galley giveaway

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Upon getting our own galleys of A Whole New World, Louisse and I went to Midpoint, where the Hello? signing was happening. While in line, we met the lovely Tiff of Mostly YA Lit and Beth of Fuelled by Fiction. It was so fabulous to chat with these two ladies!

As I headed for lunch, I stopped by the Penguin truck and then I ran into Youtuber Joey Graceffa!

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Though I missed some fun BEA parties, being a part of the Penguin Blogger Luncheon with Sarah Dessen and Carrie Ryan really made up for it. The event felt very intimate- probably around 20 bloggers were present more or less. I sat with these fabulous bookish chicas:

Alexa also introduced to me to Layla, a blogger at The Midnight Garden, who talked to me about Uprooted which I now NEED to read. Awhile after we got our food, the Q&A with Sarah and Carrie began.

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sarah dessen carrie ryan penguin BEA blogger luncheon

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Both authors talked about the research that went into their books (none for Sarah, lots for Carrie, including some pretty horrible trivias she learned through researching that she shared with us), their TV/music favorites (Sarah was currently digging Taylor Swift who once favourited her tweets and Carrie loved Broadchurch), what they would be doing if they weren’t authors (Sarah joked about probably still working at a burrito place and shared her touching thoughts on how blessed she was to be making a living out of her passion while Carrie would still be a lawyer) and their YA crushes (Sarah felt disturbed about her huge crush on Jamie Blackley because of the If I Stay movie and Carrie liked Jace, played by Jamie Campbell Bower, from The Mortal Instruments movie). The two were just so fun to listen to!

with sarah dessen carrie ryan at blogger lunch

Us bloggers got the chance to have our books from the lunch signed and chat/take photos with the authors. Although I haven’t read Carrie Ryan’s books yet, it was really lovely to meet her. And of course, when I met Sarah Dessen upclose and gave her some Filipino goodies, I was definitely mentally hyperventilating. She’s been on my authors to meet bucket list forever and it was her books that made me fall in love with YA contemporary. It was just such an honour to meet her finally and she was so sweet and amazing. We talked about her coming to the Philippines and she said she definitely wanted to visit one day. I hope it happens!

After the signing, I took some selfies with Jon of Bookish Antics and Jamie of the Perpetual Page Turner, who were both at the luncheon.

with fellow book bloggers bea luncheon

I rushed back to the show floor to attend Dahlia Adler’s signing for Under The Lights, which I’ve been excited to read since finishing the first companion novel, Behind The Scenes. Look at Dahlia and her book being all adorable:

under the lights dahlia adler signing book expo america

I ran into Estelle of Rather Be Reading after and it was just so wonderful to meet her! I only wish we got to chat. Still, she’s one of my fave book bloggers so I’m really glad we saw each other!

with book bloggers bookexpo america

After that, Louisse and I hung out at the Bloomsbury booth with Alexa, who wanted me to meet Summer of Blue Sky Shelf (who I recently worked with for her blog design)! She is super pretty! Alexa also introduced us to the Bloomsbury team and Emily introduced Murray to us!

bloomsbury booth emily ritter murray

We were later on joined by Lizzy Mason (also from Bloomsbury), and other fellow bloggers- Kelly of Belle of the Literati and Brittany of Book Addicts Guide. It was just so amazing to meet all this wonderful people from the bookish community! Really wished I’d taken photos with them but I left after awhile to check out Mindy Kaling’s signing.

mindy kaling book expo america 2015

mindy kaling at bea 2015

There were so many paparazzis around her (me included I guess) and even though I didn’t get to say hi or have her sign her a copy of her upcoming book, it was great seeing her upclose still. Mindy Kaling is so very fabulous in person. I dropped by the Little Brown booth after and they were doing a raffle for their books and the ladies over there were just being adorable so I had to take a picture!

lbyr booth BEA

with cammie mcgovern BEA

Mid-afternoon I attended Cammie McGovern’s signing for her sophomore novel, A Step Toward Falling. Cammie, who I worked with for Ah-MAY-zing Reads last year remembered who I was and she was so sweet and thanked me for inviting her to guest post on the blog. She told me she remembered I was from the Philippines and I affirmed this and she was amazed when I told her I flew all the way from Manila to New York. Came was seriously wonderful and I loved loved meeting her.

rae carson signing BEA

patrick ness bea 2015 autographing the rest of us just lived here

Funny story: I lined up for Rae Carson’s signing even though I actually wanted to line up for Patrick Ness’ but was disheartened because I thought the line was closed already. Louisse actually wanted to line up for Rae but ended up the on the wrong line for Patrick Ness instead. We agreed to swap signed books which was convenient for both of us. When Louisse met Patrick Ness and told him to sign the book to me, I was standing in line at the table right next to his, Louisse pointed me out and Patrick Ness mocked hurt- “You couldn’t even be bothered to wait in my line?” He actually wrote this on my copy of The Rest of Us Just Live Here. He was being funny of course and I admired him even more for having such a great sense of humour! (Those who met him can atest to this.) Totally won’t ever forget that adorable moment!

meg cabot royal wedding signing book expo america

with meg cabot bea 2015

The last eventful and unforgettable moment of BEA 2015 was when I met Meg Cabot. Her signing was also very long but I got in line early so I managed to secure a good spot. Meg was looking fantastic, sporting a shiny tiara, and she was also super friendly to everyone. I read her books before I even knew about YA so meeting her will surely be memorable. Just like my entire awesome-crazy-tiring-fun experience at this year’s BookExpo America!

Even though I had the chance to attend BookCon the next day, I skipped it. I was still feeling overwhelmed by BEA even after it was over. And truly, BEA felt like the ultimate bookish event experience and I was so happy with how my first time went that I felt just so contented already.

Will I be going to BEA next year? I’d love to visit Chicago but I really don’t know- it’s highly unlikely. I do know that I will attend again, maybe in the next few years. I just loved meeting so many amazing people who love books, write them and support them. I don’t think I could ever get enough of such a feeling.

And for that amazing giveaway I mentioned- y’all can win an ARC of Illuminae!!!!! Open internationally. Just enter the rafflecopter giveaway below:

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68 Responses

  1. WOW looks like day three for you was awesome! That’s really cool that Sarah Dessen was at the Penguin Blogger Luncheon! I love her! Jealous that you got to meet her :P AGAIN I love your pictures! They are really good and really bring your posts to life :) Again, it was so great to meet you guys! I love meeting new people and finding new blogs to visit. I DID manage to swing a signed sampler from Mindy, but it seems like people who just were there taking pictures got to see her way more than we did! We may have gotten to talk to her, but it was only for a couple of seconds and then we were rushed away! And we couldn’t really see her much from the line! Boo. OH WELL. It was still cool. I love that woman :P I don’t know if I will be able to make it next year either but there is always hope! Great post!

  2. Illuminae is one of the books I’m dying to read so thank you for the giveaway!Enjoyed seeing your photos from BEA. It’s so amazing that you met so many authors.

  3. This looks like a fantastic experience and it really inspires me to get working on the book blog I’ve been meaning to start!

  4. You make me want to experience that! It’s wonderful that you really experienced it. Thanks for sharing your BEA 2015 adventure :)

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  5. LOOK AT ALL OF YOUR PICTURES!! That was one thing I regret–that I didn’t take many pictures, especially with bloggers. I also didn’t socialize as much as I wanted to, and I missed meeting many people. But overall, it was such a grand experience and I definitely want to go again. I’m glad both of our first BEAs were wonderful! :)

  6. Wow! You took a lot of photos at BEA. Which lenses did you bring?
    I really wish I could’ve been at BEA, but school didn’t end until June 5. Hopefully, I’ll get to go when I’m in college.

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    1. I just used my 50mm f1.4 because my other ones are long and heavy and I didn’t want that kind of weight with me especially with all the book bags I was carrying. I hope you get to go too, Dana- it’s a really great experience!

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  7. This looks so exciting!! :D I can’t believe you met all those amazing authors, like Meg Cabot! I’m sure you had a great time. And thanks so much for sharing all the pictures! I hope that I may go there one day :)

  8. What a way to end your BEA recaps, Hazel! You’re prolly tired of hearing this but you are sooooooo lucky, meeting all those wonderful people (and bringing home all those books omg!) Hopefully someday I’ll be able to experience those first hand *fingers crossed* Thanks for the lovely giveaway too! AHH!

  9. You’ve met the people I’ve wanted to meet like Alexa, Jamie and Jon… <3 And Cammie. OMG! I’m so pumped for her new novel! And Patrick Ness is serious #SenseofHumorLifeGoals UGH! He’s amazing! At least you were pretty much a few inches closer to him. I am truly happy for your experience, Hazel and I hope that when I do go, I could tag you along with me as well. HAHAHA! <3

  10. Having authors recognize you, that’s like the most amazing thing ever! Haha! And, I love Patrick Ness’ sense of humor. It kinda reminded me of Lissa Price when I confessed to her that I haven’t read Enders yet during their book signing and she was like, “Shame on you!” and we both laughed afterwards.

    I’m really glad you and Louisse got to experience something like this, and to represent PH book bloggers in BEA. <3

  11. Hey Hazel, thanks for sharing your BEA experience with us! Seeing all those pictures of authors and books has gotten me quite envious! It’s also nice to hear that you met lots of fellow bloggers as well. If I ever get the opportunity to attend BEA one day, I will definitely take it. Thank you also for the giveaway! I adore anything sci-fi so Illuminae is one of my most anticipated reads :)

  12. OHMAYGAHD Hazeeel! You’ve met Meg Cabot! I’m so jealous right now! (I know, so obvious with all the exclamation marks in this sentence haha) I hope she gets to visit here soon, that would be awesome :D Such great recap of your BEA experience Hazel!

  13. It was seriously just so great to see you during BEA! (I also love that in this photo of me, you see that I’m holding my lifeline AKA coffee.) Your recaps are so lovely, and they make me want to make sure to take better photos of the events I get to go to in the future! <3

  14. I was unable to go so it was good to see it through the eyes of someone that did get to go. Love seeing all the different types of swag and displays.

  15. You really looked like you had a great time. I’ve never gone, but hopefully I’ll be able to someday.

  16. I would love to meet E. Lockhart and Kim Liggett! It looks like BEA was super fun. I can’t believe all the books people pick up at these things!

  17. I’m so glad you got to meet all those people! That’s amazing, Hazel! (hey, it kind of rhymes) BEA seems awesome and I’m very impressed with you for surviving it!

  18. Oh it looks like you had an absolutely amazing time at BEA. I’m very envious of everything you did. I’ll have to get there some day, even if it kills me!

  19. Firstly if you can attend #BEA coming from the Phils I have absolutely no excuse coming from Australia, I really need to attend one of these events, it’d be a dream come true!

  20. First off – wow, your photos are wonderful. Such great pics and they capture everything. :)
    Second – love the tips you gave like the buddy system!
    Last – Sarah Dessen and Carrie Ryan – I’d be in heaven!

    Glad you had a great time at BEA.
    PS New follower!

  21. Such beautiful pictures! I am so desperate to get to a BEA after hearing about all the fun each year, but getting over there and back from Australia is pretty tricky :( I’ll just have to live vicariously through your recaps, thanks xD

  22. Looking at BEA, I’m in awe of the sheer number of free ARCs they give out. Awed and terrified, both. There are just SO MANY. Oh my. It would be so easy to just pick up one of everything and end with too many books to bring home (which would be pretty sad, really).
    Aah no! That’s annoying you mixed up the lines, but at least you still got the signed books you both wanted, and a very personalised message from Patrick Ness! xx

  23. Can I just say that I love your photos? They’re so HQ that I almost believe I was there too! Thanks!

  24. I’m so glad you enjoyed your time at BEA and America! I didn’t go to BEA this year, but best believe I WILL be there in 2016! I’m so excited it’s in Chicago! You met sooo many authors I’m dying to meet ESPECIALLY Patrick Ness! He’s my favorite author girl. Great pictures, hopefully you can visit our country again next year :)

  25. Wow, your recaps were amazing! It looked like such a fantastic time. You got to meet so many amazing bloggers and authors! I love Cammie McGovern, your so lucky to have met her!!!! Thank you for the awesome giveaway chance as well Hazel <3

  26. I have never been to book expo but it looks like book heaven. I love reading about blogger’s experiences there. Seems like so much fun :D

  27. What a wonderful experience! Wish I could attend to. The Illuminae Files is such a beautiful book. WOW.

  28. Omg you’ve just lived my bookish dreams and I’m jealous :(( hahaha for realsies tho, you’re goals :P

  29. Having the chance to meet all those wonderful people, and OMG just look at all those books! It’s literally book haven! I’m so jealous! >< Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience of yours, dear. Do hop over to my blog if you're free. :)

  30. Look all have so much fun and goal oriented.. Nice pictures and meeting and encountering new people .. Great..

  31. Wow, I never realized how much I adore Mindy Kaling until I saw your photo and mentally screamed to myself, “YOU MET MINDY KALING. AND YOU SAID SHE WAS AMAZING!”

    So that was some self discovery right there… :P

  32. It sounds like you had a lot of fun. I’ve seen so many blog posts about BookExpo and I’ve decided that I need to go to America and go one year. It looks amazing!

  33. I REALLY wish I could go to BEA after seeing these, but maybe sometime in the future. So glad you had a fantastic time and thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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