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Stay Bookish is a blog by Hazel, a twenty year old bibliophile from the Philippines. She believes that the nirvana of reading a book can only be achieved once you share it with other people.


#WhereToNext: BEA 2015, New York

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In ten weeks or so, this girl is going to take a plane to New York to attend Book Expo America 2015 for the very first time.

I’ve already revealed this on Twitter before, sharing that I’ll be speaking at a panel at this year’s BEA Blogger Con with Ashley and Stephanie, but writing a about it on the blog feels ceremonial, somehow. I can’t get over the fact that this is really going to happen. What a dream come true. 

In the days I’ve been absent on the blog as of late, I’ve been working on getting my visa processed, booking a flight reservation and plotting how to make my trip even more awesome.

I just recently started looking up accommodations. Unfortunately, hotels in NYC are far from cheap. Thank god for the awesome listings at Airbnb.


“Whether an apartment for a month, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, AIRBNB connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries.”

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Since I’ll be going to New York for BEA, my family will be coming with so we can all sightsee and do touristy stuff. If it were just me, my priority would have been to find a place near Javits Center, where the event is held. Since I won’t be going alone though, I needed to find a place that would accommodate my family of four. While searching, this wonderfully cozy duplex caught my eye.

Unique Village Gem with Roof Garden

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Not gonna lie, the bookshelves reeled me right in. What a perfect place for this bibliophile. I’d definitely want to lodge in a place like this for my trip. 

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I love that it has skylights and a super mellow vibe! I can totally imagine lounging around and having a stay-in day during my visit where I’ll just read or chill with my family.

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There’s even a lovely roof garden! <3

It’s so very different from the sharp, modern looking NYC listings on high rise condominiums I’ve seen around and I really like it! It’s costlier than most listings (although still cheaper than a hotel) but it’s accessible, spacious and relaxed. I’d absolutely love to stay in this place!

Finding such interesting accommodations is a joy and I’m even more excited for my trip, if that was possible! If you’re attending BEA too, or traveling anywhere soon, I suggest you sign up at Airbnb (you’ll get $25 off on your first booking if you use my referral link) and look up their affordable and unique listings!

This post is an entry for the Nuffnang/Airbnb #WhereToNext blogger contest.

Have you attended Book Expo America/visited New York/booked a place with Airbnb before? Any listing recommendations?




  1. OMG! Hazel i’m so jelly!!! Good Luck and have a great experience at BEA 2015! I will be looking forward for your travel updates in the near future :)
    which reminds i need to renew my passport hahahaha! it expired last year.

  2. I’m seriously so excited that you’re coming to town for BEA! It’ll be so good to see you here in New York, and maybe we can even take a little field trip to some of the best bookstores ;)
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  3. Oh so exciting! And that little place is just too cute for words! I definitely love the bookshelves – nice touch! I’d really love to go to BEA this year, but I think I might wait until next year when it’s in Chicago – mostly because it’s a little bit closer, and it’ll give me time to save up some more money! So excited for you! I can’t wait to hear about your experience :)
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  4. I’ve never attended BEA, but I’ve been blogging for over a year now. Perhaps I’ll attend next year. This year I plan on going to RT in Dallas. It looks like a lot of fun!

  5. I really would’ve loved to have gone to BEA this year, but I’m planning next year instead as it’s close to my lovely Rosie Ro. I love AirBnn, we use it all the time, we used it for NOLA and also everytime we head down to London – you can rent some amazing places, I mean wow those photos look absolutely glorious! I expect a lot of pictures from you.
    I wish BEA could live stream their panels as I would love to see what you guys talk about and I’m sure you’ll be brilliant!
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