BEA Recap ~ Day One ~

June 5, 2014 Random Ramblings 14

Hello my lovelies! I am back from BEA, which means I’m well rested, slightly more calm than during my trip and FINALLY surrounded by my BEA haul. This of course means I can finally start my BEA recaps!!! For the next 3 days I’ll do a recap post for each day I attended BEA. I’m talking the full on good, bad and PAINFUL stories from each day as well as a “unboxing my haul” for that day. So let’s get to it!!

Pre-BEA I was mainly excited about all the books. I mean let’s be honest, tables and tables and TABLES of books? Who wouldn’t find that to be the most exciting part?! But after making it to the convention center I realized that the best part of BEA would be meeting other bloggers.

Group Scholastic Line

{Pictured L-R Anya, Jenni, Kelly and Nikki}

I was excited (and nervous) to meet Nikki (and any other blogger to be honest) but turns out these really are my people! Nikki is probably the sweetest and most well organized person I’ve ever met. And it truly was the best decision I’ve ever made to tackle BEA with her. I’m so grateful and happy we were able to not only meet but seriously hangout with each other!

Nikki and I on subway

{Nikki & I}

But more on Nikki’s awesomeness and the boatload of other bloggers I got to meet in a moment!  My very first day at BEA (Thursday) started at 4:30/5am. Yeah that’s not a typo. If you’re planning on going to BEA one day be prepared to wake up at the butt-crack of dawn. Anywho, we got up at 4:30/5:00 got ready for the day and left the hostel by 6:30. After a 20 minute walk to the Javits (not including our stop for breakfast at Dunkin Donuts) we made it to the Javits, grabbed our badges and faced our first (of many) lines.

Day 1 Line

We actually had a really great spot in line and we settled in for a 2 hour wait for the convention doors to open. Two hours seems like a long time but it gave us a moment to open up our maps of the convention center floor, highlight publishers, go over the signings we wanted to hit for the day, and galley drops we needed to be ready for.


Then the madness began. At 9am there is what I will forever call the “run of the ARC’s” (run of the bulls reference anyone?). This is the first glimpse you get of how easy it is to be trampled on the floor. Personally I missed out on day one’s run of the ARC’s since I decided to dash to Disney in hope of finding This Shattered World (spoiler alert! THEY DIDN’T HAVE IT *gasp*), then off to the Caragh O’Brien signing for The Vault Of Dreamers.

After I got to gush about seeing Caragh, having her ASK FOR MY BUSINESS CARD!! I went to hit the Rainbow Rowell line. Sadly the lovely folks at MacMillan told me there was no line for the Rainbow signing and I needed to come back 15 minutes before the signing! This was crazy not smart. There was a MOB of people waiting for Rainbow so I grabbed some random folks, formed a circle (totally not a line) and waited for Rainbow. Not lines were the highlight of BEA for me because I got to meet so many people I wouldn’t have even known about before.

Rainbow and I 1


By the end of day one I made a ton of new friends, shipped home 19lbs worth of books, and had feet so sore even the thought of walking made me want to fall over. But instead of going back to the hostel where I could nurse my poor feet I went to Housing Works Bookstore for the Rainbow Rowell reading and since I can’t form proper words for how awesome the event was I recorded it! But I want to check with Rainbow (or her publicist) first to make sure it’s ok that I post said video. Sorry guys, but it’s the right thing to do.

Crazy amazing right?! Best flipping reading ever, right?! BEST. NIGHT. OF. MY LIFE!!!

But now on to what you’re really here for ….the books from day 1!

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Books Featured In Video:

The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney
Ghost House by
The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
On A Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers
Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L Armentrout
The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh O’Brien
The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black
This Shattered World by Aime Kaufmann & Meagan Spooner
King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman
Jackaby by William Ritter
Invisible by Dawn Metcalf
The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset
Zodiac by Romina Russel
Clariel by Garth Nix
Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson
The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost
Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
Landline by Rainbow Rowell (audio book)
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
The Devil’s Intern by Donna Hoise
Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen

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Stay tooned for tomorrows recap post and books!!

14 Responses to “BEA Recap ~ Day One ~”

  1. Kristen

    Reminds me of going to the library conference here in April. I have never seen people be so ruthless over free books that they may or ma not end up liking lol. I’m totally not a “Black Friday shopper” so I’m not the type to elbow and shove people out of the way.

    It got so crazy the last day that booths started forming lines and only letting a few people in at a time, to get 1 or 2 books. But you could come back through the line as many times as you liked.

    And I totally can understand your feet being sore. I didn’t pack good shoes (because they didn’t match my outfits) and I paid for it dearly.

    Sounds like you had a great time and got to meet people you set out to meet.
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    • Octavia

      That basically sounds about right lol! BEA was ohn a scale I couldn’t even imagine but SO MANY PEOPLE! I actually brought really comfy sneakers but I don’t think there are any shoes out there that will really help your feet after standing for 9-10 hours straight! O__O

    • Octavia

      I had so much fun with you!! Our “not lines” were seriously the highlight of BEA. So much awesomeness in one circle. πŸ˜‰ And I’m itching to start TSW but I’M NOT READY!!

  2. Pili

    Wow, clearly I know that I’ve ever going to BEA, I’m gonna be teaming up with you and Nikki and will bribe you guys with cupcakes for suuuuure!!
    Sooooo many awesome books (ARCs!!) I’m super jealous in the best of ways of Stitching Snow, Jackaby and of cooooourse… THIS SHATTERED WORLD!!!!! *all the flails*

    I cannot wait to see the rest of your recaps and more unboxing of ARCs!!
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  3. Nikki

    OCTAVIAAAAA Seriously, BEA wouldn’t have been half — nay, a quarter — nay, 10% AS AWESOME without sharing it with you. There’s no way we’re not going together next year. I’m sure our group will be larger but NOTHING CAN STOP OUR BEAUTIFUL BOOKISH PARTNERSHIP.

    And omg I totally forgot about the map labeling we did in line before getting in on Thursday. Labeling all the publishers helped SO MUCH with learning where everything was. That definitely needs to go into a recap/tips/something post!!

    Ugh, just… so much amazing. I’m just gonna sit here and stare at your post for a while. *basks in the BEA glow*
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    • Octavia

      BOOKISH PARTNERSHIP!!!!! You were the absoluet best decision I could have ever made regarding BEA. It was a pleasure and an absolute priviledge to have roomed and experienced BEA with such an amazing person. You really are the best my dear! πŸ˜€

  4. Angie F.

    So many amazing sounding books! I love how in every haul I’ve watched so far, everyone is confused about Pennyroyal Academy. No one seems to know how they got it! It must have just magically appeared in your bags. LoL

    I’m researching places to stay for next year, and I was wondering what hostel you stayed at? I’ve been trying to look at different ones but it’s kind of confusing.
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  5. Tammy

    Stone Cold Touch & Zodiac!!! I love how you have books I haven’t seen in other hauls. I would want to be a blogger just to attend a conference with you and visit the secret room πŸ™‚

  6. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    AHHHH I freaking LOVED reading/watching/looking at your recap post Octavia πŸ˜€ Man, I agree 100% that meeting other bloggers was THE best part of BEA…though the books and authors are a pretty sweet deal too! You and Nikki sound like you were a fantastic team and had everything down pat! You got some epic books though, not gonna like: I missed out on The Vault of Dreamers & Landlines though so I envy you a bit for those but I’m excited WITH you for Zodiac, Pennyroyal Academy, Lies We Tell Ourselves, Iron Trial, Fire Artist, Clariel, Beautiful Ashes & Stitching Snow…I’ll be looking out for your reviews so we can compare notes! Gorgeous recap post, thanks for sharing your pictures with us too β™₯

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

  7. La La in the LiBrArY

    I read this the day you posted it, but didn’t leave a comment (can’t remember why, now), I am glad so many of you are posting about your BEA experiences, it will make planning for next year so much easier for Britter and myself. Doing a Q&A post in December is a fab idea. I am looking forward to it. After reading people’s BEA posts I think I will be more excited about meeting everyone than getting books next year!
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