June 11, 2012

My Experience at Book Expo of America 2012!

So I am finally home and able to share with everyone my experience at Book Expo of America 2012.

This is only my second time attending, but I have to say that this year I had a much better time than last year. Last year was great, but this year for me was the best!

I went to BEA this year without a schedule. I had no clue what was going to be there, or who was signing. I decided that I would just go with the flow. I think this plays a big part as to why I enjoyed myself so much. Last year I was running around like a mad women trying to make every signing and make sure I was able to grab the books I wanted, etc.

One BIG thing I really liked about Book Expo of America this year was that every publisher had a schedule with dates and times that they were going to put out books. This was the GREATEST idea ever! I would look at the list and if they had a book that sounded good to me, I would simply walk over at that time and grab a copy. I wish this had been done last year.

My days at BEA ran so smoothly because of this. I was able to hang out with other fellow bloggers, grab a bite to eat, and I didn't miss out on anything. I didn't attend any book signings by the autographing area, but I was able to attend some signings that were taking place at publisher booths.

If I am able to attend again next year, I will do the same and attend without a schedule. I had a blast! I met so many bloggers, authors and publishers, who were all super nice! I came home with a nice batch of books and cannot wait to dive into them!

Some publishers also took some time to sit with me and give a small presentation of some of their new and upcoming titles. I love when publishers do this. There are some amazing books being released later on this year. :-)

Here are some photos from my time at BEA...

 Melissa Marr signing copies of her upcoming book, Carnival of Souls!

 Melissa Marr and Me! She was super nice!

 Becca Fitzpatrick signing copies of Hush, Hush! The cover for Finale was also revealed! 

Author of Ashfall and Ashen Winter,  Mike Mullin. He was super nice and FUNNY! lol

Jennifer L. Armentrout and Me! 

She was just walking around greeting everyone! I had a great time chatting with her about her books. :-) 

Cara Lynn Shultz signing copies of Spellcaster at the Harlequin booth.

The very super talented Julie Kagawa signing copies of The Iron King at the Harlequin booth! 

Ah! Me and Susan Mallery! She is just as awesome in person as she is online! Also very tall lol. I had no idea she was that tall!

Elizabeth Norris, Veronica Roth, Bethany Griffin and Aprilynne Pike signing copies of their books.

Author Elizabeth Norris signing copies of Unraveling.
 Jus Accardo and Me! Touch is one of my favorite books ever!

This is what I came home with. FOUR bags full of books! I was in heaven! :-)

And there you have it! My crazy week at BEA :-)

There are lots more photos coming from Maria, Wanda and Debbie who will be sharing their experience with you soon! 



  1. Wow! Four bags! That's awesome! And you got to meet so many great authors, that's fantastic!!! Not to be creepy or anything, but Damaris you are really pretty!!!
    Glad you had fun!

    Alyssa <3

    1. Aww, thank you so much Alyssa!!!

      I wish I would've taken more photos, but to be honest, every time I thought about taking pictures I got distracted by something else. LOL I lose focus very easily!

      I have a scattered brain hahahaha

  2. Damaris, I'm so glad you had such a great time (and less rushed this year!!).
    It sounds amazing!
    I just got to meet Jennifer myself at her signing on Friday, I love her!

    Jus!! YAY!!!

    I ADORE Ashfall, so if you got Ashen Winter you will have to let me know what you think of it as soon as you are done!! :D Mike Mullin is a genius!

    Also, the Carnival of Souls cover is so pretty!

    PS, you are as gorgeous as always in all of your recaps and pics!!! MUAH!

    1. Actually, I have a copy of it, but haven't read the first in the series. :-( Have you read the first in the series?

  3. I had a schedule typed out, but it was mostly for reference and I often skipped some signings. I had a lot of fun. It was great seeing you again!

    1. Hey Darla! How was your ride home?

      I am so happy we got to hang out again!!! :-)

  4. Looks like you had a great time! I was only there on Thursday for 3 hours and got just about every book I had wanted on my list!
    BEA 2012 | Take Home Results

    1. OMG Jess, we skipped Thursday. Thank goodness for the schedules the publishers handed out. I knew what I would be missing and headed home since I already had copies and didn't really have room to carry doubles lol.

  5. That is so cool! You are so pretty and u got pics with the authors!!

    How did u get home with those 4 tote bags? Yikes! :D

    1. Thank you Arianne!

      OMG we stuffed the car to the MAX on the way home. Thank goodness I only live about an hour and 20 minutes from New York City, or else that ride would have been hell!!! lol

  6. Ok Damaris!
    How many of those books are mind? LOL I am so jealous!!! What I wouldn't give for BEA to be on the West Coast just once!!!

  7. OMW you met Susan???!!! :-D
    I'm glad you had a great time! Some awesome pictures and books you got there! Enjoy!

    1. Yess!! OMG I met her last year, but she was signing at the booth. This time she was walking around! I love her!

  8. Four bags of books? *swoon* That's like taking home a piece of Heaven :D Congrats! And congrats on meeting such great, awesome authors!

    1. OMG I felt like a little kid trick or treating at BEA! lol

  9. T_________________T
    one day I'll go T_T
    you freaking met Mike Mullin T_________T please just KILL ME NOWWWWWWWWW BEFORE ANY MORE SUFFERING damages my brain!!! :'(
    and I see a copy of a The Raven Boys arc T_T

  10. Loved the pics and reading about your BEA experience! Thanks! I'm envious of the authors you met with and those bags of books.

  11. Wow it looks like you had lots of fun! I really wanted to go to BEA, I even live in New York but I'm not even sure how BEA works and I'm pretty new to blogging so I was a little nervous. But hopefully if I learn what and how BEA works I'll be there next year. (I'm super jealous of all those books you got btw haha)

  12. You seemed to have had a great time, wish I could attend one some day. And 4 bags of books!!! Lucky you!

  13. WOW!!! jealous!!! Nice pictures and sounds like you really did have a good time. OMG I spot a few good books in those bags you brought back! Lucky!!!

  14. OMGosh it looks like you had a blast!! I was laughing when I saw your pick with Melissa Marr coz you had 2 bags on =) I probably would too lol ... and I am so so SOOOO jealous you got to meet ad get signings from Becca Fitzpatrick, Julie Kagawa and Veronica Roth!! AHH! so awesome hahaha
    I really wished I could've went.. hopefully (fingers crossed) I will be able to join next year and actually meet you in person lol =) Thanks for sharing your experience and your photos!! LOVED IT! and it's so cool that you enjoyed yourself!


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