My Beach TBR

While you most likely know Fangirl Fury as a fangirl, I am also  a beach girl. I’ve been very fortunate enough to grow up near the shore and basically have the beach as my backyard- I’m still trying to wrap my mind around how people spend their summer not near the ocean (or that many of my hometown friends don’t like the beach..).

As you can probably guess, the beach is one of my favorite places to read during the summer. On a beach day, I often alternate between reading and going into the water- no worries, I never do both at the same time. Today I’m going to be walking you through my somewhat summer, somewhat beach TBR. Basically, these are books that I’d like to read during beach trips, days by the pool, and in between this season. I’m also going to talk about the books that I have such fond memories of reading in these same spots last summer.

My 2017 Beach TBR Included:

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia- After reading and loving Eliza and Her Monsters, I immediately needed more Francesca Zappia, which led me to Made You Up. Read while tanning on the beach, Made You Up sheds light on mental health, and not knowing what to expect kept me glued to the sand!

The Start of Me & You by Emery Lord- If I had to name my summer after an Emery Lord book, it’d be The Start of Me & My Pool Raft. I read many books floating around the pool (no books are harmed in doing so), including The Start of Me & You. Emery Lord is one of my go-to contemporary authors, and any of her books make for the perfect summer read.

How to Be Bad by Lauren Myracle, Sarah Mlynowski & E.Lockhart- How to Be Bad was such a throwback to my early days as a YA reader. I used to eat up Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski’s books, and I still can’t get enough of E. Lockhart’s work today. How to Be Bad is a perfectly fun and light-hearted read, as three friends go on a spur of the moment road trip.

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue HitchcockThe Smell of Other People’s Houses is definitely not your average beach read, being that it takes place in 1970s Alaska. But it’ll most definitely keep you glued to your beach chair, especially since this mesmerizing read is just under 230 pages!

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley – Words in Deep Blue was the perfect read for me, not to mention the perfect compliment to my blue beach blanket. How could I not love a book that takes place in a bookshop during the summer!?!

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My 2018 Beach TBR Includes:

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian- I’m a firm believer that the best beach reads are the ones that take place at the beach! Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian’s Burn for Burn trilogy takes place on Jar Island, home to the beach and the supernatural!? I plan on binge-reading this series sometime this summer while I also prepare for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before to hit Netflix.

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian- Ice cream is the perfect summer treat, so how could I not read a book about girls running an ice cream stand?? I’ve seen so many positive reviews for Siobhan Vivian’s latest release, Stay Sweet, and you better believe I’ll have ice cream in hand while reading.

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oekle-One of my favorite things to do after a day at the beach is to come home and chill in the air conditioning with a good movie or TV show. Give me a book about a girl who participates in her college’s student-run reality show and you’ll find me with Lianne Oekle’s Nice Try, Jane Sinner inside and outside!

The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse – This read is in the title, friends. Cecilia Vinesse’s The Summer of Us follows 5 friends’ summer around Europe before they head off to college in the fall. While I physically may be lying on the beach, I’ll be fulfilling some of my wanderlust alongside these characters.

Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz- Melissa de le Cruz’s sequel to Alex and Eliza will be the perfect patriotic read for Fourth of July. Alex and Eliza was a poolside read of mine last summer, so it’ll be fun to carry on with the married couple in the same setting this summer.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine may not sound like the biggest beach read, but it’s another that I must read because of all the hype! And it’s going to be a movie adapted by Reese Witherspoon?!! It’s time to grab my towel and this read ASAP.

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As you can tell, I’m a true contemporary reads girl during the summer! And no worries, I will most definitely be reading this summer. What books are on your summer TBR? Share in the comments!

T5W With a Twist: Books as Summer Events

My Top Five Wednesday Rewind post for today is intended to be about books that double as great event themes. I mean, who wouldn’t love a Warcross themed party—Mario Party and rainbow hair extensions for all!

The T5W group encourages us not to manipulate topics for the sake of potential future topics. However, as I was scrolling through archived topics for this month, Books as Events caught my attention and had me thinking in a different direction. If you guys have been following Fangirl Fury for a while, you’ll know that summer is my favorite season and I’m always on the hunt for summery contemporaries. Today, I’m going to be giving you book recommendations based on 5 summertime events.

Weddings- I’ve experienced plenty of weddings through YA, but I’m actually attending my first one this summer.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson- Yes, Save the Date has not come out yet (1 more week to go!), but I have no doubt that I’ll love Morgan Matson’s latest book about a girl and her family’s disastrous wedding weekend.

Once & For All by Sarah Dessen- Any Sarah Dessen book is the perfect read for summertime, but what better way to get ready for wedding season than reading a book about the daughter of a wedding planner??

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is one of my all-time favorites for a ton of reasons, but I just love the sweet and romancey vibes of this one. Not to mention that a wedding may or may not pop up in one of the latter installments.

Holiday Barbeques- Inspired by Memorial Day and Fourth of July here in the US, keep your reading life filled with fireworks, festivities, and fun

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith-Ellie’s sleepy beach town in Maine comes to life in the summer, especially on the Fourth of July. Not to mention the fact that Graham Larkin is in town filming a new movie, and the starlet only has eyes for Ellie.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli I remember that Molly’s town holds a celebration for Memorial Day or July 4th. Either way, The Upside of Unrequited has plenty of cute, swoony vibes *looks at Reid* and also features a summer wedding. Instead of a summer near the shore, Molly spends the summer working at a baby store with the shy, adorable Reid and looking up the best cookie recipes on Pinterest.

Bonfire & S’mores Nights– Summer nights are perfect for catching up with friends (or a new book, of course) or starting a summer romance.

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord- If you need a good excuse to sob your heart out, pick up The Names They Gave Us. The book follows Lucy’s summer as a camp counselor for kids with tough pasts, and Lucy herself is going through a tough time, with the reappearance of her mom’s cancer.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee- While Tash Hearts Tolstoy does delve into the romance department, there’s a huge emphasis on friendship, as Tash works on her web drama with her best friends. And it takes place in the summer before they head off to college!

Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins- I feel like I’m cheating a bit, since summer is directly mentioned in the title, but Summer Days and Summer Nights is the perfect read of the season, from late night movie shows to days spent in the arcade and more.

Sleepovers-Give me all the female protagonists and friendships with late night Gilmore Girls marathons and ice cream, please

All of This is True by Lydia Day Peñaflor- If you and your friends find yourselves alternating between Big Little Lies and Gossip Girl rewatches, this one is for you. All of This Is True is told through interviews and excerpts from Fatima Ro’s latest novel, as Lydia unravels what it’s really like to be best friends with your favorite author.

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhatehena- A Girl Like That features strong, female characters, and it’ll keep you and your friends up late into the night talking about it.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick- My Life Next Door was my favorite summery contemporary back in 2015, and it made me wish that I had the Garretts (including Jase) as neighbors.

Beach Days- While the perfect beach read doesn’t have to take place there, why not read in the near-same setting as your characters?

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han- This Jenny Han trilogy takes place at Cousins Beach, where it isn’t summer for Belly without Conrad and Jeremiah by her side.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson- Morgan Matson is another QUEEN of summer contemporary, okay? Another read that will leave your book filled with tears, the book follows Taylor and her family’s last summer at their lake house in the Poconos Mountains.

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman- Girl Out of Water takes readers FROM the sunny beaches of Santa Monica to Nebraska for the summer. Turns out that an amazing summer CAN happen away from the beach. Apologies from this shore girl.

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Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

Have you read any of the books above? Share in the comments!

 

The Way I Love This Book: The Way You Make Me Feel Review

Summary: Clara Shin’s summer plans include spending days by the community pool and getting into her usual antics with her prankster friends. But when one of Clara’s jokes goes too far, her dad forces her to work on his food truck, the KoBra, for the summer. Which means no jetting off to Tulum for two weeks in August to meet with her social media-influencer mom. Making matters worse, Clara will be joined by Rose Carver, her arch nemesis and fellow KoBra employee. But as summer goes on, what if working with Rose isn’t as bad as Clara imagined? And maybe the coffee boy named Hamlet is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually enjoys helping her dad with his business. Maybe Clara’s summer will be pretty great after all.

 Cover Lust?: Yes! I love how the ombre effect is present on both the cover and intro pages of the book. It also matches one of Clara’s descriptions of the LA night sky.

 My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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 My Thoughts:

After enjoying Maurene Goo’s I Believe in a Thing Called Love last summer, I highly anticipated her latest book, The Way You Make Me Feel. Why was I so excited for The Way You Make Me Feel?

IT’S A SUMMER CONTEMPORARY! Summer contemporaries are the BEST kind of contemporaries. Summer is my favorite season, and I always love following characters around during this season. The season calls often calls for adventure, romance, and plenty of time by the beach and pool.

In this case, we follow Clara’s summer working for her dad’s food truck, the KoBra, alongside her nemesis, Rose. We also see Clara and co. scoping out some of the best food LA has to offer, burning up at the community pool, shopping, spending the day at a waterpark, and more. The Way You Make Me Feel has a fantastically diverse cast, and I also loved how Maurene Goo showed off LA’s diverse culture. While I don’t have my dad’s credit card number memorized like Clara, I’m ready to book a ticket to California ASAP!

AND DID I MENTION ENOUGH YET THAT THERE’S A FOOD TRUCK (S)?? If you loved Ashley Poston’s Geekerella for its food truck, you’re going to love The Way You Make Me Feel because we spend quite some time seeing Clara and Rose train and ultimately run the truck on their own. Clara also spends a lot of time explaining her and her dad’s relationship with food, and it was fun to learn more about the LA food scene. Let me please grab my wig and disguise and go explore LA’s food trucks with Clara and Rose, please. But I can also appreciate how Clara enjoys a good Domino’s once in a while (GIRL HAS THE VIP APP ON HER PHONE).

Outside of its food and summer vibes, I think what makes The Way You Make Me Feel so enjoyable is its diverse, multigenerational and humorous cast. Like I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Clara and her dad have an A+ father-daughter relationship. Plus Clara’s dad made her some amazing breakfast and how can you not love him for calling Clara “Shorty”? While Clara finds that her mother does have a few more faults than she imagined, I liked how Clara doesn’t get into some massive fight with her, instead recognizing the strength of her relationship with her dad and the value of her relationship with her mom.

I loved Rose and Hamlet as Clara’s friends–does Maurene Goo have a Hamlet that I can have??? They were immensely supportive of Clara, and they each brought a lot of personality to the book. Where can I find grandparents that play video games like Hamlet’s?? And I loved the following conversation between Clara and Rose’s brother when her family comes to the truck for dinner:

 “ ‘Hey Jessie, what do you guys wanna order? This is usually Rose’s job but she seems to have turned into a robot momentarily.’

Jessie’s eyes widened. “Wait…no, not really, right?’

I shrugged. ‘I dunno, we’ll have to see if she reboots.’

‘Like when Grandma uses Windows.’ ” (107)

CAN I HAVE ROSE’S GRANDMA AND JESSIE TOO??

Overall, I LOVED The Way You Make Me Feel, easily becoming one of my favorite summer contemporaries and a favorite book of 2018. It’s such a feel good read that will have you craving summer and some food truck treats.

 Have you read The Way You Make Me Feel or I Believe in a Thing Called Love? Share in the comments!

WHERE’S MY NEW BOOKSHELF? : Most Anticipated Summer 2018 Releases

Summer calls for days spent by the pool and on the beach, catching on TV and movies, and of course, reading ALL the books. Especially some of the amazing new releases lined up for Summer 2018. The books below all come out from June through August, and I actually plan on reading all of them before summer’s end! And don’t mind me while I plan out my anticipated fall releases post– make sure you get some finger workouts in this season for all of that scrolling..

Save the Date by Morgan Matson (June 5)- Save the Date is hands-down my most anticipated release for this summer. I’ve grown to absolutely adore Morgan Matson’s books, and the fact that this book is about a wedding has me ready to read. This blogger LOVES Say Yes to the Dress and Four Weddings on TLC, and I’m loving this wedding books in June trend continue in 2018 (2017 gave us Sarah Dessen’s Once and For All). I’ve read Morgan Matson’s other books through the library, but I decided to preorder Save the Date because I know I’m going to love it and it has an awesome preorder campaign.

I’m also excited to say that I’m part of The Fantastic Flying Book Club’s blog tour for Save the Date. Look out for my review on June 8th and learn more about the tour here.

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood (June 5)- It’s not summer without summer contemporaries, and The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls sounds right up my alley. I haven’t read anything by Jessica Spotswood, but I’m looking forward to picking up this book about four sisters’ summer.

The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse (June 5)- The NOVL has released so many amazing books in 2018 and they have more to come, especially with The Summer of Us. The Summer of Us follows five friends’ adventure in Europe the summer before they head off to university.

Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi (June 19)- As you can probably tell from above, I’m all for contemporaries in the summer and Not the Girls You’re Looking For is sure to please. This one features feminism, female friendship, and Muslim main protagonist.

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas (August 7)– You all probably know by now that I will read anything by Sarah J. Maas, so you know that Catwoman: Soulstealer is definitely on my TBR. Even though I may or may not know much about Catwoman. I enjoyed Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman:Warbringer and Marie Lu’s Batman:Nightwalker in the DC Icon series, and I’ve found that you don’t have to know too much about the DC world to understand these books, especially since they tell the untold teenage years of our favorite superheroes.

The Winter of the Witch (Winternight #3) by Katherine Arden (August 14)– The Winter of the Witch is the third and final book in Katherine Arden’s Winternight trilogy. I loved The Bear and the Nightingale earlier this winter and will of course be reading The Girl in the Tower before getting to the final installment?

What books are you excited for this summer? Any of the above? Share in the comments! 

IF I WENT TO NEBRASKA: Girl Out of Water Review

Summary:Anise can’t wait to spend the summer before senior year in Santa Cruz with her surfboard and best friends constantly in tow. But when her aunt gets into a near-fatal car accident, Anise must relocate with her dad to Nebraska for the season to help care for her three younger cousins. With the ocean as her home and heart, Anise feels lost as ever in landlocked Nebraska. Especially since she’s staying in the childhood home of her runaway mom, who’s been in out and Anise’s life forever, and her friends seem to be having a great summer without her. Enter the charismatic, one-armed skateboarder, Lincoln, who challenges Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. And Anise isn’t one to step away from a challenge, even it means stepping further away from home.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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My Thoughts:

May is the official start of summer contemporary season for this reader. And I don’t know how I avoided picking up Laura Silverman’s Girl Out of Water last summer. Girl Out of Water would honestly be the title of a book following ME if you moved me from my hometown for the summer. I am very fortunate to live right on the coast, and I can’t ever wrap my mind NOT living near the water. What do people do all year in the summer then?? Lucky for me, Anise gave me a taste of what it’s like to move away from the ocean for the summer without having to do so myself.

While I don’t have Anise’s amazing surfboarding skills, or skateboarding skills, or balance skills really, I can definitely relate to her love for the ocean.

It was fun seeing Anise in her “natural habitat” in the beginning of the book, but we’re soon transported to Nebraska with Anise and her dad. While Anise isn’t exactly happy about leaving her friends and Santa Cruz for the summer, she isn’t a brat about the situation, knowing that her family needs her. And as much as I love a good beach read about the beach, it was really refreshing to read a summer contemporary that didn’t take place at the beach/pool/lake/ANYWHERE WITH WATER, REALLY. Although a certain duo do find a lake with a nice rope swing in this one…

I genuinely enjoyed Anise as our main protagonist. She cares so much for her friends and family, and the girl can eat!! I know that seems like such a random thing to like an MC for, but I can so relate to Anise’s food cravings, especially after sports practice and working out. Even though I admit that I’m a bit intimidated by a bowl of Cap’n Crunch, Lucky Charms, and Cocoa Puffs. And like I said above, Anise doesn’t mind being with her cousins for the summer, especially when a certain skateboarder by the name of Lincoln comes along. It was fun seeing Anise join in on her cousins’ skateboarding obsession. It also felt really unique, since, correct me if I’m wrong, skateboarding seems to have become a little less popular these days. Also, give me all the female characters who can surf and/or skateboard please! Just don’t make me join in. I have horrible memories of tearing up my feet and knees trying to board at a family barbecue. Shoes probably would have helped though.. and balance…

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I enjoyed Lincoln as Anise’s friend and yes, love interest. Laura Silverman provides great representation and never limits what Lincoln can do. After all, he is the best skateboarder in the book. I think Anise wouldn’t argue with that one, but surfboarding on the other hand… He really helps Anise break out of her Santa Cruz shell , and he shows her “the beauty” within life in Nebraska. Honestly, Lincoln showed me that Nebraska isn’t just a bunch of cornfields and grass. It was also fun to see him and his brother help Anise and her cousins and break Anise out of her homesickness.

While I understand Anise’s guilt about not constantly staying in touch with her friends back home, her friends needed to give her a break, especially at the end! If you spent every day constantly taking care of three kids and finally got time to yourself, you wouldn’t be exactly be in the mood to talk when given some kids-free time either (take it from a fellow ocean girl with plenty of babysitting experience). All you want to do is kick back up with a good book, and for Anise, it’s The Office and cheesy mystery novels.

Overall, I loved Girl Out of Water for its unique summery contemporary vibes. There’s family, friendship, romance, self-discovery, and plenty of beach time and skateboarding for all.

Have you read Girl Out of Water? Do you enjoy summer contemporaries? Share in the comments!

Top Five Wednesday:Authors I Need More From

I almost always end my book reviews saying that I’m looking forward to more books from that specific author. Well, today is the perfect opportunity for me to keep wishing and hoping!

Today’s Top Five Wednesday Rewind post from April 2017 is all about authors who I’m craving to add to my TBR. These authors have not necessarily announced that they are coming out with new books soon, but this reader can only hope they do!

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Francesca Zappia- I think it’s say to safe that I need another Francesca Zappia book in my life *turns back to 80+ book TBR*. Eliza and Her Monsters was one of my favorite books of 2017- ANYONE WHO GIVES ME FANGIRL FEELS BECOMES A FAVORITE WRITER OF MINE- and I really enjoyed Made You Up last summer.

Sarah Dessen- Yes, Sarah Dessen has plenty of books out, but the contemporary reader that I am has obviously read all of the Queen of YA Contemporary’s books already. Since Sarah doesn’t have a new book coming out this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if she has something up her sleeve for 2019.

Ruta Sepetys- Okay, so I know Ruta Sepetys does have a book in-progress (I believe it has something to do with 1930s Spain) and has been working on the adaptation of Between Shades of Gray, Ashes in the Snow. She also does a ton of appearances, and she’s such an amazing speaker along with being an amazing writer. I would love a new book from my favorite historical fiction author soon.

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Emery Lord- Again, I’m cheating but I went on a bit of an Emery Lord kick last summer and I am craving a new book from one of my favorite contemporary authors. Sidenote that if you’re craving a summery contemporary, The Names They Gave Us is the perfect way to go (just grab some tissues with your beach towel). The Map From Here to There, the sequel to The Start of Me and You, is slated to come out next year, and I am so excited to reunite with one of my fictional boyfriends, Max Watson. However, I do still have one more book of her’s to read, Open Road Summer.

Becky Albertalli- Yes, I know that Becky does have another book coming out this year, What If It’s Us with Adam Silvera. However, after reading Leah On the Offbeat, I would love another book in the Simonverse from her! You guys know that I love college YA, and now that most of our Simon characters are in college, I think it’d be fun to follow one of their adventures there. Or maybe a school break where the gang is all back together?? It’d also be really cool if she maybe wrote from the perspective of a character from The Upside of Unrequited (I need more Reid in my life).

Who are some authors that you would love to get a new book from? Share in the comments!

Book Con Survival Guide for the Best Weekend

If you’ve been around Fangirl Fury for a while, you know that I can work Book Con into any bookish conversation. The land of all the books, Book Con is an annual book convention held in New York City at the Javits Center- sorry for my Midwest readers, but this fangirl never wants the convention to move back to Chicago, please. I attended Book Con in 2015 and 2017, so 2018 will be my third time attending the convention, but only my second time going for both Saturday and Sunday.

Since I consider Book Con to be one of the best weekends of the year, I want to help you make Book Con your favorite weekend too! Even if you’re not attending Book Con, these tips can also be applied to other conventions and bookish events!

 

Plan ahead and stay organized- The Book Con schedule is typically available on its website and app a month before and is updated leading up to and during the convention. In general, the schedule includes autographing sessions (both in the autographing area and in-booth), panels, meet-and-greets, and new for 2018, writing workshops.

I highly recommend planning out what events you’d like to attend BEFORE going to Book Con. It may not include every thing you’ll want to do over the weekend (the Publishers Weekly guide available the morning of each day usually includes book-drops and events that aren’t in the online schedule), but I HIGHLY recommend having back-ups in case a line gets capped for an event.

You can use My Show through thebookcon.com and the Book Con app to keep track of both the convention schedule and your personal schedule on your devices. I also recommend creating a printed version of your schedule. I know a lot of people use Excel to create their schedule, and last year, I used Word for mine. I kept track of the events I knew I was definitely attending (the autographing sessions in the autographing area) and in-booth events that I wanted to attend. I brought three copies to the convention, two for me and one for my mom, my Book Con buddy. I also recommend bringing a pen so you can check off or add events.

Wear comfy shoes and clothes– By all means feel free to dress up to meet your favorite authors or even cosplay- there were so many awesome Six of Crows cosplays last year! But whatever you choose to wear, make sure it’s something that you’ll feel comfortable wearing and walking around in ALL DAY. For me, sneakers are definitely a must—Book Con requires A LOT of walking and A LOT of standing (although you’ll be able to sit in some lines). Last year, I wore sneakers, capris, and a t-shirt each day-there’s no better time to show off your Harry Potter and Hamilton gear. I also make sure to have extra hair-ties in my bag.

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Bring a tote bag or backpack- Speaking of bags, make sure you bring at least one tote bag (think beach bag size) or backpack with you. Publishers do an awesome job of handing out tote bags, but you’ll want to make sure that you have something to put all your books and bookish swag in! And in my experience, I’ve needed at least 2 bags by the end of each day to hold all my stuff! Book Con does provide a Coat Check/bag area, but I’ve personally never used this service. I bring a backpack to the convention, with a tote bag stored inside. Going back to dress attire, it’s also important to remember that you will be carrying stuff all day when planning your outfit.

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This was my Saturday 2017 haul!

If possible, have a Book Con buddy– I know this isn’t possible for everyone, but going to Book Con with a friend or meeting with someone at the convention can make the convention a bit more stress-free. I’ve attended Book Con every year with my mom, who’s also my ultimate reading buddy. We make a mother-daughter weekend out of it, and it’s fun getting to travel and wait in line before/during the show together. While my mom does attend events for herself and my bookish sister, she’ll also go to book-drops for me if I’m at another event.

Bring snacks and drinks– When you’re carrying books around all day, you’re going to need some food! In my trusty backpack, I pack snacks and drinks, like water bottles, granola bars, and fruit. I typically snack in line before the show floor opens and in line for signings.

Don’t be afraid to make some time in your schedule for lunch. While you can totally pack your lunch too, my mom and I grab food from the Javits Center if we decide to break for lunch that day. We took a half hour for lunch on Saturday last year, since we stayed at the convention until 5, but we skipped on lunch on Sunday, since we planned and did leave before 3. And yes, lunch at the Javits can be a bit pricey (I think it was $30 for my mom and I to eat), but you can never go wrong with chicken fingers.

Bring cash– While the Book Con/ReedPOP, the Strand (they provide books available for purchase at most autographing sessions), and the cafeteria definitely take credit, some booths may only take cash. ­­You don’t necessarily need to spend money at the convention, but in the past, I’ve spent money on autographing sessions that require a book purchase, lunch, Book Con merch, and at other booths.

Make sure to give yourself some time to explore the show floor, including its many vendors! The Strand typically has a big booth set up with their own merch, and this year I’m on the hunt for some new book sleeves and bookish candles.

Take the dust jackets off your books– If you’re bringing books from home to be signed and they’re hardcovers, leave the dust jackets at home! Obviously book sleeves can avoid damage to jackets, but give yourself a bit more peace of mind by avoiding wear-n-tear in your bags.

It’s not necessary to arrive at the crack of dawn– While the show floor does not open until 10AM each day, I believe the Javits Center opens for lining up between 6 AM or 7 AM. By all means you are welcome to arrive at Book Con as early as you want and yes the earlier you get there, the sooner you’ll get on the show floor at that 10AM start. If there’s an event at 10 AM that your bookish self MUST attend or really want to attend, it’d be a bit more advantageous of you to get in line sooner rather than later. But you don’t need to be one of the first in line at Book Con to have a good time. I typically get to the convention around 8:30 AM and I’m usually on the show floor by 10:10.

And for those of you who want to attend events at 10 AM before they’re capped, it is possible to attend them without being first in line. For example, in 2015, Rainbow Rowell had a Q&A and signing event scheduled later in the day, but in order to attend the event, you had to buy a copy of Fangirl from Macmillan starting at 10 AM. While I was not the first in line for getting on the show floor and even at Macmillan (I probably didn’t get on the show floor and figure out where I was until at least 10:15), I was still able to get a ticket.

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Have fun– I know it sounds cheesey, but have fun being your best bookish self at the convention dedicated to books! I admit that it’s easy to get stressed out over fear of not getting to attend certain panels or signings but just remember to breathe and stay optimistic! And it’s okay if everything doesn’t go to plan; I promise you’ll come home with some great books and a great experience no matter what. Remember to keep a smile on your face and be nice to others. I myself have stressed about getting certain books or ARCS. While it may be disappointing to walk away from the convention without your most coveted ARC, remember that you’ll be able to have a nice, shiny, finished copy soon!

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I’m very excited to announce that I will be also attending Book Expo for the first time ever this year! It’s honestly been one of my bookish dreams to attend Book Expo, and I cannot wait for these four bookish days!!

If you want more of an idea how much you can do in a day at Book Con, check out these posts about my Saturday and Sunday at the convention.

Are you attending Book Con this year? What are some of your convention tips? Share in the comments!