Book Expo & Book Con: What You Need to Know Guide

The time has come for one of my most highly requested posts here on Fangirl Fury: my Book Expo & Book Con Guidebook. I considered creating this post right after I attended Book Expo and Book Con 2018, but I decided to wait until closer to ticket dates. Book Con tickets will be going on sale this Monday, November 19th.

Before jumping into everything you need to know, I am here to say that I am not the absolute expert of the best bookish weekend-I’ll even say below when I am not 100% sure of something. While I’ve attended Book Con three times (2015, 2017 & 2018), I’ve only attend Book Expo once (2018) and there are plenty of other bloggers/vloggers who have attended the latter convention more than me. However, using my own knowledge and some tips I’ve picked up from others’ content, I am here to present what I think you need to know to have the best possible Book Expo and Book Con for years to come! 


Book Expo

What is it? :Book Expo is the largest North American annual book trade fair, featuring the latest content and titles in the publishing industry.

When & where is it? May 29-31, 2019, Javits Center, New York City

What is there to do at Book Expo? Panels, signings, book drops, bookish retailers

How do I get tickets? There are a variety of different ticket options for Book Expo, including but not limited to: librarians, educators, booksellers, authors, media, and of course, bloggers. Ticket prices vary depending on which category (the Blogger 3-day badge cost $250 in 2018) and are typically purchased online. Onsite tickets are only available to certain types of attendees and often for a higher price. Speaking of registration, almost all who wish to attend Book Expo must complete an online registration in order to be approved to attend Book Expo. I admit that I do not have much insight on who and who doesn’t get approved for tickets, but from my understanding, Book Expo does accept bloggers from a variety of follower counts.Registration is not yet open for 2019.

Are there any special protocols for signings/book drops? For the most part, Book Expo is like almost any convention, where you have to line up early for some book drops and signings or have to pick up a free ticket beforehand from the publisher. OR there will be no line and no ticket process and at the designated time, you’ll already be on your way with your wished-for book! Publishers will typically post their entire schedule for Book Expo, including book/ARC drops, signings, and panels, online about 2-3 weeks before the convention. However, some author signings are ticketed. Examples from 2018 included samplers for Leigh Bardugo’s King of Scars and Ransom Riggs’ Map of Days as well as other really popular authors and titles. These tickets are handed out from Book Expo themselves before the official start time of 9 AM. While I did not try to get these tickets last year, you have to get to the Javits Center early to try and pick one up.

Book Expo also offers two special passes when buying your Book Expo tickets: Reader Pass and Avid Reader Pass. In short, with the purchase of these passes, you can pick up to a select of official author signings (typically held in the Book Expo autographing area instead of publishers’ booths) that you can skip the line for. These tickets tend to sell out right when Book Expo tickets go on sale. While I am recognizing that these ticket holders do have the right to skip the line, it can just be frustrating for non-pass holders who may or may not get a signing with the author they’ve been waiting for because of pass holders. For example, Laini Taylor’s Muse of Nightmares was easily one of the most wanted ARCs of the convention and there was only one official MoN signing. The line started over 2 hours beforehand and over one hundred people had to be line. Come the signing’s start time, at least 40 people with avid reader passes came to the front. While my spot near the front “guaranteed” me a book, I felt bad for those who weren’t able to get a copy.


What should I wear? I recommend wearing clothes and SHOES that you feel comfy in and won’t mind standing up in for long periods of time. Since Book Expo is an industry event, I try to save my fandom shirts for Book Con and wear outfits I’d wear to class or to a nice family dinner. Backpack and multiple totes (which are almost always given out at various booths) highly recommended.

What are some benefits to attending Book Expo?


-Meeting fellow bloggers and bookish people

-Tons of free books and advance reader copies

-Much calmer atmosphere than Book Con

-Meeting authors and publishing teams


-Crazy crowds over limited or highly wanted books (ex: The Wicked King at Book Expo 2018).

-Higher ticket prices than Book Con


Book Con

What is it? Book Con is a fan convention that combines books and pop culture.

When & where is it? June 1 & 2, 2019, Javits Center, New York City

What is there to do at Book Con? Panels, signings, book drops, writing workshops, shopping at bookish retailers

How do I get tickets? Book Con tickets are available online starting on November 19,2018. Tickets are typically also available to buy on-site. There is no approval process. The types of tickets include individual tickets for Saturday and Sunday, weekend passes, and VIP passes. VIP passes are more expensive than the other passes and tend to sell out right when Book Con tickets go on sale. VIP tickets include getting to go on the showfloor first, first pick of Autographing Area tickets online (more on that below), and typically some extra swag and books. I’ve never purchased VIP passes myself and feel it hasn’t significantly affected my experiences.


Are there any special protocols for autographing/signings? In-booth signings tend to vary. Some in-booth signings require that you pick up some sort of ticket prior to the signing- either at the start of the day or a certain amount of time before the signing. Some booths will also require you to buy the book in order to get it signed. Other in-booth signings do not require a ticket, however, you’ll typically have to get in line anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour before the signing. Book Con’s audience is double to triple the size of Book Expo, so any free book signings or ARC drops tend to get competitive and cramped. Booths either prefer people to line up beforehand or will not start any sort of lining up before the designated time.

Book Con has its own Autographing Area. The signings in the Autographing Area require additional FREE tickets that are usually posted online 2-3 weeks before Book Con. You are required to have purchased a Book Con ticket in order to access these tickets online. In 2018, VIP pass holders were able to access these tickets online before people with “general” tickets. Popular authors tend to go quickly once this tickets are posted online. Only 2 autographing are allowed per ticket per day. Tickets that don’t fill up online are usually available on-site in the Autographing Area. Most signings in the Autographing Area require you to buy the author’s book in the signing line. Find more on the Autographing Area ticketing here.

What should I wear? Like Book Expo, I recommend wearing clothes and shoes that you’ll feel comfortable walking around and STANDING in all day- because of the crowds, there’s typically not a ton of space to sit in line. I usually go for a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Backpack and multiple totes (which are almost always given out at various booths) highly recommended.


What are the benefits of attending Book Con?

-Meeting authors and attending their panels and signings

-Meeting fellow bookish people

-Tons of free swag

-Free books & advance reader copies



-Bigger crowds and overall crazy atmosphere

-Competition & crowds over advance reader copies (ex: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik ticket drop at Book Con 2018)

-Being required to purchase book(s) for Autographing Area


Have you attended Book Expo and Book Con? Any tips? Share in the comments!

IT WAS EPIC: My Experience at Epic Reads Day

On Friday, I attended a pretty epic (the epic jokes will should stop eventually) book event, the first ever Epic Reads Day. Epic Reads, HarperCollin’s YA community, opened up their offices for us readers for a day filled with panels, authors, and books. As I’m sure you’ll discover as I continue, I’m so thankful I got to attend this event, especially since it sold out not even a day after I bought my ticket.

Rimg_6091.jpgegistration started at 10 AM, where you were welcomed with your very own *book shimmy* t-shirt and you could sign up to participate in one of Epic Read’s video. After, you were directed into their conference room, where most of the day’s events would take place, with a bag filled with books and bookish goodies at your seat. The books inside the bag (or at least mine) were: Seawitch by Sarah Henning (a finished copy which didn’t even come out yet), American Street and Pride (ARC) by Ibi Zoboi Three Dark Crowns and Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake, The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, and AN ARC OF BECKY AND ADAM’S WHAT IF IT’S US! I didn’t manage to get What If It’s Us at Book Expo and Book Con, so I thanked all the book shimmy gods once I saw it in my bag. The bag also included an Epic Reads pop socket, book nerd question cards, and pins for Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give and On the Come Up.



The day kicked off with a welcome session from Team Epic Reads. They talked about some of their most anticipated releases, including one of my own, When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen. The Luxe and the Bright Young Things series were some of my first YA books and I loved them so much, so you better believe I am more than ready for When We Caught Fire. After some bookish questions from the audience (I said that Second Chance Summer was an ugly-cry worthy read) , the first author discussion began between Ibi Zoboi and her editor, Alessandra Balzer. While I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice, I am so excited to jump into Pride, and it was fun hearing Ibi talk about her writing process and the book itself. We then moved on to lunch, but before I ate, I participated in an Epic Reads video. I chose to do a book talk, where I was asked to talk about my favorite book and why I love reading YA. While waiting to film, Jane, the Team Epic Reads member who talked about When We Caught Fire, showed me a copy of The Luxe with its new cover design. I’ll give you some insider info and say that I talked about To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in my video. Did anyone really expect anything else?


After lunch, two members of Team Epic Reads who work in the design department walked us through their cover-making process. We got a behind-the-scenes look of the covers of Pride and Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’. It was cool to see how much 3D-design work went into Pride and how MANY (amazing) cover designs there were for Dumplin’. We then moved on to our next author discussion with Kendare Blake and BookTuber Emma Giordano. All three authors discussions were filled with laughter, but Kendare Blake is easily one of the most funny, sassy authors I’ve ever met. She often referred to her morbid sense of things, but it was so funny to hear the stories behind her research and honestly daily happenings! One of my best bookish friends IRL has begged me to read Three Dark Crowns and after hearing Kendare speak, I need to immediately! During the Q&A, I asked her about her favorite YA fantasies, which included The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke and Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer. Emma and Kendare then moved on to a game of Rip It or Ship It.


Rip It or Ship it was followed by a quick break featuring Dō cookie dough and a panel from Team Epic Reads about their experiences in publishing. It was really awesome to hear how they each got their start, and they gave out great advice about how to get into the publishing industry. Their panel then led to the last author discussion of the day featuring Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. Like Kendare Blake, Becky and Adam’s discussion was filled with humor and it was really fun to hear about their process of writing a book together. Everyone was cracking up throughout, from Becky talking about stepping on Nick Robinson’s toe when she first met him to Adam saying that Becky has written 3.5 books during their BFF Challenge.


The day ended with a signing from all four authors, and after the signing, it was time to book shimmy home. Overall, Epic Reads Day was such a great day and it was one of the smoothest book events I’ve ever attended. I hope Epic Reads continues to hold this event.

Did you attend Epic Reads Day? What are some of your favorite Epic Reads books? Share in the comments!

My Sunday at Book Con 2018

The last day of my most bookish weekend of the year, Sunday marked the last day of Book Con 2018. It honestly felt so odd thinking that this would be last day of commuting to the Javits Center, since I had attended Book Con on Saturday and Book Expo on Thursday & Friday. My mom, the best Book Con buddy, and I arrived at the Javits Center around 8:45. This gave us plenty of time to read through the PW Daily and strategize for my goal to get Victoria Schwab’s City of Ghosts.

Like Saturday, the show floor opened a few minutes before 10 AM, and this gave me some extra time to get to Scholastic’s I Read YA event. I was among the first twenty people in line, which “guaranteed” me getting to meet Victoria Schwab, Scott Westerfeld, and Kody Keplinger and get signed copies of their upcoming books. While waiting, Rainbow Rowell posted a small announcement on Instagram and Twitter that CARRY ON IS GETTING A SEQUEL CALLED WAYWARD SONS IN 2020. I cannot tell you how nice it was to fangirl over Wayward Sons with the girl next to me in line, who was also a huge Rainbow Rowell fan.


At the I Read YA event, I was able to meet the above authors, and I was especially excited to meet Victoria Schwab and Kody Keplinger. I showed Victoria my friend’s “Anoshe” tattoo and how we basically became BFFs over our love for her books. It was also cool to meet Kody, since The Duff was one of the first YA books that I ever read. I also picked up a Harry Potter 20th Anniversary tote bag and pin with some other bookish pins. Unfortunately due to the speed of the signing, I was unable to get photos while meeting the authors, but I was able to get the following picture taken in front of I Read YA’s awesome rainbow shelves. I later shared it on Twitter, where I Read YA retweeted it and Victoria Schwab liked my tweet!!

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As I was finishing up at I Read YA, my mom was again a super amazing soul by braving her first and only stampede of the convention for Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver. I’ve heard from a few people that this was one of the worst mobs of the convention when Penguin was handing out tickets, so I owe my mom a book or two. It was really cool meeting Naomi Novik, who’s a fantasy icon in my opinion, and she wrote Book Con 2018 under her signature- perfect for bookish memories.


After Naomi Novik, I went to the Autographing Area for A.C. Gaughen, who signed my copies of Reign the Earth and Imprison the Sky. She was so awesome to meet, asking what color pen I preferred her signature to be in (I went with blue!) and we talked about my blog and Broadway shows! She loved my blog name, which SHE LATER SAID WAS THE BEST BLOG NAME EVER IN HER INSTAGRAM STORY!?! CAN I JUST LIVE AT BOOK CON FOR ALL OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA LOVE PLEASE???


After A.C. Gaughen, I went in line for Marie Lu’s signing in the autographing area. I had tickets for both of these signings, but I knew and was correct that people were lining up for Marie an hour before. I had her sign my copies of Batman: Nightwalker and Champion and my ARC of Wildcard, which I kept hidden in my Book Beau until I got to the signing table. The two people behind me in line kept talking about how they would sell their souls for Wildcard, so my grip on my Book Beau may or may not have increased with each minute in line. The best part of the signing?? MARIE LU REMEMBERED WHO I WAS!! I brought up her giving me a Warcross ARC in her line last year, and she was so happy that I already had my hands on Wildcard.

My mom and I met up after the signing, and we decided to wander the showfloor one last time. I picked up a Scythe poster and a Riveted Teen tote bag, and we both went to Owlcrate for one last spinwheel giveaway, where we won a fountain pen and Anna and the French Kiss-inspired tea. I also took some photos in front of Bloomsbury’s Kingdom of Ash poster, and after getting my Throne of Glass fill, we decided to end our Book Con 2018 adventure. After grabbing a late lunch at one our favorite diners, Book Con was over. I am beyond appreciative of my experiences at Book Expo and Book Con, from getting my hands on my most anticipated books to meeting some amazing authors and bookish friends.


If you want to know more about the most bookish days of the year, check out my experience posts for my Thursday and Friday at Book Expo and my Saturday experience at Book Con. I also posted my combined Book Expo and Book Con haul here.

 Did you attend Book Expo or Book Con? If you could choose one book to have signed, what book would it be? Share in the comments!

TBB Asks: Summer Lovin’

As many of you know, summer is my favorite season (and not just for getting to sit by the pool with a good book). I’ve been wanting to do a more lifestyle-type posts lately, and what better way to do so by  participating in The Blended Blog’s June link-up, Summer Lovin’!

Walk or Bike Ride?

Walk. I either like waking up early and getting a nice walk or run in before work or a beach day, or taking a walk later at night with my friends and family.

Favorite Picnic Food?


Pool or Lake?

I’ve actually never been swimming in a lake (I grew up surrounded by the ocean and pools), so pool it is!

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

Strawberry. In a waffle cone, please!


Flip Flips or Slides?

Flip flops!

Jean Shorts or Jean Carpis?

I always have trouble finding jean shorts that I’m comfortable in (I’ma much bigger fan of Under Armor shorts in the summer), but I love wearing jean carpis to dinner with friends or on casual dress days.

Favorite Summer Fruit?

Pineapple! I’ve been on a bit of a pineapple-addiction lately, it’s one of my new favorite breakfast foods and dessert.

Corn on the Cob or Cutt of the Cob?

Despite the amount of floss I need after, corn on the cob always wins.

Favorite summertime song?

“Rollercoaster” by Luke Bryan

Bikini’s, tankini’s, or one pieces?

I definitely go for bikinis first, but I have a Nike one-piece that I also love wearing.

Dresses or skirts?

Dresses! I just picked up this dream summer dress from Old Navy:


One word to describe summer?

Sunshine! While summer can have its fair share of stormy days, I love being outside during the summer, from laying out by the beach to hanging out in the pool with a good book.



What’s your favorite summer activity, other than reading, of course? Share in the comments!


My Saturday at Book Con 2018

My favorite weekend of the year has already passed us by, Book Con 2018. The land of all things bookish, Book Con 2018 was my third year of attending the convention, with my mom of course being my convention buddy. I obviously love this weekend because I get to meet my favorite authors and pick up some books, but also because I get to spend it with my mom.

I admit that I went into Book Con a bit more casual than I usually do- don’t worry, I still brought spreadsheets for both of us- largely because of Book Expo, where I was able to pick up 25 books within those two days. Additionally, as I was planning my Book Con schedule over the two weeks prior to the convention, I was a bit dismayed at a few publishers’ schedules. I picked up so many of my most anticipated books last year, but I found that many publishers did less ARC signings and giveaways this year, or at least publicized them less on social media. I think this largely has to do with the madness over some books in 2017 (the line for Warcross took up the main aisle of the show floor, while Wonder Woman: Warbringer drew a stampede), and unfortunately, the ILLEGAL selling of ARCs online.


However, I did have a few events that I wanted to get to on Saturday. My mom and I arrived at the Javits Center around 8:45, and on both days, everyone was allowed access to the show floor before 10. In my opinion, this was a good idea so people who wanted to attend events at 10 and 10:30 had some extra time to line up. I first stopped at Scholastic to grab a finished copy of Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West (I finally have no excuse to read my first Kasie West book!), and then went to Hachette for the 10:30 signing of Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. While in line, a girl in front of me kindly gave me her extra copy of Rule by Ellen Goodlett! It was cool meeting Natasha Ngan, who told me this was her first Book Con and her first time in New York City. While meeting her, my mom went to Kevin Kwan’s signing of Crazy Rich Asians. It was a fun experience for mom, who laughed at loud while reading this trilogy, and she got the book personalized to me.

After Natasha Ngan’s signing, I went to Epic Reads for their 12 PM ARC drop. I knew I had to get there at least an hour advance, since everyone at both Book Expo and Book Con had their hearts set on Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera’s What If It’s Us. Epic Reads gave out tickets for the event at 11, which caused a mini stampede and a lot of angry people who had been waiting in line, but I was able to score a ticket. I stayed at Epic Reads until the drop, where I met two awesome people in line, Maddie and Lincy. Maddie was super sweet (she posted a fun Book Con vlog), and I gave her my Morgan Matson signing ticket, since I already had a review copy of Save the Date and wasn’t planning on staying at Book Con until 5. Lincy was also awesome, and she’s the co-founder of a new bookish app called Book Sloth! She gave me a Book Sloth sticker, which has already found a home on my laptop case.

At the Epic Reads event, they were dropping 4 ARCs and you had to play Plinko Ball to decide what ARC you received. The ARCs included Pride by Ibi Zoiboi, Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand, For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig, and What If It’s Us. I won Sawkill Girls, which I’m really happy about due to the amount of hype surround Claire’s Furyborn. During this drop, my mom was again super awesome by going to Harlequin Teen and getting me a finished copy of Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody.


I then wandered the showfloor for a bit, and I picked up some swag, including a Penguin Teen t-shirt for being an email subscriber and a Renegades by Marissa Meyer poster. My mom also picked up an Alex and Eliza pin for me, which is easily one of my favorite things from Book Con this year! I really didn’t have anything else planned for the day and some of the giveaways, especially at Epic Reads, Fierce Reads and Penguin, seemed too crazy to me. Meeting up with my mom, we decided to end our day a bit early around 1 and rest up for a longer day on Sunday.


Did you attend Book Con? What’s one book you’re looking forward to in 2018 or 2019? Share in the comments!

My Friday at Book Expo 2018

Now that it’s summer, I spend most Friday mornings waking up around nine o’clock, a book or two within reach. Last Friday, however, was a bit different, as I was making my way into the Javits Center for the last day of my first Book Expo. I considered making my first stop of the day at Little Brown for an ARC drop of Dear Evan Hansen, but I figured since I wasn’t one of the first on the show floor, I wouldn’t be able to grab a copy. Instead, I went to Scholastic, where I was able to pick up their 20th Anniversary Harry Potter tote bag.  I did make my way to Little Brown to witness the mob pit for Dear Evan Hansen, where I decided that I liked my arms and legs enough to just wait for the book to come out in October. But never fear, because my first stampede of the day wasn’t too far away…

I ended up staying at Little Brown, where I met up with Mikayla from The Book Insturments and lined up for a swag giveaway for Laini Taylor’s Muse of Nightmares and Holly Black’s The Wicked King. There was a lot of confusion over if the books were being dropped there, and a few of Hachette employees had to clear up that this was not a book drop. Luckily for Mikalya, a few other bloggers, and I, one of Hachette’s employees revealed that yes, none of the books were available then, but there was going to be a secret password giveaway for The Wicked King around 10 AM. We decided to linger around the booth to see if he held correct, and while we waited, I picked up People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins.

And sure enough at 10 AM, the NOVL revealed the password to receive The Wicked King. Over 100 people stormed the booth, pushing in full force (at one point, I think I grabbed on to someone’s backpack just so I could stay upright), and after being told to form a single line, I ended getting a copy of the book that remained hidden in my bag for the rest of the day.

After The Wicked King madness, I made a few smaller stops before my longer waits of the day. I went to Fierce Reads and picked up Unclaimable Baggage by Jen Doll, Owlcrate, where I won Anna and the French Kiss-inspired tea, and Bloomsbury, where I received The Girl King by Mimi Yu. I then went to Adele Griffin’s signing for Tell Me No Lies, and after I took a break to grab lunch.


I ended up bringing my lunch (I highly recommend trying the make-your-own salad station) to the Autographing Area, where I got in line for Tahereh Mafi’s A Very Large Expanse of Sea. Tahereh’s signing wasn’t until 1:30, but the line starting forming around 12. While waiting for over an hour and half for a book may sound like a while, I read Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi and hung out with Cait from caitsbooks. Cait had her dog, Laia, there, who quickly became the unofficial mascot of Book Expo. Soon later, I met Tahereh Mafi, and while I’ve never had a bad author experience, Tahereh is easily one of the sweetest authors I’ve ever met. I told her that one of my friends was a huge fan of her books and she told me to tell them that she said hi. I’m so excited to read her first contemporary and semi-autobiographical novel!


After Tahereh, I joined my longest wait of Book Expo for Laini Taylor’s Muse of Nightmares. Yes, I have yet to read Strange the Dreamer, but it’s one of my best friend’s favorite books and based on everyone’s feedback, I know I’m going to love it. After missing a surprise drop for it and knowing that it wouldn’t be available at Book Con, I figured the wait was worth it. While waiting, I again met up with Cait and we took turns leaving the line while holding our spots to run to the show floor. During my bathroom break, I grabbed Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen and Grace & Fury by Tracy Ganghart.

After waiting in line for two hours, Laini’s signing started at 4, but I didn’t get to meet her until about 4:30. Right when Book Expo tickets became available, people were given the opportunity to buy an Avid Reader Pass. Imagine a Disney Fast Pass, but for Book Expo. This pass allowed people to pick one signing where they could jump to the front of the line, and since there weren’t a ton of opportunities to get Muse of Nightmares, at least thirty people saved their pass for Laini’s signing. If Book Expo is still going to offer the Avid Reader Pass, one of my suggestions for the future is that people with Avid Reader {asses need to be at the signing at least fifteen minutes early. It was a bit frustrating to see person after person just casually come up to the front of the line, even twenty minutes after the signing had already started. While my spot in line (I was the tenth, not including avid reader people) “guaranteed” me a book, I felt bad for the people near the end of the line, who had to be told that there may not be enough copies available for them after generally waiting for so long.


The wait was worth it because Laini was just so sweet! I told her that Strange the Dreamer was my friend’s all-time favorite book and that my copy of Muse of Nightmares would have a special place in our dorm next year. Before heading out for the day, I made a final stop at Book Beau, where I picked up my first sleeve from Book Beau. I opted for the XL size so it could hold any of my books, and I was immediately impressed by its quality the minute I picked it up! I chose Bon Voyage since it screamed summer.


I had the best time attending Book Expo this year, and I am grateful for the 25 books that I hauled home over the two days!

My full haul for Book Expo and Book Con can be found here, while you can read about my Thursday experience at Book Expo here.

Did you attend Book Expo? If you could meet one author, who would it be? Share in the comments!

My Thursday at Book Expo 2018

I, Haley of Fangirl Fury, fiercely loyal Hufflepuff, Pawnee Ranger, honorary member of the Terrasen Army, reader, blogger, and lover of ‘90s movies, am now officially a Book Expo slayer. In other words, 2018 marks the first year that I have ever attended Book Expo. Thanks to Booktube and many of your lovely blogs, Book Expo has always been my #1 bookish dream and I was beyond fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend the convention this year. Today, I’ll be walking you through my first day at Book Expo, and my experience posts for Friday and Book Con will be coming to a Fangirl Fury near you soon. You can see my full haul from all four days here.

Held at the Javits Centers in New York City, I made my way into the convention’s Crystal Palace (aka main lobby) around 9:30. My first stop was at the Fierce Reads booth for a sampler of Leigh Bardugo’s King of Scars. I’m usually not one for samplers, but like the Language of Thorns sampler, King of Scars was too beautiful to pass up!king-of-scars.jpg

My first stop on the show floor was at the Owlcrate booth, where I realized one of the differences between Book Expo and Book Con. At Book Con, the line for Owlcrate’s spin wheel giveaways can wrap through multiple passageways and often includes anywhere from a fifteen minute to an hour wait. When I got to Owlcrate at Book Expo, there were maybe 5 PEOPLE ahead of me in line for the spin wheel give away. I won a finished copy of Becky Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited, which I’m super excited to have because it’s my favorite Albertalli book and I had borrowed it from the library. After, I went back to Fierce Reads for a giveaway and received an ARC of Check, Please by Ngozi Ukazu.

Soon after I left Fierce Reads, Simon & Schuster announced on their Twitter that they would be doing an ARC drop of Neal and Jarrod Shusterman’s Dry at 11. Dry was one of my wanted books of the convention, and I had planned on hopefully going to a signing for it later in the day. Instead, I went to their booth around 10:45 to see if there was a line for the drop AND I ENDED UP BEING HANDED AN ARC RIGHT THEN AND THERE!

11:30 brought a signing for Isabelle Laflèche’s Bonjour Girl. I was the first person in line and while waiting, I made some bookish friends that I attended more events with later in the day. And I may or may not have seen Ron Swanson IRL.

Nick Offerman, aka Ron Swanson aka one of my all-time fictional characters from my all-time favorite TV show, and Megan Mullally were at Book Con promoting their new book, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told. I think my jaw must have dropped to the floor as they walked by.

Meeting Isabelle Laflèche was really sweet and since I was the first in line, I also received a YSL perfume. I then returned to Owlcrate for an ARC Drop of Sarah Porter’s Never Contented Things. Never Contented Things is slated to come out in March 2019, so it’s really exciting to have an ARC already! I also made another stop at Fierce Reads and participated in the cover voting for Shani Petroff’s Finding Mr. Better-Than You, and I got to meet Shani while there! We’ve been following each other on Instagram since December, so it was fun to meet in person and talk about her new book. I wasn’t aware of too many events between 12 and 1, so this was the perfect opportunity to take a break for lunch. Books can only fill a reader’s stomach so much.


After lunch, I decided to wander around the show floor for a bit and I truly believe some higher power guided me to Penguin around 1. I saw a short line forming at the booth and decided to ask what the line was for, where Mikayla from The Book Instruments told me it was for an ARC Drop of Marie Lu’s Wildcard. You know, JUST THE ONE BOOK MY SOUL NEEDED TO WALK OUT OF BOOK EXPO WITH, since there was only going to be samplers at Book Con. I immediately got in line for the drop, where I got to know Mikayla and a few other bloggers. At 2PM, after some not-so nice line cutting from a few well-known book bloggers, I had Wildcard in my possession!


After Wildcard, I went to the autographing area for Nic Stone’s Odd One Out. Nic is easily one of the coolest and most stylish authors I’ve ever met! She gave me a high five after I told her about my blog *sighs that I forgot to ask someone to take a photo of me meeting her*. While waiting for Odd One Out, I had a quick conversation with Annie Sullivan, the author of A Touch of Gold. She was also waiting for Odd One Out—she deserves all the house points for getting the book 15 minutes before she had to be at her own signing- and how her book was a retelling of King Midas. I was immediately sold and after Nic Stone, I went to Annie’s signing!

I ended my day with three more ARC drops. The first was at Epic Reads, and it was my longest wait of the day (but definitely not of the convention…) at an hour and a half, but I was one of the first in line and I received Pride by Ibi Zoboi. While in the Epic Reads line, I ended up picking up a copy of Katherine Arden’s Small Spaces across the way at Penguin. My friends and I took turns walking across to the booth to pick up extra copies that Penguin had from Katherine’s signing. Later, I went to two of Hachette’s ARC drops, where I walked away with The Summer of Us by Cecelia Vinesse, The War Outside by Monica Hesse, and Phantom Wheel by Tracy Deebs .


Did you attend Book Expo? What books are you anticipating for this summer & fall? Share in the comments!