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.

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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.

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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???

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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.

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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?

Watermelon

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!

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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 .

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

TIME FOR A NEW SHELF: Book Expo & Book Con Haul

If I order one or eleven new book shelves from IKEA this week, there’s only one thing to blame: Book Expo and Book Con 2018. Can you really blame this reader for coming home with 38 books??

For the sake of this post not taking over your screen for 74 years, I’ve decided to break down my haul day-by-day And never fear, I’ll be posting experience posts for Book Expo and Book Con over the next two weeks. While getting 30+ books may seem contrary, I was strict with myself and only picked up books that I genuinely see myself reading and enjoying.TRUST ME GUYS, THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY AMAZING BOOKS THAT ARE COMING OUT THE REST OF 2018 AND THE START OF 2019 THAT YOU NEED TO READ!

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What I Want to Read NOW:Wildcard by Marie Lu, Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman, The War Outside by Monica Hesse, Odd One Out by Nic Stone, and Check , Please by Ngozi Ukazu.

Book Expo Day 2 (Friday)

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What I Want to Read NOW:Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor, The Wicked King by Holly Black, A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi, Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen (not pictured because post Book Con-tiredness & forgetfulness), and The Girl King by Mimi Yu

Book Con Day 1 (Saturday)

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What I Want to Read NOW:Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, and Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand.

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What I Want to Read NOW: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger & Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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Did you attend Book Expo or Book Con? What 2018 or 2019 release do you need immediately?? 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!