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?
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 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!
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 TheGirl 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, 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!
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.
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!
Book Expo Day 1 (Thursday)
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)
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)
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.
Book Con Day 2 (Sunday)
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
Did you attend Book Expo or Book Con? What 2018 or 2019 release do you need immediately?? Share in the comments!
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. 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
On Saturday, my best friends and I spent our second-to-last day of spring break right by attending a poetry reading at our local Barnes and Noble. The best part? The event was in honor of Amanda Lovelace and Cyrus Parker, the cutest poetry-writing married couple. Amanda is known for her debut collection, the princess saves herself in this one, and both authors just came out with new books last Tuesday: Amanda’s the witch doesn’t burn in this one and Cyrus’ debut DROPKICKromance.
The event kicked off with Cyrus reading a few poems from DROPKICKromance. The collection tells his experience being in a toxic relationship and then transitions to his much healthier and happier relationship with Amanda. One of the poems he read was about Amanda and he looked at her while he read (*major swoon*). I didn’t pick up a copy at the event, but I’m hoping to borrow it from the library really soon. After his reading, Cyrus discussed his inspiration behind the collection—it’s named after his favorite move when he was a pro-wrestler (!!!)- and the work behind his writing.
Amanda then read a few poems from the witch doesn’t burn in this one, starting off with her dedication. I love that Amanda dedicated the princess saves herself in this one and the witch doesn’t burn in this one to fictional characters, respectively to the boy who lived (Harry Potter) and the girl on fire (Katniss Everdeen). I’ve been trying to slow down my book-buying habits due to my lack of shelf space, but the fact that Katniss and The Hunger Games were large inspirations for her collection made me buy it immediately.
After Amanda’s reading, there was a Q&A with both authors. My favorite poems in the princess saves herself in this one were about the protagonist’s relationship to words and fiction, so I asked Amanda and Cyrus what their favorite books were. Amanda discussed her love for Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, as well as her latest read, Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough, which she blurbed. Cyrus talked about his love for Leigh Bardugo and Six of Crows and that they were married by Leigh herself!! * INSERT PSA FOR MORE AUTHORS TO BECOME WEDDING OFFICIANTS HERE*
Toward the end of the event, Amanda signed my copy of the witch doesn’t burn in this one and we talked more about Six of Crows (Amanda loves Nina and Cyrus loves Kaz and Inej) and Book Expo/Book Con- I will always find a way to work this into any conversation ever. If you’re attending Book Con in June, Amanda and Cyrus are going to be on a panel during the convention!
Overall, I’m so happy that I attended this event and that my B&N is holding more and more author events (I met Jennifer E. Smith here back in September!). I can’t wait to read the witch doesn’t burn in this one and DROPKICKromance in the near future.
In anticipation for the reading & signing, I read Amanda’s the princess saves herself in this one over my spring break and you can check out my mini review below.
the princess saves herself in this one
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
the princess saves herself in this one is the first collection in Amanda’s women are some kind of magic trilogy. Fun fact that Amanda discussed at the above event: the final collection is going to be about mermaids, entitled the mermaid’s voice returns in this one!
The collection is divided into four sections: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. the princess saves herself in this one can most definitely be read in one sitting (I separated into two just because of work, other reads, and a Brooklyn Nine-Nine marathon tiredness). The book addresses numerous, heavy topics, including abuse, death, and self-harm. Amanda’s writing is largely inspired by her own life and her writing just felt so real. I think this is why so many readers have been able to resonate with her poetry. Personally, I related the most to the book-related ones, like the one below:
I admit that I don’t read a ton of poetry so this might be more common than not, but I enjoyed how the titleswere placed at the bottom of the poem. This technique often made me have an a-ha moment and it was interesting to see what each poem was really about AFTER reading. My biggest problem with reading poetry is figuring out how the poems should be read. Amanda’s poetry heavily use spaces and while I don’t mind this practice, I often had trouble figuring out how the poem should be read aloud. I know it can be up to the reader’s interpretation or can be easily solved by listening to the audiobook.
Have you read Amanda or Cyrus’s poetry collections? Share in the comments!