So…I ended up going to BookCon!
I originally had hoped to go for both BEA and BookCon but unfortunately because of work, I couldn’t go to BEA. *cries forever* However, I don’t work Saturday so last minute I decided to take my 10 year old bookworm daughter on a surprise trip to Chicago for BookCon. It was a blast, tiring, but a blast!
Holy moly, the lines were rough but it was worth it in the end.
By the time I finally got my tickets, waiting in the lines for hours, they opened the Showroom at 10 AM. You had to get there early to get in line for the special “autographing wrist bands”. By the time I made it to that section the only authors I really wanted to see the wristbands were gone.
If I had known, I would have waited until 10 AM to head down there because once you’re on the showroom floor, it didn’t really matter that I spent the last 2 hours in line. Haha, oh well. Now I know!
Who I met!
I wasn’t able to meet as many authors as I would have liked (I mean, is there ever a limit?) but it was fun running into a few of them!
Jay had mentioned on Twitter that he had 3 copies of his Nevernight ARCs that he’d pass out at BookCon. I just happen to find the little grouping of people waiting for it. In order to make it fair, because there were at least 10 of us and 3 arcs, he did a game. We had 3 poses to pick from (hands on head, hands on hips, 1 hand on hip and 1 on head) and hold it. Amie faced away from us and on the count of three struck a pose. If you had the same pose as she did, you were in, if not, you were out! Unfortunately I was out on the first turn. Haha, oh well. BUT…the awesome thing is that I quickly pulled out my Illuminae ARC and hardcover and they were gracious enough to quickly sign it. They had a booth signing later in the day but I didn’t know if I’d still be there for it.
The only panel I made it to was Truth or Dare with Leigh Bardugo and Marissa Meyer. It was the main panel I wanted to hit so I was glad it was on the stage right on the showroom floor so there was plenty of room. Leigh is so cool and Marissa is adorable. They shared stuff about their books and even role played a few of the scenes, such as when Cress and Thorn first meet and the whole eye thing with Kaz. If you’ve read Six of Crows, you know what scene I mean. They also discussed that is Sturmhond and Thorne ever met they’d both try to kick each other off the ship.
The highlight of my trip, and the reason I went, was to meet my blogger friends who I talk to every day. My daughter was blown away by the fact that so many people came because they love books. It’s always so great to see the world of a little one expand into something greater.