BookCon 2018 Day 2 Wrap-Up

Day 2:

BookCon Day 2 was a lot less packed than Day 1 (thank goodness!). My friends and I cosplayed as the Star Wars leading ladies. A lot of awesome bookstagramers came to say hello while waiting in line to get in and it was amazing meeting some of them in person. As soon as my friends and I walked onto the show floor, we also ran into V. E. Schwab and took a picture of her. I ended up wandering around in the morning and snagging some free stuff including some cool totes and a 20th anniversary Harry Potter pin.

While wandering, I managed to stumble on a Melissa Albert signing. The Hazel Wood is a book that I’ve been hearing so much about, so I was excited to get a signed copy!

My first official signing of the day was Laini Taylor and she was absolutely amazing. Strange the Dreamer was one of my top books of 2017 and I highly recommend it to anyone who hans’t read it yet! I still have not finished her other series, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but the first one was absolutely enchanting!

Kiersten White was my next signing . I’ve been a huge fan since middle school with the Paranormalcy series. I’ve been meaning to read And I Darken for a long time and haven’t gotten around to it. She was so lovely and I was so blessed to finally meet her. Although I wasn’t able to go to Marie Lu’s signing because it was at the same time, my friend was able to get Warcross signed for me, which was another one of my favorite books of 2017!

After finishing up, I once again wandered around and got lucky enough to run into Victoria Schwab signing ARCs of her new book coming out in August, City of Ghosts! I was also able to picked up a signed copy of The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi which is one of the books I’ve been meaning to add to my collection. It was especially awesome because there was not even at BookCon, so I wasn’t expecting there to be signed stock! There was also a great sale on books for the end of the last day, which is where I picked up The Bone Witch.

After two days of lugging books around and shuffling around the show floor, I was ready to face plant. In fact, on the way home I tried to get off the bus at a red light because I was so exhausted I thought it was my stop! (Yes, I will be forever embarrassed by this moment and it is burned into my memory.)

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BookCon 2018 Day 1 Wrap-Up

I was able to meet so many amazing people and authors at BookCon this year! Being able to attend both days was certainly an experience (and quite exhausting/stress inducing).

DAY 1:

I was able to see so many amazing authors this day, in part thanks to the kindness of strangers for giving me an extra autograph signing ticket!

Early in the day, my friends had tickets for Tahereh Mafi signing so I decided to just wander the show floor and stumbled upon an in-booth signing by Ashley Poston. I haven’t read Geekerella yet although I’ve heard amazing things about it, so I’m super excited to have a signed copy of my own now.

I was also able to meet and get all my Renée Ahdieh books signed. She was such a lovely person and I’m glad that I was able to get both her series signed completely! They had the newest book in her Flame in the Mist series out a few days early for those that attended her signing to purchase. I will admit that I still haven’t finished any of her books, but I’m halfway through The Wrath and the Dawn right now and am absolutely LOVING it!

The extra ticket that a stranger gave to me was a joint signing for two authors that are fairly new and that have been on my reading list for a while now, S. A. Chakraborty and R. F. Kuang. Chakraborty has a book that I started a while ago and put down, The City of Brass (even though I love it, you know by now I get super distracted by new and shiny books). It’s a fantasy based on Islamic mythology inspired by 18th century Egypt and written by an own-voices Muslim author! R. F. Kuang just recently released her first book, The Poppy War, which is getting such rave reviews right now. I’ve heard that it is pretty dark and includes some darker themes (parts were inspired by the Nanking masacre) but I’m excited to dive into this world too!

Victoria Schwab (V. E. Schwab) was signing copies of the rerelease of one of my favorite books, Viciousand I was one of the lucky few able to get at ticket for her signing line! They were also giving out tote bags to those in line that are also available as a preorder incentive for Vengeful, so now I have the set! I also brought This Savage Song to get signed, which is one that I haven’t had the pleasure to read yet but is definitely high on my list. Saturday I cosplayed as a gender bent Victor Vale (a character from Vicious) and my two friends went as Kell and Lila!

To cap off the amazing craziness of day 1, I was able to meet Brandon Sanderson! He signed my copies of The Way of Kings and my 10th anniversary UK edition of The Final Empire. One of my most shameful admissions is that I still have not finished a Sanderson book. This is another case of being distracted by new and shiny releases. I’ve previously gotten halfway through his YA book, Steelheart, and halfway through The Final Empire and I love his writing style!

My Saturday was absolutely jam-packed so after the exhaustion of running around like a mad woman I was looking forward to Sunday, which was planned to be a little more laid-back.

Check back tomorrow for my Day 2 wrap-up!

 

Bookcon 2017!

I had such a wonderful day at my first ever Bookcon! Even though I was only able to go for one day, the experience that I had was amazing and I was able to meet some of my favorite authors! My friends Maggie and Jess and I went cosplayed as the Archeron sisters from the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas. We were all lucky enough to have scored tickets to her signing early in the morning! It was pretty rushed because the line had to be finished before her DC Heroes panel at 11, but it was still amazing to see her again and show her our cosplay!

There were photo-booths all around the show floor that were super fun. The Shadowhunter one was my favorite because of the fun rune props! I was also thrilled to have met Cassandra Clare!

I still can’t believe I was able to see some of my favorite authors, Cassandra Clare, Sarah J. Maas, and Leigh Bardugo. My wonderful friends got me signed copies of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Windwitch by Susan Dennard and Vicious by V. E. Schwab from day one which I unfortunately couldn’t attend. I spent most of my day focused on meeting people rather than attacking booths for ARCs. Below is a pic of the haul of signed books/swag I managed to snag.

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Swag isn’t everything though; meeting, and even just seeing some of my favorite authors was what truly made the day wonderful. The experience of Bookcon was once in a lifetime, and I’m so glad to have been able to go for even one day. I even made the official Bookcon instagram page!

Sorry for the delay in the post! I’ve had a busy schedule the past few weeks! Thanks for reading!

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