The third day of BEA was much more laid back than the first two. (By the way, if you haven’t seen my recap of Day One or Day Two – and giveaways – check them out!) By Day Three, we’d gotten almost all the books that we really wanted to snag and I was feeling like everything we grabbed this day was a nice bonus. Because of that, we wandered a bit more and spent more time just randomly hanging out with other bloggers. Of course, that doesn’t mean we still didn’t pick up a good number of books …
We didn’t have to stand in as many crazy long lines on Day Three, but we did still get there very early so we could get tickets and a spot in the front of the entrance line. We showed up at 6:30 (just like the day before) but there were already more people in line than Day Two. LOTS of people wanted to snag tickets for Heartless and The Raven Boys, especially. So there were LOTS of grumbles (and possibly a few tears) when the tickets started being given out at 8:00 AM and people found out that there were only THREE tickets available for Heartless after all the people who had Reader Passes and Avid Reader Passes (basically a pass that you could buy when you registered to get signing line tickets and front of the line passes). Luckily, I’d already gotten Heartless the day before, so I wasn’t upset, but Whitley and Steph (see Bloggers I Met below) were both incredibly disappointed.
Bloggers I met on Day Three:
- Whitley from Reading with a Vengeance – I sat in the morning ticket line with Whitley and got to know her. She was one of the people who was specifically waiting for Marissa Meyer tickets and was very disappointed when she found out they were out. (She did end up getting a book by hanging around the line until it was finished – there were twelve books left at the end and she got number eleven!) Whitley was also one of the organizers of the BEA Blogger dinner – read about that below!
- Steph from Ohana Reads – The other person who was waiting for Marissa Meyer tickets and was disappointed. She also managed to get the book because someone saw her tweets about missing it and took pity on her and gave her their ticket. See, people can be really nice, even at a crazy huge event like BEA.
- Once I moved out of the ticket line, I went to the main line, where I chatted (albeit somewhat briefly) with Lynette from Charmingly Simple, Rashika from The Social Potato, CJ from Sarcasm and Lemons, Val from The Innocent Smiley, Nori from Read Write Love 28, and Mishma from Chasing Faerytales). My mom and I also talked with Kelly from FictionDB (which I hadn’t heard of but I’m signed up with now!)
- Octavia from Read. Sleep. Repeat. – Octavia was the other person who organized the Blogger dinner, plus I stood in the Maggie Stiefvater line with her (along with Nikki @ There Were Books Involved, Cassie @ My Thoughts Literally, Katie @ Katie’s Book Blog. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books and a few other people who I didn’t really know before and I honestly can’t remember who’s who now that I stare at my stack of collected business cards).
The Blogger Dinner
That night, my mom and I went to the BEA Blogger Dinner, which was organized by the lovely Whitley and Octavia. This was a fantastic time to catch up even more with fellow bloggers. Whitley and Octavia did a fantastic job putting the whole thing together (I especially loved the little touches like the banner that Whitley made). Since I’ve already mentioned most of the bloggers I talked to at some point in these recaps, I’ll just mention one more – Lauren at Shooting Stars Mag, who I met along with her sister. She was one of the top bloggers on my list of people I needed to catch!
We had planned on going to Blogger Con on Saturday and attending some panels, but it was my daughter’s twelfth birthday and even though she said she was fine with me being gone, I knew she wanted us home. So my mom and I let Day Three be the end of our BEA adventure!
Some Photo Highlights of Day Three:
Day Three Books:
Like I said, even though we weren’t after a ton of books on Day Three, we still somehow managed to pick up a lot!
Here’s what we got on Day Three (Click on the book cover to see it on Goodreads):
Middle Grade (mostly for my kids, but I’ll probably read most of these too so I can review them) –
I’m doing a giveaway for each of my BEA wrap-ups. This is number three!
There are actually two Day Three giveaways. I’ll be giving away a copy of The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone (which is coming out early June) AND I’m also giving away the Strange the Dreamer swag pack that was given out at BEA, which includes a sampler of the book. Both giveaways are US ONLY (sorry!). Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopters to enter!
Did you attend BEA? Have a recap post? Leave me a link – I want to see it!
Didn’t attend BEA? Tell me about your favorite book or author event!