#BEA16 Day Two Wrap-Up & Jennifer Niven Holding Up the Universe Giveaway!!

Posted May 19, 2016 by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction in BEA, Giveaways (Ended) / 40 Comments


Day Two

The second day of BEA was, by far, the most tiring and crazy! (By the way, if you haven’t seen my recap of Day One and that giveaway, check it out!) This day was all about the books, and I have to tell you that by the end of the day, I had almost every book that I was really hoping for. My mom and I definitely did the divide and conquer thing – we actually spent most of the day in separate lines, which meant that we got ALL the books!

Standing in Lines

Honestly, this was what Day Two was all about, but I was prepared for that, so it was all good.

Nicole’s Highlights –  Replica, Heartless Bookishly Ever After

I actually think my favorite part of BEA Day Two (besides meeting LOTS of awesome bloggers) was standing in the Lauren Oliver Replica line. I was in the very front of the line (I got there an hour and a half early – the same time my mom went to the MacMillan line) and stood and talked to the Harper Teen reps.

Heather Doss, in particular, was super sweet – she stood there for practically an hour telling me about the books she’s excited about that are coming out later in the year. Thanks to her, I have some new review books I’m really excited to read (I snatched up the Harper ones on Edelweiss and requested the one that wasn’t from Harper – crossing my fingers on that one)! In case you’re curious, the books she recommended were Stranger GameThis Savage Song, Secret of a Heart Note and Under Rose Tainted Skies. She also mentioned one called Two Girls in Brooklyn, but I can’t seem to find that one on Goodreads or Edelweiss – if it rings a bell with anyone (maybe I got the name slightly wrong?), let me know!

After I talked to Heather for a while, I ended up also chatting with some of the other Harper Teen reps as well – they were telling me all about the multiple ways to read Replica, which I found fascinating!! In case you aren’t aware (I wasn’t), Replica is one story written from two perspectives. You can read Lyra’s half of the book first and then flip it over and read Gemma’s – or vice versa – OR you can switch back and forth and read one chapter of each. The dialogue is the same in both versions, of course, but you’re getting a different POV. All of the reps read Lyra first (so they were all pretty much Team Lyra), but that’s because the digital version they had was formatted that way. I think I’m going to try the back and forth approach. There’s no way I’m going to be able to wait until close to October to read this one! (I don’t know why I didn’t get a picture with Lauren Oliver – I must have been in some sort of signing line haze – she was sweet and wonderful, though!)

Then, of course, the second highlight was getting Heartless signed by Marissa Meyer!! Both Replica and Heartless were made extra special because they came in cool boxes. Take a look at the pictures to see!

One other highlight was getting to see Isabel Bandeira again and having her sign Bookishly Ever After for me. Plus she had ADORABLE swag (check out the pics). I stood in line with Isabel for over an hour at BEA14 and discovered that she was fantastically sweet and endearing – her book is the same, so you should check it out if you’re a fan of YA (it’s perfect for younger YA readers, especially).

Gay’s Highlights – Adam Silvera and the crazy Macmillan ticket line!

My poor mom braved the crazy Macmillan ticket line for me so that I could get Heartless signed, and I have to be forever grateful to her, since on Day Three we found out that there were only three(!!) tickets available for Marissa Meyer after all the people who had special passes. Actually, I should say that my mom stood in the Macmillan “non-line mob thingy” since no line was allowed to form – and of course it did anyway.

Here’s what my mom said about it –

I went super early to get in line for a ticket for the Macmillan signing. When I first got there there were about seven people on one side of the aisle, and after a few minutes five more people formed a “line” on the opposite side. We were told that we couldn’t wait there and there wasn’t going to be a line.

Those of us who were there at the beginning moved so we were standing against the wall, out of the way. However, as time went on, more people started coming and the “line” got three deep. To say the least, the Macmillan reps were understandably not happy. When they eventually did start a line it was quite far from us, and everyone had to run to get to it. It wasn’t very organized, so it was kind of a mess. Still, we were all able to get the tickets we wanted, and once they started handing out the tickets it went very quickly. Plus, I got to spend some time with some of the new blogger friends I’d made – So standing in line forever wasn’t all bad!

This was really the only messed up line situation we encountered during the three days of BEA, so I call that a win! (Thanks, Mom, for doing this for me!!)

The best part of Mom’s (Gay’s? It’s so weird to call her that!) Day Two was seeing Adam Silvera again! She says –

Seeing Adam Silvera and getting him to sign his new book for me was the highlight of my day! I love Adam! I sat at his table last September at an Anderson’s Book event, and he actually remembered me. He is the sweetest and funniest author I have met. He actually thought no one was going to show up for his signing – I got there about an hour ahead and was about 6th in line. I heard much later that there were still people in his line! So guess he was wrong about no one showing up. Looking forward to reading his new book!

Bloggers I met on Day Two:

  • Jenn and Ash from Jenn Renee Read & Ash Too! – I sat in the morning ticket line with Jenn and Ash for a good half hour before we exchanged cards and realized we knew each other! LOL! I ran into them a lot throughout BEA and sat with them at the BEA Blogger Dinner (on Day Three), so I got to talk to them often!!
  • Jessica from A GREAT Read! – I’ve actually met Jessica before at a couple of Anderson’s events since she’s a kind-of-sort-of-local blogger (she lives like six hours away from me, but she drives in for book events sometimes), but it was GREAT to see her again! (See what I did there? I’m so clever.)
  • Max from Twisted Wonderland and Broken Oz, though he mostly seems to review on Goodreads – Max was a super sweet kid, and he even picked up a book for my mom that we would have otherwise missed. I talked to him and Kelsey (see the next bullet point) for a long time in the Metaltown line and we ran into each other periodically throughout the conference.
  • Kelsey from Yureka – Yureka isn’t actually a blog but a book subscription service. (I hadn’t heard of it before, but now that I’ve checked it out, it seems really interesting!) Again, I talked to her in the very long wait for Metaltown (which I was very excited to get) and then ran into her occasionally throughout BEA.
  • Shannon from It Starts at Midnight – If I have one regret about BEA, it’s that I only managed to meet up with Shannon once and only talked to her for a few short minutes. Like, seriously, how did that happen?! There were so many people that I randomly ended up in line with again and again, but I couldn’t seem to find her anywhere. (Ironically, when I finally did see her, my mom said, “Ohhhh, that’s the Shannon you’ve been trying to find? I’ve been in line with her several times!”) Sigh.
  • CJ from Sarcasm & Lemons – I knew of CJ before BEA, but didn’t really follow her. That will now be changing – if you don’t follow her, you should go do so now! CJ is awesome and I ended up hanging out with her a lot in lines at BEA (along with Mishma). She’s just an all-around fantastic person!
  • Gosh, I think those are all the main people I met on Day Two (I have to confess that I also have cards for lots of other people that I’m not exactly sure when I met them!). I’ll tell you about the others in my Day Three post!

Some Photo Highlights of Day Two:


Day Two Books:

We seriously got like ALL the books on Day Two. Some of this was due to awesome dividing and conquering, and some was pure luck (for instance, we got Caraval on a fluke because I heard that there was a bag drop at MacMillan – didn’t even realize Caraval was inside until awhile later!)

Here’s what we got on Day Two (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 planning to do a giveaway for each of my BEA wrap-ups. This is number two!

For the Day Two giveaway, I decided to give away a signed copy of Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven (US ONLY). I SO adored All the Bright Places, and I’m super excited to read this next book – hope you are too!! Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter to enter!

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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!


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40 responses to “#BEA16 Day Two Wrap-Up & Jennifer Niven Holding Up the Universe Giveaway!!

  1. Oh my that line situation sounds crazy!!! I also totally didn’t know that about Replica. I have the eARC so I probably won’t flip back and forth but is interesting. Love seeing all your pics. Also super jealous you got Truly Madly Guilty!! LOVE Liane Moriarty. So many good books though. Can’t wait to hear what you think about them!

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    • That’s interesting because Truly Madly Guilty is one of those that came in the bag of ARCs at the end of the day and I didn’t even know what it was (or realize I had it until I got home). I keep telling myself to branch out into reading more adult contemps, so it’s good to know that she’s a fantastic author. Maybe I’ll try and read that one next and then have my mom read it, and then we can send it your way! Should get to you well before pub date, since I just finished another read and both my mom and I read pretty quick. I’ll email you to find! 🙂

  2. Judy Cox

    Sounds like this is something to see and definitely to attend. I would love to be able to attend.

  3. If I remember correctly, it seems like every year Day 2 is the craziest and most hectic! It’s always a blast too though! We had a similar line disaster last year and it was quite frustrating. Sorry your mom was stuck in that. You got LOTS of awesome books, especially Heartless, Three Dark Crowns, Metaltown and OMG I hope you read Furthermore because it sounds excellent! YAY for all the awesome blogger and author meetups too ♥

  4. Nice!! It was so great to see you again!! Yeah, that Heartless mob was crazy! I had been scoping it out early as well. *Shudders* But I was successfully and unscathed! Someone had been pushing my bag as I walked quickly to the new line and I was fine with that, but thought at the same time, if you push me down, I am soooo taking you with me! It was pretty scary! But thankfully on that end, there were no injuries! I’ve been hearing there were some in the Gemina lines, but that might have been Book Con that people said that about. At least from what I heard on Twitter. It’s just scary. Definitely not planning any Book Cons in my future again, BEAs yes. Hopefully Chicago ones!! 😀

  5. I really need to sit down and write up a BEA wrap-up post or two. I feel like it will end up being two. haha

    I love reading these though! It’s fun to see what everyone did and what books they got. I’m so jealous you got Heartless, but that’s awesome of your mom to wait around for a ticket. I had my sister because she helps with the blog too sometimes, and it does really help to divide and conquer. My sister was great about checking things out when I was in line. Plus, she waited in line for Replica – she was probably pretty close to you in line actually. hah She gets to read the book first because of this though. 😉


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  6. Dude, this is my biggest regret also. PLUS, had I known it was your mom (and how awesome she is, because seriously, you have a REALLY great mom!) I would have definitely sought her out, considering we basically ended up in ALL the lines together ?

    And her description of the Macmillan… not line, line isn’t accurate… let’s call it a mob.. is so true. When I went over there, people kept telling me that there was “no official line”.. but that about 7 different UNofficial lines had formed. When it was time for the REAL line, it felt akin to the running of the bulls in Spain? Yes. Also, Adam was the highlight of my day too. Seriously, your mom and I should be hanging out more 😀

    I can’t believe you got all your recaps up already- or well, some anyway. I am a mess- I have opened a tab to start one… and that’s as far as I have gotten! Oops? I will try to get one of my recaps up before commenting on another one of yours- it’s a lofty goal but I will give it a try!

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  7. Heather Doss

    Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad your BEA was super awesome!!

    And the other book I mentioned is ANOTHER BROOKLYN by Jacqueline Woodson on sale in August ?

  8. Eeeee!! Nicole, glad you and your mom had so much fun! What a great idea to team up during these things!

    I feel the disappointment of lines and such…because I experienced the same thing at Yallwest and I wasn’t able to get an ARC that I wanted… 🙁

    It’s always great to meet up with other bloggers! I usually go alone to events like this and it’s awesome chatting up with people in line even though I am an introverted turtle, I still manage to talk to a lot of people!

    Glad you had fun…I may be going next year…we shall see!

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  9. Wow, what an experience! That’s crazy about the Macmillan line – they had to know (or you would think they’d know) that people were going to be lining up in advance like that. And then moving the line? Ugh. What an mess. Hopefully that was a lesson learned for them. Simply amazed at all the books you got! And what’s even better is how you got to share the experience with your mom. Love that. 🙂

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  10. Joycedale

    Once again I’m so jealous. My daughter would kill to have The Isle of the Lost. She loves that book. Also she’s 15 and reads a lot of the same books as me so you’ll probably enjoy it. I haven’t gotten to it yet despite her pestering lol.

  11. holdenj

    Your mom sounds awesome and up for anything! Standing in that ticket line, what we don’t do for our kids!! 🙂

  12. I’m so jealous of all the awesome bookish people and ARCs that you got! That’s awesome! I wish I had gotten the hard copy of REPLICAS because the e-ARC really didn’t do it justice. I think it would have been best read in alternating chapters. The one ARC I wasn’t able to get via publisher was HEARTLESS… thanks for sharing!

  13. Kara S

    I love this author! it’s so generous of you to share with us your BEA bounty :-). Best wishes, Kara S

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