4:30 am: wake up call
5:15: pick up Emma
5:45: Meet Steve, Ryan, and Ali at the train station
6: board the train to grand central
7:45: arrive at Grand Central Terminal
8:30: stop at Dunkin so we can continue on in the world of the living driven by caffeine and munchkins
9: Arrive at BookCon and this massive line that snakes around the block
-sit on floor in line to get to showroom floor
10: DOORS OPEN AND WE FLOCK LIKE BEES TO HONEY TO GET THE FREE BOOKS
Okay so Bookcon was amazing. I think we got the bulk of our free books in the first 10 minutes. Vendors were literally shoving them in our hands and you don’t just say no to that sort of thing. Needless to say our arms were sore, our shoulders raw from our backpack straps, and our necks and traps felt like we had been carrying around cinder blocks on them (which essentially we were…books are heavy). Not to mention we all sweat through our shirts carrying the haul all day and then 1.5 miles back to the train station. We suffered, but it was totally worth it.
You know what makes it worth it?
-Meeting Felicia Day AKA Charlie from Supernatural, getting her autograph, a picture with her, and an excerpt from her upcoming novel You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost).
-Getting a free hardcover copy of Memory Man and then having David Baldacci sign it for you. Not only that but we got a free copy of Wish you Well because they handed it out to us accidentally. They literally handed out 5 copies then some staff member said “Oh no don’t hand those out! They are for tomorrow!” And the author gave us this look like *too late* and smirked. So we did what was good for us and ran before they could take them back. Heehee. More free books.
-Getting 21 free books
-Getting half of those books signed for free!
Things I didn’t buy but should have: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, and Storm Born by Richelle Mead #REGRETS
Realizations: There are SO many book series out there and not enough stand alones. How I feel about this: #AINTNOBODYGOTTIMEFORTHAT
All in all a successful first year at bookcon. Next year it’s in Chicago and for only one day…guess I’ll be taking a day trip to the windy city. But actually…