This was by far my most exhausting year at BookExpo. I’m not even sure why… I was just so tired all the time! I think this led to me being a bit anti social at the actual event. I pretty much just stuck to my own thing and didn’t interact a whole lot with other people. If I did meet you, this would also explain why I was probably a bit quiet and not so chatty. Sorry! On Friday I actually walked back to my hotel for a quick nap in between signings.
Anyway, despite all that, I was really happy with how things turned out. Initially I was worried that there weren’t going to be many books I was interested in, but I was so wrong! In fact, this was my fifth year there and I got the second most amount of books I’ve ever gotten (only beaten by my very first year). I’m extremely excited about all of them.
I also spent some time chatting with the director of Swoon Reads, who was super nice and had some great ideas. After talking with her I definitely want to spend more time checking out their website and blog.
Books marked with an asterisk (*) below are signed.
Last year seemed like a lot of contemporary books and this year feels like a lot of sci-fi. That is SO exciting to me because I’m on a massive sci-fi/space binge right now.
I’ve already read Warcross and it was everything I hoped it would be! I definitely recommend it! My next read is Unearthed, which I’ve just started.
It seemed like the line management was so much better this year. It was less chaotic and publishers seemed better set up to deal with lines forming in advance and whatnot. There were even a few lines for galley giveaways, which was kind of nice.
Other things I did in New York
This year I did the most sightseeing I’ve ever done in New York City. I never felt a huge urge to do much touristy stuff, but this time I brought my husband along and he’d never been to NYC. So we did a bunch of sightseeing for him, but I really enjoyed it too.
We walked pretty much everywhere. Our first day we walked like 8 miles!
- We walked the High Line.
- Visited the One World Trade Center and went to the observation deck on the 102nd floor.
- Went to the 9/11 memorial.
- Took a boat ride and went up to the Statue of Liberty.
- Walked around Central Park.
- Went to the Natural History Museum. Funny story, we saw that huge rock for sale for $2500 and I jokingly took that picture, sent it to my mom, and said, “Can you ask dad if I can put this on his credit card?” She replied saying, “Sure” which I thought was also a joke. But when we met up later, my mom goes, “Where’s your rock?” Turns out she was totally serious in saying “Sure” because they hadn’t seen the price tag at the bottom. Haha!
- Saw Wonder Woman and the whole family loved it!
We also went to two plays: Hamilton and Anastasia. Both were fantastic!