BEA 2010 Top 10 Books I Missed Out On

As you know I was lucky enough to go to BEA 2010 this year and get some of the books that I had really wanted but with that being said I also had a little wish list of books that I would have loved to get but couldn’t because

  • I was some where else on the exhibit floor when they were being handed out
  • there was a long line of people to get the book
  • when I got to the front of the line there was nothing left (this was either do to them handing out more the one book, the lines were longer then expected and groups of people cutting the lines ie a friend or two waiting in line and then coming back to jump in. I really don’t mind one or two but when its more then that its just not right or fair to the others standing in line before you who have been waiting longer then you.)

Anyways my good friend Avis from She Reads and Reads who always was at BEA with me posted her list of books that she missed out on. So I thought I would share my wish list of books that I missed out on:

  1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  3. I am number four by Pittacus Lore
  4. Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
  5. Witch & Wizard: The Gift by James Patterson
  6. Girl Parts by John M. Cusick
  7. Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales
  8. Wildthorne by Jane Eagland
  9. Virals by Kathy Reichs
  10. Firelight by Sophie Jordan

    This is my list of books. Do any of these tickle your fancy? If you went to BEA were there any books you missed out on?

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On This Day Last Week (Thursday)

On Thursday I decided to go back to BEA because there was a few author signings I wanted to go to and to do more walking around since the day before I tended to focus on the author signings and nothing else.

Here are three of the author signings I was excited to get to do:
Clinton Kelly. I love watching What Not To Wear so it was super nice to meet him. He is a super sweet guy.

Melissa Anderson. When I heard she was going to be there I had to make sure to get in line to get a book signed. I recently found out that she is living in Montreal now.

Mick Foley. I use to work with a guy who was a super wrestling fan and he would always talk about it when we worked together. So I had to go and meet the guy I heard so much about. It was funny because Avis and I were standing in line for another author and Mick and his publicist were leaving and I pointed him out to Avis and his publicist ran over with a book because she saw me point him out.

Thursday was also the Book Blogger Convention Reception. I decided a few weeks before BEA that I wanted to go and it was there that I got to meet several book bloggers. Check back later this week when I highlight the book bloggers that I met.

I have to say apart from meeting those authors today the highlight of the day was finally getting to sit down and have dinner with Kathy. I have been holding on to the pictures of Kathy until now. We met at the Zen Palate. After dinner we (Avis. Linda, Kathy and myself) decided to go to Time Square for a hot chocolate at Starbucks.

Before we got anywhere I had to get some pictures.
As I went to get a picture with kathy we had to snap this because she said she knew I was short but I guess she wanted to prove how short I am LOL
This is Kathy and I with Time’s Square behind us.

While in Time’s Square we bumped into Pam. For some reason I have no idea why I didn’t think to get a picture with Pam, sorry about that Pam but I did get this one of Pam with the grumpy cop as we so nicknamed him.

I guess us book bloggers looked pretty scary to him.
Then my final picture of the evening was with the US Marine Corp. I have no idea who these guys are but they were super sweet to pose for a picture and it was nice to talk to them briefly and to express my heartful appreciation for what they are doing.
Shortly after that I think we walked around and visited the Toys R Us and then made our way back to our hotels.
Check back tomorrow to see my post about my last day in NYC.
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On This Day Last Week (Wednesday) PT 1

Wednesday was the day that the Exhibit floor officially opened to the public. I was super excited because I was taking part in the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast.

The Master of Ceremonies was Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. She briefly made a few jokes about what was happening to her outside of BEA, getting to BEA (she encountered a few people in her way) and using some of the titles of her newest books Helping Hands series- Don’t talk to strangers etc about her situation.

She introduced Cory Doctorow, Mitali Perkins and Richard Peck. The each spoke briefly about their books.

I am sure Cory had a few people in tears during his speech because he got emotional talking about his book. Mitali’s talk was beautiful. She spoke about her book Bamboo People and that books can either be a mirror (in which you can see yourself/situation in) or a window (in another world, time or place other then now). Richard had the whole crowd laughing. He was a fantastic speaker.
These are the books I picked up at the breakfast:
-Emily’s First Day of School by Sarah Ferguson
-Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
-Three Quarters Dead by Richard Peck
-For The Win by Cory Doctorow (not pictured)

During the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast I sat with Kathy-Bermudaonion, Julie-Booking Mama, Alea-Pop Culture Junkie, Gail-Ticket To Anywhere and Shanya-Chick Loves Lit.

After the breakfast I said a quick hi to Natasha-Maw Books and Amy-My Friend Amy before I quickly ran off, I wanted to get to the Sourcebooks booth because I really wanted to get a copy of The Days of Our Lives book signed.

I knew Ken Corday was going to be there and only found out the night before that Kristian Alfonso was going to be there signing too. She was super sweet and so friendly. It was so nice to get to talk to her briefly about the Hope storyline.

The next signing I had to quickly get to was the Rick Springfield one. This was one super long line but it went really quickly.

Rick was super nice. He gave one of the best hugs. We got to briefly speak about his upcoming tour and his stop in Montreal. I am anxiously awaiting for his book to come out this fall.

After I got my cd promo signed (its full of his hit songs) I looked around for a bit but didn’t want to go to far because I was going to be meeting up with Paul from Sourcebooks and some bloggers.

I briefly got to speak with Paul in the morning and was really looking forward to going back to the booth to hear about the fall books. I have to say there is alot of great YA books coming out this fall.

A pleasant surprise was seeing Helen Ellis the author of The Turning there. She is so friendly and sweet. Dying to read her book now.

In the booth listening was several bloggers: Kathy, Julie (here is a picture of Julie and I) Avis, Donna, Linda and

(This is where I wish I had taken more pictures. Oh well there is always next year.)

After Sourcebooks I decided that I wanted to look around before doing any more author signings.

On my journey around the booths I remembered that Ethan Zohn (He was on Survivor Africa, the third season and was the winner.) was signing his book Soccer World Africa. I unfortunately missed out on the book as he had no copies left when I got there. I did get the chance to speak with him about me being a Survivor fan, etc and I graciously asked if I could get a picture with him and promised that I would return the next day to get his other book signed Soccer World Mexico. (Which I did do.)

Check back later on today when I do a OTDLW post about my night in NYC.

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On This Day Last Week (Tuesday)

I meant to add this to yesterday’s post but didn’t get the chance so I will start off saying that I really enjoyed my stay at the Hampton Inns Madison Square Garden. The staff was super friendly from the time of check in (even with the slight credit card problem) to the time of check out.

This is our room. I am in the far bed close to the window. When they say NY hotel rooms are small they are not lying. The room was super comfortable and honestly it felt like I was staying in someone’s bedroom and not a hotel.

It was an early morning for me on Tuesday. I was woke up by the construction going out on the street or the building across the way from the hotel. I was surprised at how early it happens though.

One of the perks was the hot/cold breakfast that was served daily. The selection was amazing. They always had fresh fruit, yogurt and eggs out.

As we were walking down Broadway we stumbled upon the Snapple people and they were giving away FREE bottles of Snapple juice and of course I was super excited to see what it was and practically did a happy dance right there in front of the Snapple people.

This is the Bret Michael’s drink “Trop-A-Rocka” He was the winner of Celebrity Apprentice. The drink was delicious. Fingers crossed that it will make its way to Canada very soon. If not I will be hitting up the stores when I go to Chicago. [There is where I admit I have a crush on Bret :)]

I met up with the Montreal bloggers early that morning and we made our way to:

This was my first time visiting the Strand and wow what a bookstore. They had several floors of books. I looked around the first floor, the second floor at the YA and children’s books and then made my way to the basement to check out their review books.

Of course no trip to the Strand wouldnt’ be complete with buying: (totebags and books)

I bought:

  • This is New York by M. Sasek (Michael and I were talking about this one before I went and he said he would like to have it so I was happy to pick up this for him.)
  • Dream Life by Lauren Mechling
  • Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev
  • I Now Promounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan
  • 5 postcards (not pictured)

I also managed to pick up a few Strand bookmarks as well that they had on the counter.

We also decided to check out the hidden gem of Housing Works . What a cute looking used bookstore they have. I meant to take some pictures but I was too busy looking around. I ended up buying 6 books at $3 each.

This is where we parted ways with Donna and her husband and the rest of us went to Wendy’s for lunch after much searching for a place to eat. After lunch Tina and Avis went off and Linda and I went back to the hotel room to drop off our books and pick up the papers so we could get our badges and be ready for the next morning because I was also taking part in the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast.

Upon arriving at the BEA convention you can’t help but be overwhelmed. The Javits building is huge. I couldn’t get onto the convention floor but looking in was amazing seeing all those booths and people setting up.

For dinner we went and ate at what I think was a hidden little gem called Franchia. The food was delicious. We all had something different, I had the Pumpkin Noodles Salad. It was to die for. This is a cute little place with the cutest bathroom by far of what I saw in NYC. I would definetly go back there to eat again.

With a quick trip to JC Penney after dinner in a hunt for sneakers (for me and more poor blister. No Luck!)we went back to the room to plan for the next day.

Check back tomorrow to see what happens at BEA.

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On This Day Last Week (Monday)

As many of you know last week I made the treck from Montreal to New York City for Book Expo America last Monday.

I didn’t get much sleep on Sunday so when the alarm went off at 6am I was really tired, excited and nervous. This would be the first time I have travelled alone since before 1998 went I went to Detroit to visit a friend.

On the way to the downtown Montreal train station I picked up Donna from Books Bound and her husband as we were traveling together.

Once at the train station we met up with Avis from She Reads and Reads, Tina from Bookshipper and Linda from Better With Books. We decided to grab a Red Cap to bring our bags down to the train as there was no checked baggage and the guy we had was super because he got us pre boarding. That meant no waiting in line.

The train ride was pretty uneventful except that it was long and we got into NYC late. We were delayed at the US border which I guess should be expected. I think we were on the train for almost 13 hours give or take a few.

Needless to say we all were a little antsy and dying to get to the big apple. Once in NYC we parted ways. I was sharing a room with Linda, Avis and Tina went to their hotel and Donna and her husband went to theirs. We all planned to meet up in the morning.

I stayed at the Hampton Inns Madison Square Garden. Which is two blocks from Penn Station.

Check back to hear about about our Tuesday in NYC tomorrow.

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New York Bound

I am not a Jay Z fan but I have to admit that I love this song.

So in honor of my trip to NYC & BEA I thought I would start the week off with this video.

This week I have some reviews planned and I am going to try and write up a nightly post about my day in NYC/BEA. Unfortunately I will only be able to share photos when I get back on the 30th because I am going to be on a netbook.

To my blogger readers who are going to NYC and BEA looking forward to meeting you in person.

Have a good week everyone and see you soon.

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Going to BEA

Can you believe it that there is exactly almost a month left before going to BEA? I am super excited about being able to go this year.

Are you a follower of this blog and are you going to BEA? Would you like to meet up?

If your going to BEA and would love to meet up, leave me a note with your email address (twitter id) here and I will get back to you and we can arrange something.

I think it would be so nice to meet up with bloggers that I know from either your blogs or on twitter.

I will be in NYC May 24th late that night and staying until May 29th (early am) then catching the train back to Canada.

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