Hey, guys! So you might have noticed that I have been MIA recently and that is because I spent the weekend over at Comic Con! There were so many things to do and see, and it was all so exciting! I had a lot of fun and I'm really happy now that I can share all of my experiences with you.
This was my first year at Comic Con and it was a lot of fun, but so overwhelming! At first, I couldn't figure out where to look because I just wanted to see EVERYTHING at once! Unfortunately, I don't have eyes all around my head, so that didn't work out too well, but I think that I did get to see everything Comic Con had to offer in the end. However, I completely avoided the panel area because I know that those lines are insane and being a New Yorker, I knew that I would have other opportunities for similar panels down the road.
I will say that after seeing all of the great costumes, it made me want to step up my game for next year. This year, I simply went as a Gryffindor student, but next year I'll pick a YA book character most people probably won't get recognize for next year, but oooooh well haha. I bet you guys can figure out what books I'll be pulling characters from haha.
Epic Reads Plinko!
I'm so glad that books are beginning to permeate events like Comic Con. I spent most of my time in the book section, and I have no regrets. Shocking coming from a bibliophile, right?
The HarperCollins Booth had a great game hosted by Epic Reads. Once a day, you could play Plinko and win 2016 ARCs. For those of you who are not familiar with Plinko, let me explain. It's a board that's covered in pegs and at the very bottom are slots for the books you can win (refer to picture on the above). You drop a disc, and it bangs off the pegs until it reaches the bottom of the board and you find out what you win. On my second day, I was lucky to win the Jackpot—meaning I got to win all of the available ARCs. To be completely honest, I was a 100% sure that "Jackpot" was a book title . . . so imagine my surprise when I was handed a tote full of 2016 ARCs! I did play Plinko on each of the three days, and I did get some doubles, so be on the lookout for my upcoming giveaways!
Books for Trade!
I had no idea coming in to Comic Con that book trading was a thing, but I found out pretty quickly that it happens all the time and I ended up trading for these babies! I already had a few of these prior to the trades, but I knew that I could find them better homes and I traded away books I already had or wasn't interested in, so it all worked out in the end! Aren't they pretty? I wish the Seven Black Diamonds ARC had the official cover, because it is GORGEOUS!
For all of the books in this picture, you needed to know or have something in order to get them.
Wink Poppy Midnight: You needed a ticket to receive a copy.
Glass Sword: You had to tell a staff member what you loved about Red Queen to get the ARC.
Flamecaster: You had to spot the Gray Wolf in the HarperCollins Booth.
The Fifth Wave: The password was "The Lone Star" to get a survival pack and this book.
Epic Reads Panel!
I only attended one panel throughout all of Comic Con and that was the Epic Reads Panel, where we got to hang out with Heidi Heilig (The Girl From Everywhere), Jodi Meadows (The Orphan Queen), Dan Wells (Partials), Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die), and Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton (Tiny Pretty Things). I have to say that this was the best panel that I've ever been to! Instead of the authors sitting at a table at the front of the room, they sat with us! There were four round tables, and like speed dating, the authors would rotate to sit at each table to talk to us and sign books that they were giving away.
The biggest surprise at this panel to the attendants and Jodi (XD) was that we were given a bound manuscript of My Lady Jane. I've never gotten anything like this before in my entire life, so I'm really excited. Plus, it's a book by three amazing authors! Who wouldn't want that?
Although I always love meeting authors, I was especially thrilled to finally be able to meet up with Heidi Heilig! Everyone I know (including moi) is dying to read her 2016 debut novel The Girl From Everywhere. I now own an ARC copy of it, and it's signed and personalized! Could life get any better? I don't think so. Heidi and I have been talking for a while through Twitter and I'm so happy that I finally got to hang out with my doughnut buddy/long-lost cousin!
I got to hang out with some amazing people while at NYCC! Some I knew from Twitter and others I randomly met while there. It was so much fun talking and spending time with all of you!
Jocelyn @ Novels and Necklaces
Traci @ The Reading Geek
Nori @ ReadWriteLove28 (Founder of Team Alpaca)
Lili @ Lili's Reflections
Jon @ Bookish Antics
My Final Haul!
I did not include all of my doubles in this shot, because otherwise all of the books wouldn't fit! There is one book that did escape this photo and that is an arc of Gena/Finn by Kat Helgeson & Hannah Moskowitz. Thanks to this haul, I've had to remake my reading schedule to accommodate all of these books, which I was more than happy to do! Although I will say that my schedule is now filled up through January 2016 XD