Friday, June 22, 2018

BookExpo & BookCon '18 Recap + King of Scars Sampler Giveaway!

This was my 5th year attending BookExpo and BookCon and I honestly can't believe it.  I also can't believe that it's taken me almost a month to put this up, but better late than never, I suppose... 😅

Differences Between BookExpo and BookCon

So I got this question a lot during both conventions so I thought I would address it here. BookExpo is a publishing industry convention, meaning to be able to attend, you have to prove that you are part of the book community as a professional in publishing as a publisher, editor, publicist, author, reviewer, etc, etc. However BookCon is open to the general public, which means it's usually filled with x10 the amount of people.

BookExpo & BookCon: 2017 vs. 2018

In general, this was the calmest BookExpo and BookCon that I have attended. Don't get me wrong, there was the usual drama with the book drop stampedes. But overall, it was pretty calm in the sense that there weren't as many books dropping as in the past, and for the books that were dropping, there were multiple opportunities to get them so it was a little less insane—with a couple of exceptions.

But generally, it was a really fun year! While I didn't pick up as many books as I did in previous years, I got to hang out with so many great people and that's one of the main reasons I love going each year.

Leigh Bardugo finally got her first banner at BookExpo and BookCon! It was so freaking beautiful, and I have to say that it's rather fitting that it was for Nikolai's book. After all, he does have a thing for dramatic entrances xD. 

As you guys know, for me, I need to own everything that Leigh Bardugo puts out, so the main things I wanted from this convention were the King of Scars sampler AND all 5 of the new buttons. It took a little bit of luck and a lot of hunting, but I left the convention VICTORIOUS!

Authors I Got to Meet this Year!

One of the main reasons that I look forward to BookExpo is the people. I got to see so many people this year that I don't normally have an opportunity to hang out with. Some of you, I got to hang out with outside of the con, and those memories are probably my favorite. But either way, I'm so glad I got to spend time with so many fabulous friends!

I hope I didn't miss anyone, but if I did, I'm sorry! 

The Books!

Here are some of my favorites that I picked up from BookExpo and BookCon this year.

I already read and loved the King of Scars Sampler and Wildcard, and now I'm going to read Muse of Nightmares next!

Line-Jumping: If one person stands at the front of a line and then brings half of the convention to stand with them, it is just rude and unacceptable for me. People wait in line for hours for these drops, and most of the time, the copies of whatever they're giving away are extremely limited. So when a person allows 20 of their friends to jump in line with them, it also means that 20 other people behind them just stood in line for no reason. Of course everyone holds spots for their friends within reason, but people also need to realize when they are crossing a line and use some common sense. 

Front of the Line Pass: So for those of you who don't know, this is a pass that allows you to jump to the front of the line for any signing in the autographing area. With this pass, you can have the peace of mind that as long as you arrive before the signing starts, you will most likely get the book you want and meet your favorite author. Sounds great, right? Well it is, but it is also has a sucky side. I have nothing against the pass in general, and I have even bought several in the past and used them. However, I think it needs to be handled better. As I said previously, people wait in lines for hours and then at last second, people with these passes come up and then the people who spent the time waiting are cut out of the line.

So who's the bad guy in this? It's hard to say. I believe that there just needs to be a limit on this somehow. For example, if you are planning on using the front of the line pass for so-and-so line, you have to claim your spot in the line half an hour before the signing starts.

Passwords: It's common at conventions for booths to announce passwords on their social media in order for people to get exclusive swag, books, or products. It's a really fun and cute idea, in theory. But when you're dropping a password for one of the most highly anticipated books of the year? You've just asked for a stampede of people to come running over the second that password drops, and it won't be pretty.

And that's it for this wrap-up! I hope you guys enjoyed it! Did you go to BookExpo or BookCon? What's your favorite convention you've been to? What convention (not just to do with books!) would you like to go to and why? Let me know!


  1. Thank you so much for the chance! ♥♥♥

  2. BookExpo or BookCon looks amazing. I'd love to go someday! Although the crowds might intimidate me a little because I don't like big crowds at all. I haven't been to any real conventions yet except a bookfair here in Belgium that's every year. I met Cassandra Clare and Holly Black there once. ^_^

  3. You r so lucky... I hope I get to go next year...
    Thanks for the giveaway... Can’t wait to read King of Scars

  4. It sounds and looks like so much fun!! I hope to make it to BEA/BookCon one day. Gotta experience that stampede once in my life LOL!

  5. I went to BEA in 2011 and 2012! They were wonderful experiences that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Meeting authors and my friends from the bookish community was amazing. <3 I loved the events that happened at night and getting to explore NYC whenever we wanted. I visited museums and parks--so fun! There are a few downsides to BEA, because not everyone is there for the right reasons. They cut in line, trample people to get to a book they want, and some are just rude for no reason. I feel like it should be a fun time when everyone is there to enjoy time together and bond over books. You should read my post on getting bitten my first year! (

    It looks like you had a blast! I hope I get to go again in the future. <3
    L @ Do You Dog-ear?

  6. It looked like a lot of fun when I was seeing all the tweets and stuff a few weeks ago. Glad you had a good time.

    I had my own experience with front of the line privileges once. I arrived 12 hours or so to meet a particular author, spent half the night in my car, was the first in line, and then some donor or something got to go ahead of me. I guess that people can manage their visitors however they want, but it wasn't really cool from my side of the line.

  7. AHAHAA I still haven't published my BookCon recap so it's ok that you are only now posting!!

    AHHHH YOU GOT WILDCARD I'M SO JEALOUS. BookCon was so fun but I was too scared to go near the King of Scars event because SO. MANY. PEOPLE.

  8. Wow! Sounds like an amazing experience and hopefully the organizers will fix the things that need to be seen to- like line jumping, issues with front of the line passes wasting other people's time, and the password stampedes. I hope you're enjoying the great ARCs that you picked up! I can't wait to read King of Scars. Nickolai was hands down my favorite character in the Grisha trilogy. Over all the other characters! Thanks for the chance to read the sneak peak!

  9. I'm so sad that I missed BEA this year, so I'm excited to live vicariously through those of you who went. I LOVE that Three Dark Crowns pic (I take it there were no ARCs of Two Dark Reigns, though? I'm SO excited about that book!).

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  10. I would really love to go to this one day. It sounds like the best time, even though there are some less desirable aspects to it. Your pictures are so fantastic. :)

  11. Great post! Nice to see such a thorough rundown of BEA/ Bookcon. Looks like a blast. :) I can't wait for Wildcard to come out, and Priory of the Orange Tree looks SO interesting.

    I can see where there'd be some issues though with the front of the line stuff- it does seem rather unfair to people who have spent HOURS in line. Not sure what the solution is but I hope they come up with something.

  12. It was so, so awesome seeing you!! And I agree with all your dislikes! <3

  13. I'm so jealous! Financially I've never been able to go to any books cons D: But maybe, just maybe, I'll make it to one some day, so I can meet some of my favorite authors :D

  14. Wow you got to meet the most amazing authors ever :D !!!!! I'm glad you had a great time :) Also I hate people who cut lines without passes because it's just so completely unfair to everyone else who spend hours waiting in line.
    Kariny @Kariny's Book Frenzy

  15. Wow! That's so cool!! I hope to go one day!

  16. This sounds so cool! I just went to the ALA conference, which was my first big bookish event, and I did notice some of the same dislikes. The line jumping was a big problem, but luckily the most people who cut in front of me were only a group of three (and I was near the front of the line so it wasn't a huge deal). So jealous you got the Priory galley! They didn't have any at ALA (Bloomsbury probably got sick of me passing by their booth looking for it, haha). Hope you love it!

  17. Ahhh, you are pretty much killing me Brittany. <3 LOVE this recap, eee :D Thrilled that you had such an amazing time. <3 Hugs. But gosh, I am jealous too, haha :) Wish I will get to go one day too. Fingers crossed. <3 And yesss for getting so so many books that you wanted :D And for meeting so many awesome people, eee. LOVE the photos. <3 Also, you look gorgeous :) Hugs. Thank you for sharing about all that you did lovely. <3 You are the best. And ahhh! Giveaway! King of Scars sampler! I am dying. Thank you so so much for the chance, eee :D Crossing all my fingers. <3 I need it, badly, haha :)

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