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Top Twelve Favorite Contemporary

Top Ten TuesdayHi everyone! Long time, no post, I know. I’m, eh, moving on…

It’s Tuesday which means it’s Top Ten Tuesday Time. Every week the ladies at The Broke and The Bookish have a new bookish list for the book blogosphere (and others) to participate in. You can see previous and future lists here.

I like today’s list because it lets me shout out some titles in my favorite genre.

Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre (I know, I know. Picking all time faves. I’m MEAN. But I like knowing people’s definitive faves). Can also break it down into sub-genre if that helps?

My list is going to be over YA Contemporary.

~One~

All The Bright Places

~Two~

I'll Meet You There

~Three~

Perks of Being A Wallflower

~Four~

Fans of The Impossible Life

~Five~

More Happy Than Not

~Six~

The Night We Said Yes

~Seven~

Emmy and Oliver

~Eight~

The DUFF

~Nine~

A Midsummer's Nightmare

~Ten~

If I Stay Where She Went

~Eleven~

Faking Normal

~Twelve~

What We Saw

~Bonus~

I just thought of two other titles that have to be on here:

Falling Into Place Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe

I know, none of these books are really surprising to anyone who’s been around here before. Haha. Several of these books have made end of year lists and previous Top Ten Tuesdays. A sign I need to read more Contemporary? For sure. Still though, these books are golden.


What are some of your favorite Contemporaries? Or what are some books from your favorite genre?


It’s My SECOND Blogoversary

Guess what?

It’s my blogoversary! I can’t believe it’s been two years already. I just want to thank everyone who’s read or commented on my blog or followed me on Twitter. 🙂

I’m not doing anything super special this time around, like my series of posts last year, but I will be doing a giveaway. The giveaway? Here you go!

It will end August 31st!

The prize?

Any book you want from Book Depository for under $20.

Giveaway Rules:

  • Don’t cheat, I’ll be checking entries (and you’ll be banned from future giveaways).
  • Respond to my email/Twitter DM within 72 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

What has been YOUR biggest blogging related moment during your entire time of blogging? I think mine would be getting my most anticipated book of next year (Nowhere Near You, which I cover-revealed!) in mere days from the publicist! Oh and of course going to BEA just a couple months ago! Very exciting.


Hello By Liza Wiemer Book Deal

(P.S. just to give a disclaimer: Although I would have shared this regardless, I do have the chance to win one of two $15 Amazon Gift cards by posting about today’s deal.)

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Hi everyone. I’m a big Contemporary fan, as has been noted before. So today I’m going to share a Kindle deal.

Hello? by Liza Wiemer is one of today’s Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals today for $.99. I’ve heard really good things about it. I bought this book a number of months ago when it was on sale. I’m looking forward to reading it because one of the characters writes poetry and another writes screenplays. There’s secrets and brokeness and it sounds right up my alley. For the day I read it. 😉 So many books, so little time.

Here’s some information about it:

Hello?Hello by Liza Wiemer

Published By: Spencer Hill Press (November 10th, 2015)

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Friendship, Romance

Themes: Loss, Death, Mental Illness

Pages: 443

Goodreads Summary:

One HELLO can change a life. One HELLO can save a life.

Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma’s death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.

Linked and transformed by one phone call, Hello? weaves together these five Wisconsin teens’ stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.

Told from all five viewpoints: narration (Tricia), narration (Emerson), free verse poetry (Angie), screenplay format (Brenda), narration and drawings (Brian).


If you’ve already purchased it, you could also gift it to a friend or hold a giveaway for a copy if you wanted. Anyway, have you read Hello?? What did you think about it?

 


My Super Late May Recap!

Monthly Recap is basically a post where I recap my life, my blog, entertainment things, etc. 🙂 It will occasionally be joined with my other feature, Looking Forward To (LFT), where I discuss things I’m looking forward to. This post will not include LFT.


Oh my gosh, this is so, so overdue. I got really caught up in May between BEA and well, post BEA, plus dealing with home and such. It was a really long month. BEA was great! I meant to do all of my BEA post last month but…what can I say? I haven’t had the energy or motivation to write them. Plus I’m kind of going in sane over my mini notebook that I lost, then found, then lost again. It had my BEA panel notes in it, not to mention a ton of other writing and omg. Pray I find it, okay guys? Or send positive vibes. ❤

The first part of the month was really full posts. All pertaining to BEA because that was the highlight of my month. I also put in two job applications on the last couple days of May. I’ve heard back from both since then. I was hired at one job, not in the section of the store I wanted, but I was hired. I am the utility clerk at the grocery store.

If you’re wondering What the heck is a utility clerk? then just think about it for a second. 😉

I basically clean floors, dust mop, vacuum, pick up messes if people drop stuff, greet people, take groceries to people’s cars if they so choose, and do bagging sometimes. Oh. And there’s that whole thing about cleaning restrooms. That’s bound to be fun! It’s okay, I’ve got experience there from being at college. That was fun to do every month. It’s only a part time job though, so I don’t think I’ll have to do any super intense cleaning, like mopping the entire floor, unless I’m there until closing or something. Not sure how utility clerks work, but yeah!

I applied at a bank as well which I heard back about yesterday. They scheduled me for an interview for this Monday! That’s exciting. It would be for the mailroom position, FULL TIME (it’s a big deal to me), from 7:30-4:00. I really, really hope I get it.

I bet you’re wondering about the first job, well, since that’s only a part-time position, I’m considering this one. If I were to get the bank job (knock on wood, pray, send positive vibes/thoughts, cross everything), I would decline the grocery store job because…

Let’s face it. The bank is just a better fit for me. It’s full time, which I need and will probably have a higher salary.

So nothing’s guaranteed with that yet, but I’m really hoping I get it.

Oh. There were also a few tornado scares last month. You may have seem me freak out a ton on Twitter. I get really, really freaked out about tornadoes. And storms. Lightning, thunder, wind, rain, dark skies. . .

I am just seriously living in the wrong state.


~Stats~

WordPress Followers:  210

BlogLovin’ Followers: 149

# of Views/Visitors: 2,540/1,830

# of Blog Posts: 12

# of Reviews:

# of Likes: 30

# of Comments: 30 

Most Viewed Post: Interview with Leah Thomas (50)

Most Viewed Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman (551)


~Book Stats~

# of Books Read:

I finished Run by Kody Keplinger.

# of Books Started:

I started Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven.

# of Books Bought:

Kindle Freebie:

Kahayatle (Apocalypsis Book 1) by Elle Casey

# of Books For Review: 2

You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

American Girls by Allison Uminger

VIA Griffin Teen and Flatiron Books on Netgalley.

# of Books Won: 

Phantom Limbs from Rachel.


~What I Posted~

Wow. May was just “Do all the blog tours and all of the BEA posts”. Haha. There was practically nothing else really done.

Blog Tour:

Interview with Roshani Chokshi (Author of The Star-Touched Queen)

Summer Days and Summer Nights – Questionnaire with Stephanie Perkins

Interview with Shari Goldhagen (Author of 100 Days of Cake) + Giveaway

Other Posts:

~Favorite Post~

I liked my interview with Shari Goldhagen a lot. And My Goals For BEA post.


~Favorite Album~

Dangerous_Woman

~Fantastic Videos~

 Gwen Stefani Carpool Karaoke (w/ George Clooney and Julia Roberts) 

~Interesting Articles~

#MHYALit: Ill Enough, a guest post by Nita Tyndall – 


~Music Purchases~

Third Eye Blind self-titled


~What I’ve Been Watching~

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I started re-watching Degrassi The Next Generation before BEA.

I started re-watching Veronica Mars on the way to BEA. In Chicago.  At BEA, from BEA…


How was everyone else’s month? Did you do anything exciting? Did you go to BEA and I missed you somehow? Did you participate in Armchair BEA? Do you have anything coming up this month? Are you excited for Summer?


What I Want To See More Of In YA

I’m getting back into the swinging of blogging again, so I thought I’d do an easier post. This will be in my Amber’s Rambles feature! For the first time in forever.

I love how wide the Young Adult genre there is, there’s contemporary, historical, fantasy, science fiction, romance, etc. Sometimes though, I wish there were more widespread aspects. Therefore, here are some things I would love to see more of in Young Adult Fiction.

~Social Class~

I want to see more lower income characters and I want to see how that affects their life. I’ve been in some interesting positions where at times, I was at a higher social class than my peers. Though during this time, I had no idea we were “high” lower class because I thought we were middle class. Imagine that for a second. Then there have been times when my family was at a lower economic class than some of my peers, but still have money for things such as books, albums, etc.

Money is an interesting thing. It’s even more interesting to see how it does or doesn’t affect people. In a lot of Young Adult books, I’ve noticed that at least one character lives in a wealthy area, this character is generally pretty popular, but generally doesn’t have the happiest home life. Money doesn’t buy happiness, of course.

I’d love to see how money can affect a teen’s day to day life. How they interact with friends, if they can go on field trips, if they buy that CD that all their friends are listening to, how often do they go out, do they go out, are their friends knowledgeable about the MC’s financial condition? (Replace Condition).

Or even, did they eat this week? Do they have their electricity on? What do they have to go without? Do they buy new clothes for school every year or do they generally wear the same thing every week?

I want to see all of this.

A great book that dealt with a lower income class was I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios and it was so lovely. It was the first time I actually saw a book that dealt with a family in a non-middle or high class setting regularly in the book. Another book I read was Eleanor and Park which was the actual first book to see poverty in but it didn’t go as deep into as I wish it had.

Backlist:

Eleanor and Park I'll Meet You There More Happy Than Not

Frontlist:

The_Possibility_Of_Somewhere This Is The Part Wher You Laugh

~Racial Diversity~

This is really picking up in YA the last couple of years, but it’s mostly in fantasy. For some strange reason. And deals with retellings. I’d love to see more racial and ethnic diversity in a Contemporary novel.

Specifically, I would love to see more multi-racial main characters. I’m half white, 1/4th Native American (Potawatomi Prairie Band Nation, to be exact) and 1/4th Puerto-Rican. As someone who is mixed, I hardly ever see that portrayed in fiction. Characters are generally only one race or biracial, but never mixed races. I think it opens up a lot of stories for identity and how others see you. It can have a big affect on how you view the world too. (Neither example is mult-racial).

Backlist:

Pointe Written In The Stars

~College Setting YA~

And I don’t mean what New Adult is right now, which is all about sex and relationships.

There’s a ton of fantasy in YA and that is what a lot of people read because they seek that adventure, excitement and the way it just takes them out of the world. Well, for some people, like me, college is their fantasy, it is their escape. Usually though, there’s only the Senior year of high school or the summer before college covered.

Frontlist: 

Wrecked Summer_Skin We_Are_Still_Tornadoes All_The_Feels 

Backlist:

Fangirl

~Religion~

I’m a Christian and as a Christian, I would love to read a novel that had a Christian as a main character. A main character where Christ actually ruled their life and who they were. If this were a “mainstream” book, that would be nice too. As in it has an author that doesn’t write categorical, genre “Christian Fiction”.

I’m into reading about other religions too, so I’d like to read books with characters that follow Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, etc. I think it’s interesting to see how your beliefs affect your actions or how you deal with things.

I’d love to see a character discovering their religion or what their belief system too since I think that’s incredibly rare in Young Adult, from what I’ve read.

~Intersectionality~

I’d love to see the intersectionality of various marginalization. For instance, a character of a marginalized race who also has a disability. A character with a disability who lives in a lower income area. A story about a Muslim who isn’t CISHet and how that would impact them. I would like to see this in fantasy as well.

Frontlist:

When The Moon Was Ours

Backlist:

More Happy Than Not ShadowshaperWhen Reason Breaks Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe On_The_Edge_of_Gone Not_Otherwise_Specified Tell_Me_Again_How_A_Crush_Should_Feel If_You_Could_Be_Mine Fans of The Impossible Life

~Sports~

I would love to see more girls in sports, specifically “solo” sports like snow boarding or drag racing.

As well as gymnastics, ballet, dance, ice skating, track, cheerleading, tennis, surfing, swimming. . .

Frontlist:

Tumbling Defending_Taylor Shiny_Broken_Pieces

Backlist:

Tiny Pretty Things Just Like The Movies This Is Where It Ends The Girl Who Fell

~Daydreaming~

I daydreamed a ton in school, especially middle school. That is all I ever did at lunch. I never find any real daydreamers in YA at all. It makes me sad.

~Female and Platonic Friendships~

I would like some that don’t deal with trios (such as The Night We Said Yes and Emmy and Oliver) with one of the characters not being gay. Because guys and girls can really just be friends.

I’m always up for more friendship heavy books with girls as well.

Frontlist:

This_Adventure_Ends Going Geek Run_Kody_Keplinger

Backlist: 

Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants Pretty_Little_Liars Just Like The Movies Roomies Emmy and Oliver

~Family Driven Fiction~

Something in the vein of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Next To Normal and Our Town in particular.

Dark, dysfunctional and a bit sad.

I like twisted family backgrounds and home lives that aren’t exactly the greatest.

Oh, I would also love something like the child/parent relationships in Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars!

Frontlist:

Ripple Cuckoo Still_Life_With_Tornado A_List_Of_Cages All_In_Pieces 

Backlist

I'll Meet You There


So, what are some the things you would like to see in YA? Do you know any books that deal with these topics that I didn’t mention?


SST Review: All The Feels by Danika Stone

Let me first say that I am so happy I was able to read this book for the Sunday Street Team (created by Nori).

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All_The_FeelsTitle: All The Feels

Author: Danike Stone

Published: June 7th, 2016 (Swoon Reads)

Pages: 336

Genres: Contemporary

Themes: Fandom, Internet

Format: eARC

Source: Provided by Swoon Reads VIA Netgalley due to being on the Sunday Street Team

Rating: Three Stars

Goodreads Summary:

College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.

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~Review~

I had a hard time getting into All The Feels when I first started. I felt that Liv was being a bit over-dramatic over the loss of her favorite leading guy in a franchise. I’ll chalk up my feelings changing to watching a Degrassi reunion episode. As well as of course, my realization that I can totally connect with her. She comes across a bit dramatic but… I know I’ve definitely gotten that way (See any show that I’ve watched like, ever). Just yesterday I was really sad about an endgame couple in a series. I actually lose sleep over character’s deaths. I lose sleep BEFORE characters deaths. I will go into mourning, I will be angry, I will cry if I feel so compelled. Liv was a likable character even if at times I felt she was childish.

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So sure, you can say Liv’s being over the top, but sometimes people just are over the top when they really love something.

I loved the idea for All The Feels. It deals with fandom which is something that I think a lot of people can relate to. It involves characters just going out and making things happen rather than just waiting for it.

I’m going to do this review in two sections:

What I Loved:

  • College, Yes!
    • I loved that Liv was a college freshman. I’ve talked about this quite a bit before, but I find college settings and classes to be so under-used. In All The Feels, Liv lives (ha) at home with her mom while taking classes at the local college.
  • Fandom – YES
    • Fandom is such a big part of so many people’s lives now. You can basically find a fandom for anything you like, it’s quite lovely. Liv is a big part of the Starveil fandom online, but she’s not huge. At least . . . not in the beginning. I really love seeing how she immersed herself into the online world. She used fandom as an outlet and I understand that in so, so many ways.
  • Bisexuality – Representation
    • There are a few conversations with one of the characters being bisexual. This was good to see as it was actually on page and discussed multiple times. As well as seen a bit.
  • Wish-Fulfillment
    • I love a good wish fulfillment story. I just do. Wish-fulfillment is basically where scenarios play out in fiction that you wish would happen in real life. I will say that All The Feels definitely has wish fulfillment moments, especially in the second half. Especially in the end.
  • Saving The Series
    • Liv dives into trying to save the franchise that she loves so much. Her first step? Putting together a video, attaching a hashtag #SpartanSurvived and posting it on a message board. Where it then goes viral! The impact of fans though, am I right? (See Veronica Mars Kickstarter / See Pretty Little Liars Petition). Fans are so passionate. I liked how she just went and did this thing after she was tired of just moping around. I felt it was really original how she did the videos. Plus, who DOESN’T want to go viral on the internet, at least sometimes? Now, having that known to the in real life masses may not be the greatest thing. . .
  • Xander’s Acting
    • I really liked seeing Xander being interested in acting. He definitely seemed like the type that would be good for that kind of thing. He ends up being in a few of Liv’s videos to save Starveil.
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  • The Second Half
    • I loved the second half a lot more. It was definitely where things picked up and I liked the excitement. It takes place at Dragon Con which is an actual con, so it was really fun to read the fictional portrayal of that. Especially having come back from BEA (Book Expo America) just weeks ago, which while it isn’t a con, it gave me a sense of how Dragon Con was for Liv.
  • All of The Technology
    • I enjoyed reading the text conversations between Liv and Xander as well as the random Twitter conversations between Liv and other people in the fandom.

What I Didn’t Love:

  • Xander – A Bit
    • It was really hard to get my mind to wrap around Liv’s best friend Xander. At the beginning of All The Feels, we find out that they’ve been friends for a number of months since Liv started college. Xander had an interesting fashion choice in that it was quite Victorian and Steam-Punkish. He also talked in a flirty way to basically everyone. I felt like he was maybe a bit too larger than life.
      • Apparently part of his firtiness was calling Liv “Dearest” in every other sentence to her. I thought Xander and Liv spent a bit too much time together given that he has a girlfriend, but hey, that’s life for you. You can’t separate best friends just because one’s in a relationship. Still, if I’d been dating someone and this went on…I can’t say I’d be too happy.
  • Xander’s Girlfriend
    • All The Feels had one of the same minor issues that In Real Life by Jessica Love had. Xander has a girlfriend who is really nice to Liv and considers her a friend. Unfortunately, Liv says that “Sometimes she’s TOO likable.” I have a problem with this statement for a variety of reasons.
      • How are you going to say that someone is too likable? Why would you want to dislike someone?
  • Unresolved Subplots
    • Home Life
      • I felt like Liv’s home life could have been expanded on. A lot. We discover something about her dad and I wish I’d known more about that. It deals with why Liv is so into the fandom she’s into. Liv’s mom also has this awful boyfriend and I was hoping we’d get closure on that whole thing but nope.
    • Mental Illness
      • Liv has anxiety problems as well as depression, which is only touched on a little. As someone who’s definitely sought out the online world during these times, I really wished this had been expanded on a lot. I felt like I was still missing a piece of the love Liv had for the fandom by not knowing everything. I would have liked to know how she was managing (or not really managing) both of these things.
    • Fandom Personal Life
      • There was a minor plot of Liv’s mom being adamantly against fandom, yet somehow an event happens later in the book and I’m just asking myself “So how did THAT go down exactly? Did they discuss this? Was it not talked about? I don’t understand.” It was never discussed on page so I was left being a bit questioning. Part of the reason her mother is so against fandom is because of how Liv’s previously reacted with slacking off on school work and such. I really wished that had been touched on a lot more. I was just annoyed at her mom because I didn’t get the big deal.
  • Miscommunication
    • So, All The Feels had to throw in a bit of the dreaded miscommunication for good measure. This is done at the end of the book when everything is wrapping up. Why was this added in? I don’t even know. It seemed like one big “hurdle” before the big scene. I really didn’t like this at all and felt it was unnecessary. Especially given that the reason it happens doesn’t make sense because one person did the same thing the other person does previously.

~Overall~

I really liked All The Feels despite the things I didn’t like about it. It showed how much fictional death can affect people. I loved reading a book about a girl being in college while living at home. Xander was hard to swallow at times, but I really enjoyed his character too. I think it would have done better as a first person story as I could have gotten inside Liv’s head a lot more. I will read Stone’s future Young Adult books.


~Do I Recommend?~

Yes

~Who Do I Recommend It To?~

Fans of fantoms

Fans of the internet age

Anyone who’s ever felt sad over a fictional death

~Would I Buy It?~

Maybe.

~Would I Re-Read It?~

Yes.

~Other Random Notes~

Liv reminded me a lot of Cath from Fangirl.

Xander reminded me of a combination of Finch from All The Bright Places and Augustus from The Fault In Our Stars.


Day One – BEA Begins

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Note: When speaking of people, I will link to their Twitters.

Here is my Day One recap for BEA! My first day of BEA started off a bit early. I woke up at 7 officially to shower and eat breakfast at the hostel. Amazingly enough, I fell asleep relatively early the night before. At least, way earlier than I do at home. This led to me waking up a few times between 6-7.

I had called for my cab the night before to pick me up at 8. Why so early? I heard it would be hectic. So I showered and packed my bag for the day in case I didn’t get a tote right away. In my bag was my sad little map I mentioned before.

Sad Map

I did use it somewhat. It is very sad.

As well as my sad little non highlighted schedules.

Schedule

Both of these pictures are Post-BEA

Then I went to find breakfast which was a bit harder than I thought it would be… Due to some misinformation, I was under the impression that it was actually in the next door restaurant called the Parthenon.

It was not.

Past Amber didn’t know this fact though.

Past Amber should have read the entire paper the receptionist gave her.

I walked outside and tried to open the door to the restaurant, it wouldn’t open…

Outside Hostel

So I walked to the building on the other side of my hostel and just looked at it for about a minute telling myself I don’t have time for this. I eventually went back inside my hostel to talk to the receptionist. Of course, then there were people waiting to check in so I didn’t have much hope in finding breakfast before leaving. I decided just to wait in line when I heard them tell the people checking in where the breakfast was. It was inside the building, but through a door (right next to where I was) and in the back.

I rushed back there as I only had about 15 minutes before my cab would show up. I had some oatmeal and about three really tiny cups of orange juice (I don’t think they were over four ounces)  before leaving. I received a text saying my cab had “accepted my charge” and an ETA (Estimated Time Arrival) (I’m guessing).

I left the hostel fast and looked for my cab as I didn’t get out of there until five minutes later. I thought I missed my cab, so I called the company and the voice recording said it would be there soon. I was thinking that maybe the cab would be on the OTHER side of the street. For some reason. Maybe because there were quite a few cars on my side of the street. The crosswalk was all the way down the street, I walked down there, crossed the street, and looked around.

When I saw a cab about to go the way of the hostel, I quickly had to cross the street (which had a red light) then basically run down to meet the cab. It ended up being my cab, yay! I learned for future reference to make note of the numbers that I would get in the cab texts, as they tell you what number cab you would have.

I was a bit confused because it was a Yellow Cab and I called a different cab company. Apparently three cabs are connected though.

Much to my surprise and delight, I didn’t end up having to spend more than 15.80 on my cab which included the tip. Rush hour was definitely much better than what I expected.


~Arrival To McCormick~

I finally made it to McCormick a little bit after eight. I went to the Starbucks, paid around $3.80 for a bottled frappuccino that wouldn’t have cost me more than $2.99 at Walgreens, however, I figured what the heck as I didn’t spend as much on the cab. I hung out at Starbucks for about twenty minutes and let the people of Twitter know that I was at the Starbucks.

Rashika had my BEA badge printout since I asked her to print it out for me. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to ask her to bring it with her to the signing. She said she and the others were still in bed, as the conference doesn’t open until 1 and they were a bit tired. I decided I would walk around a bit and see the convention center since I had time to kill. I also wanted to know where the room was for my panel so I would know how to get there.

  Looking_Beforehand

The panel rooms ended up being on the first floor which wasn’t too bad since there were escalators. Except my room was all the way at the end and then down another hall. I ended up sitting in a chair down there reading Twitter for a bit. Rashika texted me saying she wouldn’t be able to give me the printout in time and to come meet her at her room.


This led to:

~Ton of Unexpected Walking Part 2~

If I didn’t think I was tired when I was walking the night before, I definitely got tired from walking around this morning. Haha. It’s okay, I just looked at it for preparation for the show floor.

I should have had more preparation. 😉

I went across one of the long skywalks and ended up not knowing how to get to the right elevators. I had to talk to several people working at McCormick to get an idea of where in the world the room was.

I ended up near elevators, but they didn’t go up to the floor where Rashika was.

Long story short, I walked for about 20 minutes trying to find her, had several phone calls and talked to many people before I finally found the right room. I met her at the door, came in for a minute, then promptly left because the panel I was going to started in like, 15 minutes and I still had to get my badge. Not to mention walk back across the skywalk. She walked me in the right direction so I wouldn’t be taking the long way around again.

I was able to get my badge pretty fast which was a little surprising, but now that I think about it, not too much because I was there pretty early. I have no idea why my badge says publishing other than I selected the wrong item during registration. Ha. And my lovely business cards make an appearance. 

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I went to my panel in less than five minutes from it starting. The first panel I went to was called Leading Readers to Your Children’s and Young Adult Content. It dealt mostly with different ways to use metadata along with different programs for metadata. I thought it was really interesting though it was mostly focused on librarians and booksellers. I will be going into detail about all of the panels I attended in a future post as there were quite a few of them.

After that panel, I saw these two girls next to me with a big newspaper. I wanted this newspaper as I overheard them talk about a galley drop or something. I asked them where they got it and they told me there was a stack by where you pick up your badge. Of course. So I went back to pick up the paper, then went back for the second panel.

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The second panel was Kids Graphic Novels: How The Industry Has Changed (And Continues Changing).

This was another interesting panel. I wasn’t really familiar with graphic novels except for the japanese translated ones. Even then my knowledge was very limited–limited only to Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon. This was not discussed. Sad.

~The Show Floor~

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Okay! So I made it to my first two panels. I went back upstairs to where the show floor would be and waited at one of the two entrances. There were apparently two and I had no idea where the first one was, so I stayed behind a lot of people with the anticipation just building. What would it be like? Would I actually find books? Would I actually get a tote?

The answers:

The show floor was really crowded but pretty calm from what I saw. I DID find books, I found three in less than ten minutes. I DID get a couple totes that day. 

I was anticipating the Lauren Oliver signing to clear a lot of people off the floor, haha, but that didn’t happen.

1. Even with big signings, people are all over for various reasons

2. Her signing was rescheduled to happen later in the day.

I didn’t have anything going on at one so I just roamed the floor a bunch. Lo and behold less than five minutes walking onto the floor do I find three books I want right away. And they were just SITTING there. On the floors and tables all for the taking. That didn’t stop me from asking “Hi, am I allowed to take this?” and whoever was at the booth would be like “Help yourself!”.

I believe my first book was either The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch or The Graces by Laure Eve followed by Wrecked by Maria Padlan.

Yes. The very same Wrecked that was on my “Books I Really Hope Will Be At BEA” list.

I was so ecstatic, it was already starting out to be a great day. I mostly just roamed around some more until my next panel which involved authors. I have no solid idea what books I picked up really. I know I picked up How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather and Be Light Like A Bird by Monika Schröder. This was an MG title that I heard of previous to BEA and wanted to grab.

Afterwards I think I texted Val or Rashika at this time and asked them where they were at, in various signing lines. I stopped by the Harper Collins Tyndale booth and talked to the publicist there for a little bit. I decided to pick up A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay.

Next was my panel which was the PBS Presents: Women of Fiction at the Downtown Stage. It featured Gayle Forman, Robyn Carr and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I liked it a lot and it was nice to sit after walking around the floor for a bit. I did feel bad for the ladies though because the mics kept going out.

At the end of it, Robyn Carr’s new book, The Life She Wants, was given away so I got a copy of it as I wanted to pick up an Adult book and an unknown while at BEA.

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I ran into Rashika some time after the panel was finished and asked her if she knew where the Autographing Sessions were. She wasn’t sure, but I was introduced to the others in her group. It was nice to meet Val after talking for so long. Unfortunately, I had a signing to get to, so I walked around the floor aimlessly knowing I had seen the Autographing sign earlier in the day and couldn’t figure out where it was.

Funny story, it was right next to the Downtown Stage. Oops.

My first signing at BEA was for Teach Me to Forget by Erica Chapman. Erica was really nice and I wish I had thought to get a picture with her, but I didn’t.

I looked around on the floor some more before finding Holly sitting behind the Penguin booth where she was joined with the rest of her group. Their group was Holly, Shannon, Rashika, Val, Nori, Mishma, CJ and Kalli.

I had it on my schedule to go to the PBS Presents: Children’s Tales and BEA Editors’ Buzz panels, but I passed on them (which I now kind of hate because Panels!) because sitting down was nice and I didn’t want to get up really.

Overall, it was a nice first day at BEA. A lot less hectic than I thought it would be for sure.

I learned that they were going out to eat and was asked if I was coming. I figured I had nothing else to do and I did want to hang out with the group, so I tagged along. They went to their rooms for a bit and I hung out in the lobby area waiting for them and going through the books. We walked to the train stop which makes me really glad I didn’t take it every morning because it was a bit of a walk (for me). It’s also very high hope.

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So. One thing that did suck about walking around Chicago was that I had to carry my big heavy tote of books everywhere. It sucked and slowed me down and made me tired. That’s not a big deal though.

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The views were nice.

We went to a Chinese restaurant which was good. I tried…some wasabi, which was not good but not terrible. It was like, spicy-ish. It was a nice first dinner. Mishma tried sushi for the first time, so that was pretty entertaining. I ordered the Pecan chicken, I think, or something like that. It had chicken. Also, I think I mastered chopsticks there as well. 🙂

 

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Please ignore my hand shadow 🙂

Okay, so there is a fork in the picture, but I only used it for like, five minutes! The drink was an Angry Orchard Green Apple Cider, I’d never had one before and it was really good. I couldn’t finish it though because I ate my food first and was full. I gave the remainder to Val which wasn’t much. 

 

 

~The Bean Adventures~

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After eating we went to the Bean and walked through Millennium Park.

The Bean was an interesting sight.

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And it made interesting sights.

Before I left my city, I was actually asked if I would be seeing it by a friend and had no idea what it was or if I would be. Turns out it’s some huge metal structure that someone created. It’s official name is The Cloud Gate. I like the real name a lot better.

We took some pictures there then walked across the long bridge. More pictures were taken there. It was really gorgeous seeing all the buildings.

After that the group divided into two, Val and Rashika took me to Union Station where I walked back to my hostel. ❤ They’re so fantastic.

Walking back was  a little worrying (and also included walking across a bridge, there was a lot of walking across bridges/skywalks for me, haha that week), even the hostel wasn’t far away. It was just unfamiliar and dark out so it was hard to read the signs and figure out where I was going. I managed to find it safe and sound though!

Oh. I obtained my favorite BEA tote on this day too. I’ll show you in a later post. It’s lovely and would be the bag that I used for the rest of the week. I emptied it out as it was so, so heavy with books and decided to revise my schedule for the next day. I decided to watch an episode of Veronica Mars, but I don’t even think I was able to finish it! I was so tired so I went to sleep fast.

Books I KNOW I Picked Up:

  • The Movie Version
  • Wrecked
  • The Graces
  • How To Hang A Witch
  • Teach Me To Forget
  • Be Light Like A Bird
  • A Portrait of Emily Price
  • The Life She Wants

And that’s it for day 1! I’ll be posting about Day 2 on Monday. 🙂


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