I'm not much of a traveler so when I heard BEA was moving to Chicago I had no plans of going. But at the start of the year I had a change of heart and decided going to Chicago would be a bit of an adventure
Day 1: Arrival
After an eyeliner shopping emergency we grabbed a quick lunch at Al's Italian Beef and went to McCormick Place to pick up our press passes. We didn't hit the floor or anything but we did run into Alyssa, founder
of MochaGirlsReads.com and Classy with the Illinois chapter
Day 2 : Attending BookExpo
Kat and I spent the rest of they day exploring the floor and talking to publicity people. I got to meet Jessica from A Great Read Amber from Du Livre and Nikki from Take Me Away. We have been following them for a while and it was fun to meet bloggers IRL.
Now one of the reason I went to BEA was because I've always wanted to meet Laini Taylor. I didn't see where she was signing but by chance I ran into her on the exhibit floor, she seemed really chill and didn't mind snapping a picture.
On the way back to our hotel we hopped off the bus to see Cloud Gate or "The Bean" in Millennium Park. It was super tourist-y but so fun !
Day 3: More BEAThis was a bit of a slow day for us. Kat was excited to get a copy of one of James Patterson's Bookshots from Hachette. They are supposed to be cinematic, short-unputdownable reads for non-readers so we shall see.
We spent sometime talking to Sophia from Harlequin who works
|.Love the Book Riot Podcast|
The highlight of the day came when we were leaving and we saw Jeff and Rebecca from Book Riot. If it weren't for Rebecca's purple hair I might not have recognized them. It was so weird seeing the faces with the voices and I'm not sure what we said to them but I feel like I may have been too adamant about adding Tessa Dare to their romance recs, but they were super nice and Jeff is so tall !
After BEA Kat and I explored Wicker Park and stopped by Volumes Bookcafe--I really wish we had this in Richmond. It rained for the better half of the evening but we had a great dinner at Nookie's Tree in Boystown with Classy, Alyssa, Amber, Nikki and Tamara from Shelf Addiction. We talked BEA, books and blogging. It left me feeling energized to start blogging and collaborating more.
Day 4: BookCon
Kat and I are going to blog more about BookCon but I decided to go "observe and report" on the happenings. I took my time getting there and mostly stuck to the floor. Unlike BEA security was on point and it was odd seeing families navigate the floor. We spent some time wandering and took a picture with Kendare Blake whose book ,Three Crowns, I picked up at BEA. We just attended the Tig Notaro panel and then headed to the airport, just in time to get caught up in a two hour TSA line. . . but that's another story
All in all this was one of the best BEAs. I'll end this post with the quote Anne Bogel ends her What Should I Read Next podcast with: "Ah, how good it is to be around people who are reading."
|Jess , Kat|