Wednesday, May 25, 2016

BEA 2016: part I

Hello everyone!

I know it's been a while since I've posted a review, but a lot of things happened to me this year. The most interesting thing for you, guys? I went to BEA 2016!!!! That means goodies are coming your way very, very soon!

So a quick recap about what's going on in my life right now and why I have to apologize for missing you so much: I am finishing my degree at UAB in chemical engineering (wohoo!), I'm a single lady now (let's get this party started!!!), I have been accepted at 7 colleges in the UK to do my masters degree in Biotechnology (help me decide?), I went to BEA 2016 (a crazy moment in my life, but the best decision ever!), I've been working a lot organizing tour at the FFBC Tours and I finally met my US sister and co-owner of the FFBC Tours, Anasheh, also blogger at A Reading Nurse (see proof below). 

All that said, I missed you guys I have my last exam on June 8th and then I am all yours. I promise to write all my pending reviews, host a lot of giveaways and send you lots of virtual hugs!

But I also have to do a recap of my fabulous trip to Chicago! After organizing so many tours for the FFBC Tours I decided that If I was going to cross the ocean to go "book hunting" at least I would let Anasheh handle the organization of this trip. Oh, and she did (Thank you, sis!). I was so lost about what happened at BEA that I was flipping out when Anasheh told me that we didn't have to pay for the books at the expo.

So you can imagine... The first day I was expecting to grab just a few books, go easy and see the exhibition booths... Guys, it was pretty crazy. Everyone rushed to enter the exhibition area as it was Black Friday (almost!) and we picked so many books that my mom had to remind me that we couldn't buy a house just for the books.

The second and third day was when all the "waiting" started and when the real book hunting started. We had to divide and conquer. 

So Anasheh and I made a deal: she will go to one exhibition booth while I went running like someone wanted to murder me to another one and meet in the next booth. But after a few hours later we decided that it would be better if I was the one running like a crazy woman while Anasheh watched all our bags. In a comfortable position! I am not that cruel!

And the waiting part is because the book signings started! YAY! I met a lot of authors and got a lot of books signed!!!

Tahereh Mafi, Kristen Simmons, Alexandra Bracken, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Sarah Shepard, Sabaa Tahir & Natalie D. Richards

In one of our "OMG, I can't do this anymore. I need to rest or else I'm going to die" moments, we ended up in an authors' conference where some amazing authors were talking about their upcoming novels.

But our BEA events didn't end up when we left the McComirck Place. We were invited to Fierce Reads Cocktail Party on Thursday night! YAY!

In there we had the chance to socialize with other bloggers, meet Mary & Molly (publicists at Macmillan that we have work a lot with for the FFBC Tours) and meet some AMAZING authors, such as Leigh Bardugo, Caleb Roehrig (who loved my red lipstick *grins*), Marissa Meyer and Kami Garcia. We talked, we laughed, took a lot of photos and drank a lot of wine (well... this was partly all me). 

But that's not ALL! Fierce Reads gave us some AMAZING tote bags with an ARC of Heartless by Marissa Meyer (wohoo!), an ARC of Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig, an ARC of The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia, an sample of Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, a copy of 1984 by George Orwell with a secret password *insert dramatic music here*, a bookish t-shirt, a super cute and professional red wallet from Macmillan and some cool Crooked Kingdom tattoos! Aren't they AMAZING? I totally fangirled a lot all night long as you can imagine.

Okay, so I think that BEA 2016 made me wiser and it was an experience I recommend to every book lover. At least once in a lifetime. And here's a list of the things I learned/realized after this mind-blowing trip:

         1. BEA 2016 was my Book Hunger Games. As in literally.

       2. Going to BEA 2016 has not cured my obsession with still wanting to buy books even if I already have an enormous TBR pile of books.

      3. Having the urge to sleep everywhere while at BEA can be a normal behavior. Even the floor seems nice enough to take a quick nap. 

      4. Bring a suitcase with you to BEA 2016 to leave all your books when you cannot carry them anymore in the exhibit hall. Don't be me. I died. My shoulders are no longer shoulders. I carry the mark of the unprepared-for-BEA-2016 booknerd.

      5. I have absolutely no control over the amount of books I want (I think I'm starting to realize that I might have a problem... Not sure about this one yet).

      6. I need to buy another room for the books now.

     7. Scratch number 6. I need to buy another house just to store the books in a nice and organized way.

      8. There's no need to be greedy at BEA. There's plenty of ARCs. Usually. So just pick one.

      9. Rolling over the ARCs you got in a dreamy way can be painful. Even more if you throw them at you as if they were money bills.

Warning: Do not do this with books.

So, guys, what do you think? Anyone wanting to go to BEA 2017?


  1. I'm so happy we got to meet and I owe you big time for giving me your Leigh Bardugo ticket girl!! *big hugs*

    1. Oooh Pili!!! It was amazing to have the chance to meet you! <3

  2. Ha! Love this post. It was so funny. Alas, Chicago was my first and last BEA. It was, as you explained, Hunger Games-ish. Back in NYC next year, my daughter can go with her co-bloggers.

    1. hahaha it was pretty crazy! But we had a lot of fun! I'm just sorry to hear that you're not going to BEA next year :(