So for starters, this small town girl has never been to a city bigger than Montreal, Québec so being able to visit an iconic and massive metropolis like New York was such a treat!! Here's what we got up to on the first night in the big city: Times Square!!
Times Square: got to see a Storm Trooper & Vader - I caught the attention of a Trooper but I was really after Vader ;)
Then, we were up bright and early in the morning for day one of BEA:
|Press Pass - totally official|
People in line to enter the Expo & check empty suitcases for books (Source: BEA Press Room)
Then we were off to the Harlequin Teen Blogger Breakfast with Elizabeth Scott, Julie Kagawa, Katie McGarry & Amanda Sun. They did a round table where each author/publicist would sit down at our table for 5 minutes and we could chat them up! It was pretty amazing but way too early for my brain to think up of questions I'd have liked to ask o_O
|Source: Giselle @ Xpresso Reads|
|Source: bookexpoamerica on Instagram|
|Shake My Jugs! bahaha|
**Books & Authors (EEEEK!!) What had me in various states of fan-girl-euphoria were all the authors I idolize - *ahem* Brandon Sanderson! *passes out* I literally wanted to do a cartwheel wheel after meeting him, first when he signed Steelheart (a.k.a THE PRECIOUS!) and was kind enough to ask each of us if we had a question for him *dies* Then I got to meet him again the next day when he was signing copies of The Rithmatist (another coveted one)
It was a thrill and an honor to meet Julie Kagawa, Maria V. Snyder and Dan Krokos - who said he loved my name and asked if he could use it in a book (O.O) Sadly no author pics - it was pretty hectic in there PLUS my mind went out the window the minute I got in range of those inspirational authors...
|Depicting a classic scene from this book ♥|
I'm the one taking the picture!! Meeting Asher (Paranormal Indulgence), Mandee (VeganYANerds) & Tara (Hobbitsies)
And finally after the last & memorable day at BEA, we got to do the touristic thing again - me, Giselle & our mama's went out to Central Park, the How I Met Your Mother Pub & Times Square. I absolutely had to see the Imagine/John Lennon Memorial in Central Park but we got to walk up to the tragic place where he died and pay our respects. I was really moved by the entire experience ♥ R.I.P. John Lennon. McGee's is the name of the pub which MacLaren's in based on on How I Met Your Mother - it was brilliant! There were pics of the entire cast all over and they apparently all get together there once a year for a cast party!! The food was GREAT.
Soooo...yeah, BEA'13 + NYC was an mind-blowingly EPIC experience!! We were already discussing returning to do it all over again next year on the car drive back! I hope you enjoyed reading my recap post as much as I enjoyed living it and writing it up afterwards but I doubt it bahaha Anyways let me know your thoughts on the whole thing in the comments below - and hope to see even more of you for BEA'14 :D
**Stay tuned for my book-haul post, which will go up on Saturday as part of Stacking the Shelves**