Top 15 Book Con and Book Expo Tips

So I go to conventions a lot and if you are attending either book con or book expo here are my top 15 tips. I have been to comic con and book con before but I have never attended book expo! But I have gone to conventions a lot so here are some tips that I found helpful in the past!!!

 

  1. Just Remember why you are there! TO HAVE FUN!! It is suppose to be fun. If you come out of the convention with no books (follow my tips and you should snag a few) but just have fun and enjoy the experience as a whole and Be safe!
  2. Go into these events with super low  arc expectations! Echoing tip number one, I don’t want one arc that I don’t get to ruin my weekend and I just go into with my lists and just shoot for stuff but nothing if I don’t get will ruin my weekend!
  3. Go with a bookish Friend group! Massive shout to my bookish friend group (tiffany, Jen, Sarah, Justin, Marisa, Nicole, Brianna and Carolina) I go with a massive group of friends because it super fun and also arc trading and swapping occurs so much! These experience are blast with friends because even if you come home with not a ton of arcs the experience will make the weekend!
  4. Plan Plan! Plan! About a week before any con I go to, I will look through all the con stuff online and make a massive list of what drops are occurring when and where and then I figure out where i want to go too! Also top for he day, go to each booth and pick up your daily schedules from the booth and use those working back to war you made! It super helpful to have some plan and not to wander aimlessly all the time!
  5. Pick you book con autographing authors carefully! I try to only do authors at book con that never do or rarely do NYC singings like this year my top two are cassandra clare and Stephanie Garber! I really want books signed by this authors and they rarely have NYC tour dates! So pick those carefully! Cause no mather who you choose you will be online and away from the show floor for a hour or more!
  6. Know things will change and be flexible! Stuff will alter the day off and I always have back up plans in place if i can’t get on a line! Fun story, i missed out on the nightwalker arc at NYCC but I did get to meet the authors of zenith and get a signed arc 🙂 so sometimes missing something give you an even better experience!
  7. Be Kind and nice to the staff and also stay safe and be nice in line! Being rude to fellow book lovers and the people working the event (not an easy job btw) will get you nowhere. No pushing, no yelling and no arc stealing or cutting in line! We are book lovers and we should behave better so we can have a safe con for workers and  attendees alike!
  8. If you can at Book con avoid the massive arc drops! because you know it is going to crazy and you may not even get it. I did not do any at book con and still had a great time! It is just added insanity to your weekend! My rule is if i want this arc that badly i will def be buying it or if by some chance you are in the front of the line but be safe and kind in these lines and listen!
  9. Have Snacks, food and water and advil!! You never know when or how long you will be on a line for and always have food so you can have lunch waiting on line if needed. Have water (No soda) and so many snakes that will give you energy!
  10. Dress comfortable!!! Last year I went it in capri and cute bookish shirt and sneakers and it was the best thing.
  11. Always have backpack, my fanny back and also several tote bags!  Have places to store your arcs and other stuff you get!
  12. Have you phone or devices installed with apps like twitter, insta, facebook and mail and have a portable charger!! You want easy access to this info and a way to keep your phone charged!
  13. Remember the Purpose of the Convention!!! To get the word about about these books with reviews and buzz. If you get a arc please review it in some way. If you know you will never read and review something in a timely fashion (i am still guilty of this) maybe don’t take a arc. I am going to try my hardest to avoid getting adult arcs unless I NEED them!
  14. Have Fun!

Let me know your tips bellow! If you are coming to book con/ book expo come find me!

later book lovers!

 

What I am reading Monday!

I was so super busy last week and I only read two books 😦 I hope to make more progress this week, especially because it is the week before BEA and book con! I want to finish 3 books before monday!

What I am reading!

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I literally just started this book but I am really enjoying this a lot. I am loving the duel timelines and duel POV 🙂

What I want to read next!

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I will read a Sarah dessen book this month, i SWEAR!

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I am so far behind no this read. I really want to catch up!

What I am listening too!

Lady midnight is beast of a book, but I am really enjoying it! Let me know in the comments what you are reading this week!

later book lovers

 

 

 

Perfectly Misunderstood blog tour/review and guest post and Giveaway!!!!!!!

Book Title: Perfectly Misunderstood
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Genre: YA Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy

Published by  Quirk Books on April 4, 2017                                                                         Pages:320                                                                                                                                           Format: Arc                                                                                                                                         Source: Publisher                                                                                                                                   Buy on Amazon, Goodreads

Book Summary!

 Jayden Valdez is an overachieving intellectual. Mike McGinnes is Franklin High School’s dumbest jock. Even though they barely know each other, she finds his personality repulsive and he thinks she’s got a giant stick up her you know what. Mike and Jayden are surprised and annoyed when their teacher pairs them together for Spanish tutoring. Both feel it’s a complete waste of time, since nobody could learn from a person who bugs the crap out of them. Not to mention that their reputations might be ruined if people realize what they’re doing. But it doesn’t take long for Jayden to discover that Mike has a secret—he isn’t the person he appears to be. Much to her dismay, Jayden finds ‘Secret Mike’ strangely attractive. And for some crazy reason, Mike is amused by Jayden’s clever insults and witty banter. Suddenly, they have a much bigger problem than their mutual disdain. What started as irritating tension is beginning to feel more like romantic tension and acting on it would be a very bad idea.


About the Author:

Robin Daniels is a sixteen-year-old trapped in a middle-aged body. She’s married to an amazing guy and has five cute but crazy kids. When she’s not chasing children or writing books, she’s coaching volleyball or working on her blog. She tries to read as much as possible, especially when she has housework to do. Robin’s favorites include napping, dessert, pedicures, Christmas, Arizona winters, and Diet Coke.

Guest Post (Slight spoilers a foot!!)

What inspired you to write this novel?

Funny enough, Mike actually inspired me to write this novel. He had such a small part in the first book, only a couple mentions, really. But I knew from the moment I finished writing Perfectly Oblivious, that Mike would get his own story at some point. There were so many guys like him at my high school. They wanted to look like a thug because they thought it would make them seem hard core. But really, all the girls wished they’d stop acting like idiots.

There’s a movie called Can’t Hardly Wait that came out when I was a teenager. If you’ve seen it, I always envisioned Kenny (played by Seth Green) when I was writing Mike. Only I wanted Mike to be deeper and cooler (and cuter) than that. I also wanted him to be hiding more than an insecurity about not being popular. Readers love a deep dark secret, but I’m not really a drama kind of girl. I don’t write tragic accidents or tortured pasts. So, when I was wondering what kind of secret I could give Mike, I decided that he needed a super star brain. It was the perfect way to teach the lesson of not judging a book by it’s cover, and the only way for him to challenge her. Plus, let’s be honest, smart guys are hot.

What was the scene you had the most fun writing?

Hands down, it was the scene in the library when Mike “outs” himself to Jayden as a closet intellectual. I literally laughed out loud as I was writing the entire scene. My husband thought I was losing it. But when Mike got so frustrated with Jayden that he couldn’t keep his magnificent vocabulary to himself, I felt like I was sitting at the table with them. I wanted to laugh at Jayden and yell “Burn!”. A close second was at the end of the book when Mike outed himself to his friends, putting Bebe in her place too. That scene was good because I felt vindicated on Mike’s behalf. Especially knowing how rudely Bebe had spoken about him in book one.

What are some fun facts you can share about your lead characters?

Mike

  1. Despite what you might assume, Mike doesn’t care for Rap music. He’s much more of a bubble-gum-pop-rocker.
  2. Though he hits on lots of girls, it’s all for show. Mike is relatively inexperienced with the ladies because his persona is a huge turn-off. It’s the one thing he really regrets about his choice of alter ego.
  3. Even though he seems annoyed by having to look after his younger brother and sister, he really likes kids and he’s good with them. He’ll knock the whole “manny” idea, but has secretly considered it as an option for earning college money.

Jayden

  1. She really loves bluegrass music which is why she picks a fiddling piece for her violin recital. But her favorite part of bluegrass isn’t actually the fiddle, it’s the banjo
  2. She’s always wished for a sibling. So much even, that as a little girl, she’d pretend she had an identical twin named Jo Jo. When Jayden did something that she knew would get her in trouble, she would tell her parents that Jo Jo made her do it.
  3. She’s a closet Eminem fan, literally. As in she has a poster of him hanging in her closet. But she’d die before admitting it to anyone.

I gave this book 3.5 Stars for Review 

My Brief Thoughts!!

I thought this was super fun read. I really enjoyed both POV characters and it was fun story. I think I was more invested in the male side of the story. I also thought this story touched on my many common issues in teens life like school, family and romance. I thought the rest of the characters could have been developed a tad more but it was fun read and def a great read for the end of the school year. I would def be interested in reading more by this author in this seems and to go back and read the other three books in this series

Giveaway!

may the odds be in your favor!!!!!!

Book Haul!

So Here is what will be my final book haul before BEA AND book Con

 

 

 

  1. Rise of Fire
  2. Fall of the innocent (Comes out in june)
  3. Bring them your hearts
  4. Every heart is doorway
  5. Down among the sticks an and bones
  6. Stary eyed (anthology)
  7. devil in the white city
  8. Life Like
  9. Once upon a dream (twisted tale)
  10. I will always write back

Let me know what book you think I should tackle first in the comments!

Later  Book Lovers!

 

Obsidio: Non-Spolier Review!!

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Goodreads Author)

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on March 13, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, science fiction

Pages: 621

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: PSRC (Book with two authors)

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza–but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys–an old flame from Asha’s past–reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

 

My Brief Thoughts:

This book was amazing. on so many levels. I loved how this story not only tie together all the main characters in the previous two books (hanna, nick, KADY and ezra) but also introduced use to whole new set of characters. The formate of the this book was amazing and the audiobook was so well done. I really loved the ending of this story so much. I really loved how we got some many new character interactions and all the characters connections and relationship was the highlight of this book. I really can’t pick a fav character but they were all so well crafted. This is def one of my favorite books of the year so far and one of my favorite science fiction series!

My Extended thoughts!

Characters! All these characters are so well drawn and I adore them all. These characters are so well drawn and by the end of this series, I am emotionally invested in them all. I believe the media style storyline makes these characters so relatable to their audience.

Pace:  This book had a slow start to introduce to your new characters but it quickly began a fat pace tory that was hard to put down!

Something else please!!!!!! I will read anything these authors right together!! PLEASE!!

 

Throw Back TBR Middle Grade edition!

So in the mood to read some middle grade adventure and these are the two books that are on my TBR that I hope to read soon!

  1. Kindle  Tbr!!Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

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    Summary!

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.
It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.
Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and Neil Gaiman, this fast-paced plot and imaginative world has a fresh new take on magic that will appeal to a new generation of readers.

 

Physical TBR!!!

Evangeline of the Bayou

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Summary!!

A standout middle grade adventure with a sassy, memorable heroine and a charming Southern feel, perfect for fans of Kate DiCamillo and Natalie Lloyd.

Twelve-year-old haunt huntress apprentice Evangeline Clement spends her days and nights studying the ways of folk magic, honing her monster-hunting skills while pursuing local bayou banshees and Johnny revenants.

With her animal familiar sure to make itself known any day now, the only thing left to do is prove to the council she has heart. Then she will finally be declared a true haunt huntress, worthy of following in the footsteps of her long line of female ancestors.

But when Evangeline and her grandmother are called to New Orleans to resolve an unusual case, she uncovers a secret that will shake her to the soles of her silver-tipped alligator-skin boots.

Set in the evocative Louisiana bayou and the vibrant streets of New Orleans, Evangeline’s is a tale of loyalty and determination, the powerful bonds of friendship and family, and the courage to trust your gut no matter how terrifying that might be.

Author Info!!

Jan Eldredge was born and raised in Louisiana and is the author of Evangeline of the Bayou. She now lives in Florida with her husband, their children, and a house full of cats. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading, going to theme parks, and exploring old cemeteries. She is particularly fascinated with monsters, magic, and all such eldritch things.

If you read these book let me in the comments your non-spoiler thoughts!

later book lovers!

 

 

 

WWW: Sea Witch!!!

So this is a July book, That I would love to get a tad early. I hope BEA might have some arcs! One can hope right! I really enjoyed both to Kill a Kingdom and the siren queen series and really want to read some more mermaid inspired books!

Cover!!!!

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Summary!!!

Wicked meets The Little Mermaid in the captivating origin story of the sea’s most iconic villainess, perfect for fans of Heartless and Dorothy Must Die.

Ever since her best friend Anna died, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt.

Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears on the shore, and the two girls catch the eyes of two charming princes. Suddenly Evie feels like she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But magic isn’t kind, and her new friend harbors secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad—or on two legs—without Evie’s help. And when Evie reaches deep into the power of her magic to save her friend’s humanity—and her prince’s heart—she discovers, too late, what she’s bargained away.

Book Info!!

  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (July 31, 2018)
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2018
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers

Author Info!!!

Sarah Henning is a recovering journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach Post, the Kansas City Star, and the Associated Press, among others. When not hunched over her computer, she runs ultramarathons, hangs out with her husband, Justin, and goes on absurdly long walks with her two adorable kids. Sarah lives in Lawrence, Kansas, hometown of Langston Hughes, William S. Burroughs, and a really good basketball team. Sea Witch is her first novel. You can visit her online at http://www.sarahhenningwrites.com.

BEA or not, I will def be picking up this read this summer! It sounds like a great beach read! Let me know if you will be picking it up!

Later book lovers!

 

Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans: Non-Spoiler Review!!!

Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans by Russell Finns

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Published by  Delacorte Books for Young Readers on February 13, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure

Pages: 246

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!

Get ready for round-the-world adventure with Sam Spinner and her brother Nipper in the first book in a new hilarious, puzzle-packed series filled with super-secret messages! Perfect for fans of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and classics like Holes.

Samantha Spinner’s uncle Paul disappeared, and here’s what he left:
*  Samantha’s sister got a check for $2,400,000,000.
*  Samantha’s brother got the New York Yankees.
*  And Samantha got a rusty red umbrella with a tag hanging off its worn handle. The tag says “Watch out for the RAIN.”

Thanks a lot, Uncle Paul.

After all the strawberry waffles, stories, and puzzles they’ve shared, how could he just leave without saying goodbye? And what is the meaning of that mysterious message?

The answer is simple. Sam knows in her heart that Uncle Paul is in danger. And if he taught her anything, it’s that not everything is exactly what it seems. Which is why we should pay close attention to that rusty red umbrella, and never trust a monkey at a hula-hoop contest.

The RAIN is coming and Samantha Spinner is about to find herself mixed up in some super-important, super-dangerous, super-secret plans.

My Brief Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book. I found it to be super cute and loved how the author not only made this adventure story but also taught kids about various locations throughout the world. I really enjoyed the lead characters and there is adorable dog involved. I thought the plot was predictable at points but I think middle grade and especially younger readers will love it. I read this book in a about a day and found it to super fast read.
I will def. be checking out book two in this series

My Extended Thoughts!

 

Characters: I thought the characters were super cute. I wanted a tad more character growth for them but the book was not super long, so I am hopeful for that next book in this series these characters will get fleshed out a tad more. I think kids will adore these characters and want to follow their adventures.

Plot:  This book had some “magic”  or prefect elements to start the book off but the adventure was super fun and loved how the book had a narrative and them explaining and teaching the kids about various places in the world. It was as super fun read!

Pace: This story was very fast pace and very compelling end sentences in a chapter that kept me want to keep reading and I think the same will be true for younger readers!

Will I read book 2!!!! Yup!!!

 

 

 

 

TTT: Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read (maybe just for bragging rights)

So this was hard to come up with Ten and the ones I have come up with I talked about a lot! Lucky for me I have few books that I really and really did not like or hated!

  1. Twilight (I don’t hate twilight but I am not fan of her female character and her mythology leaves a lot to desired and I really was not a fan of the ending)
  2. We were animals (I really did not like this book, I have not found many people who read it but the story was just not my thing and it was super violent and I thought the story lacked a focus in the story it was trying to tell)
  3. The Darkest mine ( I really struggle with stories that have totally unlikable characters and this one was rough one for me, I did not like the lead and the plot was odd)
  4. The glittering Court ( I really did not like this book at all, I went in expecting a fantasy book and that is not what I got. I also was not a fan of the main character at all)

Books I Won’t Read

5. Fifty Shades of Grey (I really have not desire to read a story that really treats female characters like that)

So this was a super short post and video but I really stear away from books if I don’t think i will love them. Let me know yours in the comments!

Later book lovers!