This weekend was such a blast, as I was able to attend ALA 2012 in Anaheim for a fun-filled weekend of books, books, and more books! This was my first year attending ALA, so although I scoured blogs and other sites to get as much information and tips for a first-timer as I could find, I was still completely overwhelmed by the experience! Nevertheless, I am thrilled to have been able to attend my first official book conference and to meet so many amazing authors and bloggers during my weekend adventure! And of course, getting bagfuls of upcoming YA releases was just the icing on the cupcake!
The weekend kicked off Friday evening when me and my sister arrived in Anaheim and headed towards the exhibit hall to wait for the grand opening. We were stunned to find that ALA-ers do not queue hours in advance like the rabid fans who frequent places like Comic Con (and yes, I am one of those rabid fans). About 45 minutes before the doors to the exhibit hall opened, people started gathering outside in sheer anticipation of the unveiling. With my author schedule in hand, we were finally able to enter the hallowed halls where I was greeted with my first real taste of an ALA event. Believe me, I was like a kid in a candy store when I saw all the publisher's booths and the stacks of upcoming titles they were giving out, along with all the awesome swag that comes with events such as these. I found myself just wandering from aisle to aisle, grabbing titles that looked interesting or were already on my TBR list. Not even a half hour into the hall and already my bags were filled to the brim with incredible literary goodness! I'm glad I didn't have to fly to Anaheim, I can't even begin to imagine how much I would have spent on shipping my books back! My favorite part of Friday was meeting the awesome Jackson Pearce, getting my copy of Sweetly signed and also getting an ARC for her upcoming book, Fathomless. Another highlight of Friday? Heading over to Downtown Disney for some beignets. I love me some beignets!
Saturday was just as exhilarating as the day before, only significantly longer. The first thing I wanted to get was a copy of Claire Legrand's book, The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls. The Simon & Schuster booth was also handing out postcards for the book which had these adorable, albeit mildly creepy, cockroach brooches and hair clips. I was also so happy to finally meet Suzanne Lazear and pick up a signed copy of her upcoming book, Innocent Darkness. My shoulders were aching by day's end, and the trunk of my car was stuffed full of books and swag and tote bags picked up between me and my sister. After an incredibly long day of checking out all the amazing upcoming titles from various publishers, it was time to head over to the YA blogger meetup. Saturday night was one of the highlights of the weekend for me, as I got to meet some really cool authors (including Kirsten Hubbard, Stephanie Kuehn and Jessi Kirby) and bloggers (including Ashley from Ashley Loves Books, Cameron from What the Cat Read, HD from Reading Writing Breathing, Jordyn from Ten Cent Notes, Maggie from YA Anonymous, Mickey from I'm a Book Shark, and Patricia and Jaime from Two Chicks on Books) at the YA Highway hosted YA Blogger Meetup. I am so glad Christine de la Creme convinced me to get business cards for my blog, otherwise I would have been completely unprepared! A big thanks to everyone who attended the meet and for being such cool people, I'm so glad to have met all of you and wished I could have stayed longer!
|So excited to have an ARC of Cavendish, as well as the companion cockroach!|
|My my, what a big stack of ARCs you have!|