February 13, 2015

The Best Day Ever: ALA Midwinter 2015 Recap & Giveaway

I attended my first ever big book conference event almost two weeks ago and I LOVED IT. Here is a little peak into my day at ALA Midwinter 2015. I try to keep it kind of short because if I talked about my reaction to every book I received or tell you about every single wonderful blogger I met or every person who worked for all my favorite publishers that I met this post would be never ending.

MY DAY @ ALA MIDWINTER 2015

6:00 a.m. - I wake up super early for a Saturday, or really any day for me. I hate life until about five minutes later when my husband reminds me that today is book heaven day!

Me! Ready to hit the road.
7:30 - I am ready to go and my husband and I make it out the door when we actually planned to. That is very rare with me. Unless I am going to work I am usually always running just a couple minutes late.

8:30 - My husband (he came to help carry books, because he too likes reading, and because I was kind of scared to go by myself) and I are all registered and waiting impatiently for entrance into the ALA Midwinter 2015 exhibit hall. I had one main goal when I first entered the hall - grab a copy of A Court of Thorns and Roses.

9:00 - I do manage to get a copy of A Court of Thorns and Roses and I die and go to heaven!! Success! My main mission is already accomplished.

9:10 - I see a copy of the sequel to Every Breath and I start freaking out. I grab a copy and start waving it in the face of the very nice lady standing at the Tundra publishing booth asking her if this is the second book to Every Breath and if I can take it and that I love it and that it was the best Christmas present ever etc. Basically there was a lot of failing and the nice woman listened to me and talked about the book a little more before I stumbled away in a haze of excitement.

Ashley, Me, Nicole
9:15 - I FINALLY meet my blogger bestie in person! Nicole from The Quiet Concert is a human being. Phew! We spent pretty much all day together and it was glorious. I also got to meet Ashley, her co-blogger, who is super sweet and hung out with Lindsey from A Bookish Sinister Kid. All three of these ladies were very lovely. :) I also met a lot of other bloggers (Brittany, Gillian, and a few others. I was a little overwhelmed, don't think I forgot you I just can't get all the names straight in my head.) and they were all nice and awesome. It was so cool meeting so many book bloggers in person!

9:25- We are all on a mission and we set off for a very intense search of all the best ARCs we can find and to learn about new upcoming books. It was fun and intense and I loved it. Nicole is really good at talking to the different publishers. We continue to do this for quite some time. I even got a lot of random new authors to sign my books. It was great talking to so many bookish people about books. :D

11:00 - We dump all of our wonderful finds from our first round in our suitcases at the coat check and go back out onto the floor.

12:00 p.m. - We eat a quick lunch and then go on a mission to get a finished copy of The Red Queen. Once again, we succeed!

1:00 - I meet the author of The Girl on The Train and get a finished signed copy of the book. My husband even waits in line and snags a copy as well for me to gift to my mom.

1:30 - I start waiting in line to meet Meg Cabot! I meet a sweet lady behind me and have fun chatting with Ashley.

Me & Meg Cabot!!!!
2:05 - I meet Meg Cabot and it is awesome. I totally fangirled hardcore. She is so NICE! This had to be the highlight of my day.

2:30 - My blogger buddies head back to their hotel and my husband and I decide to do another lap around the exhibit all floor. I'm glad we did since we didn't make it back Sunday due to the weather.

5:30 - Meet up with Nicole, Ashley, and Lindsey for a nice dinner. We got to talk some more and we ate DELICIOUS food. It was very nice.

7:30 - On our drive to drop Nicole, Ashley, and Lindsey off at a blogger meet up (we skipped this so we could get home before the big snow storm) I enjoyed the most wonderful conversations. My favorite would have to be whether we thought our waiter should have been a ninja or a vampire (he was super sneaky). Nicole and I were obviously on the same side of that argument. I would rather have a vampire any day. :)

7:30 - I say goodbye to Nicole, Ashley, and Lindsay. :( I am now officially beyond tired so my husband brings me home.

8:00 - We get home and I get a second wind of energy. I immediately dig out all my pretty books and pet them, and put them in piles, and fangirl over them all over again. Although I got mostly YA books, I did get a few adult books because I like to read those as well.

I know it is a big haul, but I don't really get a lot of ARCs normally so I may have gone a little crazy. I am already doing one giveaway now and I am planning to have some more in the future. I also promise to read and review as many of these lovelies as I can. :)
11:00 - I pass out from exhaustion after a very long but very wonderful day.

GIVEAWAY

I grabbed a copy of Lying Out Loud (a companion to The DUFF) by Kody Keplinger and since I haven't even read The DUFF yet I figured I would give it away to one lucky blog follower that would appreciate this gem a little more than me. :) This giveaway is only open to US residents since I have to pay to ship this myself. So sorry. Please no cheating, I will be checking the entries.
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23 comments:

  1. Whoa, book haul! Sounds like you had an awesome time :) I really liked While Beauty Slept -- excited to see it on your pile & curious to see what you think of The Girl on the Train -- I am seeing that book EVERYWHERE.

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    1. So many books! Good to know that you liked While Beauty Slept. I have a feeling I will too! I really need to read The Girl on the Train simply because it is everywhere and that has made me curious! lol

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  2. What a fabulous day! It sounds amazing. I am so glad you were able to meet some blogging buddies too. Look at all those books. WOW! Good for you. It will give you a chance to see what you want to read. Lots of choices. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Thanks! I loved getting to me blogging friends in person. :) It was all around a very tiring but exciting day. I probably got way more books than I needed to, but they were all so pretty. lol

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  3. I'm glad you had a fun time at your first "big" book conference ver. :) How exciting. Though intense, like you mentioned. Haha. I would totally be petting the books, putting them into pills and fangirling over them.

    WOW. You got a TON of fantastic arcs. (Besides Lying Out Loud, obviously ;)) I'm especially jealous of Mosqus account.itoland, The Fill-In Boyfriend and Everything Everything. Trouble Is A Friend of Me sounds fantastic, so I added that to my Goodread.

    You're so generous to be doing giveaways for some of these books I loved The DUFF and A Midsummer's Nightmare (another companion to DUFF and Laughing Out Loud). :) Plus I've recently bought Shut Out so, yes. Haha. Once again, glad you had fun and receive lots of pretty ARCs.

    --Amber

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    1. Thanks Amber!

      It was a blast! :) I am not even ashamed that I petted them. hahah

      I wish you luck with the giveaway!!!! I am excited to be hosting even more in the future since I have never really had any ARCs to share with people before. :D

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  4. Wow! I'm so jealous! It sounds like you had an awesome time PLUS look at that amazing book haul!!! You go girl!!!

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    1. Thanks!!!! My first big haul, I feel like a grown-up blogger or something.

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  5. It looks like you had an AMAZING time! I am SO jealous you met Meg Cabot and got your hands on a copy of The Royal Wedding. I love her so much and she was one of my first ever YA authors that I read! Enjoy all of your lovely books!

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    1. Meg Cabot is the sweetest!!! I hope you will get to meet her some day. :D

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  6. Can we rewind time and experience this day all over again? I am so so grateful that we finally got to meet. I HAD SO MUCH FUN HANGING OUT WITH YOU! I hope it's not too long until we see each other again (because this is a must). This recap is the cutest and I am so glad you were able to come and had such a great day! Your husband was a trooper. UNTIL NEXT TIME BESTIE :D :D

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    1. I would LOVE a repeat of this day. SO MUCH FUN! We had some great convos and we did get some amazing books which I suppose was nice... what more could we want? lol

      Until next time! When it will be even more awesome, if that is possible.

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  7. Thanks for the giveaway! Its awesome!

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  8. I'm so glad I got to meet you!!!! And YAY for conferences! I had a blast!

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    1. Back at you! It was so much fun. :D

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  9. Aaah! I'm SO jealous!! I would kill for a copy of ACOTAR!!! Can't wait until May!!!

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  10. Ahh! Just seeing all the glorious books makes me jealous. One day, hopefully I can make it to Ala, because it seems like sooo much fun(though tiring, it sounds). And holy crap I am NOT an early riser, so I'd end up grumpy in the morning,more than likely. ;) You got to meet some of my favorite bloggers too. "Forever jealous" Glad you had tons of fun!

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    1. Tiring yes, but so worth every second!!!

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  11. I'm so excited to read this one. I read The Duff and I absolutely loved it!

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  12. So I never officially got to comment on this! (please forgive me, i'm the worst at keeping up w/ commenting...oh and blogging LOL!) But I had so much fun that day and meeting you guys!! I wish the weather didn't make the trip a bust but ALAMW and dinner were so awesome :) Hopefully I'll come back to Chicago soon...our time was cut too short!

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  13. I am so glad you were able to enjoy this event so much! And whoa, that is a lot of arcs! I am sure it is going to keep you buys for a while ;) I would love to meet some of my blogger friends as well, and Meg Cabot!!! I read all her books as a younger me ;)

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