Me, Christina, and Summer in line for Passenger!
BEA day 2 was possibly even better than day 1, partially because I've since recovered from the aching lack of Truthwitch in my life. And I say this, even though I had to wake up at 5:15 in the morning to make it on time to the Harlequin Teen breakfast. The sleeplessness was well worth it.
Harlequin Teen Breakfast
1. For the first year, I was invited to the official press breakfast! Seriously, I feel official now. (Shhh, don't let them hear! They might think it was a mistake!) The breakfast was a lovely affair with coffee (actual good coffee), ARCs of the most popular teen titles, and a round robin discussion with the authors and publicists.
2. My delightful tablemates included the minds behind Christina Reads YA, Jesse the Reader, Katytastic, Poland Bananas, and Peruse Project. I also ran into Jamie of The Perpetual Page Turner!
3. Adi Alsaid is adorable at 7 in the morning before he's had coffee.
4. Eleanor Hermann came wearing a Persian dress and crown. With a replica of a Persian cup. Yes, she's a bamf.
6. Look at those gorgeous books on display!
Highlights from the Floor
1. We made it to the Passenger line! If you're wondering, this is Alexandra Bracken's new book and it's insanely hyped. They were only giving out 200 early-early release copies, so I was afraid of another Truthwitch scenario . . . but we got it! Alex is also super sweet. I mean, I'd expect nothing less of a friend of Sarah J. Maas and Susan Dennard.
2. So many good drops! Finally got the rest of my most coveted from Harper and Hachette. Hachette caused much distress in line with their claim in the broadside, "Take our quiz to figure out which ARC is right for you!" Newsflash for the OCD among us: the quiz was optional. You could totally just pick one.
3. After a seriously crazy hour of being moved back and forth, we finally got tickets for Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. I made friends with the poor publicist in charge of redirecting line-seekers, and made faces with Libba. She's a bit better at it than I am.
4. Yes, I ran over to Penguin to get a picture of Julianne Moore
and her new children's book. Don't judge me.
5. Prettiest ARC of the day award goes to Marvels by Brian Selznick, author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret (you may remember the recent movie Hugo) and one of the minds behind The Doll People. You can't see, but the whole first half is illustrations.
6. I ate Javitt's center food. The world is a cruel place sometimes.
7. The Javitt's FedEx is a treacherously expensive lifesaver. Only 27.5 pounds...
8. Next up, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, and This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. Fingers crossed. I might also stop by Jennifer Niven's signing. I've already read All the Bright Places, but you know how much I obsessed over it. Signed copy, please?
The Book Call
From the floor of the Javitt's center. Seriously. I'm not joking.