Tips for a Successful Bookcon 2017


Bookcon is a book convention that I know very well. Bookcon is an American book convention held in New York City at the Javits Center this year on Saturday, June 3rd and 4th. I’ve been to two of the three Bookcon events, I went to the 2015 Bookcon in NYC and last year the 2016 Bookcon which was held in Chicago, IL. I have vlogs of each event if you want to see how the convention looks. (NYC 2015 Bookcon) (Chicago 2016 Bookcon)

I’ll be attending Bookcon for my third time this year. It’s just around the corner, there’s 9 days! If this is your first Bookcon, I hope this post helps you to navigate the convention and have a fun time surrounded by Teens & YA authors, Online Personalities, Bill Nye and more as well as fellow book lovers, of course!

 

PLAN AND SET SMALL BUT REALISTIC GOALS

Conventions are to be organized and not procrastinated especially Bookcon because of autographs and such. Bookcon is still a new convention and so they are always experimenting. I advise you read up on the convention by following their Twitter and browsing the website. But, my main piece of advice is to not over plan and just have a few realistic goals in mind! This year, you can only get two autographs per day.

I always tell people going to Bookcon to be very low-key about the event because you’re not going to always get to do everything you set out to do. So, just have little priorities and you’ll have a great time!

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ARRIVE BRIGHT AND EARLY

Bookcon says it opens at 10am but I advise getting there by 7am or 8am because the line gets long and you want to get into certain lines ahead of time! They do special lines as soon as the convention starts and you want to get in those for the free stuff! Forget sleep!! Books are more important. Plus, coffee is your friend.

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BRING LESS THAN YOU NEED

I advise you bring less than you expected because at the end of the day you’re going to have so many unnecessary tote bags that your arms can’t handle and so many books that you probably don’t need. This also goes for books that you’re bringing. Last year, I flew to Chicago for Bookcon and so I didn’t even bring any books with me really because my signings didn’t include it or I just didn’t want to take up space. It worked out and I also only grabbed about 6 books and a few totes.

So, when you’re at Bookcon think about less items especially if you’re traveling via airplane stacking tons of books into your suitcase/duffle bag/etc. You’re going to regret it because it’s hard to pack every single thing you got. In short, just get the books/totes/bookmarks/etc that you know you want & bring only one book for the signing. I know it’s hard but you’ll thank me later!

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Storytime: Last year at Bookcon, I flew to Chicago with my friend and her mom & we had so many books in our bags that it didn’t detect them and we had to get our bags searched hahaha!

ASK QUESTIONS!

Book people are nice. If this is your first time at the Javits Center and can’t find things JUST ASK. You’ll get answers especially if you’re waiting in line and you don’t know where your next autograph is supposed to be or where the panels are held. Grab a map, they have them and you’ll need it once and awhile. I like the Javits Center because it’s easy to figure out and not complicated!

FOLLOW PUBLISHERS & AUTHORS FOR INFO.

Twitter and Instagram are your friend. Authors and publishers generally post their booth number and what they will be giving out. Last year, my friend got me two paper doll sets of Lara Jean and Peter K. Dreams do come true and you can get anything if you just search! Or scan the tables very closely…..IMG_4694.JPG

SIGHTSEEING IS FUN!!!

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I love Bookcon because it’s in a major city. Chicago was a blast! We went to the Bean and we ate Chicago pizza and it was so yummy!! Definitely plan key places you want to go to. This year, my friends and I are planning on going to the Strand. This is my first time going and some others too! We’re just picking key spots that we know we can hit up. Also plan the distance, we learned this the hard way in Chicago where we had no clue where we were going or how far things were. Our initial plans got changed but we still had a good time!

 

CHECK THE WEATHER BEFOREHAND

Luckily, last year in Chicago we only got hit with rain once or twice. But, I advise bringing an umbrella just in case. I know I’m going to bring that this year because NYC is a lot of walking! But, my first Bookcon in 2015, after the event ended it was pouring rain!! Never forget the horror and panic trying to keep my books safe.I like to make sure to check the weather and accommodate my outfits for the weather. However, weather can be unpredictable so I always pack a hooded jacket just in case!

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PACK LIGHTLY

Pack lightly because if you have lots of books & stuff, you’ll have more space. For example, pack one pair of pajamas opposed to two & you can always wear the same pair of jeans twice – we won’t judge! I’ll be staying two nights in NYC but if you’re staying longer two of each should do! Just pack what you’re going to need rather than overpack but make it comfy because you’ll be walking a ton & standing in lines! Bring a comfy shoe like sneakers because you’re standing in lines all day and running around.

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SNACKS!!!

This is a rule that I’m still getting used to. Last year, we didn’t really make time to get snacks. I became hangry and it wasn’t a good sight. But, since NYC is closer to me & I’m taking a train + bus I’ll be bringing snacks for lines. You can get lunch at the convention center but you’re going to be very hungry. Please eat breakfast!!! I beg you.  

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WHAT TO BRING: CHECKLIST

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Money!! (some lines you have to buy books or you’re going to want to buy books & eat). Cash or credit, you can use your card at check out.

YOUR TICKETS!! Do not forget these or you can’t get in! Also, your autograph tickets!

THE BOOKS you want to get signed!

☐  POST ITS.  If you’re a new book event goer, this is essential. Make sure you take a post it and write your name or whoever the book is being personalized to on the inside of the book so the author can sign it! I HIGHLY EXPRESS THIS!!!!! 

Portable phone charger! This is something I usually bring because I get paranoid that my phone will die and I can’t find my friends. You can just charge your phone in your bag and no worries!

Large backpack! I bring my backpack and it does the job of holding my phone, camera & money. I’m also bringing my own tote to hold my books in.

Snacks! Don’t forget the snacks 🙂

☐  Camera. This is really for me because I’m a Booktuber and I like to film/vlog my Bookcon experience as you can see above. I’m bringing my Polaroid too.

Girl essentials!! This is a reminder because you never know what could happen 🙂 Pack them anyway, just in case.

Business Cards: if you’re a booktuber, bookstagramer, blogger Bookcon is the best form of networking. I usually stand in the lines for Contemporary authors so I give out my business cards to get new subscribers and I got a few new subscribers last year! I also met Booktubers that I’m friends with now & they’re fun to collect.

SNEAKERS. I can’t express this enough, like I said comfy attire is key. You can still look fashionable with sneakers and your feet won’t be killing you afterwards.

SCHEDULE. You can build your Bookcon schedule on the app or make a spreadsheet on Google docs *which is what me and my friends are doing* It’s easier to put it as your phone lockscreen so you don’t have to keep checking it or just write it out. I’m not 100% but you may be able to sync your schedule to your phone.

And last, just have FUN! 

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Phew…*wipes forehead*

I think that’s it! If you have any questions, leave them below! But, for the most part I think I hit everything. If you follow my Booktube channel, I’m going to be doing a What’s In My Bag? Bookcon video. So, look out for that if you want to see more Bookcon related things!

Let me know if you’re going and if these tips helped! I’ll be meeting RAINBOW ROWELL for the first time this year and I’m ecstatic!!! She’s in my top 5 favorite authors and I’ve never met her I’M SO EXCITED!!! I’ll probably cry to her about how much I love Levi and Cath. I’ll also be meeting & getting autographs of these authors for the first time: Morgan Matson (Saturday) , E. Lockhart (Sunday), and Jennifer E. Smith(Sunday). I’m so excited and for those who aren’t going, I hope you live vicariously through us!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Side Characters I Love!


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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining in, see the Goodreads group!

Topic: May 24th: Favorite Minor Characters
–Minor characters are less than a sidekick or a side character (but not in our hearts!)

If you missed last week’s T5w post, click here.


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  1. Oliver in Dreamology by Lucy Keating  At first, I really shipped Oliver and Alice together! He’s so cute and nice however he’s always getting into mischief such as the time he stole a boat or something like that?? But, I just love him and wanted to hug him.

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2. REID from The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – I love love LOVE Reid with all my heart and his obsession with mini-eggs relates to me on a spiritual level. There are some great side characters in this book!


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3. MARGOT & KITTY – I’ve been saying this forever but I WANT A BOOK ABOUT MARGOT, OK?? I really love Margot’s character and I wish she had her own book. I want to experience her in Scotland since we don’t see much of that in the trilogy. Kitty is a great side character! I love how sassy she is, I can always count on her to make me laugh.


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4. Palmer & Tom from The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – I loved Palmer and Tom in TUE. Palmer is a great character, she’s the leader of the pack and always makes sure the friend group is going smoothly and organizes everything i.e. a summer scavenger hunt. Palmer and Tom are so cute and I ❤ them.


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5. EARL  – One of my favorite YA side characters by far is Earl from Me, Earl and the Dying Girl. I FREAKING LOVE HIM. He’s so wise and he always tells Greg how it is and what he needs to hear yet doesn’t want to hear. I feel like Earl isn’t appreciated enough!

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Who is your favorite side character?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Summery Book Recs & On My Summer TBR.


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. 

Today’s topic: Summer Reads Freebie: In preparation for Memorial Day (which is always the unofficial summer kickoff for me), let’s rec some summer/beach reads: books to go in your beach bag, best books set in summer, books with summer-y covers, best beach reads for people who don’t enjoy contemporary/realistic reads, best beach reads for fans of X genre, etc. etc.

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I did a Top 5 Wednesday post sharing my top five summer reads, so this is just a continuation & books I want to read this summer!


 

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Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – This book is perfect to read on the beach or if you’re on a long car-ride for summer vacation! I actually read this book on my summer vacation & on the beach.

We follow Amy and Roger’s road trip from California to Connecticut after Amy’s father dies, she’s afraid of driving. Roger helps out and they have a fun, music filled road trip!

This is one of my favorite Morgan Matson books!


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 This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith – This wasn’t a book that I was a fan of, but I know people that have loved it, so I’m recommending it anyway.

This book fits the summer theme perfectly because it’s set during the summer!  Graham and Ellie meet through an accidental email and start an email relationship. Graham turns out to be famous movie star and asks to change the movie set to Ellie’s small town. There’s lots of ice cream and paparazzi involved in this book.

If you want a fluffy summer read, this is the one!  See my review for more.

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Girl out of Water by Lara Silverman – 

I recently read this and posted a review, if you want to see more of my thoughts. But, this is about Anise who is a lover of surfing and spends her days on the beach with her friends in her home of Santa Cruz. But, her summer plans are changed when her Aunt Jackie gets in a car accident. Anise and her father have to go to Nebraska to help Aunt Jackie and her children. Anise learns to skateboard and she meets a boy named Lincoln along the way.

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The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon – I don’t think this book is set during the summer, but it’s set in NYC and it’s a quick read. I think this would be perfect to read on the beach and it has summery colors.

We follow Natasha and Daniel’s romance during one full day of meeting on an important today for both of them. Natasha is being deported to Jamaica and Daniel is interviewing for Yale. I really enjoyed the set up and this is my favorite Nicola Yoon book!

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Burn for Burn (#1) by Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian – 

I’ve only read this book but I want to finish the series! This a revenge trilogy following three girls who want to take revenge on certain people that have wronged them. It’s set on Jar Island which fits the summery vibe. But, it’s a good read for the beach!

 


Books on My Summer TBR:

I hope to read more summer books this summer because it seems like I haven’t read enough! What’s your favorite summer read?

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Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman REVIEW


 

Title: Girl Out of Water
Author:  Laura Silverman
Hardback: 320 pages
Publication Date: May 2nd 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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I was sent this book from Sourcebooks through Net Galley for an honest review. This does not change my opinions of the book.

Personally, I felt that this book was very hyped up for me by many other bloggers I know and follow. Anise is ready for the best summer in her home of Santa Cruz to spend with her friends before they leave for college and one for the navy. She expected a great summer full of surfing waves, late night bonfires, and the Surf Break – a big music festival. Her plans drastically change when her Aunt Jackie gets in a horrific car accident and she has to spend her summer in Nebraska babysitting her cousins; Parker, Nash and Emery as well as helping Aunt Jackie around the house.

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Anise is devastated and sulking throughout her time in Nebraska with her cousins and her father. I really didn’t like Anise’s actions toward her friends and family, she was sulking the whole summer and taking it out on her friends and family members. I think she was selfish, however she made her summer work by taking her cousins to the skate park every day. She learns to appreciate the art of skateboarding to savor her loss of surfing all summer. I really liked the aspect of comparing Anise’s love for surfing with her learning to skateboard. This also had some perks because she meets a local skater, Lincoln – a disabled black character who is an excellent skater despite living with one arm. Lincoln and Anise spark a relationship and go on adventures. I really liked seeing their adventures and the fun spots that Lincoln took her.

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The writing was concise and I did get some great quotes out of it! I especially liked Lincoln’s character because he pushed Anise and showed her that she didn’t have to lack her sense of adventure just because of her mother’s history. I appreciate this novel for Lincoln and his diversity, as well as the skateboarding and surfing aspect which I don’t see often! I also really loved her cousins, they were a nice and fun touch to the story and I was full of worry for them as Anise was.

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However, this novel just fell short for me with Anise. She really bothered me and I hated that she pushed away her friends because she was angry about her summer plans being messed up. Then, she came back to Santa Cruz confused why her friends weren’t happy she was there? Like I mentioned, she was selfish but hid it from her cousins. I just didn’t love this as much as I expected to. I would recommend this for a diverse summer read. Diversity elements include a f/f relationship among side characters as well as Lincoln and his brother Austin who are adopted. Lincoln is black and Austin is white, their adopted father is Vietnamese.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Summer Reads


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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining in, see the Goodreads group!

Topic: Summer Reads

If you missed last week’s T5w post, click here.


 

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  1. Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall- This book is set in the summer, features a mini-road trip and a summer romance. Jane lands a summer babysitting job for her neighbors which entails babysitting three young girls for the summer. She happens to know their brother, Teo and with her around the house constantly, they spark up some feelings for each other. Teo is on a mission to find his biological father who his mother has hidden from him for years. There is also a bisexual side character.

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2. On the Fence by Kasie West – This is actually my least favorite Kasie West book but I would recommend it for the summer setting & romance. Charlie gets a driving ticket that she has to pay when her father tells her he’s done paying them. Charlie has grown up with her brothers therefore there’s not many fashion bones in her body. She decides to get a job at a boutique and she learns fashion and makeup skills. She also falls for her neighbor and her brother’s friend, Braden who she has late night fence talks with.

If you’ve read THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Kasie West, I would recommend this as a the companion since it’s set in the same world.


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3. In Real Life by Jessica Love  Road trips scream summer for me! I always like to read roadtrip books in the summer time. This is a good one. Hannah is destined to meet her internet friend, Nick who she constantly texts and video chats with. On spring break, Hannah, her sister Grace and her friend Lo set out to surprise Nick at his band’s show in Las Vegas. They have a fun night in Vegas and Hannah finds out what Nick has been hiding from her.


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4. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider – This is one of my favorite books! It’s a great summery Coming of Age novel, though it’s still set during the school year and toward prom season, I still recommend it! We follow Ezra after his car accident which shattered his knee and he realizes he can’t play tennis anymore. He sees that his friends aren’t his friends anymore and he starts to spend time with his old friend, Toby. A romance also develops!


 

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5. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen – This is the only Sarah Dessen I’ve read but…I plan to read more of her books this summer! This is a great book about friendship and seeing who your real friends are. Colie has been bullied her whole life for her weight and appearance. Her mother is a famous personal trainer and goes on tour, leaving Colie in Colby, North Carolina for the summer with her aunt. Colie learns to enjoy her summer by spending most of her time at Last Chance cafe where Isabel and Morgan work, two girls she befriends.


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Five Things Friday #3


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Happy Friday! I was going to opt out of this week’s FTF because my week with mental health hasn’t been the best. But, I want to keep at this and if I stop, most likely I won’t go back.

Sorry to be emo, but it’s true. So, I’m going to recap my week the best I can.

I hope you all have a great Mother’s day this weekend, my mom and I are going to a Cupcakes & Wine tasting – I’m excited!

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1. What I Read This Week:

I read HELLO GOODBYE AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN by Jennifer E. Smith as a buddy read with my friend Chloe @ Brunette Bibliophile on YouTube. Jennifer E. Smith is an author that I’ve read most of her books besides You Are Here and my current read is WindFall. If you’ve ever read my reviews of her books, I always am unsatisfied. Averagely, I rate the majority of her books 3 stars or 3.5 stars. Also, this is my first Beat the Backlist book for May, yay!

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2. Currently Reading:

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith: I’m borrowing this ARC from my friend, Anna @ Unquenchable Reads, and I’m actually liking it?? It’s not written like Smith usually does, so I’m liking it. However, the same ol’ female character that I’m tired of.

Girl Out of Water by Lara Silverman: I received this book through Sourcebooks via Net Galley and I’m loving it! It’s a perfect summery read with diversity within. I am excited to review this one once I’m finished. Currently, I’m 30% into the book.

3. NEW PARAMORE ALBUM!!

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This album, After Laughter is so relatable to me at the moment and wow. Paramore has been a favorite band of mine since 2009 and I feel like they’ve always helped me in hard times *pun intended*. This album is needed for me, right now.

4. I’m addicted to baking. Thanks, Lara Jean.

I’ve been posting on my vlog channel recently, it’s been pretty fun. I’m starting a baking series because I thought why not! I made some Chai Tea Sugar Cookies and they were so good! Thanks to LJ for the inspiration. I also made Rice Crispy Treats with marshmallow fluff which I filmed and then stupid Alyssa deleted the footage. WOOHOO.

5. Bookcon tickets arrived!

Okay, so they arrived like last week or something but I just happened to activate them and I’m getting excited.

 


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Top 5 Wednesday: Book Themed Parties!


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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining in, see the Goodreads group!

Topic: Books as Event Themes

If you missed last week’s T5w post, click here.


 

 

 

  1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer – Basically, this would be a Queen of Hearts themed party, I think the food options & desserts would be amazing! Also, if you wanted to go all out, the guests could dress in black and red.

2. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone – This would be a fun poetry themed party! Poetry Corner could easily be recreated and everyone could share poems.


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3. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – TUMBLR THEMED, OREO THEMED, HARRY POTTER AND SIMON’S PLAYLIST. This would be a perfect idea for a pre-party before going to see the movie! I really like this post about a Simon themed party.


4. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – I would love to recreate this with the scavenger hunt the friends go on, and you could have fun emoji-themed games! Plus, since Clark is a writer…maybe some writing prompts or mad libs? You have to add a Polaroid station too!  As well as party favors would be fun! Emoji stickers, a little dog plush? I would also have a make-your-own sundae station.


 

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5. Paper Towns by John Green – People actually have Paper Towns parties and I’m offended I wasn’t invited!! I guess I have to have my own 🙂 One person did a scrapbook party… I LOVE THAT. But, I would go off the scavenger hunt theme again and have to find Margo’s clues. Also, we will make the ultimate beer can sword. Then, we will watch the movie!

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Top 5 Wednesday never stops having great topics! Glad I did this one, what book would you have a party for? Or have you done it before?

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