Hi guys! Today was my first day back at school after two days off and the weekend due to my trip for Chicago, and let me tell you, I’m having serious city withdrawals! XD
I was originally planning to make this post about my entire BookCon experience, but then I realized it would be way too long, so I improvised. Instead, I have for you my five favorite parts of the convention and five tips for people next year! (Newbies in particular) 😀I’ll probably ramble enough during this post, so I’ll just get right to it. 😉
my 5 favorite parts
1. Meeting other bookworms. I really enjoyed this because I don’t know any in real life, only online. I only got to meet one fellow blogger, but I met a bunch of awesome, friendly people that loved books just as much as me. Even though I didn’t get a chance to talk to anyone for a lengthened amount of time because I was either in panels or searching for my next destination, I chatted with a lot of lovely people. 😀
2. Watching author panels. I ended up having time for three: Friendship is Magic with Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard, Alexandra Bracken, and Victoria Aveyard; Truth or Dare with Leigh Bardugo and Marissa Meyer; and Book-Hooked with Sarah J. Maas, Victoria Aveyard, and Laini Taylor. They were all a blast! I didn’t get a chance to ask any questions (or give dares to Leigh or Marissa), but I still had a lot of fun. They were all really amusing, and I got to see some of my favorite authors in person for the first time. I also made a mental note to read books by all the authors from these respective panels immediately, because they seem like fabulous people. I honestly can’t pick a favorite out of these three. They were all amazing! 😀
3. Meeting Booktubers. I seriously think this was my favorite part of the day. I met Emma while waiting in line for Ransom Riggs’ in-booth signing because she was walking past, and I was really nervous but she was so nice. Then I ended my day at BookCon with the Booksplosion Booktube Panel, and it was the best panel I’d been to. Again, I didn’t get to ask a question, but I got to meet Jesse, Kat and Christine, and it was amazing. I also got to meet Sasha and Natasha as a bonus because a lot of their friends were there as a surprise during the meet and greet. I didn’t meet any of the others because I wasn’t familiar with them, but I definitely intend to check their channels. ❤
4. Penguin Teen Trivia Challenge. I won a ticket to this event prior to BookCon and was one out of only 100 able to attend. It was a lot of fun, and even though my team didn’t win the trivia, I met some really cool blogger girls, got a hardcover and an ARC, and a The Outsiders tote that I’d been dying to get my hands on. 😀
5. The free books, tote bags, and swag. This was probably the most obvious one, but hey, it’s what BookCon is all about! *shrug* I’m not going into huge detail until my May book haul / wrap-up for the sake of length, but there might be a picture on my Instagram soon. Either way, I got a decent amount of stuff, and I’m excited to have all of it. 😀
my 5 tips for next year
As a newbie myself, I learned a lot about conventions while at BookCon. This section is mostly directed toward people going for the first time next year, but it can apply to anyone. 😉
1. Get the BookCon app. This is really helpful. You can see everything that will be going on at BookCon and make friends with other app users. If there’s something you don’t know or are wondering, you can ask on the app and experienced convention-goers can help you. Honestly, if I didn’t have the app, I would’ve been completely lost. (Literally. There’s a map too, and I really needed it.)
2. Loosely plan your day. Use the BookCon app and make an agenda for yourself so you have an idea of where you’ll go and what you’ll do. The key word here, though, is “loosely.” I can almost guarantee you won’t stick to your agenda 100%. I know I didn’t. You’ll either change your mind while you’re there, or maybe copies of a book will run out before you get to the signing. Stuff happens.
3. Make sure to have priorities. This is kind of related to #2. For example, you might not realize until the day of that two authors you really love have signings at the same time, or that going to a panel might make you miss another signing.
4. Get there early. This year BookCon didn’t start until 10 am, but I know a lot of people started lining up in the Queue Hall (where wristbands are distributed) around 8 or earlier. I wasn’t able to get any wristbands, and though having a great time is possible without them, some signings require them. (Although the reason I couldn’t get any might be that I forgot to set my alarm and then had the Penguin Teen Trivia Challenge from 9-10:30 am. They were out by then.) 😉
5. Have another person with you. This isn’t necessary, as I know some people go on their own, but it definitely makes things easier. You should go in expecting to come out with a lot, including things you weren’t planning on getting, and trying to carry all of it on your own doesn’t seem like a good idea. (Unless my problem is just that I’m short and weak haha.)
And that’s all for this post!
Did you go to BookCon this year? If you did, what was your favorite part? Was it your first time? If you didn’t, will you be going next year? I’d love to know! 🙂
I’m off to eat dinner and continue reading Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout! I hope you all are having a brilliant day/night. ❤
Until next time…