TSS: Getting My Head on Straight Post-BEA

Okay, so first things first, I’m not going to do a series of post-BEA posts like everyone else is. Sorry, but I’m just not. I just don’t have the mental energy for it. I’m just barely keeping up with reviews of books actually sent to me for review and trying to catch up on the crazy backlog of TBR and library book reviews, as well as doing a lot of work to put things together for Audiobook Week later this month (it is going to be awesome, by the way).

That being said, here are my highlights:


  • I loved meeting bloggers, marketing and publicity people, and others I have been communicating with online for so long.
  • Speaking with some of the smaller presses with whom I haven’t worked much yet, but who seem exciting about working with bloggers in the future.
  • Getting ARCs of fabulous-looking books coming out over the next 9 months. I will be posting about the titles I’m most excited about on Tuesday, if you’re interested.
  • Some fantastic meetings.

Book Blogger Con

  • Maureen Johnson. Dude. The girl was hilarious. I’m super excited about reading her books now.
  • Seeing how many marketing and publicity people attended because they were excited about working with bloggers.
  • Meeting even MORE bloggers and other book people I’ve been communicating with online forever.
  • How smoothly the con ran overall. You’d think the ladies who organized it were pros and were being paid for their time. It was a labor of love by the organizers and if anything didn’t come off as smoothly as planned, it didn’t show.

If you have to pick just ONE of these events to go to next year, I’d pick Book Blogger Con. BEA is great, don’t get me wrong, but Book Blogger Con is a little less crazy, doesn’t make your feet hurt, and is all-around awesome.


So here’s what’s going on here on the blog this week.

The big thing coming up is audiobook week

Click the button to learn more about it, but it is going to be AWESOME. I think there are going to be lots and lots of giveaways, so I hope you’ll all participate!

I’ve also got a giveaway going on right now for Allison Winn Scotch’s “The One That I Want.”

I’m in the middle of both “My Name is Memory” by Ann Brasheres and “The Passage” by Justin Cronin right now, but here’s what I finished earlier this week:

And what I reviewed this week:

I also posted my monthly wrap-up and, because so many people asked to see it, gave some insight into my reading schedule.

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11 comments to TSS: Getting My Head on Straight Post-BEA

  • Sounds like you had a great time at BEA and BBC. I appreciate your thoughts on which you’d recommend. I’d love to meet other bloggers in person. So many great people blogging about books :)

  • I know exactly what you mean re: not having energy for BEA wrap-up posts. I might do some highlight posts this week, but otherwise I’m not going to worry about it.

  • I cannot wait for Audiobook week — I’m so glad you took charge and went with it! I plan to post about it this week on my blog (post-BEA madness, for sure!).

  • You have to be fried after being away from home, so we won’t hold it against you for not posting about BEA and BBC. It is good to know that if you have to pick one event, it would be BBC. It definitely seemed to me the venue most suited to what we are all about, plus it seemed a little less crazy.

  • I’m looking forward to looking over your reading schedule…and seeing if I approve. 😉 Regardless if I approve or not, I do approve of your “reviews” of BEA and Book Blogger Con. Both sounded like they were great experiences, from what I’ve heard from all involved. I especially must say that I missed Book Blogger Con. I think it would have been great to meet so many of you whose blogs I visit on a regular (or at least semi-regular :) basis.

  • I loved meeting you, but wish we’d had more time together. Maybe next year!

  • Don’t blame you for being too tired to post about BEA. It was a little easier for me, as I didn’t attend any of the nightly parities and went home every night. Looking forward to reading your review of The Passage! That seems to be the big title I missed out on.

    Want to go to BBC next year! Heard they might hold it before BEA instead of after, which might help.

  • Sounds like you had a fantastic time at BEA and BCC. Great list of books as well. My TSS: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/06/sunday-salon-6-june-2010.html

  • I’m glad to know that you’d recommend BBC over BEA, if one is forced to choose. That’s definitely the way my own interests lean…we’ll see what happens next year!

  • I think your post-BEA wrap up here is just fine! I have one more to write and post but really if I don’t get to it I don’t think I’m going to lose sleep over it.

    I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed BBC so much. It was a great day filled with awesome people! Thank you for joining us :)

  • Well done on the BEA summary. At the rate I’m going, my BEA posts will take me all month.