I am writing from bed. I’ve been flu level sick for the past two days. It’s been so shitty but I am feeling well enough to sit upright and write.
Anyways, this Saturday I went to my very first BookCon and it was freaking awesome! I’ve never gone to any book related conventions so this year, I decided to treat myself.
I went alone because I don’t have any friends who are avid readers and would have enjoyed going to the convention or even paying for the ticket. I wouldn’t have enjoyed going with someone who didn’t have the same passion for books as I do.
Somehow I wasn’t nervous at all about going, I did so much research before I went because I wanted to find out what I should expect and what ARCs (Advanced Readers Copies) would drop. I love that the bookish community shared their experiences on how to navigate the convention. It was very helpful. It was comforting knowing what to expect.
I woke up super early and brought snacks, which was recommended. The convention is so busy. I didn’t expect to stand in lines for most of the time I was there. I was expecting to get a bunch of ARCs for books that I enjoy reading because I saw people who went to BookExpo had some great ones. All the books I received, I haven’t heard of at least I have the chance to get to know some new authors.
Speaking of authors, Tomi Adeyemi who wrote Children of Blood and Bone signed my book! And she almost stole my pen. Lol. I am a complete fangirl for her and it’s insane that she is only two years older than me and is signed for a movie deal and is already writing her trilogy.
At BookCon, I met a few bookstagrammers and book bloggers which have given me the inspiration to create more. I love the community of book lovers and I want to join. Bookish events would be so much better if I came with friends who were just as passionate as I am.
For my very first time at BookCon, I don’t have much advice to give. Just to go, don’t be afraid to go alone. I didn’t go last year because I didn’t have anyone to go with but I’m happy I didn’t let it stop me this year. There are people who also go alone so just be open to meeting new people.
Well, here is a list of all that I got from BookCon:
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Under My Skin by Lisa Unger
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Born Criminal by Angelica Shirley Carpenter
Love Me, Love Me Not by SM Koz
Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk
Maiden Voyage by Sarah Jane
Lone Wolf Lawman by Delores Fossen
Devil in Tartan by Julia London
I might do a giveaway because I have so many books that I would like to giveaway. I loved BookCon. I want to go to more bookish/writing events in the future!
Thanks for reading!