My Weekend-Wrap up is late because I needed time to recover in a pile of pillows after BookCon! Seriously, my back still hurts and I could NOT move my legs last night.
This was my first time attending and holy Moses I WAS NOT PREPARED.
I thought it would be like NYCC. You know, just a bunch of nerds roaming around some booths, maybe grabbing a free tote bag or a book off a table. Looking at some merchandise, maybe spinning a wheel or two??? And while it mostly IS THAT, it’s also all of that but in a BATTLE SCENARIO.
Like you know that scene in Wreck-It Ralph where goes to the Hero’s Duty game and is really excited and then it turns out there are these massive bugs that are trynna kill him and he runs around screaming and knocking shit over in a blind panic?! HEYO! IT ME!
Well alright, so it wasn’t THAT BAD but it was a lot more brutal than I thought it was going to be. I arrived at the Javit Center around 8am (btw that means I woke up at 6am and did you guys know the world still EXISTS THAT EARLY IN THE MORNING?! WHO KNEW?!), and stood in line for two hours waiting for the show floor to open.
I only really had one goal for BookCon, THE WICKED KING. Ooh damn I wanted it so bad!! So I was gonna get there early, I was gonna watch their social media like a hawk for any password drops, and I was going to be a success….or so I thought.
Two problems with this plan, ONE when they opened up the show floor all hell broke loose. People went RUNNING to the booths, and I got swept up in the mob! I didn’t even know what was happening, but I found myself at a booth that was giving away books so I snatched whatever I could through the thicket of limbs before I got swept away to another booth that was being mobbed. I didn’t even know what I was grabbing! I just took it and ran! After that it became clear my easy-going browsing day had been a pipe-dream.
The SECOND problem with my plan was that they weren’t actually giving away The Wicked King at BookCon! Apparently the ARCS were only for BookExpo. This turned out to be for the best, because after the initial mayhem I knew there was no way I was going to get that book if it dropped. So I felt better knowing that no one was gonna get it! Is that selfish?! Maybe? I’m going to call it self-care and move on.
The rest of the day was spent moving from line to line, usually without knowing what the line was actually for. Easily the best part was getting to chat with everyone while we waited in lines, I learned that nearly EVERYONE had a printed out detailed excel spreadsheets and maps to help maximize their loot and had brought their squad for backup so they could divide and conquer! I never stood a chance. It’s like all the bookish introverts save up all their energy during the year so they can ROAR TO LIFE AND KNOCK SHIT OVER during BookCon!
At the end of the day though, I really did enjoy myself! I came away with a few good looking books, and even got to chat with some of the authors. I particularly loved talking to Maura Milan, author of Ignite the Stars. I had failed to get her book off of NetGalley so I was excited when I stumbled across her signing copies of it. We talked for a good while about what it means to see an Asian woman on the cover of a Sci-Fi book (the model is actually a friend of hers), and about how she was inspired by The Expanse (thank GOD Amazon saved it from cancellation!). Plus Natasha Ngan, who wrote Girls of Paper and Fire complimented my makeup! Shout-out to my Supergoop setting spray for keeping my face together despite being swampy AF.
Maybe I should have gone to some of the panels, but I usually enjoy just spending time on the floor at conventions! Either way, I came home with BOOKS!!! That’s a win! And next year I’ll be armed to the teeth and FULLY PREPARED for the madness!
What I’m Watching
Poldark on Amazon Prime
I am FINALLY able to watch season 3 of Poldark and I’m SO HAPPY! Masterpiece Theater KNOWS DRAMA! If you like standing on a cliff and staring out into the ocean as the wind whips your hair, YOU NEED TO BE WATCHING THIS SHOW.
Just look at this intro!!! I am all worked up about it, it’s beautiful and I sing the instrumentals at the top of my lungs EVERY TIME!
Olympian Challenger – ARC Heart of Iron – Owlcrate Ace of Shades – Owlcrate Dread Nation A Thousand Pieces of You The Illuminae Files To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before LIFEL1K3 Legendary
The Black Witch
Girls of Paper and Fire* – ARC
Ignite the Stars* – ARC
Empire of Sand* -ARC
Annex* – ARC
Finding Yvonne* – ARC
Are you interested in any of these books? I’m thinking about doing a giveaway!
PLEASE WEAR SUNSCREEN. EVERY SINGLE DAY!
Supergoop is one of my favorite sunscreen brands and their new Unseen Sunscreen is soooooooooooo incredible! It’s velvety matte and oil free, with and I love wearing it. It has a light, sort of sweet smell but once you put it on you can’t smell it. SUNSCREEN 4EVER!