If you're a book lover and you have an opportunity to go to BEA, do it. It's overwhelming, fast-paced, and crazy, and it's over so quickly it takes a while to process everything that happened. I went solo--not knowing anyone in real life, though I did know a bunch of bloggers and even some authors via online interactions. Let me tell you, even though I'm usually crippled socially in big crowds (a combination of shyness and introversion), I had a blast and talked to a ton of fabulous people and added a ton of awesome books to my TBR pile.
I was even star-struck a couple of times (Jen Lancaster, Ina Garten, Michael Connelly, Tim Gunn, Jennifer Weiner, Michael Bolton, R.L. Stein, the girl who wrote Cakepops...). One of my major star-struck moments was when I met John Green.
If you don't know who this man is, I don't think I can be friends with you. Kidding. Sort of. But, really, you're missing out. He's a fantastically brilliant author (Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars...Sigh. I can't even say how much I love his books.) who also runs a vlog with his brother Hank--The Vlogbrothers and has a bunch of minions he calls "NerdFighters". They're both hilarious and amazing.
(John Green rocks. Even though he's afraid of a dangling rope.)Anyway, I was wandering around with some fellow bloggers (hi, ladies of Wastepaper Prose!) and we got to the Penguin booth and...OMG...John Green! Who was just hanging out with his ever-present posse surrounding him, killing some time before his next speech or signing or whatever so we went up and talked to him. Well, I smiled and said hi and then my tongue went numb or something because I couldn't contribute anything else besides the ridiculously wide grin that graced my face for the rest of the conversation. My knees were weak. My heart was pounding. I was completely useless. Of course, he was completely charming, taller than I expected (he's taller than me--probably about 5'11"), and so flippin' cute. I've decided we need to clone him so there are more John Greens to go around, since this one is already taken.
At least I waited until I was around the corner to lose it whereupon I squeed like a little fangirl (in my head, of course). The grin lasted for a good half-day.
(I included a video with both John and Hank because they're so cute together)And then I went home and collapsed in a big heap of post-BEA exhaustion.
So, how was your week?