At the very last minute I was able to go the the BEA (Book Expo America) this Friday with two of my co-workers. It was so much fun. We got a ton of ARCs and giveaways. My shoulders are so ridiculously sore from lugging around multiple tote bags of books all day long. It was such a fun day getting to spend time together outside of the store.
Friday was their Young Adult focus day and we got to meet a bunch of authors to have books signed, including Melissa Marr (signing her newest book Fragile Eternity), Trenton Lee Stewart (signing a boxed set of his first two Mysterious Benedict Society books) and Shannon Hale (signing ARCs of her newest Books of Bayern Forest Born).
Also got to meet Debbie Macomber, L. S. Linnea and a number of other people that I didn't know, but whose books looked really interesting.
Our absolutely favorite booth was for Bloomsbury. All of the people there were so friendly and talkative and just loved books so much. We ended talking with one of them for like 15 minutes just reveling in our love for books, particularly young adult and independent reader books.
I came home with a whole suitcase of books and now I'm faced with my ever growing question of ... where on earth do I put all of these books? I'm running out of floor space (I ran out of shelf space a very long time ago.) It's great working in a bookstore, but it can be extremely hazardous when you are a bibliophile.