I attended my first ever conference last weekend in Seattle. Unfortunately for me, I had finals on Monday, so I was only at ALA Mid-Winter for Saturday, but I'm extremely glad I went.
I was a bundle of nerves when I arrived! The nerves actually started way before I even set foot in Seattle. I was completely unsure of everything including simple things such as what to wear! I ended up deciding my outfit ONE HOUR before I hit the road.
Thank goodness for kind and helpful bloggers! I wouldn't know what to do without them and would have been nervous the whole day. My day started off with meeting these lovely ladies! I was so excited to meet them, and they were all incredibly helpful and kind, and nicely dressed! I spent the majority of the time wandering and a bit lost, but I was also with Lauren and Bailey sometimes and they were were so nice in helping me navigate my first conference. And it was awesome being able to meet Bailey, my blogger big sib, in person! She was extremely nice as well as her mom and aunt.
I also spent some time with Lindsey, author of upcoming book, The Murder Complex, and Cherie (The Book Bender). I also met Becky (Stories and Sweeties) and she was so sweet and helped me when I was awkwardly hanging around the Random House booth. I also ran into Sara (Novel Novice) and it was great seeing a familiar face. There were other bloggers that I met but didn't get pictures with such as Nancy (Ravenous Reader), Mindy (Magical Urban Fantasy Reads), Jaime (Two Chicks on Books), and Sarah (Sarah's Random Musings).
Along with bloggers, I also met extremely nice publishing people. Everyone there was so NICE and approachable. There were also a bunch of authors walking around and I had the chance to meet Alexandra Bracken, author of The Darkest Minds, and Kirsten Hubbard, author of Wanderlove. I loved both of their books and probably made a fool of myself fangirling when I met them. I had so much fun meeting everyone, and would have loved to stay longer.
From left to right: Alexandra Bracken and Kirsten Hubbard.
I've been asked about the books I got there, so here are the reads I'm most excited about:
Hidden by Marianne Curley | Bloomsbury
Stung by Bethany Wiggins | Bloomsbury
Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore | Random House
Of Triton by Anna Banks | Macmillan
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo | Macmillan
Reboot by Amy Tintera | HarperTeen
Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike | HarperTeen
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland | Disney Hyperion