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ALA Mid-Winter 2013 Recap

Sunday, February 3, 2013

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. 

From left to right: Lauren (365 Days of Reading), Katie (Katie's Book Blog), 
Bailey (IB Book Blogging), Anna (Literary Exploration), and ME on the end

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


  1. Woot, it's great to know you had fun! And yay for the books. Reboot and Stung are high up on my list and I hope you enjoy reading them.

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

  2. Sounds like you've had so much fun! I'm planing to go to the Frankfurt Book Fair in October and I'm already a bundle of nerves. No idea what to expect from such a huge event.
    And OMG I can't wait to read Dark Triumph!

  3. Looks like you had a great time! And got some awesome books, too!

    Hope you enjoy reading all of them :)

  4. AHH I IS SO JEALOUS! You got to meet SO many awesome bloggers that I only hope I can meet one day! Seriously, I'm sure it was so awesome to see all these bloggers in person and talk with them. Also, don't worry, I totally make a fool of myself whenever I meet authors. I think the entire DFW blogger community has come to know that now, haha. I feel like I'll always get these strange looks like, "Kid, what in the world are you doing?" But that never happens because bloggers are the ones that understand my need to fangirl. ;) And there are so many pretties that you got!! Like Dark Triumph? I am seriously DYING to read that one, and same goes for Siege & Storm. I hope that you love all of your awesome new books!

    I hope I get to meet you sometime Vy, I'd absolutely LOVE to do that some day. =)

  5. aww thats so awesome!!! I really hoped to go there, but I will be going to BEA so thats still good! Hope you enjoy reading all of the books you got!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  6. omg everyone is so nicely dressed and you are so QT! I've never been to a conference either so I'm pretty sure if I go, I would be a bundle of nerves too. I'm glad you had fun and I hope you enjoy your books. <3

  7. It sounds like you had a fabulous time! I'm glad you enjoyed yourself. I hope you enjoy all the great books you picked up, I'm excited for so many of them myself.

  8. I didn't know you went to Seattle! I didn't spend nearly enough time with you on Saturday, lol. Too many people to talk to and too little time! I have the two Macmillan books and DARK TRIUMPH as well. I haven't heard of most of the others, so since you're excited about them, I'll look into them!

  9. How fun... I wish one of these would be closer to where I live!!!

  10. It sounds like you had a blast. You got some awesome books too. Glad you had a great time. :)

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  11. Looks like this was so much fun! And what nice books! I have yet to actually go to a conference so I can understand feeling awkward... sigh. But I'm glad you got to meet up with so many people -- thanks for including that because I added some of their blogs to my reader. :) Hope you have a great week!

  12. This is an awesome recap! Thanks for making this post so I know what I missed out on. You met so many awesome bookish people! AND GOT SO MANY PRETTY BOOKS. Hooray for having a great time!! :)

  13. It looks like you had a great time! I'm glad you ended up enjoying yourself, and getting to meet so many bloggers and awesome authors :)

  14. awww! so fun! you got to meet some great people! i'm not familiar with all of the books you got at ALA so i need to go look some of them up! :) so glad you got to go and hope your finals went well! xo


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