Sunday, June 17, 2012

BEA Bookish Recap

I'm participating in The Story Siren's In My Mailbox and Tynga's Reviews' Stacking the Shelves today. Thanks for hosting Kristi and Tynga!

On the Blog This Week

Manga Mondays:

Skip Beat vol. 8 by Yoshiki Nakamura


Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Blog Tour:

Fall From Grace by Charles Benoit: When I’m Not Writing

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown: Author Interview

Books I Read This Week
-Ironically, I have not read any BEA books this week. I had several books I needed to catch up on first.

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
-Thanks to Netgalley!

Skip Beat vols. 10-13 by Yoshiki Nakamura

Afterschool Charisma vol. 1 by Kumiko Suekane

BEA Books!!!

This is the first of several BEA Recaps that I plan on doing.

After the show closed on Thursday, I made an epic 2 hour journey with Kendra of Books Complete Me and Megan of Amethyst Daydreams to the gigantic post office by Penn Station.

I mailed most of my books off in a gigantic cardboard box previously used for toilet paper, which had been kindly donated to me by the drug store down the road.

I carried on about 14 books for the plane ride home – the ones I thought I’d die if I lost. As I suspected, this turned out to be a very smart idea.

When my books arrived on Friday, the box looked like this:


The twine and tape were added by the post office, not me. The box fell apart at some point during shipping and the post office packed it back together.

Unfortunately, several books were severely battered, with bent pages and covers. I’m stacking them under heavy books so they should reshape. Also, four to five books were lost in the process, which has been really disappointing. I’ve identified four so far: Black City by Elizabeth Richards, my second copy of Raven Boys (I had permission to take two), Venom by Fiona Paul, and a finished copy of The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson.

I know, I know. You’re thinking “Poor you – you came home with 71 books and you’re complaining that you lost a few, some of which you can’t even remember the titles?” First world problems here. But still, I hate the idea of losing any books. Especially my copy of The False Prince (I bought one to make up for it). It’s definitely good that I carried on so many books.

Here are photos of the books that did arrive safely home.

*****I’m marking stars by the books I’m most excited about.


-The grand total!


Skylark by Meagan Spooner (Signed)
Palladin Prophecy by Mark Frost
Beta by Rachel Cohn
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes ****
Return to Me by Justina Chen (formerly Headley) ****
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr ****


Timepiece by Myra McEntire
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole ****
Point of Origin by Amanda Havard (Signed)
Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison
In A Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz
Scorch by Gina Damico


Fathomless by Jackson Pearce ****
The Innocents by Lili Peloquin
Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken ****
Skinny by Donna Cooner
The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron (actual cover is much nicer)
Prodigy by Marie Lu

Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano (better known as Maria of Sesame Street!)
Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry****
Katana by Cole Gibson
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch

Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney
What Came From the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt
The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann
The Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys ****
The Diviners by Libba Bray ****
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian ****
Son by Lois Lowry ****
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater ****
Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas ****


The Turning by Francine Prose
Blessed by Tonya Hurley
Narc by Crissa-Jean Chappell
Daughter of Smoke and Smoke by Laini Taylor
Preview of Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – not the whole thing
Entice by Jessica Shirvington
Origin by Jessica Khoury (for Julie of My 5 Monkeys)


Adult Books:

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde (actually this is for younger readers)
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLean (signed)
Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham (signed)
The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (signed) ****
The Giving Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony
Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner


Taste of Home Baking
Peas and Thank You by Sarah Matheny **** (I already own this cookbook and love it. I spilled water on it so I was very excited to pick up a fresh copy. Check out Sarah’s blog: Peas and Thank You. It’s one of my favorites)


-All Signed!!

Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson ****
The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver ****
The Curiosities by Maggie Stievfater, Tessa Gratton, Brenna Yovanoff ****
The Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale
Cursed by Jennifer Armentrout ****
Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant


All signed!!!!

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth ****
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund ****
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green ***********
Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti ****


All signed!!!!

Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Elemental by Emily White
Glass Heart by Amy Garvey
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ****
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys ****


  1. Oh wow, you got many awesome books and I am sad you lost some, as a reader losing even a single book is a a very saddening thing.

    Anyhow, you'll be fully booked with reading all the books during the summer! =D

    Here's my Book Haul post.

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

  2. That's horrible about the box. I ship at the post office right down the road from Javits every year. And luckily (knock on wood) I haven't had any problems in 3 years.
    I hope you had a great time.!

  3. I know. It was nice to meet you at BEA. Great haul. I loved BEA. I took home about 103 books including the party.


  4. OMG! SO SO SO many awesome books! You have no idea how much I envy you! O.O
    Enjoy reading your way through them! ;)

    Nickey @ The Book Shop Assistant

  5. Oh I'm so sorry to hear about the list books!!! Don't care how many you took each of the them is still so valuable. :-(( and that box looks really beaten up!!
    But yeah for all those awesome books!!! I just read 2 of my books since I have so many other ones o have to read!! Have fun reading Sweetie!!'

  6. OMG Alison! I am green with envy with your haul right now. That's a lot of books. Arrrrrr. Awesome awesome. Have fun reading them Alison. Here's what I got for this week.


  8. holy wow! so many books! didn't realize they had copies of Return to Me there! i really want that one! love justina's books! what a bummer about your box... :( i worry about that too, that's why i always pay the extra for fedex :P

  9. So many awesome books this week!! I'm sorry that you lost a few in the mail :( but I'm glad that most of the books were saved!

  10. Overwhelming. .So many good ones, and ones I haven't heard of! Trying not to turn green....Enjoy!

  11. WOW, that's a lot of books. And they all look amazing! Hopefully I can go to BEA next year. It looks like everyone had so much fun!
    Happy reading!

    My STS

  12. I hate it when book creases. But these are so many books! I want them all! If you don't like creases then you can defenitely send them to me! You know... Anyway, again, so many good books! Definitely agree that all of these are most exciting to read: Carnival of Souls, Pushing The Limits, Throne of Glass and The Raven Boys. By the cover and titlte (Let's Pretend This Never Happened) sound like a fun read. The book i still have to read is The Fault In Our Stars. Everyone has been saying how good it is and that you can't even start to describe how good it is. I love The Night Circus. It's one of my faveourite reads. Looking forward to the reviews.

    Happy reading! =D

  13. what a big box of books and sorry to hear that it fell apart. Thanks for getting me some of the books :)

  14. An amazing book haul Alison! I am so keen to read quite a few of them

    I'm sorry to hear a few have been damaged or are lost :(

    Happy reading!

  15. LOOK AT ALL OF THOSE AMAZING BOOKS! Wow. I hope you enjoy all of this fantastic reading!!!

  16. WOW that sucks about the box falling apart. :(

    You have a lot of amazing titles... quite a few I'm off to add to my wishlist now. :)

  17. oh wow! You have some awesome books!! That really does suck about the box falling apart! Enjoy all your new reads :)

  18. oh wow this is a tremendously amazing book haul! I'd love to get any or all of them. Is it weird that Skip Beat is what excited me the most though? I am dying for season 2 to come out!
    Here's my: Showcase Sunday

  19. I have no idea where to start with all your amazing books! All I can say is I'm super jealous of Prodigy, Alice in Zombieland, and pretty much everything you have there! I'm reading Pushing the Limits now and it's awesome so I hope you enjoy!

    Check out my Stacking the Shelves!

  20. Oh, yes. I feel SO sorry about you!!! LOL. Have fun with your 3,000 new books. :P

  21. While I am sorry for your loss... any lost book is sad.. but green with envy at your haul! Jimminy Cricket, woman!

  22. Oh wow, incredible bunch of books!

  23. That really sucks that your package got torn up and you have lost and damaged books. Such an awesome book haul!! Hope you get time to read some of them soon. :)

  24. Now i wish i wouldnt of seen this cause im so damn jealous. Excellent books, looking forward toseeing whatyou think of them.

  25. horrible...I would have had a heart attack if that happened to me :( Luckily I just commuted in...I was very selective and just carried my books home each day.

    Looks like you still have a lot of fantastic reads though...Enjoy!!

  26. Wow!! I don't even know what to say! Sooooo many incredible books! What a great selection you have there! I hope you enjoy them all! :)

    Lisa @ Lost in Literature

  27. I am SO sorry about your box! Glad that most of the books made it safely and I'm sorry that we didn't get to meet this year.

  28. I'm with you on hating the idea of lost books, and I'm sorry you lost some. *shakes fist at post office* However, it looks like you still have some amazing titles there! I hope you had fun at BEA!

  29. I love all your amazing new books! Especially Beta, Falling Kingdoms, Pushing the Limits (read it - AMAZING!), Throne of Glass, and **Eve and Adam**. As made obvious by my asterisks, I'm DYING to read Eve and Adam! Love the cover and the plot sounds great.

    Sounds like you had an amazing time but too bad about your box incident :( At least you still got by with loads of books!

    ♥ Ashley @ booknook ♥

  30. You got a ton of great new books to add to your shelf! Sounds like you had fun :)


  31. See that whole lost books thing is why I carried most home in my luggage. I came home with 66 books and of that I only shipped 10 of them.

    Of course, I shipped the 10 from the fedex office in our hotel. Did that on Thursday and they were at my office in Canada on Friday. They made it back to my office before I did, lol.

    Enjoy your books. I'm sad that we were both at BEA and didn't get a chance to meet. Maybe next year!

  32. Wow!! I can't believe how many good books you got! I really want to read the Bloggess' memoir and that Taste of Home Baking cookbook looks awesome!


  33. Wow and I thought my book haul post for this week was big!

    You have so many amazing books!

    I have Sarah Matheny's book as well and really like it. I'm also looking forward to Son by Lois Lowry.

    Enjoy them!

  34. Sorry about the lost books! I would hate knowing I'd lost even one of them (especially Black City, which I'm really excited to read!). Still, you came home with a really awesome haul! So many good titles in the batch that I can't even begin to list all the ones I want to read. I hope you enjoy all of them, and I look forward to your reviews whenever you get around to them!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    ~Merin @ Read and Reviewed

  35. I am in awe of how many books you received. I totally understand being upset about losing the ones you did.
    Great haul and I look forward to your reviews!

  36. Oh man I would have LOST it if I lost any of my books in shipping! I used FedEx. Most likely it cost more but they gave me the box and packed it an bagged it (although a few of my books did get smooshed a bit in shipping) but the box showed up in perfect condition, just the contents were jostled a bit because they used a box much bigger than what was needed.

  37. Oh my goodness that's a lot of books! I'm sorry to hear about your lost books... That sucks. :( Thanks for stopping by my blog and happy reading!

  38. So many awesome books! I'm really looking forward to Ashen Winter and Prodigy. Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!

  39. GAH! So sad you lost a few books but WOW. What a massive book haul! Wish I could have gone to BEA. Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by my Stacking the Shelves.

    I also followed. :D

  40. OMG SO MANY BOOKS I CAN'T EVEN :O You won't want to know how jealous I am by your huge and wonderful haul!!! <3 You'll DEFINITELY have a great time reading them all, I look forward to your thoughts :D


  41. wow you know what? I'm so jealous! it's awesome! and you had Alice in zombieland, I would love to read it! Happy reading!!! I hope you'll enjoy them all.

  42. Wow, so many books ! I'm sorry you had trouble with the mail, that must have been awful.

  43. Personally I would mourn the loss of a single book, let alone this many too, but at least the majority made it home. And what an unbelievable haul!

    Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!

  44. WOW ! That's an impressive haul ! :D
    I'm kind of jealous of everyone who went to BEA :P
    It's really sad that you lost a few books ! :( I would have been as frustrated as you ! :(
    I hope you enjoy all your books. :D You'll be busy for a while now ;)
    Happy reading ! :D

  45. Awesome! I am so jealous lol. Sorry you lost some and some got a bit wrecked. Thanks for stopping by my Stack

  46. Woah! You have so many good books that I would love to read. Beta, Alice in Zombieland, and Prodigy. I can't wait to see your review them :D Let me know if they are good. Thanks for stopping by and Happy reading


  47. HUGE set of books! I'm officially jealous! I'm sorry you lost some, though.

    Thanks for stopping by my StS and following - I followed you right back. I'm having fun browsing through your old posts right now! ;)

  48. Hooray for books! And I am so sorry you lost some, and I don't think you're whinging at all! I feel sad for the lost books :(

    I can't wait to read your reviews of The Raven Boys! And I love that you got a vegetarian cookbook! I know the blog :) Are you vegetarian?

  49. I would be complaining, too, if I lost some books. At least the rest got to you and not all were lost, though.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great week!
    Kristin @ Always With a Book

  50. I can tell that I would be in real trouble if I went to BEA. Thanks for dropping by.

  51. So many great books. I do feel for you with the USPS issue. Recently a book I won came in completely mangled, looked as if it had been run over repeatedly, and then they taped everything back together on to the book. Another one they just decided to stop the delivery process on because they damaged it the day it was to be delivered. I started buying insurance for anything I sell - like my old textbooks! Ugh. Well - glad that many of the books came through ok!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

  52. Wow! Good job at BEA. I think you got more than I did. Maybe. That sucks that some of them got damaged! I had one arrive water damaged, because the PO put one of my boxes in a puddle for some reason. Glad most of them are okay!

    This week I had two book haul posts, one for my BEA books and one for my regularly scheduled post.

  53. Great books! Most of the ones you have starred are the ones I was going I want, I want when I saw them.

  54. I don't even know where to begin. Those are all amazing books. I can't believe that's how the box came. The post offices don't really seem to care anymore they just tape stuff up like that and ruin the stuff inside. Hope you enjoy reading all those and thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday.

  55. Loved all of your books! Enjoy them all. Glad you had an awesome trip.

  56. This is my jealous face : -_- but I also have a sympathy face so my apologies on the lost books. For us books lovers, it like losing a baby or limbs. But happy reading! You're set for the next few months, hehe.
    Thanks so much for passing by my blog.

  57. Wow! You sure got a lot of books! I wish I could have gone to BEA...oh well, there's always next year! :D

    That's too bad about the books you lost. I guess next time you'll have to double up on the box or something. You live and learn I guess. It's also fortunate that you only lost a few, can you imagine if you'd lost more! That would be awful, still it sucks that you lost The Black City, I'm seriously excited for that one. It's a good thing you have a bunch more awesome ones to make up for it. :)

    All in all, amazing...and I really mean amazing haul this week! :D Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my StS post too, Alison. :)

  58. Just WOW. I'm sorry you lost a few but still WOW. :)

  59. Awesome books!! I'm quoted on the first page of ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND! :)


  60. You know what? You have the right to complain. I would be uber pissed too. Also, you are not the only one that posted about book damage from BEA. What is the post office doing? Playing volleyball with the packages? UGH. They. Are. Fired.

    As for your books, holy schnikies! I've seen most of these but I am going to be looking at your post closely to make sure I haven't missed any. Enjoy reading and I will be attending BEA next year so I hope I enjoy it as much as you did. And thanks for stopping by my blog!

  61. Oh my goodness! That's a crazy amount of books. That's annoying about them being beaten up, I'm one of those people that hates seeing books bent or misshapen and there is always time for first world problems when it comes to books!
    I hope you enjoy all of them and get them looking beautiful once again :)

  62. I'm sorry you lost a few books. I would have been devastated too! But I'm happy that you have so many books to look forward to reading.

  63. There are so many of the books I want that you have, like: Katana, Alice in Zombieland, Throne of Glass (I wanted that one since weeks ago, it sounds so good and I love the cover).

    Great book haul, hopefully I will get to go to BEA eventually.
    Thanks for visiting and commenting on Nazish Reads.

    Nazish @ Nazish Reads

  64. Awesome, Awesome!! I see a ton that I want, but secretly I think I was most excited for Taste Of Home Baking-if that's like my Taste of Home Cooking 3 ring binder then I will have to pick it up when it comes out. Peas and Thank You, I've never heard of, but I will be checking out that site, right after yours. Have a great week, enjoy your awesome haul from bea!!!!! :)

  65. *Faints*

    That is one epic haul.

    I don't think we have anything like BEA in the UK, so there's slight envy here... especially with some of the signed books in your haul.


  66. dang, girl. haha. have fun. i am so jealous.

  67. No, I don't think you're at all wrong to be upset for having books lost in the mail, even if you did thankfully get to hang on to the majority. I've lost books in the mail myself... not the end of the world, surely, but I was pretty upset.

    You have too many great books here to even focus on, for me to make specific comments about... so I'll just say lucky you and I hope you have a great time reading all of them! I'm very jealous of all your signed books.

  68. Wow, wow, wow! I wish I lived next door to you so I could borrow (or beg, LOL!) some of those!! You have an insanely delicious haul from BEA, and I hope I get a chance to go sometime in the next five years!

    Hope you enjoy all your goodies, and thanks for stopping by (and I'm sorry for taking so long to visit!).

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