Thursday, May 28, 2015

Throwback Thursday - BEA Edition

I've decided to do one last Throwback Thursday before I fill the blog with photos of this years BEA Trip...
This is a photo of last years haul. That entire rolling storage container is filled with books (to the top), plus some cups and totes thrown on top. Off to the side are more totes I brought home plus posters, and other random swag (bookmarks, pins, magnets, stickers). 

I hope this year I bring just as much home, if not more, because the more I bring the more giveaways!

Make sure to check my Twitter for updates on how BEA is going! 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I'm Officially BEA Bound!!

For months I have been counting down the days and preparing for BEA. I am so happy to say that I am finally on the road! I will be arriving in New York around 8am to drop off my luggage at the hotel and then I'll be making my way to the Javits Center. I absolutely cannot wait to see what is in store for this year, and I can't wait to have one more vacation in New York with my mom before it moves to Chicago. No matter where BEA goes, I will be there and no matter what I will definitely be coming back to New York! 

Make sure to look for me if you're also attending! See you soon BEA-ers!

Top Ten Books I Plan to Have in My Beach Bag

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there will be a new topic for everyone to create a top ten list with. 

This Weeks Topic:
Top Ten Books I Plan to Have in My Beach Bag This Summer

Monday, May 25, 2015

Book Bite Reviews got a new look!

I'm sure some of you have already seen, but Book Bite Reviews has a new header and button. Make sure to add the new one to your site to help promote =D. 
In the coming weeks I will be changing more things here and there. I plan to at least change the post font and get review rating icons instead of continuing with the 5/5 hearts. So, make sure to keep an eye out for that!

I have also joined the bandwagon and created a Book Bite Reviews Facebook Page
Make sure to show your support and like it =D. I will be slowly adding more and more to it. 

Also double check the sidebar that you are being an ultimate "Book Biter" by making sure you're following Book Bite Reviews every way possible, as I have added new follow options!

Hope you like the new look and changes to come! 

BEA Bound ~ Tips and tricks from the Read-at-Home Mama

I can't believe it's almost time for BEA!! Just two days! I thought since I have shared all the tips and advice that I could think of, it would be nice to hear from someone else. Erin Cosenza is a book reviewer and owner of the blog Read-at-Home Mama, and she has graciously agreed to share some tips that she learned at her first trip to BEA, last year.

What tips do you have for a first time BEA-er?
Pack light! 
You're probably going to be carrying a lot of books back home or to your hotel, so carry only the necessities (cell phone, wallet, room key, train ticket, anything else you deem absolutely necessary) into the Javits. To further that point, if you know you're planning to see a lot of authors or grab a lot of galleys on any given day, bring an empty rolling suitcase with you. You can check it in the baggage area outside the show floor. I learned the hard way last year that trying to carry too many books from the Javits to Penn Station can be *extremely* painful on your shoulders....Advil was my best friend that night. Don't make the same mistake I did!

Plan ahead! 
Use the BEA Mobile app or the website to help you get an idea of what authors you want to see and to help you create a schedule. I walked in completely unprepared on my first trip to BEA last year and was totally overwhelmed by all the signings and meetings going on. The map on the BEA website (under Show Info > Show Overview) will be immensely helpful. I make a schedule for each day of the expo on its own piece of paper -- my apologies to the trees, it's only for a few days -- so there's no confusion. I list the time of the signing or session, the name of the author or session being presented, and the booth or table number so I know where to be and when. Some people prefer to create Excel spreadsheets...I'm a bit more old-school and use paper and colored pens. Whatever works for you!

Be flexible! 
Some of the lines for autographing sessions get really long (depending on the author's popularity) and you'll be waiting longer than anticipated. When this happens, you have to decide what's most important -- waiting in line to see someone, or getting out of line to move on to the next author or session. To help me out with this, I actually list multiple options on my schedule so that if one author's line is too long or a session is too crowded, I have an alternative instead of standing around and doing nothing. If I don't have an alternative for any given time period, I use the time to walk the aisles, check out the booths, and maybe do a little shopping (for instance, I'm planning to visit the Litographs and Out of Print booths on Wednesday afternoon, where they usually have merchandise available for purchase).

Arrive Early! 
If you want to get tickets for ticketed autographing sessions, arrive early!! Last year I showed up at 7 a.m. and the line was already very long. The later you get to the Javits, the smaller your chances of getting the tickets you're after! (Or better yet, buy your BEA ticket online as soon as they're available and purchase an Avid Reader Pass -- I believe you get to choose any 10 ticketed authors and you'll automatically get tickets, so you won't need to worry about waiting in line the day of!)

Whatever you do, DO NOT FORGET TO BRING YOUR BADGE. You won't be allowed on the show floor without it!