OK, so Friday was the day of lines. Waiting in line after line after line after line (short break) after line after line. It was crazy but productive. It was also a very long day. I couldn’t sleep, so I was awake and in the shower around 5 AM, which meant I was ready to go line up for my first wait: ticketed authors. On Thursday, I was after both Leigh Bardugo and Brandon Mull, but they ran out of Leigh before I reached the front. Friday, I wanted Marissa Meyer and Danielle Paige. Unfortunately for me (and many, many other fans), there were definitely not enough tickets for Marissa. But, I snagged Danielle! And I met a lovely mother and daughter duo in line.
Then, I went to get breakfast at Starbucks. Line number three was for the show floor because I didn’t have any morning meetings. I made a beeline to the Macmillan booth to gather tickets for the signings featuring Leigh Bardugo and Stephanie Garber. After successfully grabbing those, I went to stand in line for the Black Widow drop at Disney’s booth. (They had a sampler of the second book from Margaret Stohl, an awesome drawstring bag, and a signed limited edition print.)
Then I had a little bit of a break, so I went on a hunt for the booth with the fun looking book. When I found it, I was in for a treat and a surprise.
The booth featured this little book called Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff from the series Sunborn Rising. And not only did they have a book, but they also had Oculus setup to show off an early version of the videogame based directly off the world within the book. I fell in love (and I hadn’t even read any of it yet). Did I mention the full-color illustrations throughout?
Then I was ready to wait in more lines.
- Danielle Paige
- Leigh Bardugo
- Stephanie Garber, which I ended up leaving early
- Laini Taylor
Just before lunch, I sat down to listen to the Hot Fall Fiction 2016 panel, which is when I realized that I hadn’t scheduled time for a bathroom break. So, on my way to find lunch, I made sure to hit the bathroom and re-fill my water bottle. I also had to go back to the Sunborn Rising booth to tell them that I couldn’t stop thinking about the book and how much I wanted to share it with everyone. (Spoiler: I told anyone and everyone who would listen to me that they should go check out the booth!)
After lunch, the lines began again.
- Gene Luen Yang
- Kendare Blake
I attended the AAP Annual Librarians Book Buzz Part II and learned about some of the smaller publishers’ fall offerings. And finally, I went to the Surviving Fictional Worlds panel with Sarah Porter, Kristen Simmons, and Susan Dennard. In between lines, I was able to pick up a few more books as well as the free signed copies.
That’s all for tonight. Tune in tomorrow for my exciting adventures at BookCon!