It's only taken us a month to recover from BookExpo and finally write about it. So that should tell you something, i.e. TOTAL BLAST. Rosemary, Mandy W. and I picked up some exciting books, partied with some of our favorite faces and drank all the drinks. Here's the scoop!
The Book Stuff
We try not to take home too many books (because heavy) but sometimes, our grabby little hands can't help themselves.
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (January 2019) - Mandy W.
It's Leigh Bardugo so obviously LOVE, but LOOK AT HOW SHINY!
The Girl King by Mimi Yu (January 2019) - Mandy W.
Me when Mimi Yu asked if I was a big fantasy reader: "Uhhhh no", LOL. But her debut sounds too awesome to pass up! (Side note: she also has some cool-ass tattoos.)
I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson (October 2018) - All of us!
They were only giving away the first two chapters, but we still waited in line. That's how excited we are for this book (and how much we love Abbi).
Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction by Gabrielle Moss (October 2018) - Posh
A history of YA (from when I was a YA) told through amazing book covers? I'm not just gonna read this book, I'm going to FRAME EVERY PAGE.
Here to Stay by Sara Farizan (September 2018) - Mandy W.
No hyperbole, but I stalk Sara Farizan's Goodreads page on the reg in hopes for a new book. (Of course, authors should take as much time as they need to write their books, no pressure etc. but also CAN I HAS? ) And now it's finally almost here!
What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera (October 2018) - Mandy W.
Author BFFs writing a book together! The only thing that could make this better is if we could have the book NOWWWWWW.
Pride by Ibi Zoboi (September 2018) - Rosemary
I am 100% HERE for just about any Pride & Prejudice retelling, but a retelling about Afro-Latino characters, set in Brooklyn, and written by Ibi Zoboi??? GIMME NOW PLZ.
The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle (September 2018) - Posh
Rebecca excels at fantastic premises (which she then nails with fantastic writing), and her upcoming adult novel, about a woman living the answer to the question, "Who would you have dinner with, living or dead?", seems like no exception to the rule.
Salt by Hannah Moskowitz (October 2018) - Rosemary
Maybe you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but this cover was so gorgeous, I literally ran to it. The fact that it's about orphaned siblings who hunt sea monsters on their family's sailboat in the Mediterranean Sea made it that much more enticing.
The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas (September 2018) - Posh
This book had me at "True Detective meets The Exorcist," and I can't wait to find out what happens when a girl recently exorcised from her demon... wants her back.
Easy Prey by Catherine Lo (October 2018) - Rosemary
A whodunit about three students who had access to racy photos of their teacher before the photos went viral. I couldn't keep my grabby hands off this one. Luckily, the book's lovely editor let me take the display copy (LOL).
Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll (September 2018) - Rosemary
Doll's book about a liberal from Chicago moving to a small, conservative Alabama town and working at a store that sells other people's lost luggage is just the type of quirky contemporary that sings to my heart.
We also got a sneak peek at some of Novl's upcoming releases at their blogger tea, including Muse of Nightmares. I loved seeing the evolution of the cover artwork--almost as much as I loved seeing the ever-delightful Laini Taylor!
Another author highlight: we (briefly) met Abbi Jacobson in the autograph line, and I snapped this photo of Rosemary so she can brag about it:
We also got into some mischief with various activations on the floor of Javits because, I mean, we're us.
Best activation, hands down, goes to Scholastic, for the appearance of the Queen (our friend Emily) complete with guards and floofy Corgis!!!
The Babe Stuff
Per BookExpo tradition, we met up with Rebecca Serle and Leila Sales for some loungin', snackin' and wine-in'. The bonus for this year was live tweeting the shizz out of the S2 finale of Famous in Love and diving way too deep into the villainy of Pablo$$.
Another annual tradition: meeting up with our publisher pal Faye at the best basketball themed restaurant ever, Clyde Frazier's!
It wouldn't be BookExpo without our darling Bennett Madison, who is working on a new book (yay!) and shared some of the deets with us. Our lips are sealed for now, but suffice it to say, we are BEYOND READY.
We also had drinks with Siobhan Vivian--it was too dark to take a picture but damn, we love that gal.
The Booze Stuff
We didn't document every beverage we consumed (who has time for that shizz?) but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Mother of Pearl, where we
chugged sipped on delish tiki drinks and felt like tropical ladies of leisure.
One of Rosemary's drinks came with its own bottle of rum! GENIUS.
On our last night in NYC, something happened that doesn't quite fit into any category except MAGIC. We were having dinner in Little Italy when, all of a sudden, a drag show begin... three feet from our table.
It was a moment of absolute serendipity and pure joy--the best farewell from NYC that we could imagine.
In conclusion, BookExpo was FIERCE this year. Can't wait for 2019!