Top Ten Tuesday (FREEBIE): BEA 2015 Authors Edition

 

Top 10 Authors I Would Like To Meet For the 1st Time (listed in no particular order)

Alex London

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(Thursday In Booth Signing The Wild Ones 2-3pm Booth #3319 Penguin/Random House)

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Brian Selznick

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(Thursday Table Signing The Marvels 1:30-2:30pm TICKETED Table 1)

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Paige McKenzie

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(Thursday Table Signing The Haunting of Sunshine Girl 3:30-4:30pm Table 5)

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Kim Liggett

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(Friday In-Booth Signing Blood and Salt 10-11am on Friday Booth #2651 Horror Writers)

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Liza Wiemer

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(Friday In-Booth Signing Hello? 11-11:30am Booth #1356 Midpoint/Spencer Hill)

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Cory Ann Haydu 

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(Friday Table Signing Rules for Stealing Stars 1:30-2pm Table 6)

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Rachel Shane

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(Friday Table Signing Alice in Wonderland High  12-12:30pm Table 8)

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Meg Cabot

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(Friday Table Signing Royal Wedding 3:30-4:30pm TICKETED Table 1)

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Patrick Ness

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(Friday Table Signing The Rest of Us Just Live Here 3-3:30pm Table 7)

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Sandy Hall

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(Friday Table Signing All Signs Point To Yes! 10:30-11:30am Table 3)

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Top 6 Authors I want to Meet Again (listed in no particular order)

J.A. White

(Thursday Table Signing The Thickety: Whispering Trees 10:30-11am

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Gregory Maguire

(Thursday Table Signing After Alice 11:30-12:30pm TICKETED Table2)

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Alice Hoffman

(Thursday In Booth signing 9:30-10am Booth 3319 Penguin Random House)

(Friday In Booth signing 10-11am Booth 2620 Simon and Schuster)

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Jan Brett

(Friday Table Signing The Turnip 10-11am TICKETED Table 2)

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Maggie Stiefvater

(Friday In Booth Signing The Anatomy of Curiosity Booth #1727)

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Marisa Meyer

(Thursday In Booth Signing Fairest 4-4:30pm Booth #3056 Macmillan)

(Friday Table Signing Fairest 2-3pm Table 4)

BEA Planning: Part 2 – What to Expect

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If you missed Prepping for BEA Part 1 click here.

You have registered, booked your hotel, and got all your travel arrangements in order…etc. Where do you go from here?

1- Arrive to the Javits EARLY– This is crucial if it’s your first time there (so you can get the lay of the land), if you are going to stay in line to get tickets for the “TICKETED” authors signing at the autograph area ( In-Booth ticketed authors are a whole other realm of ticket…which you get from the publisher’s booth…more on this in a later post) or if you just like being there early to get the best place in line. I would recommend you arrive at least by 7-7:30am (make sure you have a print out of your email confirmation and badge number you will have to pick up your badges at a different location the level below).  Once you are there take this extra time to just relax, plan out your day, go over your spreadsheet/game plan for what you need to do for the first few hours. Find out where the bathrooms are, take some early morning pictures, make friends in line, etc.

2- Pick up your badge as early as humanly possible– The lines will start getting really long, so do this as soon as you can. Last year they did not provide us with a lanyard to hold our badges, we had to pin them on (which was a pain). You might want to consider bringing your own lanyard just in case. You can get them at Staples or Amazon.

3- Bring coffee with you– The Starbucks at the Javits is nuts in the morning. The lines are unreasonable and they don’t open until 8am/8:30am (by this point you should be in line for admittance to the exhibit hall and not getting coffee. In the past I have had to get coffee here, and it’s okay…but seriously it’s better to just avoid it and get it from one of the many Starbucks or coffee shops all over NYC when you are heading in.

4- Publisher’s Weekly Show Daily magazine– While you are waiting in line to get your badges, or sitting around near Starbucks, you might start seeing people handing out magazines, or putting these magazines in stands all over the Javits. Do yourself a favor and pick one up.  You don’t even have to keep them for the whole day, but read them while you are waiting for the floor to open. There is valuable information inside. There will be articles about the books, special guests and other information specifically galley drops, totes and other swag that you might not have heard about. There will be the times and the booths where such items will be available at.

5- Check your Luggage– There is a special place right near Starbucks that you can check your rolling luggage for the day for under $5 per bag. Do it! (Make sure to tip the nice people taking care and watching over your luggage). You will not be able to bring rolling luggage on the exhibit floor. Trust me when I say you will want to bring a large rolling suitcase with you. The last thing you want is to be carrying heavy tote bags on your shoulders all day. You can come back to the luggage check and drop off your books as many times as you have time into your suitcase and your shoulders and feet will thank you for the relief.

6- Food/Snacks/Water– Bring a smaller bag/tote/or backpack (SMALL) with you. Fill it with at least one water bottle, snacks like cereal bars, granola bars, and maybe a sandwich. The floor does not “close” for lunch. There will be signings happening at lunch time, or you might want to get in line early for a coveted ARC being given out just after lunch. Therefor you might not get to the cafeteria downstairs (which is not bad, or too pricey) and actually have time for lunch. The best thing is to have snacks that you can take with you into the exhibit hall. If you do have spare time, by all means grab yourself some chicken fingers or a burger and chill out in the cafeteria for a bit.

7- Bathroom Breaks– The bathrooms are spread out all over the place at the Javits. I recommend you take some time in the morning and look for those sort of more “hidden” ones. These will have the smaller lines.

8- Cellphone Portable Chargers/Outlets– People say you don’t really get cell reception at the Javits, this has been hit or miss with my phone. I have Sprint and it has worked fine in the past. What you will hardly find is outlets to charge your phones. Do yourself a favor, spend the extra cash and get a portable battery/charger. Even if you can’t make calls, you will still want to take pictures, or take notes, or look at your digital spreadsheet on your phone, or play games if you are trying to pass the time while waiting in line for a signing.

9- Shipping– I have never shipped my books, but that’s because I have always just taken the bus from Boston to NYC and checked my luggage. For those coming by plane it might be cheaper to ship your books than pay the fee for the over 50lbs baggage checks at the airport. There is a place in the Javits that you can ship your books from. There is also a Fedex relatively close to the Javits, with flat rate boxes under $30 (I might do this year depending on how heavy my bag gets).

10- Taxis/Shuttles– Most of the hotels booked through the BEA site will have shuttles that will pick you up in the morning and deliver you to your hotel or within walking distance at the end of the day. These signs and schedules are posted near the entrance to the registration area. If you are trying to get in early have the hotel  doorman hail you a cab. Getting a cab from the Javits back to wherever you are going might be a little harder. I suggest walking at least a least one to two blocks away from the Javits and hailing one.

11- Twitter– I highly recommend setting up a list for all the publishers, and authors you want to meet and visit with. Sometimes information is tweeted out (surprise galley drops, swag signings etc). Have this list automatically send you notifications when they post to your phone.

12- Be Flexible– You won’t get to everything on your schedule. Be prepared to accept that you probably won’t make it to ever signing, get every ARC, or actually stick to your schedule. Accept this now, and just LET IT GO. This will allow you to have a much more relaxed and happier experience over all.

13- Be Polite– Sometimes it can get a bit crazy out there (I heard someone actually bit into a person’s arm/shoulder one year over an ARC). There is no need to push, be rude or violent. Do not cut lines (if you are saving a spot for a friend or two let those around you know this so that you don’t look like a tool). Also don’t hold up the line because you need to tell the author your life story or taking multiple pictures. Do not take a zillion copies of the same book during a “DROP”…other people would like the book too. It’s one thing to take an extra copy for a fellow blogger who had to go to the bathroom, or is waiting in a signing line, but taking books to later go sell them on Ebay or something similar is WRONG.

14- Have Fun and Make New Friends– Remember you are there with thousands of other bookish people. These are OUR PEOPLE, and there should be no reason to not be friendly or say hello. Try to chat with the people in front or behind you at a signing line, or say hello to people you might recognize from blogs you follow (If you see me, please say hello and introduce yourself) . Chat it up with the people working the publisher booths and make contacts for future events and books. We are all here because of our love of books.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I Would Like To Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is a book blog meme created by the girls at The Broke and the Bookish . This week is about the Top Ten Authors I would like to meet.

Writing this post has made me realize how truly lucky I have been in my pursuit to meet my favorite authors. I have met my #1 Neil Gaiman on various occasions (A dream come true…yet it still always leaves me waiting more meetings and more time…who can blame me?), as well as the Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling (just AMAZING), and then there are a list of many other authors I love and have met such as Erin Morgenstern, John Green, Anne Rice, Gregory Maguire, Maggie Stiefvater, Marissa Meyer,  etc. I am extremely grateful for these meetings and for the memories that I have from them.  However this post is about the authors that I have not yet met (but have read their books) and that in an ideal world I would still be able to meet (I am going to include both living authors and those wonderful authors that are no longer with us, because in an ideal world I would have a time machine and be able to go meet them).

1- Ray Bradbury

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Because I love how large his imagination is, and how his stories charmed me almost immediately.


2- Jane Austen

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How could I not want to meet the woman who wrote Pride and Prejudice?

Plus I believe she would be very interesting to talk with.


3- Patrick Rothfuss

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I fell in love with his books instantly. I would love to meet him and ask him about

his characters and just hear him talk about his books.


4- George R. R. Martin

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As much as he angers me in killing or hurting most of my favorite characters, how could I not want to pick his brain regarding The Song of Ice and Fire series?


5- Susanna Clarke

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She wrote Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell which is reason enough for me.


6- Kelly Link

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For her quirky, strange, and slightly odd short stories (everything I love).


7- Francine Pascal

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She wrote the Sweet Valley High series, which I devoured when I was a preteen/teenager.

She holds a little piece of my 13-year-old heart.


8- Carlos Ruiz Zafron

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Wrote one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I just loved his style, and the poetry in his story. The Shadow of the Wind will always be on my top books list.


9- Edgar Allen Poe

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Something about the darkness in his work really appeals to me.


10-L.M Montgomery

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Because she wrote on of my childhood favorite books Anne of Green Gables.

Book Review: The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister

Book Review: The Magician’s Lie by Greer MacallisterThe Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister
Published by Sourcebooks Landmark on January 13th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, HIstorical, Magical Realism
Pages: 320
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Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in The Magician’s Lie, a debut novel in which the country’s most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband's murder --and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence.
The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, with young policeman Virgil Holt watching from the audience, she swaps her trademark saw for a fire ax. Is it a new version of the illusion, or an all-too-real murder? When Arden’s husband is found lifeless beneath the stage later that night, the answer seems clear.
But when Virgil happens upon the fleeing magician and takes her into custody, she has a very different story to tell. Even handcuffed and alone, Arden is far from powerless—and what she reveals is as unbelievable as it is spellbinding. Over the course of one eerie night, Virgil must decide whether to turn Arden in or set her free… and it will take all he has to see through the smoke and mirrors.

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

1- It was compared to The Night Circus (and I LOVED that book).

2- The time period and history within the story

3- The cover was lovely

4- I always liked magic shows, especially the illusions.

The Magician’s Lie is a well written and engaging novel about a female illusionist known as ‘The Amazing Arden”. Her greatest trick “The Halved-Man” is what she is best known for and the story begins with the actual trick being performed. Later on, Arden’s husband is found dead below the stage and Arden is nowhere to be found.

Policeman Virgil soon captures Arden and takes her into custody. Arden is adamant that she is innocent, but Virgil is not sure he believes her. Eventually, she gets Virgil to agree to allow her to tell him her side of the story. As Arden tells her story, we soon discover she’s had to live through a lot of hardship and that she has many secrets she’s been holding onto. We are told about her mother who wanted Arden to become a great dancer. We also learn about her twisted and cruel cousin Ray and his sociopath tendencies towards her. Arden has to run away to escape Ray. As Arden moves through her life and towards becoming a world-class illusionist she has to constantly re-invent herself and strive to survive. It’s clear that Arden is smart, resourceful,seeks out knowledge, and is a very strong woman.

There was magic, and illusion but it was a very different book and story from the style and wonder of The Night Circus. Though it was a deciding factor in getting me interested in reading this book at first, I was not disappointed that it turned out to be only a minimally similar to The Night Circus. I really liked the air of suspense and mystery surround the story though I think the ending was a bit “fast-paced”. Overall I enjoyed every moment of this book and would recommend it to all others that enjoy a bit of magic in their books.

**This review was originally posted on Reading In The Tardis**

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Top Ten Tuesday : My Top Ten Books I Will Never Read….

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a book blog meme created by the girls at The Broke and the Bookish .

There are so many wonderful books out there in the world and not enough time to read them. Therefor as a reader, I am selective with what I read, because why waste time with a book that doesn’t appeal or speak to me?  I just know that there are some books I am NEVER, EVER going to read.

Here are my Top Ten Picks:

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1- 50 Shades of Grey by EL James- Soft-core, wanna-be erotica, that is actually just poorly edited fanfic. read the first few pages and wanted to vomit. If you want some real erotic, try The Claiming of Beauty by Anne Rice.

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2- The Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell- I started this book with grand hopes…and just couldn’t deal with how pretentious this author is. I felt like he was trying to use every “SAT” word or “big” word he knew all in one book.

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3-War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy- Because why would I waste so much precious time reading something that doesn’t call out to me when there are so many other wonderful stories out there?????

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4- Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace- Another one for the running of the prize for most pretentious book right along with The Cloud Maze.

www5- Beautiful Creatures Series by Kami Garcia-  Just no desire to read these. They sound too predictable and are over hyped..

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6- Anything with “Angels” in it – I just don’t see the appeal here, I’ve read enough of the bible to not want to be thinking about “angels” falling in love with humans etc…just weird.

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7- Ulysses by James Joyce-  When I was in school, there were books I was forced to read…like the Iliad, or Moby Dick…thankful Ulysses was never one of the books forced on me, because I don’t think I would have done very well on those tests. It just looks BORING.

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8- Those Awful books where they take Jane Austen books and put zombies, or sea monsters in them – These are awful, wrong, and just ridiculous. You do not mess with perfection, and you definitely do not defecate on Jane Austen.

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9- Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard- Everything about these books annoy me…and the show too. Just so very cliche, shallow, and pointless.

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10- Any future Maze Runner books by James Dashner- I read the first book, but struggled to get through it. It wasn’t interesting enough, and the made up “slang” drove me nuts.

Which books do you know you’ll never read?