Friday, June 8, 2012

My BEA Recap: A Fairly Pitiful Story


Before I begin, I just put my BEA loot on the floor to take a picture of it, went to get my phone, came back, and the cat was already dozing on my pile. She is a smart cat. (Yet don't let that fool you because in this photo, you can still see a glimmer of evil in her eyes.)

Anyway, my BEA experience ended up being...well...pretty pathetic. I knew I wasn't going to get to spend much time at the conference itselfonly half a day or so when I could take a break from work. I had RSVPed, though, to several blogger events and was looking forward to attending and mingling.

And then the dreaded summer cold struck. A cold in the summer! What sacrilege! I woke up Monday with a scratchy throat, faded quickly throughout the day, and chose an early bedtime over all post-work activities for the day. I stayed home, feverish, on Tuesday, and mustered up enough strength to get to BEA Wednesday morning before heading back to work. I started the day by waiting in line for Sharon Creech's new book, and I immediately questioned whether that was such a good idea; I was woozy and clammy and overheating and feared fainting before I reached the front of the line. I made it through, though, and had a pretty good rest of the morning, despite feeling like total crap.

My small take-away pile includes:

  • The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech  Chasing Redbird was in my top 3 as a kid, so this was a lady I was excited to meet.
  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward  I've heard this author's name before, but I'm not sure where. In my pre-BEA planning, I deemed this one worthy of a read.
  • Dare Me by Megan Abbott  Also made the grab list; plus I ran into someone I know from college who happens to be the publicist for this book.
  • Edenbrooke by Julianna Donaldson  Oh, English countryside romances; a perfect selection for armchair summer vacation.
  • Teresa Giudice's Fabulicious! Fast & Fit Italian cookbook  My work BFF demanded I accompany her to this booth so she could meet Teresa and I could be the photographer. This is now the second Housewife I have met with her, but at least I got a free cookbook this time.
  • Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun  I saw a stack of this in a booth and took one because a book with such a subject is always helpful on your average work day.

Maybe next year, BEA. Maybe next year.


Jenny said...

Aww, well that's disappointing!

I plan on making Salvage the Bones one of my next reads. I've heard such great things!

softdrink said...

Dastardly cold! Hope you're feeling better for the weekend!

Dreamybee said...

Sorry you were under the weather. It still looks like you made out OK! :) Is it just me, or are colds much more vicious to adults than they are to children. I don't ever remember being taken down by a cold as a kid the way I have been as an adult. Anyway...hope you are feeling better!