Hey, y’all! Happy June. This past weekend I was in New York City for BookCon! It was my first time in NYC and my first time at BookCon. I had a really great time at the convention and in New York in general. I wanted to share some of my experience during this weekend getaway since I know I read tons of blog post about BookCon before I decided to attend. Because this weekend doubled as a mother-daughter trip, I’m also going to talk about my overall experience being a tourist in New York City for a few days. I hope you enjoy 🙂
First and foremost, the reason most of you are reading, and the reason behind my trip: the convention. BookCon is INSANE. The Javits Center is huge so of course this event was massive, and is definitely the largest book event I’ve ever attended. I went in with a jam-packed schedule of all the things I was interested in just so I wouldn’t be wandering around aimlessly and this worked out really well for me. Of course a lot of things are going on simultaneously, so I had a few things to choose from which helped keep my options open.
On the first day I attended the Fierce Reads Author Breakfast after winning a ticket for it (score!) and it was a great way to kick off my first BookCon. We basically sat and chatted with Fierce Reads authors in small groups, and just rotated until we had visited all of the tables. I had only looked at the author list briefly so I was so surprised when I was sat down at tables with Marie Lu, Katie McGarry, and Christine Riccio. We got to ask them questions about their writing process, their new releases, and everything in between. It was a truly amazing experience and I learned about so many upcoming releases from the authors themselves that I’m really excited to hit shelves later this year. They gifted us swag bags and we were able to choose an ARC from the galleys they had available and buy some of the other books. Loved every minute of it and it got me pumped for the rest of day one.
I met two amazing bookstagrammers in person on the first day (Zakiya @toborroworbuy an Zyra @bookhoarderproblems), got some free stuff, then went one ARC drop which is where I saw the chaotic side of BookCon. The other booth events I’d stood in line for where pretty organized with their lines and even had cut offs to avoid mobs. The ARC Drop for The Merciful Crow was pretty crazy, and I’m so grateful to my mom who braved the worst of the line for me. We left day one a little early to go do some sightseeing and visit The Strand Bookstore (ironically).
On day two, I was in general admission with my mom since there were no other special events like the breakfast going on in the morning. We arrived pretty early (around 7:45am) mostly because I really wanted to meet Cassandra Clare, and also get tickets for some of the ticketed booth events that were happening that afternoon.
To my surprise, I scored a ticket for Cassandra Clare and I finally got to meet her after almost six years! It made my entire day and honestly if I had nothing else to show for day two except my Cassie Clare signature, that would have been enough.
Though, I did score three more ARCs on day two and I went to an inspiring panel about the online book community (I’ll insert a link to a video about it when I see that one is posted!). And on top of all of that, I went to the Booktube/Bookstgram meet up which was a meet and greet with book influencers. I was a little worried about the weather and couldn’t stay to meet a lot of the people on the panel (there were also tons of people), but I did get to meet my friend Alexandra @twirlingpages after about four years of being friends through Bookstagram (ahhhhh!). It was great way to end off BookCon and it really made to look forward to hopefully going again in the future.
I had a really great time at my first BookCon and it really did ignite my love for reading all over again (I really struggled with this during my first year of college since I couldn’t read as much). BookCon made me feel completely in place and among people who were just as passionate about books as I am, and that’s really what the convention is all about. Hopefully I can go again next year!
My New York Adventure
New York City has always been a dream place for me. Paris was first on the list, and I was lucky enough to visit three summers ago, so NYC had been the next stop on my travel bucket list. I’m so grateful I was able to visit and attend BookCon this year! I’m also glad that I shared the experience with my mother for the first time (especially since I might have to go alone in the future). All of my favorite romantic comedies are set in New York (see: 5 Feel Good Rom-Coms for a Night In) and I am a huge fan of Gossip Girl (see: I Can’t Stop Rewatching Gossip Girl and Here’s Why and Timeless TV Shows). So, I tried to get in as many touristy things as I could in short time in NYC. I took enough photos to scatter them out during the summer but I did post a few already on my Instagram:
And here are a few more touristy shots:
I had a really great time in New York and I understand why people visit this place and never want to leave. I hope I can go back soon! I’m so grateful that I was able to make BookCon this year and now I have these memories (and lots of books) to cherish.