This past weekend, I got to fly to NYC and spend the entire time gallivanting around BookCon with one of my friends! We had such an amazing time chatting with other book lovers, discovering new releases, and just completely engrossing ourselves within the book community. This was our second time attending, the first being the year it was held in Chicago, and I highly recommend going at least once in your life if you have the chance. I personally felt that the event was better organized when it was held in Chicago, but I still really enjoyed NY as well.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to snag any tickets for autographs with the bigger authors. But I was still able to get a few that didn’t require tickets, such as Naomi Novik, Grady Hendrix, and Natasha Ngan! I tried to wait in line for Victoria Schwab’s signing but we were 161st in line and it didn’t even start for almost two hours, so we figured we could do more in those two hours and ended up getting out of the line. Smart choice too, because then we were able snag PenguinTeen’s mystery 2019 ARC! Eeeeeeeeekkkkkk!
Anyways… now on to the haul! (Which is really the only reason you’re reading this post, let’s be real. Haha!)
- Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
- The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
- Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
- The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves, #1) by Sally Green
- The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
- Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist
- Reign the Earth (The Elementae, #1) by A.C. Gaughen
I will admit that I bought a couple of these, but the rest I won in giveaways/games during the convention. I’m probably most excited about Neverworld Wake, Devils Unto Dust, and Love and Luck. I have been anxiously awaiting for the release of The Smoke Thieves but have tempered my hopes a bit after reading some very mixed reviews.
- Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Julie Wright
- Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #3) by Kerri Maniscalco
- Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith
Sooooooo… I guess this means I need to read the first two books in Stalking Jack the Ripper series, huh? Yup, that’s exactly what it means. Also, I hadn’t heard of Rabbit & Robot before I won this book, but now I’m really excited to pick it up. It sounds all kinds of wacky fun set in space. Sign me up!
- That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
- We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix – signed
- Kill the Farm Boy (The Tales of Pell, #1) by Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne
All three of these books were new to me when I picked them up, but each sounds amazing. I’m super excited to dive into a little horror, some comedic fantasy, and even heavy contemporary (which we all know is not something I typically go for). I think Kill the Farm Boy could be a potential new favorite for me.
- Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse
- Pride by Ibi Zoboi
- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – signed
I wish I had a video of the madness that occurred while trying to line up for the Naomi Novik signing. It was literally a freaking mosh pit, as people tried snatching the tickets they were handing out to get a book. IT WAS INSANE! I mean, security literally had to come up and push everyone back. But luckily I got a ticket and was able to get a personalized ARC and meet Novik… Fangirl moment!
- Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
- Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – signed
- Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – PenguinTeen mystery 2019 ARC
- The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta
All of these books sound completely amazing, but I’m probably most excited about Empire of Sand and Four Dead Queens. The Brilliant Death has one of the most intriguing plots that I’ve heard of in a long time. I’ll be very interested in picking it up soon! I’ve also been hearing good things about Girls of Paper and Fire, which makes me excited!
Overall, I’m extremely thrilled with my BookCon book haul! I have been introduced to some amazing new books that I haven’t heard of before and that’s the best thing about it. I can’t wait to pick up all of these books!!!
Did you attend BookCon? If so, what books did you get there? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Are any of these books new to you?