My 2014 BEA Experience: The Books!

I decided to recap the books first because honestly? It was the easiest. How am I going to recap a week’s worth of absolute fun and book-nerdy goodness and memories with my friiiiiends?? It’s so haaaard. So let’s talk the book first, shall we? And then later this week I will share my adventures with you!!!

If you want to watch:

If you don’t want to watch, I’ve taken pictures and listed them!

I brought home 25 books with me — 6 or 7 of them were from the actual expo part. The rest were books I was fortunate to receive at other events.

If you remember my Top Ten 10 Books I Hope To Receive From BEA list from last week, you’ll know I had ONE BOOK that I only really cared about! AND I GOT IT.  I was so, so happy because I got to meet her and get it signed!! It obviously is the book I started as soon as I got home from BEA!


I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson (Goodreads)

Other Books From The Expo Floor


Jessica Darling’s It List 2 by Megan McCafferty: JESSICA DARLING PREQUEL #2. Also, this signing line included Megan McCafferty serenading me with Barry Manilow for Anna (who was super sad to not be at BEA). I expected a HI ANNA kind of video but NOPE Megan is AWESOME. (Goodreads)

Belzhar by  Meg Wolitzer: This is a retelling of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. That book was one of my favorites in high school and college so I’m really interested in this one! (Goodreads)

Conversion by Katherine Howe: I read Katherine’s first adult novel and enjoyed it and this one sounds GREAT. This is a modern day story that seems to parallel the afflictions that were going on in Salem with all the accusations of witchcraft. I AM SO INTRIGUED! (Goodreads)

Rooms by Lauren Oliver: Very excited for Lauren Oliver’s first published adult novel. GHOSTS! (Goodreads)

Lucky Harbors bind-up by Jill Shalvis: This one is a bind up of 3 of the Lucky Harbor novels. I’ve read the first one (Simply Irresistible) and knew I planned on reading all of them so I grabbed this! If you aren’t familiar, it’s an adult contemporary romance! Love the setting! (Goodreads)

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth: This is an adult novel that Hannah was talking about wanting to pick up so I quick searched it on Goodreads and then decided I MUST HAVE IT. It’s a retelling of Rapunzel! (Goodreads)

Books From Other Various Events

IMG_3996Thank you Simon & Schuster for this goodie bag + for lunch!

Sublime by Christina Lauren: I don’t read much paranormal YA but from the presentation this sounded interesting! (Goodreads)

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld: This one sounds awesome. It’s two novels in one — it’s about a girl who is WRITING a novel and then every other chapter IS the novel she is writing all woven together! (Goodreads)


Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick: I’ve never read her books before but this one sounds SO thrilling. A girl is backbacking in the Tetons and gets lost because of a blizzard and takes shelter in a cabin with two men who seem fine until they hold her hostage. (Goodreads)

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole: They were promoting the new one in this series but I really appreciated that they gave us the first novel in the bag because now I can start this series! I always feel bad getting books in a series I never read. This sounded really interesting — apocalypse, tarot cards, prophecy and such! (Goodreads)

IMG_3995Thank you Little Brown for these books & the wonderful brunch!

Wildlife by Fiona Wood: AUSSIE YA!! I’ve heard excellent things about this one from Aussie bloggers! Semester in the wilderness! Sounds so good. (Goodreads)

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin: I’m intrigued by this one!! A walled labyrinth of a city run by corrupt baddies and teens who want to escape! (Goodreads)

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle: This sounds so FUN! A girl becomes the new lead in the adaptation of a best-selling YA novel and her life totally changes — and her onscreen love triangle just may start to play out in real life. (Goodreads)

Glory O’Briens History of The Future by A.S. King: THIS SOUNDS AMAZING and I love A.S. King! She writes beautiful literary novels. This one is about a girl who is suddenly able to see the infinite futures and pasts — like her ancient ancestors and her future ancestors thousands of years away. She sees a future that is absolutely AWFUL and tries to write down what she sees in hopes that it will help the generations to come! (Goodreads//Amazon)

Salt & Storm by Kendal Kulper: Historical fiction + magic! I AM SO EXCITED because it sounds excellent and the LB staff was REALLY head-over-heels with this one! (Goodreads//Amazon)

IMG_3997Thank you to Bloomsbury & Macmillan for these books & inviting me to your wonderful events!

Not In The Script by Amy Finnegan: Another Hollywood-esque one I picked up! The MC of a reality show has had a horrible time with on screen relationships and has sworn them off…until she meets her new co-star! (Goodreads//Amazon)

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall: THIS SOUNDS SO CUTE. A love story told from the people around the two who ALL want them to get together. (Goodreads//Amazon)

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas: !!! I just read Throne of Glass over Memorial Day and I was so excited to get this so I could binge read Crown of Midnight & Heir of Fire this summer! (Goodreads//Amazon)

IMG_3994*Thank you to Liza and everyone else who made the YA Party happen + put together the goodie bag

The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton: I’ve never heard of this one but the cover was beautiful and somebody said I would probably like it! (Goodreads)

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord: I LOVED THIS BOOK. So happy it was in my bag! (Goodreads)

Dare You To by Katie McGarry: I liked Pushing The Limits (didn’t love) but I’m interested to see how this one is for me! (Goodreads)

Virgin by Radhika Sanghani: This one is set in college and looks like it’s going to be funny. It’s about a girl who is still a virgin at 21 and desperately wants to lose her virginity! (Goodreads)

The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen: This sounds fascinating — the MC can travel to her past lives but someone is trying to stop her! (Goodreads)

There were other books included in goodie bags (from Harlequin & Harper & YA Party) but I already some of those or wasn’t interested so I gave them away to others and unfortunately didn’t keep track of those to share with you all!

I was really happy with the books I picked up and the authors I met! I got all the books on my MUST HAVE list except 3 so I think that was pretty successful! I also was happy to find out about a few new ones I never had heard of but am really excited about!

Let me know what you think I should start after I finish I’ll Give You The Sun! What are you most looking forward to? What have you read?

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Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she’s actually that old. When she’s not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.


  1. I added about half of these to my goodreads list! Ah! I really need to see about going to BEA, cause it sounds crazy amazing. 🙂

  2. I read ‘Bitter Greens’ a couple of months ago and largely enjoyed it. The Rapunzel bits were incredible, but there was a lot of stuff around them that I could probably have done without – sometimes I just want coolness, not depth 😉 Even the spine of ‘The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender’ is beautiful. I love covers that make it obvious that care went into their production.

  3. Heir of Fire! Can’t wait to read that one. The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare is AMAZING. I actually didn’t expect it to absolutely love it but I totally did. It’s probably my most surprising book of the year. Salt & Storm does look really good. *goes to Netgalley* Awesome haul!

  4. I read The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender and really liked it. It’s outside of the style I usually read, it’s magical realism, but I enjoyed it a lot. And it’s beautiful!

  5. What a fantastic pile of books! Enjoy reading them, I can imagine you’re very pleased with what you were able to take home with you :).

  6. You just grew my TBR list by at least 10 books. Read Salt & Storm bc I’m curious 🙂

    • Ahh the post-BEA book explosion! I think that is going to be my next one after I’ll Give You The Sun! I was giddy after they were talking about it!!

  7. Lots of amazing books there! Funny how so many people at the same event can end up with such different book piles! Can’t wait to see your recaps of the whole week.

    • It’s so true! Like I had literally NO Harper books in my stack that were the huge ones everyone wanted bc I typically know I will get them in the mail so it makes NO sense to me to get them. PLUS we all have different different tastes and priorities with the signing lines. I love looking at what everyone else brought home!!

  8. I read The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavendar and ADORED IT!!!!!!!! I’ve been recommending the heck out of it at my library!

    • Oh this makes me so much more excited for it now!! I literally never heard of it before but THAT COVER. I’m glad to hear the outside matches the inside!

  9. Hooray for BEA book hauls! It’s always fun to see what everyone’s picked up during their time at BEA. The one standout in your haul, for me? Bitter Greens! I really wanted to grab that one, but missed the drop every time. Definitely gonna get my hands on a copy because I’m a sucker for Rapunzel retellings! 🙂

  10. Such a cute vlog Jamie! Loved it! There are SO many awesome books I’m excited about! I got Not in the Script unexpectedly from Bloomsbury while there, so I’m really looking forward to that one, as well as Salt & Storm, The Walled City, and Compulsion! I can’t wait to hear what you think of Wildlife too!

  11. Okay that Rapunzel retelling sounds BOSS.

  12. I’ve actually heard very good things about The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. Hannah at So Obsessed I believe has read it and raved about it, but I felt like I saw a lot of people in the blogsphere reading and reviewing it a few weeks ago.

    Also, to answer your question, the most exciting book I got was Heir of Fire for sure. I waited in that crazy line and it was totally worth it. I can’t wait to dive into it!

  13. Great haul! Loved the vlog—you’ve introduced me to a new book as well. Must find out more about Compulsion by Martina Boone!

  14. I think I was the one who said you’d like Ava Lavender.

    It’s like the YA version of The History Of Love or Everything Is Illuminated — like with writing style and feel, so that’s how I know you’d like it.

  15. Amy Finnegan says:

    Hi Jamie! I just ran across your blog and am excited to see that you picked up an advanced copy of NOT IN THE SCRIPT! I hope you’ll like it!! 🙂


  1. […] I’m finally getting around to my recap because it’s so bittersweet and, honestly, it’s hard to give a recap that adequately describes what it’s like or one that doesn’t come off as braggy even when that’s not my intention. I had a ridiculous amount of fun and good memories and I’m going to try really, really hard to share what went down that week! If you are curious about the books, check out my post about what I picked up at BEA. […]