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BEA Wrap-Up & A Giveaway!

Enough sleep has finally been had and I feel like I can now properly summarize our trip to NYC without sounding like a sleep deprived crazy!

Book Expo America (BEA) was an amazing experience. We were surrounded by so many books and book lovers it was impossible for it not to be absolutely thrilling (and exhausting!)

Here are some of the best (and worst) parts of our trip:

Top BEA Happenings

  • Books, Book, Books, Books! So many books! We picked up so many we’ve been wanting, and some that we’re excited to try out! Let us know if you need any book recommendations, we’re always happy to share!

  • The people. We met so many awesome people, and even got to see some of our #TeamAmity bloggers in person! It was amazing to be surround by so many people with a passion for books and reading and we definitely enjoyed chatting with everyone.


  • The authors! We were able to get so many of the books we picked up signed, both by authors that we’ve known and loved, and debut authors that we were thrilled to meet. We had great chats with Emily White (Elemental), Kody Keplinger (The Duff), Cara Lynn Shultz (Spellbound), S.J. Kincaid (Insignia), and so many others. We won’t make you read the entire list of all the authors we met, but each one of those experiences was ridiculously fun.


  • Getting the “Lexiconed” version of Divergent signed by Veronica Roth was beyond incredible. It’s the book that started it all and was definitely a labor of love. I’m even more proud to have it on my bookshelf now!


  • Getting to finally squeeze each other was definitely one of the best parts of the trip. After 3 years of talking every day, we finally got to see each other as a “real people” and not as computer images. Leaving at the end of the trip was difficult, but we’ve already got plans to meet up in a few months!  (And of course books will be involved again!)

  • Chatting with Veronica Roth, Molly O’Neill, Katherine Tegen, Joel Tippie, & Alison Lisnow (while trying to control our squeees) was without a doubt the highlight of the trip. We were lucky enough to receive an invitation to a celebration of Katherine Tegen books at her house in NY. We can’t thank those involved enough for involving us. We were beyond honored for the opportunity and had an amazing time.  There were lots of giggles, yummy cupcakes, and even though we got a little lost on the way home, we definitely hope to repeat the experience soon.


Worst BEA Moments (And next year’s strategy to fix them!)

  • Lack of sleep. Next year we will be there earlier and stay later. We started off with only 2.5 hours of sleep and it didn’t get better from there. We’re pretty sure starting with a full nights sleep would make a huge difference!


  • So much to do, so little time! There were so many events we wanted to attend, people we wanted to see, and tourist-y things we wanted to do and we didn’t have enough time to do most of it. Next year we’ll give ourselves more time to do all the things.

  • The aches, pains, & bruises that we found each night before bed are almost indescribable. Who knew that a Book Expo could be so brutal! The Javits center is without a doubt a cruel & abusive place. And yet, we can’t wait to do it all again next year!


  • It’s not directly BEA related, but on the way back to our hotel on the second day we had a near death experience that will not soon be forgotten. One of our cab drivers tried to kill us not once, not twice, but THREE times. Next year, we’re walking. (Yeah right!)


  • We had list after list of all the books we wanted, some that we knew would be there and others that we just hoped we could get. At the top of all of those lists was If I Lie by Corrine Jackson. Sadly, we were unable to get our hands on a copy. There will be copies available at ALA next week so if any of you are there and want to pick-up a copy and send it our way, we’d be eternally in your debt.

Now that you’ve heard all about our trip, we have some good news for you! We did not leave NYC without something for you guys! So here it is. We are giving away copies of Divergent and Insurgent signed by Veronica Roth!

To enter all you have to do is fill out the form below. The contest will be open for two weeks and you’ll have chances to win every day. (Yes, this one is international!) Stay tuned to twitter and facebook for opportunities to earn extra entries!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here are some more of our trip pictures:

This is how most of the BEA floor looked

This is what some of the lines we waited in looked like!
Here is Veronica Roth (and the Dark Days crew!) signing!

These were our yummy cupcakes from the Katherine Tegen party!



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  1. I’ve read Divergent twice and Insurgent once!

  2. I’ve read Divergent countless times!!!! I’m not a real big fan of Insurgent, though, so I have only read it once.

  3. I’ve read them both at least 3 times now! :DDD

  4. I have only read Divergent once – and never yet read Insurgent! (but I do have 3 little kids in my defence and a TBR pile to the moon!)

  5. I’ve only read Divergent once, and can’t wait to read Insurgent! The one line I really wanted to be in was for Veronica Roth, but I didn’t get in the line in time. I’d love to win this!

  6. I think I’ve read Divergent at least 4 times and Insurgent for 3. I keep doing read-a-longs with my friends. Well, it’s not a terrible thing, heh.

    Great round up post, guys!

  7. I’ve read divergent once and Insurgent zero times 🙁 But I’ve convinced 3 people to read divergent and they LOVED it! (:

  8. i have read divergent 2 times and insurgent 3 times !!! wonderful books!!!

  9. I’ve loved divergent since I read it! I’ve read it 2 times and I’ve read Insurgent only once!

  10. ive read divergent once and insurgents next on my to read list…im gonna have to read sra. roth’s : “But I Read Divergent a YEAR Ago!”: Your Guide to Remembering Stuff Before You Read Insurgent cuz i dont remember everything

  11. i have only read both books once. i only read my fav books once but sooner or later i will reread it when i want to feel what i have felt before when i read it first.

  12. Ive read each book once so far, but i know it wont be the last. Thanks for.the giveaway! :o)

  13. I haven’t read either, but they’re so high on my TBR list!

    Thanks so much:)

  14. I read Divergent Four (and a half) times, and I will read Insurgent for the second time this week when my finals are over. 🙂

    • I’ve read Insurgent once and Divergent 1.5 times so far (I’m halfway through my second reading and LOVING it even more this time).

  15. Sadly, I have read Divergent only once… But, if I were to win the signed copy, I would read it for the rest of my life and eventually, make my children read the book!

  16. I’ve read Divergent three times and Insurgent only once! (But probably it will be read again during this summer!)

  17. Oh, I’d love to read them!

  18. I’ve read Divergent once. Don’t have Insurgent yet.

  19. Looks like it was alot of fun! I’ve read Divergent 5 times and Insurgent 3 so far…working on a fourth read through now!

  20. I have never read either actually but I want to after hearing how good they are! 🙂

  21. I only read Divergent….but not Insurgent so you can see why i really wanna win lol:)

  22. I read Divergent once, and I haven’t been able to get my hands on Insurgent 🙁 Thanks for the giveaway! 😀

  23. I’ve only read Divergent once and am in the middle of Insurgent. It sounds like you had a great time at BEA!

  24. I’ve read both twice.

  25. i’ve only read divergent once and i haven’t read insurgent yet.

  26. I have read Divergent once. I am kinda weird, can’t read books more than once, no matter how good. Mostly because I already know what happens. I have yet to read Insurgent.

  27. I’ve read Divergent 3 times and Insurgent once. 😀

    Loved every minute of both of them.

  28. I’ve read Divergent twice already and I’m carrying an ebook copy (legit, of course) of it in my phone. 😀 Reading insurgent now. :0

  29. I’ve just read each book once, but I hope I’ll be able to reread both when part 3 comes out next year!

  30. Bravo!…After Divergent, I’m a coupla chapters away from the end of Insurgent…Reading slooowly…

    Thanks for your site and blog!

  31. I’ve read Divergent and Insurgent each one time. I love them and can’t wait for book 3! 🙂

  32. I’ve read both Divergent and Insurgent twice and intend to read them both again this summer! 🙂

  33. I’ve actually only read them once. I’d love to read them again but I have too many books on my TBR mountain.

  34. working on my 4th time reading through! :#

  35. At least 4 times!!!

  36. I’ve only read Divergent and Insurgent once so far, since my to-read pile is massive, but I will be re-reading them soon 🙂

  37. Looks like you had so much fun!!!

  38. I have read Divergent at least 3 or 4 times. Insurgent I have only read once so far. =]

  39. I’ve read the Divergent three times and Insurgent twice. Divergent when it first came out, then again just before Insurgent came out and last week I read them both again. They are so, so, so good!

  40. Is this open internationally? 😀

    • Yes! It is. 🙂

      • Oooh! Thanks for answering and for making in international! 😀

  41. Only read both divergent and insurgent one time, but loved it and will read it again if I ever have the time.

  42. I’ve only read Divergent once which was about a month ago and LOVED it! Totally get what all the fuss it about!! I’m not a huge fan of rereading but I can’t wait to read it again. Haven’t yet read Insurgent but boy am I eager to! Thanks for this generous, beautiful giveaway! 😀

  43. Read Divergent once and i havent read Insurgent!

  44. I’ve read Divergent once and Insurget- not yet.

  45. I’ve actually only read Divergent once,and I still need to read Insurgent! I know, I know 😛 I’m hoping to read Divergent again when I finally get a paperback :]

  46. Started to read them for the second time!

  47. I haven’t read Divergent and Insurgent yet 🙁 That’s why I really really wish I would win this giveaway lol.. Getting signed copies of Divergent AND Insurgent would be SO AWESOME!!!

  48. I’ve just finish reading Divergent yesterday, and I’m looking forward to reading the book again. I haven’t read Insurgent yet, but I can’t wait 😀 Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. I’ve read Divergent 3 times so far and Insurgent twice. Love them both! 🙂

  50. I’m in love with Uriah <3

  51. I’ve yet to read either but I hear so many great things that I need to lay my hands on them!

  52. I’ve read both books and listened to both audio books!

  53. I’ve read Divergent and Insurgent 2 times each

  54. I’ve read Divergent just once, and I haven’t read Insurgent yet – as a very broke student, it’ll have to wait a while I think 🙁

    I can’t wait to get my hands on it though, hoping it’s as good as the first one (read mixed reviews).

  55. I wish I can told you I already read this but I can’t. I haven’t but I want to. I’ve heard good things about this from my fellow book lover friends and I’m dying to read this. Unfortunately, I can’t buy it because I’m on a tight college student budget.

  56. III LOOOVEEE DIVERGENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND INSURGENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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