I've had the opportunity to go to numerous bookish events over the years, but I have never been to any ALA (American Library Association) ones. Over the years I have heard many good things, so I decided 2015 was my year! So much of the fun of this conference was in the planning. I am a Florida girl, as you may know. ALA Midwinter 2015 took place in Chicago. In January. You have no idea how many times I heard, "You're to Chicago? in January??" But I pulled out my biggest coat and all my winter gear, and I hopped on the plane Friday evening.
I was lucky enough to be sharing the experience with some amazing bloggers -- Ana from Owl Always Be Reading, Leydy from Once Upon a Twilight, and Danielle from Love at First Page.
|My beautiful partners in book obsession.|
|How fun are these?!|
|Right outside the exhibit hall. Photo credit Katie @aloveofbooks.|
The exhibitors were also great, and I had many great conversations while I was there. They were really excited the books and it definitely showed. I also had a blast meeting up with old friends and making new ones. A few authors, such as Brighton Walsh, Lisa Bergren, Chloe Neill, were there signing books and audiobooks, and they seemed to be having a great time as well.
Finally, it was really cool to be able to talk with authors about getting their books -- I was excited about getting them and they were excited that I was getting them.
Now, about that EPIC giveaway...
I'll be heading to Vero Beach in a few weeks to attend the Epic Reads 2015 Winter Tour with Cynthia Hand, Victoria Aveyard, and Jasmine Wargra. I was able to pick up extra copies of Cyntha's book The Last Time We Say Goodbye and Jasmine's book My Heart & Other Black Holes, and I will have the ladies sign them for you! The contest runs until February 18, and you can enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway