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ALA Midwinter 2012

Posted by on January 24, 2012

ALA Midwinter 2012 was my first bookish event. And I’m already flouncing around, waiting for the next one I can attend.

There were books. Books and people and books. No, I won’t tell you how many books I got. And no, I won’t post a picture of all the books I got. There are just some people out there who are more than curious… We’ll leave it at that.

BUT, there were quite a few galleys I picked up at ALA that I am really excited about. Here they are!

One galley I’m most excited for: BITTERBLUE. Ugh, even if you had whispered the name, the crowd would have gone wild. Sort of. Penguin announced they were giving away copies of Kristin Cashore’s latest on Sunday, at 3:00. Lines started forming at 11:00. Yeah, you read that right. Then Penguin says you can’t line up until 1:00. At 1:30, they announce you can’t line up until 2:00. I left before then, and I’m not 100% about the timings, but the BITTERBLUE anticipation was CRAZY. I know I wanted it too, but I don’t know if I would have had the patience to stay in line that long! However, the oh-so-awesome Amy from ReadingTeen, endured the loooong line. And. Got. Me. A. Copy.

ALA wasn’t just about the books. I finally got to meet some bloggers I love. Katie, HD, Melina and her mom, Amy and Andye, Lauren, Lindsay – they were are the sweetest people I know. I’m not just saying the words, I MEAN THEM. Believe me, my life wouldn’t be the same without them.

So overall, ALA was a blast. Sure, my shoulders are killing me. But every minute was worth it.

Now, the question is… when do I get to go again??

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  1. Actually, people started lining up at 9:30 AM. When I saw that I figured I wasn't going to get one because I wasn't going to stand that long and waste my day like that. I was happy to find out they said 2:45 was going to be line up time – even though it formed in an instant at 2:30. My friend and I were numbers 43 and 44. I see you got SCARLETT. I would have loved to get a copy of that. The other one I wanted but missed out on is ONCE by Anna Carey. Glad you were there. Texas Library Association Annual Conference is in Houston this year in April. It is just as good in terms of ARCs.

  2. eee, Bitterblue! How exciting!!! I still need to read Fire, I know! I'm a bit behind, lol! but I'm so excited for Bitterblue, just because I already know a bit about her from the first book…
    I'm planning on going to my first book event this summer, BEA in NYC!!! It's practically in my backyard, how can I not go this year!!!
    If you have any tips for a newbie, please let me know :)
    Enjoy your new reads :)
    ~ margie

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