One of my favorite things about BEA last year was the discovery of something unexpected. It was being introduced to an amazing book that I had not heard of, didn't know was coming, didn't have on my "must have" list.
While I am working my way around the BEA show floor today, I wanted to reminisce with you about a few of the happy accidents I discovered during the 2010 BEA.
The booth at Hachette Book Group was not easy to get into last year. It was a testament to how hot their books were, but I was not about to risk bodily injury. On the last day of the show, in the last few hours, I went over to the near-empty booth and chatted with one of the reps from Little, Brown. She took a few minutes and told me about the book she was most excited about: ROOM. Needless to say, it became one of my favorites of the year.
I camped out in the ABRAMS booth waiting for Jeff Kinney to sign my son's copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. While I was waiting, this little paper Yoda caught my eye. What is THAT book?? I needed to know, because in our house we love middle grade and we love Star Wars! Not long after, I got to meet author Tom Angleberger, and yes, this is a favorite in our house, right up there with Wimpy Kid!
Call me shallow, but this cover called to me. I knew nothing about the book, nothing about the debut author, Ally Condie. All I knew is that it was pretty and shiny and I wanted it. Little did I know then that it would become my favorite YA of 2010!
*I will be camping out today waiting for Ally Condie to sign the sequel, Crossed!
Penguin deserves all the credit for my bringing home this gem of a book by Kirsten Miller. I was on my second day of the show, and I was exhausted. I wasn't sure if I wanted to stand in line to get my 50th book. The rep from Penguin saw me contemplating the line, and she said, "I know you don't want to stand in line, but you have to take the book. Trust me. You're going to love it." She was right!