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BEA 2015!

Posted by Caitie F on May 26, 2015

How is it already BEA week? It has come so quickly!

I will be at BEA Wednesday-Friday. My schedule is pretty packed, but if you see me, come say hi! I am hoping to see as many book bloggers as I can in my down time. If you want to make sure we see each other, send me a DM on twitter.

Every time I have gone to BEA it has been different. The first two years I went as a blogger. The next two years, I went as a buyer for the book clubs. This year, I’m going as an agent. Each time has meant going for different purposes – networking and ALL THE BOOKS, meetings, and always panels.

Looking at my schedule for this year, I have a lot of meetings again with audio publishers, editors, even an author. I have panels on digital publishing so I can work with prices and keywords better, social media, and fun panels about writing/writers.

Will I get any galleys? Maybe! I don’t need them and won’t be able to go to any signings even though my favorite authors are there, but if I see a book I have heard a lot about, it will be very hard to resist.

Let me know if you will be at BEA so I can look for you.

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BEA Children’s Author Breakfast 2013

Posted by Caitie F on June 5, 2013

I went to the breakfast again this year. I knew it couldn’t live up to last year, but was hoping it would still be a good time! Luckily it was! I sat at the round table and got a “breakfast” of coffee and a muffin. I mean, it was a good muffin, but they should really have some more food there for the price. Onto the authors!

The event was hosted by Octavia Spencer, the wonderful actress from The Help. Her book Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective comes out in October. I have a galley and hope it is good! She talked about how she grew up reading every mystery series she could, starting with Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. That and her love of kung fu movies is what inspired her book. She thinks diversity is very important in books for children of all ages, which is why she has a very diverse cast of characters. She was entertaining, but I was happy when the other authors took over.

Mary Pope Osbourne, author of the Magic Treehouse series, was the first speaker. She talked about how great her readers are. She said that “Nothing is sweeter, funnier, or more authentic than a 7 or 8 year old.” She has met readers in all parts of the country, in all situations and they have one commonality – they love life, have an innate sense of justice and fairness, and they want to helps others. She talked about how we could change the world if everyone was on reading level when they are in third grade. I am not sure about the timing, but higher literary rates would improve things.

She also runs the Magic Treehouse Classroom Adventure Program. If you are an educator of 1st-3rd graders, I recommend you check it out. It has guides for lessons and lots of materials. She also gives grants to Title 1 schools so they can get her books. Last year, every third grader in the entire city of Newark got 28 of her books. I love this program and it made me love her even more. If your school district has Title 1 schools, I hope you contact a teacher you know to let them know about this program!

Rick Riordan was next. I adore his series and was really hoping that he was a nice guy. He isn’t just nice, he is also hilarious. He used to be a middle school teacher, so I am not surprised he is so successful. I don’t think anyone knows that age group better than the teachers. Percy Jackson started out as a bedtime story. As he was writing he would read it to his students His goal was for the kids to be interested even in fifth period after lunch. He talked about what he hears from students and his speech was so entertaining. He even made a joke about our lame breakfasts, which everyone in the room appreciated.

I love learning that authors are good people in addition to good writers, and it makes me like him so much more…and reminds me I need to get on to catching up on his series.

Veronica Roth, author of Divergent and Insurgent was last. She talked about how she gave up on reading in high school because she was ashamed of the books she liked. People made fun of the excitement for books, and she went away from it. In college, she found her love of reading again and learned to read like someone who is eager to learn. She also talked about learning to deal with critiques and found out that is how you become a better writer. She was very humble about mistakes she has made and her speech was all about humility. It was nice, but didn’t have as much to say as I was hoping.

Overall, the breakfast was a good time. I knew it wouldn’t be as great as last year (I don’t know if anything will top that), but it was still a very nic eevent and I hope I can attend again next year!

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BEA Plan: Friday

Posted by Caitie F on May 31, 2013

I am sure we are already all exhausted from BEA but today is my big day full of things I want to do. I have lots of must-see but I am sure I won’t make them all.

I am starting out the day at the Children’s Author Breakfast. Super excited to see Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, and Mary Pope Osbourne. I hope to post all about it over the weekend. It was the highlight of BEA last year!

I hope to get to the signing for The Survivors: Body & Blood: 
A Young Adult Supernatural Fiction Novel-A bloodcurdling, mind-bending, heart-stopping ride.

Then at 10, I am going to the Meet the BEA Young Adult Buzz Authors with Rainbow Rowell, Anna Jarzab, Cristin Terrill, Amy Rose Capetta, Sara Farizan.

Then I am going to head over to the HMH booth and get in line to meet the author of my favorite book of the year, The Testing. There are two other signings around then, that I am interested in, but that is my priority.

At 11, I am going to the panel Out of this World: Page Turners for Young Reader with
Join New York Times bestselling authors Brandon Mull (Spirit Animals), Gordon Korman (The Hypnotists) and debut UK novelist Cathryn Constable (The Wolf Princess) as they discuss creating fantastical action and adventures series for middle grade readers.

Then I have a break to find something decent and not super expensive to eat.

At 1, there is the Middle Grade Buzz panel with Caroline Carlson, Holly Goldberg Sloan, Matthew Ward (one of my favorite debut middle grade of the year), Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith, Amy Herrick

Then I have meetings.

Then at 3, I am really excited for the  Realistic Fiction – The next hot genre in Young Adult panel with Robyn Schneider, Katie Cotugno, Corey Ann Haydu,  Suzanne Young and Cat Patrick.

That evening, i am heading to the BEA Book Blogger picnic! Can’t wait to see/meet everyone!

Then I come home and sleep almost all day Saturday, because I am not coming in for Saturday at all.

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BEA Plan: Wednesday

Posted by Caitie F on May 29, 2013

I thought I would share my plan for each day. If you see me, say hello!

Thanks to my current job, this is going to be a very children’s-centric BEA. I hope to check out some adult books too, but my main focus will be on that demographic.

Wednesday is my lightest day. I will be heading to Javits early to take care of getting my badge and tickets. I am not going to the Bloggers Conference, but hope I am there early enough to say hi to people!

At 9:30 I am going to the New Insights & Trends in the 2013 Children’s Market.

That’s it!  I have a really busy day at work tomorrow, so I can’t go to anything else.

I hope people are live tweeting the Bloggers Conference. I also hope it is better than last year and no one says that Klout matters.

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Countdown To Book Expo America: Galleys to Grab

Posted by Caitie F on May 4, 2013


WIth BEA less than a month away (YAY!) i wanted to do a few posts about it! This first one will focus on the galleys that will be available through giveaways or signings. I only am going to talk about books i have heard good things about from other bloggers or friends or books that I have read already.

I am going to break it down by age.

Adult books – there aren’t as many of these because a lot of the galleys are from major authors that I don’t read. I am sure there will be a lot of great literary fiction, but I will be looking for recommendations on other blogs for those.

Shakespeare's Star Wars William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher – Quirk Books

I haven’t read this yet, but Star Wars + Shakespeare = must read. Also, May the Fourth be with you! This is from Quirk Books who are totally awesome.




Night Film Night Film by Marisha Pessl – Random House

This is from the author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics, which I read shortly before starting this blog and lobe. This one is more of a thriller that I have herd wonderful things about. It will most likely go very fast.




FanGirl Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – St Martin’s Press

I adored Attachments and have her YA book sitting on my coffee table, so I am really excited about this New Adult title.




Young Adult – lots of great stuff.

The TestingIndie StudyThe Testing and Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau – Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

Both of these books will be a BEA and I cannot wait for others to read it. I am in love with this series. it is the best dystopian series I have read in years. You all know how much I love Legend, but this is better. I even moved around my BEA schedule to meet this author.

Crown of Midnight

Crown of Midnight by Sarah Maas -Bloombury

I haven’t read this one yet, but thought I would let you know that the author is signing this book on Friday





Clockwork ScarabThe Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason – Chronicle

I only read the first fifty pages of this, but it has Holmes’ niece and a Stoker Chosen One in steampunk London/ If these things sounds appealing, get it.




Rose under fire

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein – Disney

This is a companion to Code Name Verity (which i still have to read).





Rithmatist The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson – Tor Books

The first YA book byt the amazing Sanderson. If it isn’t ticketed, it will go fast, but from what I have heard, it is worth the wait.

Middle grade – Middle grade is where it is at this fall. There are so many great titles.



show must go one The Show Must Go On by Kate Klise – Algonquin

This is on the younger side of MG for ages 7-10 but is super cute and fun





Anton and CecilAnton and Cecil: Cats at Sea  by Lisa Martin

This is a really great adventure novel with two great cats in the center. Great book for anyone who loves cats, fun stories, and the idea of the sea.




Fortunately The MilkFortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman – HarperCollins

Nail Gaiman has a new book for kids and it is wonderful. It is hilarious and creative in a way that only Gaiman can do. This is a must-get if you can find it.




League of Pirates The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson – HarperCollins

If you are a love of adventure and pirates, this is a great book. It has a great main character and a lot of humor. This is a fun book that middle grade readers will really enjoy.




Song of Quarkbeast Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde – Harcourt Children’s Book

This is the sequel to the The Last Dragonslayer and should be as fun and entertaining as the first.





family whipple The Fantastic Family Whipple by Matthew Ward – Razorbill

This debut mystery is one of the most imaginative books i have read this year. It has great characters, a fun mystery, and twists and turns that are hard to predict. This might not be one everyone is grabbing, but if you are a middle grade reviewer, it is one you need to get.




What galleys are you grabbing at BEA?

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TSS: BEA Plans

Posted by Caitie F on April 14, 2013



I hope you are all having a better weekend than we are! Jason got the stomach flu last night so all our plans for the weekend were cancelled and I ma trying to take care of him and make him feel better. I hate seeing him so sick! I really hope I don’t get it, and have been disinfecting everything!

To more fun things: Book Expo America, which is in NCY May 30-June 1st this year! As of now, I have a three day pass. While I would love to go to the Blogger Convention, I can’t afford it this year and also have my vacation days taken up. As long as I am at my current job still, I will be there either Thursday or Friday. I am disappointed to miss the Blogger Convention because several bloggers I adore and respect are on panels this year! I am also not going to any breakfasts this year as of now, That may change, but as of now, that is not in my plan.

I am really looking forward to seeing some author events and meet up with many other bloggers and publicists I have worked with. There are a couple ARCs I want to get, but if I don’t I won’t really care this year. I will be mostly looking for things for work that we may have missed and some international fiction.

I will be talking more specifically about BEA plans as we get closer, but I hope to go to some parties and the many great bookish events that are happening around the great event!

Are you going? What are you looking forward to the most?

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BEA: The Books

Posted by Caitie F on June 16, 2012

I thought I would share with you the books I got at BEA! I look forward ot reading and reviewing these, but I have other books in front of them, so I am not rushing!

Them Came You by Jennifer Weiner
Pub date: July 12, 2011

Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails by Anthony Swofford
Pub Date: June 5, 2012

Bad Apple (Merits of Mischief #1) by T.R. Burns
Pub Date: APril 24, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Already owned and reviewed (giving away)

Son by Lois Lowry
Pub Date: October 2, 2012

The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
Pub Date: July 17, 2012

The Passage by Justin Cronin
Pub Date: June 8, 2010

The City’s Son by Tom Pollock
Pub Date: September 8, 2012

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
September 11, 2012

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne Valente
Pub Date: October 7, 2012

Rift by Andrea Cremer
Pub Date: August 7, 2012

Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Pub Date: September 1, 2012

Stealing Air by Trent Reedy
Pub Date: October 1, 2012

3 Below Patrick Carman
Pub Date: September 1, 2012

Origin by Jessica Khoury
Pub Date: September 4, 2012

Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear
Pub Date: August 8, 2012

Prodigy by Marie Lu
Pub Date: January 29, 2013

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Pub Date: June 26, 2012

The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull
Pub Date: September 11, 2007

Arcade Catastrophe by Brandon Mull
Pub Date: October 12, 2012


So many great books!

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BEA: The Children’s Author Breakfast

Posted by Caitie F on June 9, 2012

I plan on highlighting different parts of BEA in the next week, but I thought I would start with with my personal favorite moment, The Children’s Author Breakfast.

The first thing I need to say is thank you to my parents! This was my birthday present from them and I couldn’t have gone without them!

The breakfast was so excited and inspiring because of the authors there: Kadir Nelson, Lois Lowry, John Green, Walter Dean Myers, and Chris Colfer.

It started with Walter Dean Myers, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.He spoke about “changing the environment…to making every child a reader” and that “reading is not optional” something that everyone in the room could agree on. He also said that “We need to develop the next generation of readers. We can make children believe that books can take you far.”. He went on to say that it didn’t mean that they could take you to far away places, which obviously they can. Instead, we need to teach them that reading books can take you far in the world.

Chris Colfer was the host of the event and he charmed every single person in the room. His book called The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell comes out in July and I know I am very excited to dive into my ARC! He talked about the funny questions he gets from reporters and said “Reporters think it is strange that I am doing a book and not an album or a movie”. He started to write this book since he was 10 and promised himself that if he ever had an opportunity to actually do it, he would. I hope that is a message he gets out to kids.

He also told how when eh started he would take every chapter to his grandmother who would either give suggestions or rip it up and tell him he could do better. He has dedicated the book to her and it was very sweet. HE also showed us his cover design and map from when eh was a kid, then gave props to his illustrator for doing an amazing job (and the cover is beautiful!).

Next up was John Green, who Colfer called the “Justin Bieber of the literary world.”, which the room loved. John Green’s said “I found fan fiction of us (he and Chris) I did not write that, but if you did I am flattered.”. I will get back to that later.

John Green talked about how when he was a kid he thought that everyone else was an alien and he was the only human in the world. Books changed that. He said “Stories were the way into believing that other people were really real” and that “It is the only way I can be in other people’s head”. Also “That revelation is the key to empathy… We understand we have a responsibility to them in addition to ourselves”. That shows the true power of books and stories.

He defended the world of books by saying it the entertainment that you cannot be only doing partially (like right now, i am writing this and watching TV). Authors and publishers  “have already figured out how to do something really important” and do it well, so books aren’t going away.He doesn’t believe that enhanced books will really work “we don’t need to become something you can do while doing something else…that is how we are going to compete” That no matter what the format is “story trumps everything” which literally made the crowd go wild. He concluded with a sentiment that most readers can agree with: “A good book asks more of you than Angry Birds, but it gives you more in return”.

Chris came back and responded to Green’s earlier comment with “I did publish some fan fiction of us entitled The Fifty Shades of Green” and introduced the great Lois Lowry.

She started out by talking about how she did not have to take her shoes off at the airport because of her age and that this panel was so great because Chris Colfer would be taking his shoes off for a very long time.

She wrote The Giver to try to answer her sons’ question ““Why do people do such terrible things to each other?”. She found that she still got the question from young readers so she wrote a second book. And she still got the question so she wrote a third in the series. But the question still existed, so she wrote this final book, where the main character is named after her son who was killed in a fighter plan crash in 1995.

She never really agreed that writers just write what they know, they also “Write what makes you uneasy, what keeps you awake at night”. Also that “We wrestle with those questions we can’t answer”, which is something that can be seen in a lot of the popular young adult literature today. She concluded that “young people think that they can fix the world” and that should be encouraged in the literature.

She got a standing ovation. Chris came back to say that it is a good thing that she doesn’t have to take off her shoes “because no one could fill them”.

Kadir Nelson as last and he talked about  the great things that kids can do when they are asked. He did the beautiful illustrations in the I Have a Dream picture book coming out later this year. He talked about his process and research and what the speech meant to him and how each generation is inspired in different ways by the speech.

It was a wonderful event, one that I hope to go to every year.

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Welcome to People I Met at BEA

Posted by Caitie F on June 4, 2012

This is just a welcome to everyone I met at BEA. If I met you at the Bloggers Conference, then I know it was fun! If I met you at any other time, I am sure it was great too!

A little about me:

I graduated in 09 from Hofstra University with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Publishing Studies. I work in the industry,but not for really “traditional” publishing, so I am free to review everything without a conflict of interest! I love my job and i love this industry. Seriously, I love going to work almost every single day (because we all have a bad day every once in a while)!

I am 25 and happily married. I live in NJ with my wonderful husband.  When we are not reading, we enjoy playing board games, watching TV, seeing musicals, and spending time with friends!

I read everything other than Westerns and romance. I don’t have anything against either genre, but I haven’t found much I really like in them and I have too many books that I want to read!

I just updated my Review Policy, so check it out before sending me any pitches.

I look forward to getting to know each and every person who reads this better!

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BEA: The Plan

Posted by Caitie F on June 1, 2012

We are just a few days away from BEA and I don’t know about you, but I am excited! I thought I would talk a little about my plans and see if anyone wants to make more!


BEA Blogger Convention! Really excited about it since I have not been able to go the past couple years. Hoping to learn some and meet a lot of people! There are so awesome authors there and I am hoping to talk to some of them.

In the afternoon I will be heading to Critical Reviews (cause I don’t want ot make $ off of my blogging) and Demystifying the Book Blogger & Publisher Relationship because I should look at it from both sides. Yay to helping career AND blog in one!



This is my one full day at BEA so I will be busy!

10:30 am – 11:30 am – Table 23
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – 1E02/1E03

When I am not at this great stuff I will be going around to all the booths I want to see!

Afterwards, I MAY go to the Teen Author Carnival…but I know that can get crazy, so I am just penciling that in.



I am going to the CHildren’s Author Breakfast! I am SO excited about it because uh Chris Colfer (I am such a Gleek and adore him), John freaking Green!!, Lois Lowry!! I wish I had gotten the VIP tickets, but the sold out. But I still get breakfast and to see them! Woohoo!

Then I will be back for my lunch break, since I have to work. I may take it late to see Libba Bray, since she is awesome.


That night, I will most likely be heading to

BEA NY Book Week SF/Fantasy Event

Please join us for an evening of science fiction, fantasy, and music, hosted by Lev Grossman! With readings from: Kristin Cashore N.K. Jemisen Naomi Novik Catherynne M. Valente And book-specific improvisational music by Brian Slattery! This is a free event.


When will I be seeing you?  Know of anything else fun going on? Let me know in the comments!

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