This rainy Monday is the perfect day to sit back and enjoy the things I like to do inside. I have an assortment of indoor hobbies, so on today’s agenda is a lot of reading. And after yesterday’s day trip I have lots of books to choose from!

Yesterday I spent the day with my daughter at BookCon. If you’ve never heard of BookCon, it’s a two day event where you are immersed in all kinds of literary experiences from panels to Q&As to book signings and more. The event was brimming with best selling authors and celebrities as well. I walked inside Jacob Javits Conference Center and knew I was in my element.

We covered the entire center from aisle to aisle and booth to booth. I didn’t want to miss a thing! Then we focused on what authors we wanted to get autographs from. Unfortunately, most of the lines were so long I didn’t want to stand on them except for one. Susan Mallery is the author of the Fools Golds series. Fool’s Gold is the the perfect series for those who love happy endings. if you love small town stories, you will love this town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas with its fun festivals and friendly community. So much fun to read and Susan Mallery was delightful to talk to. The lines were out the door for authors Candace Bushnell, Sylvia Day, Jodi Picoult, Nelson DeMille and Judy Blume. for me it was like attending a star studded event.

Penguin Book Publishers actually brought a truck into the building brimming with their books and the ‘Love Birds’ sitting alongside it for autographs. The Love Birds team of authors consisted of Jill Shalvis, Marie Force, Laure Willig and Emily Liebert. Force, Shalvis and Willig write wonderful romance series and Liebert writes stand alone contemporary novels. Jill Shalvis was wonderful enough to chat with me and autograph a copy of her newest book, Still the One. I can not wait to read it!

Every table at the event offered free goodies from pins to bookmarks to excerpts from upcoming books. There was something for everyone and book lovers were out in full force in New York City this weekend. After hours of walking the entire center and a quick lunch, we agreed we were ready to make the hour and a half trip back home. We were tired but excited to have been able to make BookCon.

As I sit back with my feet propped up (they need the break) sipping a cup of hot green tea, I will be sorting through my piles of books, trying to decide what to read first. And when I crack open that copy you can be sure the story will be even more meaningful as I remember the wonderful time I had meeting authors and book lovers alike.

So did you make any special memories this weekend?

 

 

 

 

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