Thursday, June 28, 2012

ALA Annual '12 Recap + Swag Giveaway (over)

Hello! I had a fun, exhausting, crazy weekend at the ALA Annual in Anaheim, California. In this post, I’ll be sharing a few photos as well as my overall impression of the exhibit hall.

Sign outside convention center (taken from car):

Marissa Meyer signing copies of Cinder and ARCs of Scarlet (book 2) !!! This was actually a surprise. I was waiting for another author, but it went fast. So I hopped over to the Macmillan booth right after and saw this huge line, which luckily my friend was already in. Marissa seemed excited to be there and I snagged a Cinder mirror as well as Scarlet. No picture with her though.

Disney-Hyperion ticketed signing: (from left to right) Alexandra Bracken, Rachel Cohn, Dan Krokos and Tamara Ireland Stone. I kept joking that this was cafeteria style - a little chat and sign with each of the authors.

Other authors I met throughout the weekend: Rae Carson, Ally Condie, Tahereh Mafi (3rd time in 7 months…she’s that awesome), Libba Bray, Gary Ross (director/writer of The Hunger Games), Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo (been Twitter friends for a while, it was so nice to see her), Jessica Khoury and Gennifer Albin. They were all very lovely and eager to chat.

5 books I'm most excited to read: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, Outpost by Ann Aguirre, Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes and Black City by Elizabeth Richards.

I ended up with around 30 books from Friday night to Monday afternoon and hope to give many of them away after I read them. Indeed, very grateful to all the publishers, authors,  librarians, teachers, bloggers and readers I met or was given books by (whew, is that everyone?) and of course my friend Rachael whom I interviewed last week. It was a great weekend overall and gave me a new perspective on the publishing industry.


Wait. You thought I was going to tell you all that, then leave you with nothing? No way. I have some very cool YA swag from my personal closet stash (pictured below) to give away!!!

HOW TO ENTER: Just leave a comment below with an email address! I’ll pick two winners* this Monday 7/2. US and Canada only please. Winners have been notified by email.

* One pile of swag per winner will be sent via USPS after email confirmation. Winners will be chosen randomly using a number generator. In the event that only one person enters this contest, the remaining prize will be kept and used at a later date. If no one enters, both swag prizes may be donated. *


  1. Cool, you met Libba Bray? That's awesome! I wish there was a convention like ALA Annual in my city during summer. =)

    Thank you for the giveaway! The bookmarks look really pretty and they are very useful for summer reading, haha. My email address is

  2. NO WAY! You got to meet Dan Krokos!! And holy cow! You met Marissa Meyer + Scarlet ARC!? Sounds pretty epic to me :)

    Thank you for sharing your swag :) All the bookmarks look pretty <3

  3. To be honest, your tweet mentioning a button brought me here : ) I have a weakness for literary buttons.
    I think it's so awesome you got to go to ALA. Meeting all those authors I'm sure was pretty great too! Thanks for the great swag giveaway!!

  4. Sweeet! That's the kind of place I dream to be signing books someday! Wow, you got to meet Gary Ross? Sounds like a lot of fun, maybe I can try to attend the event in the future.

    P.S. Thanks for all the great posts on the website :)

  5. Wow! I wish I could have attended; it looks like so much fun! Seriously, I'm pretty envious!!!! Thanks for this great post :D


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