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10 Tips for Attending BEA
May 26th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

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Tips for BEA (Especially if you’ve never attended before!)

Attending BEA is one of the biggest highlights of my year. I’ve gone as an author to sign my books and as a book loving blogger. Each experience has been fantastic. I love meeting new bloggers and authors, seeing old friends, reconnecting with publicists at the publishers’ booths, and discovering some of the hottest new titles for the upcoming year. But if you’ve never attended BEA before, the experience can be a little intimidating.

Here’s my best advice:

1. Pick up your badge the day before – on Wednesday – so that you’re not waiting in a long line to receive it on Thursday. Map out ahead of time the authors you really want to meet and what booths you want to go to to get your favorite authors’ books.

2. Get in line early and have fun meeting the people around you.

3. If you’re shy, use this opportunity to break out of your comfort zone. You’re meeting fellow book lovers so you have a lot in common. Be friendly and people will most likely be friendly back. (It’s always worked for me!) Introduce yourself to people in line. (I can’t say this enough!)

4. Don’t be afraid to compliment an author if you’re familiar with his or her work. If you’re excited to read their book(s), tell them. Introduce yourself. Whatever you say, be sincere. I would say, “Hi, I’m Liza Wiemer from WhoRuBlog and I really appreciate _________ about your book X.” ¬†Or, “Hi, I’m Liza Wiemer from WhoRuBlog. Thank you. I’m looking forward to reading your novel & posting my review on my blog.” Or, “Hi, I’m Liza Wiemer. Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment!” Maybe they will or won’t remember you specifically, but if you don’t tell them who you are, then how will their memories ever be triggered in the future? I’ve made some of my most awesome connections at BEA. You never know when or where or who, so be ready.

5. Be cognizant of the people waiting behind you. Meeting authors is extremely exciting. Give me an author over an actor any day. They’re my superstars! But remember that lines are long, so be respectful of time. Many authors will allow a quick photo-best to ask-but do it quickly, usually as they’re signing your book is best.

6. No need to push, shove, or grab for books. Be patient, respectful, gentle, and kind. Yes, ARCs can go quickly, but honestly there are more than enough to go around. You may not get ALL the titles you want, but you’ll get a lot!

7. Unload your books downstairs in the shipping area so that you’re not hauling a ton of books and hurting your arms, shoulders, and back! It’s a drag, literally. ūüėÄ

8. Okay, this one might open a can of worms. Many people get pretty upset when others hold spots – unless you occupied it and had to go to the bathroom. But collecting books from one place and skipping the line has been known to get a few grumbles.¬†I’m staying out of this debate, because personally I’m on the fence. BE AWARE, be respectful.

9. Share your business cards with other bloggers or follow them on Twitter immediately if you want. This will go along way to developing wonderful relationships for years to come.

10. It’s nearly impossible to find an electrical outlet at BEA, so make sure your cell phone is fully charged so you can tweet #BEA13. If you have one, carry a portable recharging device.

Do you have other tips or did you post them on your blog? Add your link or thoughts in the comments below!

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday: BOY NOBODY by Allen Zadoff
May 22nd, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

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by Allen Zadoff

Expected publication: June 11, 2013

Publisher Little Brown Books for Young Readers

352 pages

“FAST, FURIOUS, AND FUN.”¬†¬†¬†–KIRKUS REVIEWS
“ZADOFF SHINES IN THIS VIOLENT, ENTERTAINING TWIST ON THE TEEN SPY NOVEL.”¬†¬†‚ÄĒ-PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, STARRED REVIEW*
“IT READS MUCH LIKE POPULAR ADULT THRILLERS…A PROMISING START TO AN EXCITING NEW SERIES.”¬†¬†–SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

From Goodreads: Boy Nobody (Boy Nobody #1)9503856

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Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends, and doesn’t stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend’s family to die-of “natural causes.” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target.

But when he’s assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. The daughter is unlike anyone he has encountered before; the mayor reminds him of his father. And when memories and questions surface, his handlers at The Program are watching. Because somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and parents; a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program’s mission.

In this action-packed series debut, author Allen Zadoff pens a page-turning thriller that is as thought-provoking as it is gripping, introducing an utterly original and unforgettable antihero.

My thoughts:
Even though I read an ARC of¬†Boy Nobody, I’m including it in my Waiting on Wednesday post because I want everyone to add it to their to-read list. Teachers, parents: boys will love it as much as girls, if not more! Outstanding novel for reluctant readers because the sentences are short, direct, interesting. The writing is masterful and simplistic. But let me assure you that the plot is anything but simplistic. It’ll draw you in quickly and completely!
Here’s my review:

Boy Nobody is really somebody quite EXTRAORDINARY!

This has become one of my most favorite YA series, and yeah, I know it’s just begun! Absolutely get your hands on it!¬†Boy Nobody¬†is a fast-paced, heart-pounding thriller YA novel, which reminds me of Matt Damon and the Bourne Identity. Fascinating, fabulous characters and NYC setting. Lots of intrigue, twists, turns and who did it? Who is the real boy nobody? Assassin, orphan, friend or foe? Ohhhh, did I get sucked in and totally entranced in the storyline and characters. Even got misty-eyed at the end. Allen Zadoff is a master storyteller, simplistic yet so, so, so effective! Less is more, perfect for reluctant readers. It’s great to read such an amazing male character, so boys will love this book as much as girls! I believe the movie rights were sold. I can’t wait to see how this novel will translate onto the screen.
Put Boy Nobody on your must read list!
DON’T MISS IT! DON’T MISS IT! DON’T MISS IT!

Learn more about Allen Zadoff

If you need one more reason to read Boy Nobody, then take a look at this amazing book trailer!

Four Excellent Stand Alone Novels I’ve Read/Listened to This Year
May 13th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

Reviewing my Goodreads “read” page, I was surprised to see how many novels I’ve read this year were a part of a series.¬†It made me think about my reading choices. Sometimes, it’s agony having to wait for the next book ¬†in a series when I’m living to find out what happens next. I mark my calendar, hope for an ARC, and often pre-order! Once in awhile, I actually wait for the series to be completed, especially a trilogy) before I read book two. There are plenty of exceptions-¬†by Maggie Stiefvater, for example, will be one of them.

I didn’t start the Lux Series by Jennifer Armetrout until recently. I gobbled up books 1-3, but now I’m longing for the next one. I loved being able to read three books back-to-back. Now I’m waiting, waiting, waiting along with other fans.

Because I devour so many novels, I don’t want to reread or skim to remind myself what happened. So I don’t. I’ll dive into the next book in the series and get caught up quickly. But this comes at a price. It’s possible I miss some of the author’s nuances that carry through a series.

It’s nice to have a little relief from the waiting. You gotta love the stand alone novels. Beginning, Middle, End. Done! So here’s a few I recommend:

PRINT:

16101080OUR SONG by Jordanna Fraiberg is a hauntingly beautiful, mysterious, and captivating romantic page turner. Masterfully crafted.

For all those YA who have been deeply confused by their relationships when they suddenly take a huge plunge without obvious warning signs, OUR SONG is an eye-opener. What’s been missing? Is the perfect boy really so perfect? How does he impact your self-esteem? Wake up!

The novel opens with Olive recovering from a horrible car crash. She’s only alive because paramedics resuscitated her. Many rumors surround the circumstances behind the accident that just might not have been an accident, but a cry for help. Was it? The circumstances of that rainy night unfold as readers wonder about Olive’s mental state. Immediately, you will know something occurred with her ex-boyfriend Derek because Olive was driving his car. He comes across as heartless and selfish. It’s hard to understand what Olive saw in this jerk. What I deeply appreciate about this character is knowing that there are plenty of girls who go out with guys similar to Derek and take their crap. I hope this novel will be insightful. Who doesn’t know someone who has gone out or hooked up with guys just like this?

As Olive tries to deal with the circumstances behind the accident and her near-death experience, she joins an interesting support group. There, she meets a boy named Nick who helps Olive become more grounded. As they learn to trust each other, they share many adventures. Still, there’s lots of mystery behind Nick. Finding out his story is definitely a highlight.

There are lots of interesting family dynamics going on for both Olive and Nick. Olive’s parents seem to be struggling with their relationship. Her mother has an obsession with gardening and baking. Her father is a workaholic and spends a lot of time away from the family. I love her eight-year-old brother Noah. Despite the large age gap between them, Olive and Noah have a special, sweet bond. Nick has absent parents and readers will wonder why this bright young man has so much time on his hands.

The book unfolds beautifully, weaving words to a song that plays over and over again in Olive’s mind. A message? A warning?

She has a lot to learn about love, life, friendship, and her family. Sometimes a person has repeat experiences/bad choices in order to get it right and find the courage to be their best, strongest self.

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith15790873

Clever, fun, sweet, romantic!

I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this novel about an accidental slip of one letter that leads to an email exchange between Graham, a Hollywood star actor and Ellie, a girl with her own secrets. She lives in Henley, a small town in Maine. She shares life in Middle-of-Nowhere as he tells her about life in Middle-of-Everything, CA. When Graham has the opportunity to arrange for part of his next movie to be filmed in Henley, he goes in search of of Ellie. At this point, each has kept their identities secret from the other. This changes quickly when Graham comes to town. The connection to Ellie runs deep, but it’s not so easy for her to let him in. The boy she communicated with and revealed so much of herself to doesn’t quite jive with this big-time star. He has his own wounds and self-preservation keeps him from pursuing her after the paparazzi go crazy over his new “love” interest. With time running out, they can’t bare to stay apart. This leads to an interesting adventure and some tender moments, capturing “what happy looks like.”

This Is What Happy Looks Like is another wonderful book by the talented Jennifer E. Smith.

AUDIO:

873584An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green. YA¬† –¬†This John Green novel was published in September 2006. It won the Printz Honor Award.

My husband and I listened to¬†An Abundance of Katherines¬†on a road trip. It’s the perfect YA novel to share with family (if you don’t get embarrassed with an occasional sex reference.) – 1. Male narrator. 2. Lots of humor they guys can relate to. 3. Brilliant writing. 4. Male characters who are hysterical and quirky. 5. Incredible story – strong values, insightful.

Colin Singleton has dated nineteen Katherines – not Kat or Catherine or Katie or Kate – and when the last one dumps him, he’s devastated. During the summer between high school and college, Colin goes on a road trip with his BFF, Hassan. Their adventure is a powerful experience as Colin – boy prodigy and anagram expert – discovers where he’s gone wrong with his nineteen Katherines¬†relationships. There are also insightful moments that help define friendship.

Narrated by Jeff Woodman. He did a great job switching from one character to another, changing voices and adding a special touch to their personalities with his intonation. <3 it.

This novel will make you lol, smile, and appreciate the what makes each of us unique. Highly recommend.

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turage – MG, won the Newberry Honor (2013)

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I absolutely LOVED this audio! The change of voices was spot on and captured the essence of the story. There were many lol moments. The story is about Mo (aka Moses), an eleven-year-old girl who was found as a baby after a hurricane without any trace of her parents. She writes letters and sticks them in a bottle to her “upstream mother.” She has a best friend Dale and they have a detective agency. With the agency, they find lost dogs and investigate a murder! The circumstances are funny and touching. I love the Lavender, Dale’s older brother. Mo has a crush on him and it’s quite sweet. Miss Lana raises Mo as her own, and I have to say that I am deeply touched by their closeness. There’s also the Colonel who found Mo during the hurricane and is a father figure in Mo’s life. I love the suspense, the mystery, and the eccentric characters. This is a wonderful book for middle graders. The audio is perfect for a road trip with MG kids. The entire family will love it

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