BEA 2013: First Round of Cuts

book-expo-americaIf you’ve been following my BEA 2013 posts, I’ve been trying to figure out which books I’m most interested in pursuing at the expo at the end of this month. I first created a very large list based off of the sentence descriptions on the expo’s site for those books that will be available in the autographing area. I then tried to figure out which books I might be able to get a feel for before the expo by searching Netgalley for any titles from my list.

Today, I started eliminating books from my massive list based off of when the authors will be signing. Obviously, if I’m able to learn more about these books and perhaps get my hands on them outside of the autographing area, I will. I am no less interested in these books. Most I’ll be interested in purchasing as soon as I can. But I am going to the expo on a pretty strict budget and will need to make sure I make a realistic agenda. I’m driving (though I will be looking into buses) early early Thursday morning, enjoying the expo’s first day, spending on night in NYC before enjoying day two on Friday. I plan on driving home at the end of Friday. It’s sort of a nuts schedule, and I might change it. But as it stands, I will not be attending the expo on Saturday.

I searched the BEA’s website for all those authors that are signing on Saturday from my list. These 13 books are those that are significantly dropped in priority due to this failure in my availability.


Drinking History: Fifteen Turning Points in the Making of American Beverages by Andrew F. Smith
Journey to Virginland: CATENA by Armen Melikian
September Girls by Bennett Madison
Shadowlands by Kate Brian
Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
The 7th of London by Beau Schemery
The Book of Paul by Richard Long
The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr
The Darkest Minds: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
The Secret Financial Life of Food by Kara Newman
The Ward by Jordana Frankel
Twinmaker by Sean Williams
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

So basically, from my initial list, I’ve only been able to eliminate 13 so far. I think my next step will be looking more into the descriptions of my list’s books to determine how interested I really am in them. I imagine having multiple priorities assigned. Slowly by surely, I will come up with a Top 5 and a Top 10.


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