ALA Midwinter Meeting 2011 - San Diego - Day 1

Well, it's day 2 for most people--day 1 for me. I don't even want to tell you what ARCs I got my hands on... OK, I do, but really I don't want to sound like I'm bragging.

I'm flabbergasted. And Aly's back seat is 1/2 full of my stuff.

Then again, I was too busy to take photos, so you'll have to use your imagination.

Ok. Bragging commences.

While Penwallace hied off to the Fulcrum booth to sign her books, Alybee and I ran around the YA/Kids booths about 4 times... I really had to pace myself; there was so much good stuff, and I wanted to make sure I was only picking up books that I am going to want to read and review--not random items I'm not even interested in.

Also, was mildly interested in not breaking my back.

We ran off to lunch at Masala (yum) and found MrSchuReads and 100ScopeNotes next door. They rock. Check out their blogs, especially if you love middle grade and picture books!

We found Alexandra Bracken working the Random House YA area, and Kathryn Otoshi and her fabulous picture books at PGW.

Mary Pearson also spotted Aly and swooped in for a hug. :) Me, I hugged RobinEllen in front of the Flux booth (where we also met Sarah Jamila Stevenson--author of The Latte Rebellion, who signed my copy :)

At Harper Perennial, we met Mitali Perkins and Melissa Wiley were signing a couple of the Betsy-Tacy books (for which they had written forewords)... LOVE Maud Hart Lovelace!

A little while later we saw Lisa McMann over by the Simon & Schuster booth. We knew we were going to see her in a month or so--but we stopped to say hi anyway. She's just too adorable to pass by without a big hug!

Aly and I took another turn about the floor with Sarah and Suzanne from Writing on the Sidewalk.

I got some to-die for ARCs including (but not limited to)

Throat Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder, #2) OyMG A Need So Beautiful The Lipstick Laws Fury of the Phoenix (Kingdom of Xia, #2) Red Glove (Curse Workers, #2) Lost Voices (Lost Voices, #1) The Lost Saint (The Dark Divine,  #2) Other Words for Love Across the Universe Rage (Horsemen of the Apocalypse, #2) Sweetly (Sisters Red, #2) The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group Human .4 Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely, #5) Where She Went (If I Stay, #2) The Vespertine (Vespertine, #1) Afterlife (Evernight, #4) Starstruck

Thing is... there are 2 more days of exhibits and events :o

Stay tuned for more exciting new items from ALA Midwinter Meeting!