A List of Schedules for BookCon 2018 I Could Find (and Some Tips Too!)

BookCon is only five days away, five! I feel both excited and not prepared at the same time. So, to get more prepared, I thought I would put together a list of all the BookCon schedules I could find. I had a feeling that this list would be helpful for anyone else attending BookCon, so I decided to share my list with you all.

This list is mainly filled with the publishers schedules I could find. I will be updating this list as more information becomes available. Also, I know that the BookCon website is pretty up to date. If you don’t see something here that you are looking for, I highly recommend checking out their website.

List of BookCon Schedules

Penguin: https://assets.penguinrandomhouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/18202219/PRH_BookCon-2018-Daily-Schedule-.pdf 

SimonTeen (Riveted): http://rivetedlit.com/2018/05/22/everything-happening-with-riveted-by-simon-teen-bookcon/

Macmillan/Tor: http://macmillanusa.tumblr.com/post/173988971408/bookexpobookcon-2018

Epic Reads (Harper Teen): http://www.epicreads.com/blog/bookcon-2018/

Fierce Reads: http://fiercereadsya.tumblr.com/post/174373435708/are-you-attending-bookexpo-and-bookcon/amp?__twitter_impression=true

Novl (Little, Brown and Co for Young Readers): https://www.thenovl.com/blog/2018/5/29/novls-bookexpo-bookcon-2018-schedule

Quirk Books: http://www.quirkbooks.com/post/drop-and-say-hello-bookcon

Scholastichttp://oomscholasticblog.com/post/scholastics-2018-bookcon-schedule?linkId=52402723

Hachette: Per BookCon, most of their In Booth Signings are on the BookCon website. They are Booth 1938/1938. No official schedule released by the publisher yet.

Scholastic (IReadYA): No official schedule has been released yet, but there are some events listed on the BookCon website. Look under Scholastic and Booth 1538/1539.

OwlCrate: https://www.instagram.com/p/BjStczonyn9/?taken-by=owlcrate


If you see that I’ve missed something, please let me know down in the comment section below so that I can add it to the list.

Also, if you’re looking for some tips and tricks for BookCon, I made a whole video on my BookTube channel dedicated for it.

Are you super pumped for BookCon? Tell me about the thing that you’re most looking forward to! For me, it might be the Dear Evan Hansen Panel because I’m currently obsessed with Dear Evan Hansen. I’m also hoping to attend some of the writing panels, because those are new and appeal to me.

P.S. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me and I will answer to the best of my ability. Fair warning, even though I’ve been to BookCon four times, I’m no expert. 

Discussion: Why I’m No Longer Doing Monthly TBRs

Creating your monthly TBR (or To Be Read list) is something that you do when you are a book blogger or BookTuber. After trying it for a year, I have come to realize that I hate doing it. They’re not my jam for a few different reasons and I thought I would share those reason with you those.

1. I’m a mood reader.

I’ve learned so much about my reading self over the past year thanks to this blog. One of the things I’ve learned is that I’m a mood reader. I tend to enjoy books way more when I’m in the mood for them.

When I create a monthly TBR, it’s to know what exactly I want to read that month. For example, when I plan to read a ton of fantasy, I sometimes find myself in the mood for a fluffy contemporary (and vice versa). When this happens I feel so conflicted, but usually end up sticking to my TBR and not reading books I want to. This has a negative impact on my reading, which brings me to my next point.

2. Sticking to a monthly TBR pushes me into reading slumps.

When I’m very strict about sticking to the TBR I’ve made for myself at the beginning of the month, I find that the next month I get into a mini-reading slump. Which sucks! Nobody wants to be stuck in a god awful reading slump.

I think that when I force myself to read books I’m not in the mood for, it makes reading feel like a chore. When it feels like a chore, I don’t want to do it as much. Then the reading slump attacks and I’m fighting to get out of it.

I don’t want reading to feel like something I have to do. It is supposed to be fun, right?

3. I find TBRs limiting.

Once I create my TBR for the month, there’s always at least one book I become aware of that I want to read asap. However, the books on my TBR are books that I’ve been meaning to read for like ever, so I feel bad picking up that book.

Also, I post my TBR on the internet and feel like I have to stick to them because of that. I’ve let the people know what I’m reading and I don’t want to disappoint the people! I know it sounds silly, because I don’t think you guys care how much I stick to my original TBR, but it’s the way I feel sometimes.

4. They make feel like I’m not reading the books I want to read.

So this one is a little melodramatic, but some months I make a TBRs that do not excite me. Or rather when I post them, I’m excited to read all of the books on the list and then my mood changes. New books catch my attention and I want to read those, not the ones I put on my list.

But I stick with my list most of the time and when I get to my wrap-up I feel like I’ve read nothing I really wanted to read. Which sucks! Reading is a hobby for me and I want it to be fun. It should be fun, but some months it doesn’t feel fun.

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Basically, monthly TBRs are sucking the fun out of reading for me, and I’m not standing for it anymore. Since it’s a new year, I’m trying a new thing and seeing how it works for me.

So I’m done with them, at least for this year! We’ll see if this works better for me, or if I miss making those TBRs. However, I’m excited to see where this decision leads me!

What is your opinion on TBRs? Do you love making them or secretly hate them, like me? Let’s discuss down in the comment section below. 

My Blog Turns One and 2018 Goals

My blog turned 1 year old a few weeks ago, which has been pretty exciting! On January 5th, I posted my first ever TBR and began my book blogging journey. Since then I have gained over 100 followers, started a BookTube Channel, and I read a total of 44 books. 2017 has been a pretty productive year, but I’m hoping 2018 will be even better.

Today, I thought I would share with you my Bookish and Writing Goals for 2018. I don’t usually set so many goals, but I thought it would be fun! That way next year I can look back and see what I managed to accomplish.

Bookish Goals

  1. Read 50 books — 50 books was my reading challenge for last year, but I did not manage to reach that goal. So this year I’m determined to actually go and read those god damn 50 books! Out of all my bookish goals, this is my top priority.
  2. Read at least 1 book from my physical TBR — I have developed a serious book buying problem in 2017. My favorite used book store is only 3 blocks away from my job, and they always have such great deals. Their dollar book section specifically is very good, so I usually just pick up whatever titles I’ve heard of and that I’m interested in. This has resulted in me collecting a shit ton of books that I have yet to actually read. I’m hoping by reading at least 1 book that I own a month will help me make my way through all of the unread books on my shelf.
  3. Finish or get caught up with at least 3 series — Another bad habit that I have is starting series and not finishing them. It’s such a problem! Half of the time, I forget or am lazy. The other half is because I don’t want the series to end (which I realize sounds stupid). However, I have started so many series that it’s gotten way out of hand and I desperately need to catch up.

Writing Goals

  1. Reach my halfway/reevaluating point with my WIP — This is something that I should have been able to complete last year, but was too lazy to do so. Currently, I am a chapter and a half away from completing this goal so if it doesn’t happen someone needs to slap me.
  2. Finish first draft of WIP — This is sort of a lowkey goal, my main concern is reaching my halfway/reevaluating point. I’m also not sure what I will be doing once that point. I may go back and start my rewrite, or a may just continue on until I finish the draft. Regardless, I would like to complete a first draft of this project by the end of this year. I’ve been working on this book for so long, and would like to actually make some headway with it.
  3. Outline Heist Novel and finish character bios — Yes, you heard that right. I am writing a heist novel! I had a massive breakthrough with this project in December, and am really excited to start working on it. Since heist novels require so much research and planning, I am giving myself a year to do all of that. If you’d like to hear me talk about this project more in length, check out my latest writing vlog.
  4. Begin sketch writing again — Three years ago, I was very much into sketch writing. Since then I have really slacked off with my sketch writing, which is a shame. I really enjoy the medium, and would like to see some of my works performed. I am participating in a sketch workshop, so this is another goal that will be completed in the near future.

Blog Goals

  1. Post at least 1 time a week — Since starting my BookTube Channel, I have been horrible at posting on this thing. I do enjoy blogging and want to continue writing reviews and posting. I think posting at least 1 time a week is manageable, so that’s what we’re shooting for. I think I might decide on a specific day to post, but that is TBD.
  2. Post things other than reviews — Recently, I have been posting a lot of reviews. Which has been fun, and I’m sure helpful for you guys, but this blog needs some variety. If you would like to see me do a tag or talk about something, leave a comment down below!

BookTube Goals

  1. Post at least 1 time a week — I’m just really bad at posting guys, across all platforms. There are some weeks I post like 2 videos in a week, and then it takes me a week and half to post the next batch. I want to get on a more consistent uploading schedule to make life easier for me and make sure that my content is consistent
  2. Become more active in the community — I really suck at talking to people, commenting, and just being an active member in the BookTube community (the book blogger community too). That is something that I would like to see change and meet more people.

Those are all of my goals Bookish/Writing Goals for 2018. I think I set a fair amount of goals that I can totally complete this year. My writing goals will be the most challenging, but this is the year that I am productive!

Let me know what your New Year’s resolutions are! They don’t have to be book related, they can be life goals or any sort of goals. Let’s chat down below.

The Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 3)

I’m so behind on my tags/awards. Last month I was nominated for this award by Milou @ Simply a Book Drunkard. Thank you so much! Sorry it’s taken me so long to actually answer your questions. Everyone go check out Milou’s blog, because it’s awesome.

I’ve actually done this award two times before, but it’s been a while. My favorite thing about this award is the fact that it’s different every time. Everyone comes up with such unique and fun questions.

Anyway, enough talk from me. Let’s get into it!

The Rules 

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write then 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

The Questions

1. What are three of your favourite books you have read so far this year?

Only three? Gosh this is going to be a hard one. I’ve read some pretty amazing books this year, so it’s like choosing my favorite kid. Ugh, but if I must. These are in no particular order. I’m not ready to declare my absolute favorite yet!

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake — This is the first book that came to mind, because it was a recent mind blower. I originally picked it up because the premise sounded cool and I had heard people talking about it. I’ve recently gotten into YA Fantasy, so I figured I’d give it a go. The beginning was a bit slow, but once I got into it I could not put it down. It felt like this book was made for a reader like me, because it had so many favorite elements. There was a ton of characters, different POVs, romance, an interesting world, different kinds of strong female characters, and a complex plot with lots of twists. If any of this sounds interesting to you, I’d definitely recommend picking it up.

Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson — I couldn’t construct a favorites list of 2017 without this book. Two different people recommended it to me, and I’m so glad that they did. It was all around excellent and had so many of my favorite elements. The characters were great, the plot was complex and interesting, the writing was superb, and the world building was incredible. Lots of people say that Sanderson is the master of world building and I can see why. Also, I loved all of the heist elements. It was just so good and I’m hoping to read the sequel soon!

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson — Picking this last book was hard, but I went with this one. It is my favorite contemporary book that I’ve read all year. This was the first book that I have read by Matson, but it has gotten me hooked on her writing. I loved that this wasn’t just a romance, but also about friendship and family. I found Andie super relatable, because I went through some of the same things as her in high school. While my father is not a senator, I was left home alone a lot and her friend group reminded me of mine. Usually, when I read a YA contemporary the main character is either a loner or only has two or three friends. It was super refreshing to see a friend group featured and be so much a part of the story. Plus there are cute dogs in this book. How can you go wrong with cute dogs?

2. Of which blog post are you the proudest?

I don’t know if I have a blog post that I’m extremely proud of. I really enjoyed Top Ten Books My Mom Thinks You Should Read because I got to collaborate with my mom. I like all my Top Ten Tuesday posts, and I’m proud I am able to think of ten books each time.

3. Oz, Neverland, Wonderland or Narnia? 

I’ve got to go with Wonderland here, because I went through a huge Alice and Wonderland phase. It would be wrong of me to pick anything else, though Oz also sounds like a ton of fun.

4. What is the last picture you took on your phone?

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The last picture I took was this god awful selfie.

 

5. Do you eat any snacks while reading?

Generally no. Sometimes I read while I eat lunch, but that’s not very often.

6. What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

Surprisingly this is a hard question, because I’ve done a lot of crazy things in my life. What can I say? I’m just a spontaneous, up for anything kind of person. Up there would have to be the time I broke into my friend’s apartment to prank him, and the time that my best friend and I decided to walk like 20 plus miles to a bus terminal, because we didn’t feel like paying for a hotel room. There were many stops at 24 hour coffee shops along the way. I should probably mention this happened in a foreign country. We’re idiots, we know. It was fun though.

7. Where do you live? Tell us some interesting fact about your city/country…

I live on Long Island with my parents, because NYC is expensive. I actually grew up on Long Island and feel ruined for life because of it. There is excellent bagels and pizza, and my house is 20 minutes from the beach and 40 minutes from one of the greatest cities in the world. What more could I want?

8. If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Global warming, especially after recent events. It makes me sad and confused that we are not doing more to protect our environment.

9. You get one trip in the Tardis, which historical event would you go and witness?

I’m not sure if this counts as an event, but I would love to experience the roaring 20s. It would be a good time in history to witness, and then I can jet back to the present before the Great Depression happens.

Another cool event I would like to witness would be the Battle of Yorktown which was the final battle in the American Revolution. It was such an important moment in history that changed everything. I get goosebumps every time I listen to “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)” from Hamilton. Being there would and celebrating with the founding fathers sounds like an amazing experience.

10. You can recommend me one book, which is it?

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel because it was an extremely interesting book with a lot of layers and excellent writing. Also, I think it is a book that has a little bit in it for everyone. Everyone in my book club loved it and we all have different tastes in books.

11. What is your happiest memory?

I don’t have a single happiest memory, there are many moments in my life that I’ve been really happy. Sophmore and Junior year of both College and High School were really happy times in my life, so I’m going to go with that.

My Nominees 

It’s time to nominate some awesome bloggers. I’m going to nominate my 11 most recent followers so that I can get to know you guys better.

My Questions

  1. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
  2. What fictional character would you want to be best friends with?
  3. Do you believe in ghosts?
  4. What are your favorite three books that you have read this year?
  5. What do you think about when you’re alone in a car?
  6. Who is your celebrity crush? If you don’t have one, feel free to tell me your book crush!
  7. If were to write an autobiography about your life, what would you call it?
  8. What is your favorite film?
  9. What are you currently binging on Netflix?
  10. If you could have a superpower, what ability would you want to have?
  11. Who inspires you?

 

If you’ve already done this award and don’t feel like doing it again, please feel free to ignore this and appreciate the love. Also, if I did not tag you but you want to answer my questions, consider yourself nominated! Ping me if you’ve done the tag so that I can read all of your wonderful answers.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll catch you guys in another post soon!