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BEA, ALA. Have you ever been before? If you've been before, share your experiences; both pro & con. If you haven't gone before, do you participate in online events like Armchair BEA? Do you hope to go one day? Do you feel too intimidated to go? Are you jealous of the big book hauls and tweets during the events?
I am going to ALA this year and I cannot wait to go. I am going to be staying with a former coworker (former supervisor actually). I am sure I will be so nervous. I am starting already to get twinges of nerves as I am not sure what to expect but there is excitement too. Of course I have been researching about what to expect, helpful tips, etc. to hopefully help my time at ALA go smoothly. The one thing sad though is I hate to leave my family for the long weekend but they are super supportive of me and my career.
I would love to go BEA, hopefully next year. There is a great of blogger friends that I am hoping to go with, if everything works out. This year I also participated in Armchair BEA for the first time. I did not get as much time to participate as I liked since this is a hectic time of year, but whenever I could, I had a great fun.
Jealousy over book hauls:
Sure there are twinges of jealousy when I see all the fantastic book hauls those who went to BEA got, especially if they are the titles I am looking forward to reading. LOL BUT, I think it is also very important for me to keep in mind that they are where they are because they have either paid to go to BEA or they have worked hard to be at a point in their blogging career to get invited to those events. If I started getting a little blue over it, I stop myself to remember I am doing this blog for myself first and foremost, not to get free book hauls. I am doing this because I want to connect with other readers and share my love of reading. If I get some free books out of the deal along the way, than that is the cherry on top. :)
What about you?
Do you feel jealous over others book hauls? If so, what do you do to combat it? Are you heading to ALA? Did you got to BEA?