New York Recap: Days 2 & 3 (BBC & Bookstores Galore)

Book Blogger Convention

On Friday morning, I woke up extremely early and still managed to make it to the Book Blogger Convention with only minutes to spare. That takes skill. Emily had to go to work (boo) and Ben decided to tackle the city on his own (which is also why I have no pictures from the Convention), but I was in for my own treat.

I don’t want to rehash the day too much since others have done a very good job already, but here were the highlights:

  • First up was Maureen Johnson, a YA author I have never read but immediately loved. She is absolutely hilarious. She had the whole room in hysterics. I want to read all her books now.
  • Ron Hogan gave a talk on ethics where we learned that bloggers have apparently just won a war and that we are not to use the term “free books.”
  • The panels were mostly made up of bloggers I don’t really know (although moderated by some of my favorites). I learned some useful things and I hope to use some of that information here in the near future.
  • I got to meet a lot of the people I missed the day before and spend a little bit of time with them. (I loved my trip but if I could change one thing, I would have planned to hang out with other bloggers more).

Dinner and the Strand Bookstore

After the convention, I made a pretty swift exit (sorry guys) and maneuvered my way uptown to meet Ben and Emily. We went out to dinner at the Amsterdam Alehouse with some of Emily’s coworkers and then made our way to the Strand (is there a “the” or not?).

If you love books, you must go to this bookstore at some point in your life. It was actually my number one “must-do” item for my trip.

Ben and I ended up with a few books and a tote bag (because that’s what I needed – more books and tote bags)

But the best part was just wandering the store. I understand why people love it.

Bookstore Tour of New York City

Saturday found us at no fewer than 5 different bookstores with various other stops along the way.

We started the day at Books of Wonder and I think I have found my new favorite place on Earth. Books of Wonder is a children’s bookstore and it is, in fact, wonderful. I could have spent all morning there and I think Ben is lucky I only walked out of there with the four books I did:

Next we went to brunch at Lillie’s Irish-Vistorian Bar and Restaurant, which was kind of strange because we were the only ones there, but our meals were delicious and came with mimosas which is pretty awesome. Lillie’s was followed by Idlewild books. Idlewild groups its books by country and it was fun to peruse the various corners of the world.

Then we went to Three Lives and Company where we actually did not buy any books. It was getting hot and we were in need of refreshment.

So after a quick stop at Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks, we went to Magnolia Bakery. Another must-do on my New York list. I had a “Carrie” cupcake (like Sex and the City I think) and it was delicious.

Magnolia was followed by bookbook which was another bookstore I really liked but I can’t find a website to link to.

It was 3pm by then so we headed to Times Square to try and score some Broadway tickets in the TKTS line. We were hoping for Promises, Promises but ended up with Le Cage tickets for later that evening.

At that point we went to a cookout a friend of Emily’s was having to rest for awhile. I can’t thank this friend enough for giving us a place to sit for a few hours.

We spent out evening at Le Cage and it turned out to be a fantastic show. It was hilarious and the music was very good. Plus, Kelsey Grammer was in it and we got his autograph as well as some of the other performers’ after the show.

Friday and Saturday were both fantastic days. And I was once again glad that Ben was carrying the backpack because we ended the day with another pile of books.

16 thoughts on “New York Recap: Days 2 & 3 (BBC & Bookstores Galore)

  1. Michelle June 8, 2010 / 8:15 am

    Man, that cupcake looks divine! It was great to meet you while in NYC. Hopefully next year we’ll get to spend more time chatting thatn I had the opportunity to.

    Yay for bookstore tours and more stuff to bring home! Poor Ben, LOL


    • Michelle June 8, 2010 / 9:33 am

      *fingers crossed* for next year. 🙂


  2. Amy June 8, 2010 / 8:21 am

    Ooohhh I see you have Say You’re One of Them – Nigerian author you know. Will you join my month long Nigerian mini-challenge? heh. Also, that cupcake looks delicious, I missed out on cupcakes in NYC.


    • Michelle June 8, 2010 / 9:32 am

      I’m not very good at challenges but I am excited beause he also gets to go on my Michigan shelf. He was getting his MFA at the Univ. of Mich. while I there for law school.


  3. Kelly June 8, 2010 / 9:24 am

    Next year, I want to go along on your bookstore tour of New York! 🙂 I WANT TO GO TO THERE!

    And I loved Magnolia and their awesome red velvet cupcakes. 🙂


  4. Reeder Reads June 8, 2010 / 3:26 pm

    Magnolia cupcakes and bookstores?! Sounds like a fabulous time 🙂


    • Reeder Reads June 8, 2010 / 3:26 pm

      Why does it always give a mad face emoticon… I swear, I’m a happy person!!!


      • Michelle June 8, 2010 / 3:38 pm

        Lol. I have it give people monster faces. I guess it’s luck of the draw.

        But you can get your very own gravatar here:

        Then it can be whatever you’d like. 🙂


  5. Melissa June 8, 2010 / 4:00 pm

    That sounds like a divine weekend. Bookstores, plays, cupcakes, it’s like heaven.


  6. Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict June 8, 2010 / 7:35 pm

    It looks like you had a great trip. I really hope I get to go next year.

    I really enjoyed Say You’re One of Them. “If I stay” is on my wishlist.

    I can completely relate on the books and tote bags!


  7. Bina June 9, 2010 / 11:52 am

    Looks like you had an amazing time! 🙂

    I´ve got The Ladies of Grace Adieu out of the library, hope it´s good. And yay for the bibliophile´s dictionary and Wodehouse! 🙂


  8. Dominique June 9, 2010 / 11:17 pm

    That cupcake is making me hungry. Sounds like a great time was had. I’ve been meaning to read the book The Group so I’ll be interested to read what you think when you get around to reading it.


  9. Amanda June 10, 2010 / 11:15 am

    Just here to say it was nice to meet you in NYC!


    • Michelle June 10, 2010 / 3:47 pm

      It was great meeting you, too!


  10. Vishy June 12, 2010 / 11:04 am

    It looks like you had a wonderful time! A Book Tour for the whole day? That is really wonderful! It looks like you quite a few ‘chunksters’ 🙂 I love the titles ‘How Soccer explains the world’ and ‘The Bibliophiles dictionary’. Hemingway’s ‘The Torrents of Spring’ is also a wonderful title – I remember reading a Russian story called ‘Spring Torrents’ by Ivan Turgenev (also called ‘Torrents of Spring’ in some translations) which moved me very much.


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