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2014 BEA Book Blogger Picnic/Meet and Drink Recap!

Hi everyone!  Well, I’m pleased to say that the 2014 BEA Book Blogger Picnic and 2014 BEA Book Blogger Meet and Drink were great successes!  We had around 50 people at the picnic, and around 30 people at the Meet and Drink, and besides a bit of rain in the middle of the picnic, I think things went really really well!

It was so great to see everyone, although I know there were lots of people that I didn’t really get to talk to, and I wish I had!  Thanks so much to each and every one of our attendees for coming and for making our gatherings some of the most fun during BEA week!  And thanks so much to my co-organizers, without whom, these events wouldn’t have taken place!

Also, during BEA, bloggers are sometimes handed books that we might not be interested in.  So we asked them to bring those books to the picnic and Meet and Drink, so that those books could get into the hands of other bloggers who might want to read them.  Lots of bloggers did this, and some found great books that they were really interested in.  There were some extras, however, and I took those and will be doing a giveaway (for bloggers who will write reviews) with them soon, so be on the lookout for that!

So here are a few pictures from the events.  I wish we had taken more at the Meet and Drink, but it wasn’t the easiest place to take a group photo.

The cake my hubby so wonderfully ordered for us from Carlo’s Bakery (Cake Boss).  Unfortunately he didn’t feel well that day, so he didn’t come to the picnic.  But he wished he could have been there!

The organizers with the cake!  L to R: me, Jen, Katelyn, and Alexa.  Photo credit:  Alexa.

Group photo before it started raining.

Group photo of the people who stayed after it rained, plus a few new faces!

Photo of the organizers at the Meet and Drink (minus Jen, who couldn’t be there that night). L to R: Katelyn, me, Alexa.  Photo credit: Dan from Book Reels.

And now for the attendees lists!  FYI, this is why I (and sometimes Katelyn and Alexa) was walking around the whole time with a notebook, pestering people about their information!  So we could all keep in touch and follow each other’s blogs!  With some people, I wasn’t able to find Twitter handles, so if you see some of your info is missing (or if you were at one of the events and I somehow missed getting your info), please let me know and I’ll correct these lists!

Attendees of the 2014 BEA Book Blogger Picnic


Alice from The YA Buzz (@TheYABuzz)
Brian from The Lavender Bolt (Book Club Curator) (@brianalynch)
Hannah from indiereadergirl0329
Nicole and Ashley from The Quiet Concert (@TheQuietConcert)
CeCe from CeCe Reads (@cecebooks)
Wendy from Book Scents (@BookScents)

Attendees of the 2014 BEA Book Blogger 
Meet and Drink

(Jen from YA Romantics [@JenRyland] was there in spirit!)


Dan from Book Reels (@BookReels) and his friend Cathy
Tiffany from About to Read (@AboutToRead)
Ellen from YA Buccaneers (@egoodlett)
KC Buckingham from John Wiley & Sons
K.P. Simmon from Ink Slinger PR (@KPSimmon)
Kallie from (@Kallieross)
Jen from Hypable (@jenlam26)
Brian from The Lavender Bolt (Book Club Curator) (@brianalynch)

So go and visit and comment and follow all these lovely bloggers that you got to meet and talk to in real life!  And if you weren’t there, you should still go visit and follow and comment on their blogs!  I will be commenting and following everyone very soon!

Thanks so much, once again, to everyone who came and to my co-organizers for making this all happen!  We hope to do these events for as many years as possible!


  1. Angie F

    June 5, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Ooh, so many new blogs to discover! Thanks for putting this list together! Hopefully I can meet everyone at these events next year. :)

    Angie @ Pinkindle

  2. Allison L

    June 6, 2014 at 12:00 am

    This was definitely a highlight for me during BEA this year :) I'm so glad you ladies put it together!

  3. Brandi Kosiner

    June 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Looks like so much fun. I am totally coming one of these days

  4. Nicole Hewitt

    June 7, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Thanks so much for organizing this. I definitely need to bookmark this post and make sure that I've followed everybody on the list!! :-) Here's my BEA Recap post. :-)

  5. Tonya Henderson

    June 7, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    It was so nice to meet everyone! (That I got to anyway, since we were late!) And thanks for organizing such a fun event! :)

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