Today was all in the exhibits. I was able to get a free exhibits only pass for my cousin-in-law who is a teen and loves books but today was the only day we could take her with us. I was nervous because I wasn't sure what would be left since a lot of booths seemed to run out of ARCs yesterday.
But we lucked out and ended up finding a good amount of ARCs (again Egmont pulled through and was the greatest booth-they loaded her up!) and I was super thrilled to stop by Disney-Hyperion and find ARCs of The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. I was at her signing yesterday and they were supposed to give out ARCs, but they said they'd run out. Then today they pulled a box out and said it was mislabeled so we got The Demon King, Psych Major Syndrome, and Karma for Beginners. We even came across an author signing for an adult historical, The Tory Widow, which was pretty cool-author Christine Blevins even gave us lavendar sachets to go with the books, so now the car smells great!
We picked up a few book bags and Kaylee even won a Godiva chocolate bar from the Barnes and Noble booth for playing Plinko! I also convinced her to take a picture with the Cat in the Hat, but only because I was in the picture too.
Then it was time for the exhibitors to start selling off their display books. We found some great deasl-$5 hardcovers and $2 paperbacks! Some of the booths gave away one book per person, bu the lines were so long!! My husband stood in line for Simon and Schuster and was pretty close to the front, but by the time he got up there, there wasn't much-stuff went fast! But Kaylee ended up with 26 books total which she was super excited about. She said she now has to decide what to read first!
I felt super lucky because I was able to snag the display ARCs of As You Wish, Bad Apple and Viola in Reel Life, and I bought the latest Emma-Jean Lazarus book (Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love) which I have been dying to read!
We ended the day with yummy Thai food from Duck Walk, which was our favorite place to eat when I lived in the city. My husband and I would eat there at least once a week and we haven't had it in almost three years, so it was quite the treat! If you're ever in Chicago, head over to Duck Walk because it's totally worth the trip.
Now we're heading off to stand in the long line for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I'll post my ALA totals when I get home and can sort through everything I got. It was great meeting everyone and I hope you all had a great time!!