This is the first year that BEA has rolled around since I really got into the blogging community. Technically this blog was in operation for the last two BEAs, but I was totally out of the loop at the time and had no real idea how much of a thing it is among book bloggers. I'm not going this year, I'm not upset about it, and I'm starting to feel like I'm in the minority here.
The thing is, if I wanted to go, I easily could. I only live a few hours north of NYC and my parents' house is only a 30 minute train ride from the Big Apple. I lived a half hour outside of the city my entire life until my husband and I moved a year and a half ago. That might sound pretty great, but the downside to living 30 minutes outside of the city is that most of my generation can't afford to stay. Houses were affordable when my parents bought theirs almost 30 years ago. Now? Not so much. As a couple with "normal" college degree jobs, not being doctors, lawyers, stock brokers, etc. it just wasn't going to happen for us.
Anyway, my point is that I wouldn't have needed airfare, a hotel stay, or a roommate in order to go to BEA. Heck, I wouldn't have even needed to take off work because I work from home and could have shuffled around my schedule in order to fit it all in. The thing is I already have more ARCs than I ever expected to get as a small-time blogger. I know it's a great opportunity to meet other bloggers and people in the industry, but a part of me feels I'm not truly qualified to attend this sort of event. I'm not sure if that is actually true or not, but it's my gut feeling. Maybe I'll feel differently in 2014, but for this year, I'm going to stick to reading some of those accumulated ARCs beachside. Instead of attending the expo, I'll be on a Memorial Day week getaway in a lovely NJ beach town (a.k.a. my favorite place on earth -- I love it so much, my husband proposed to me there -- he knows me well!) It's a working vacation, but a getaway all the same. I'm looking forward to a week off from homeowner projects & troubles! So here's to sun, sand, surf, and lots of reading :)