TLA was crazy! I'd heard about the ARCs they give away like candy at these library conventions, but HOLY MOSES! They even give away finished copies of books not out yet, and some already out! I showed serious restraint and tried to take books I was legitimately interested in, but I still came home with quite the load!
There were SO many authors at TLA. On Wednesday, my roomies and I attended the Texas Tea with YA authors which was really neat. The authors hopped from table to table at intervals (our first author was Maggie Stiefvater! EEEP!) and told us about their books and let us pick their brain. Such a fun experience. Then I went to a party that night and met so many fabulous authors in a more social setting (John Green was there and somehow I didn't notice. *smacks head* But I did talk to him the next day at the convention. He's SO nice!), so that was neat. Had some lovely chats with authors Veronica Roth (Divergent), Elizabeth Eulberg (Take a Bow), Jennifer Ziegler (How Not to be Popular) and my Twitter buddy Stacey Kade (The Ghost and the Goth). (I'm really trying to keep the name dropping to a minimum in effort not to sound braggy, but if you haven't heard of any of these fantastic authors, I want you to know about them and read their books!)
And please excuse me while I fangirl over Shannon Hale! Here I am with her, looking a little crazed and excited. LOL.