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26 September 2010

SIBA Trade Show, 2010

How thrilled was I to catch BermudaOnion's post about the Southern Independent Bookseller's Alliance (SIBA) being held this weekend in Daytona Beach!  Thankfully, since I live a mere hour and a half away, I was able to attend the events on Saturday, grab over 80 books, and, most importantly, meet up with 4 fantastic bloggers:  BermudaOnionA Novel SourceRaging Bibliomania, and You've Gotta Read This!  Meeting up with them was wonderful and I got some wonderful insight and advice that I know will help make my blog much more exciting and information -- thanks to you guys!!  And... a special loving thanks to my husband who went with me, took pictures of the event, and carried bag after bag of free and Advanced Reader Copies of books back to our car - they broke the mold when he was made!

From left to right:  BermudaOnion, A Novel Source, Raging Bibliomania, and me.

From left to right in this one:  Me, You've Gotta Read This!, Raging Bibliomania, and BermudaOnion.

It was an absolutely wonderful event and I had a chance to meet some incredible authors and connections from fantastic publishers such as Penguin Publishing, Random House, Macmillan Publishing, Greenleaf Book Group, and on and on -- it was my first time attending an event such as this, and it won't be my last!

So here is my loot, check it out -- 47 books in total!  I have no earthly idea how I'm supposed to do that thing called a day job, and also find time to read and blog in the evening.  But, it's a challenge I'm excited to tackle! 

I'm currently reading Repairing Rainbows right now, and I'm excited to start reading some of the books I picked up yesterday:  Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly, Across the Universe, by Beth Revis, Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys.  And, I'm also co-hosting On the Ledge Readalong's first readalong with The Historian -- never to late to join and tonight is the first discussion, so swing on by and take a look!

When is the next conference?!

Happy Reading!
Coffee and a Book Chick


  1. This is amazing!!! You look so happy!! I am elated you enjoyed the event!! Keep us posted on the 47 books;)

  2. book conferences are like heaven on earth. I LOVE them. I can't wait to hear what you think of your advanced reads :-)

  3. Thanks!! AND A TYPO CORRECTION -- I picked up 47 books, not 80, as you can see in the picture I posted! Not sure why I wrote 80 at the top -- maybe it just felt like 80?? :)

  4. I am so jealous, of both your huge pile of books and the fact that I didn't get to meet up with such a great group of bloggers!

  5. Looks like a fun event. Thanks 4 the photos

  6. WOW!! What an incredible time you had!!! Can't wait until next year!!

  7. Oh my gosh how super fun! I love book events and meeting fellwo book blogger is just the icing on the cake!

    47 books! Awesome!

  8. Wow, that is an amazing haul of free books - good luck, there's nothing quite like having a personal library at your disposal at home! I wish they had those type of conventions in Australia!

  9. What fun!! Would love to attend an event like that and meet up with other bloggers. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I'm so glad you got to come - it was wonderful to meet you and your sweet husband! I love the photo of you inside the show floor! I hope we can meet up somewhere else in the future - maybe Charleston next year?

  11. You all look great. The event looks incredible. All those books! No need to buy nor borrow for a while, maybe?

  12. Sounds like you has an absolutely wonderful time. And meeting some other bloggers was great of course.

    Nice to see the pictures.

  13. Natalie!
    I was so excited to meet you and get a chance to discuss all things book with you and the other girls! It was a truly amazing event, and I am so glad that you had such a good time. I also love your picture of the exhibition floor. I hope you enjoy every last one of the books in your new stack!

  14. Wow! I am jealous! It sounds like you had a lot of fun, not to mention the mass amount of books you brought home :)

  15. Great post! How exciting! I'm so jealous of your loot. And yes, your husband is special - my husband would never go to a book conference with me! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  16. You guys are so lucky! The SIBA sounds like fun and wow you got a hefty load! You'll have plenty of reading for awhile LOL!
    Hope you enjoy them.
    Have a great week,
    Natalie :0)

  17. Stephanie -- It was truly a real treat to to meet up with those wonderful ladies - and we did chatter away like old friends! What a great community!

    MrsODellReads -- It was a lot of fun! Yes, I was very lucky!!

    Bibliophile by the Sea -- The one of the entire conference is one of my favorites, although it looks bigger than it actually was!

    Peppermint Ph.D. -- You don't even know how excited I am for next year's event! :)

    Sheila at BookJourney -- Booklover Book Reviews -- I wonder why they wouldn't have a similar type of convention in Australia? There are so many fantastic Australian authors out there that they could really do a nice conference! Maybe you should start it!! :)

    JoAnn -- I bet there's one in your area -- Google your state and either book "convention" or "festival." Something's bound to turn up!

    BermudaOnion -- That picture is my favorite one, too! I had so much fun with you all -- and my husband is still chatting about you and your football knowledge! Needless to say, he was impressed! Yes, Charleston for sure next year!!

    BookQuoter -- I wish! I just know that even though I got that many books, I have a little mini-bookaholic problem! :)

    leeswammes -- It was a wonderful weekend!!

    zibilee!! -- It was so much fun, we're going to all have to get together again sometime soon! Who knew we would be so talkative when we read so much!! :)

    Brenna -- I know, and my husband thought it was hilarious that we had to go back and forth to the car to drop books off!

    Lady Q -- I adore my husband, I still can't believe he went! :) And dove right in and enjoyed it all! And can you believe that tower of books??

  18. Woah, check out that loot! Looks like you had a fantastic time - and how fun to meet up with some other book bloggers.

  19. Wow, that is an amazing pile! Thanks for uploading such a good quality pic, so I was able to read most of the titles. So fun to meet other bloggers -- I'm glad you included pics! Enjoy all your loot!

  20. Blogger ate my comment! In short: Whoa, what a stack! And loved seeing the pics.

  21. 47 books! AHHHHHHH!

    You are lucky your husband toted those books for you and he deserves an applause. A round of roaring applause NOW.

    WOW again!

  22. Oh I am completely green with envy! How I wish I could have attended that event! (tricky, from the UK).

  23. Oooooh! Lucky lady! Christmas in September. I hope I'll be bringing home a haul like that from The Texas Book Festival in Austin this October! Love the pics!

  24. Sounds like it was an amazing time! Thanks for sharing the photos.

  25. How awesome. I was just catching up with Sandy's blog and I'm just a bit envious of all those books but most of all that you all got to meet up. Sounds like a great time!

  26. Great pictures! It was great to meet you and your sweet hubby. You two are so much fun. Let's start planning for Charleston next year...

  27. Great pictures! It was great to meet you and your sweet hubby. You two are so much fun. Let's start planning for Charleston next year...

  28. Oh my, check out that tower of books! I am frothing at the mouth!!

  29. Oooh, how exciting! So glad to hear you had a great time and got to meet up with bloggers -- it's so fun to see people you "know" in real life and realize you do know them in real life, haha. And good luck tackling that pile -- I'm sure it's daunting, but that's a great task to have!

  30. Oooh looks like it was so fun!!! I was supposed to be there too but got called in to work. =(
    What an awesome pile of books!!!

  31. Coffee and a Book Chick,
    It was great meeting you and your husband at SIBA this year. I am glad to see that 3 of Rhemalda Publishing's titles are among your loot of "47" books.

    We look forward to seeing you at future events.

    Vice President - Rhemalda Publishing

  32. Отличная статья! большое спасибо автору за интересный материал. Удачи в развитии!!! :)
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