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Every year I get excited about what will be that first book that I will be chatting about going into the new year. I make a big deal out of picking the book. It is usually a book I have wanted to read for awhile and for whatever reason, I just have not been able to make the time to read it.
This year I would love for you to join me in this tradition of picking the book that you will be reading into the new year. It can be a coveted book that you have been waiting to read, a guilty pleasure book, a re-read of a favorite that you want to explore once again… whatever you want.
Our posts of what we are reading will go live on January 1st. You do not need to be done with the book on January 1st, just reading it on January 1st and yes, you can start on the 31st and be reading into the New Year. I would like to link up all your posts here on the 1st as well so others can visit you and cheer you on! If you are interested, please feel out the short form below.
Many moons ago (ok, 4+ years…) I started this little book review site called Book Journey. It was a lot of fun to get going and every reader comment was so exciting to see in my email. In those beginning years I was able to not only comment back to very comment given me, but if they were fellow bloggers I went and visited their blog as well. This really was the start to my readership and my daily visitor stats grew.
It really was a lot of fun to book chat every day with those I came to “know” through this blog. I would learn their name, and remember things they posted so I could comment about their dog, something going on in their life, or a particular book we both enjoyed. It was like a whole group of friends out there in the world that I may or may not ever meet face to face and this was pretty cool.
The “It’s Monday What Are You Reading” meme opened blogesphere doors for me with new visitors and I made sure that when they stopped in, this blog was something they would want to come back to. I kept my sidebars current and my reviews frequent. I posted about bookish topics, I proposed questions about e readers, publishing trends, and one of my person favorites… what to do when authors attack. I engaged my readers in conversations with me and with each other.
As time went on, I even wrote for a few Book Reviewer events on the topic of bringing in readers and keeping them. I answered questions and wrote posts about blog traffic. Each day I came home from work and would quickly check my email to see who had commented on my review or my meandering, and I would respond. I set a goal to visit 20 blogs a day and maintained it…
and then one day…
Life became…. busy. Between work, writing, working out, reading, and everything else I crammed into a day… for the past 9 months… this blog has been fairly quiet with about one or two posts a week. I stopped responding to comments. I found no time to go and visit other book blogs. I rarely requested a book for review or accepted a review offer. The Monday What Are You Reading post became a”had to” instead of something I wanted to do; and yes, for a while I was wondering if I had lost my love for blogging.
I am not sure what, but something made me hold on. I enjoyed and still enjoy my online friends. I knew I was not ready to give that up. I wanted to hang on to see if after the busy time of summer and fall if I would be able to retrieve some of this bloggers life I love…
and I am glad I did.
Over the past few weeks I have started updating some of my page links here. I started writing the reviews that have backed up in my mind like a massive car pile up on a highway. I started making time to visit the blogs I enjoy reading and hope they did not die of shock when they seen a comment from me. For the first time in probably over a year, I visited all the blogs that linked to this weeks Monday What Are You Reading, something I used to love to do – and loved doing it again.
What I guess I am trying to say is, I am back. :D I know I do not have to go to the extreme in which I once blogged… but I truly am getting that desire to write posts again. For the first time in a while when something funny or odd happens to me I think, that would be a great Morning Meandering post. (It has been a while since I have thought in “posts”).
I am glad it is not over for me as I love this life of reviewing and chatting up books – one of my FAVORITE all time topics. This post was mainly to let you know that readers, I hope you are still around and I hope you pop in once in awhile and say hi and chat books with me. My promise to you is:
1. I will always write honest book reviews (you get my real thoughts here )
2. I will occasionally be snarky, but never mean.
3. I will share with you the craziness of the life of a want to be writer, half marathon training, book loving, adventure seeking, constantly on the go, audio book addicted, frequently fails but gets back up again, rescue dog adopting, gets up too early and stays up too late girl.
Welcome to Book Journey. Hope to see you around the blogs.
I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. Fair warning… this meme tends to add to your reading list!
It’s been a pretty good week. It was busy, I had a sick day, but all in all… I got some reading in which always makes me happy
This past week I posted:
City Of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (ooh I am loving the Mortal Instrument series!)
I still have reviews to post! As for what I am reading now…
Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt. Meanwhile, Tess O’Leary’s husband, Will, and her cousin and best friend, Felicity, confess they’ve fallen in love, so Tess takes her young son, Liam, and goes to Sydney to live with her mother. There she meets up with an old boyfriend, Connor Whitby, while enrolling Liam in St. Angela’s Primary School, where Cecilia is the star mother. Rachel Crowley, the school secretary, believes that Connor, St. Angela’s PE teacher, is the man who, nearly three decades before, got away with murdering her daughter—a daughter for whom she is still grieving.
I started this one on audio today while I was painting the entryway and wow I really am getting into it.
Manuel Perrine doesn’t fear anyone or anything. A charismatic and ruthless leader, Perrine slaughters rivals as effortlessly as he wears his trademark white linen suit. Detective Michael Bennett once managed to put Perrine behind bars, the only official in the US ever to accomplish that. But now Perrine is out, and he has sworn to find and kill Bennett and everyone dear to him.
Detective Bennett, along with his ten adopted children, their nanny, and his grandfather, are hidden safely on a rural California farm, with guards courtesy of the FBI’s witness protection program. Perrine begins to embark on an escalating series of assassinations across the country, killings whose brazenness and audacity bring into question the possibility of safety and law in the US. The FBI has no choice but to ask Detective Bennett to risk it all in Perrine’s war on America.
My guilty pleasure series – you may not enjoy Patterson but I bet you would like this series. Fantastic on audio!
The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.
Loving this series!
Thats my week! I am excited to see what you are reading and think I have time this week to check out your posts. Be sure to add your What Are You Reading post to the link below where it says click here.
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Hi everyone! I am currently in Florida with my College Son enjoying sunny weather, Harry Potter World, great food, and a Pirates Show.
On Sunday evening, Vicki from I’d Rather Be Reading At The Beach has graciously offered to host for me this week. Please stop over there to connect all things It’s Monday!
I will be back in town Monday night.
Three weeks ago was our Brainerd Library sale. Normally I post much quicker on my treasures, but it was a busy time and honestly, I had not even opened the bags until I went to take these pictures today. Prior to opening the bags – I could not have named more than 5 of the books I had in them. I knew I had some old Nancy Drew, but that was about it. Opening them reminded me all over again why I chose to bring them home.
I choose books for many reasons. I choose because of covers and titles. When I go the library sale I can not resist a lovely eye-catching huge hard cover read for 50 cents ( you will see a few of those here). I like picking up books that I LOVED for someone else to enjoy. I look for authors I have enjoyed, and I pick up books that I have listened to on audio and really enjoyed, like Joshilyn Jackson’s A Grown Up Kind Of Pretty and HIllary Mantell’s Wolf Hall.
I look for books I have really wanted to read like The Year Of Living Biblically and Mansfield Park.
Or I have been told that they are AMAZING like Blind Your Ponies .
And all together they compile the books that were in the bags.
How do you choose the books you read?
Where Cee Cee Honeycutt was sweet, Looking For Me is a direct hit to the heart.
So accurately imbedded are these characters that you will not soon
forget them… nor will you want to.
Teddy Overman found from a young age that she had a passion for taking the old and abandoned treasures she found in furniture and making them unique and new. It was always exciting to find something broken down along side a garbage dumpster or in a ditch like a chair or end table and work her magic into restoring it to something to be loved again. Teddy’s mother felt differently and encouraged her daughter to take up other interests like typing so she could be a secretary with a steady pay check, but Teddy’s love or restoring did not waver.
Teddy’s brother Josh had a heart for animals. He would go out of his way to rescue the abandoned and the abused… in a way, the siblings had similar hearts. As Teddy felt she could see into the heart of a piece of furniture and see what is could be, Josh felt he could hear the animals and nature call to him. That call was so strong that one day he left his home… and never returned again. As time goes by and days pass into years the family has no choice but to think that Josh has surely died out in the elements.
As Teddy grows to be an adult she finds she can full fill her passion for working with furniture in a shop that has a delightful cast of characters that not only work along side her, but frequent the shop. Each one as unique and beautiful as the furniture she loves. When tragedy strikes and Teddy finds herself driving that familiar road back to her childhood home signs lead to the fact that Josh may be alive.
Trapped between her past and her future, Teddy must decide what is true and to be held on to, and what must be let go.
Holy cheese on a cracker. Or something like that. Looking For Me spoke to my heart in so many ways I do not even know where to begin. I wanted to read this book because I enjoyed Beth Hoffman’s debut in Cee Cee Honeycutt, a sweet as sweet tea story that made me long to keep Cee Cee in my circle of fictitious friends. When Looking For Me was on its way into my hot little hands I am pretty sure I watched the mail box every day for a week.
Looking For Me was everything I had hoped it would be … every bit as strongly written as Cee Cee Honeycutt but also more. Looking For Me has a sharp edge to it, one that is tamed a bit by the southern feel and location of the book, but it is there all the same and it is a good thing. The book deals with family disappointments, loss, reaching for your dreams, taking the road less traveled, love, heartbreak, friendships, and letting go – in some cases; all of the above.
I laughed and cheered Teddy on – strong willed and self assured (even when she was faking it) I found a bit of me in her. I would also have to say I cried… at least twice while reading this book. There are subjects that always hit a bit close to home for me, and not in a bad way. I love a book that makes you feel.. that makes you want to pick it up again and again…
Looking For Me was that book. One of the most impactful books I have read this year. If you are looking for such a read to enjoy while spending time in the sun or curled up with a blanket in a cozy chair, please consider Looking For Me to be that book.
HI all! I missed the official kick off to Audio Book week yesterday so today I will play some catch up…. here is what yesterdays topic was:
Are you new to audiobooks in the last year? Have you been listening to them forever but discovered something new this year? Favorite titles? New times/places to listen? This is your chance to introduce yourself and your general listening experience.
I discovered audio books about three years ago. Prior to that – I thought they were something outdated and something my aunt and uncle who travel from California to Minnesota each spring in an RV listen to (and that part is true…)
And then – I received an audio book for review and a whole new world was opened to me. I know there are many of you out there who have told me that you just cant get into audio – you can not focus, it’s boring… I have heard all of the things you said…
But listen up. I don’t sit and listen to audio. I listen to it while I mow the lawn which really passes the time and keeps it interesting. I listen to it while I cook and it keeps me patient and in the kitchen (two things I am not good at), I listen to it while I get ready in the morning in the morning for work and while I drive and I LOVE it. Audio books triple (yes, triple) my reading each year.
My challenge to you – please try it. My recommendations are:
80′s lovers – you will not go wrong with Ready Player One – Will Weaton is awesome!
mystery lovers – it was the James Patterson (wait wait here me out…)Michael Bennett series that hooked me!
Chick Lit – Joshyln Jacksons books are so fantastic and she reads them herself – southern fun! Backseat Saints, Gods In Alabama…. soooo good!
Historical Fiction – 11-22-63 was so amazing – yes its long yes its worth it!
For fun – Lucia! Lucia! By Adriana Trigiani sooooo good!
Non Fiction – Rob Lowes Things I only Tell My Friends and The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks
How do you decide what you’ll listen to? Do you mostly listen, or split time between listening and reading? Particularly if you split time, how do you decide what you’ll consume in audio and what in print?
A lot of the time I look at other reviews to see what people are listening to and what they think of it. Jen (Devourer Of Books) has a Sound Bites meme that each Friday she has people link up their audio books they have listened to that week. This is a great resource when you are looking for your next great listen. It seems like I am always pr using Audible.com looking for something great to listen to.
This time of year seems like I mostly listen as I am so active outside and on the go. When it comes to choosing if I will read of listen to something many times I will hear about something wonderful on audio and then go that route – other times it could be a book club book I know I will not have time to sit and read so I will download it on audio. Audio books truly help me “read” more books then I ever could before.
So that is the first two days of the audio book week. I hope to post an audio review later today. To check out more on audio book week stop over and see Devourer Of Books posts.
This morning I am on my way to do my day 3 training for a half marathon this fall. The past two days of training have been good but I have a long way to go. I have walk/jogged the training session (3 miles) each day and cant wait until it fills a little smoother, a little more natural. I will keep you posted.
First of all my sincere apologies for appearing that I had dropped off the face of the earth, was eaten by a bear, or had taken a vow of silence. I am alive, and well, and in New York for the Book Expo, my fourth year attending.
In past years I have been able to at least put up morning posts letting you know what is going on, who I am seeing and where I have been. This year it seems like I am running even harder from early in the morning (up around 6 am) and dropping back into my hotel bed of way too many pillows around 11 pm or so. When I get up I seem to have no time to write and at night I am way too tired to write. The reason I am able to write this post is that I took a little break from the expo this afternoon to put my aching feet up a bit and chill before I go and mail books home and hit it again.
I will do a day by day recap once I am home but for now let me give you highlights of what you will be hearing more about in future posts:
- A wet wet entrance into New York
- Frozen Hot Chocolate
- Joshilyn Jackson in person!
- Books… oh books!
- Adrianna here and there and then at her house for breakfast.
- 4 event Thursday- Simon Schuster, Workman, Penguin Bash, and SimonTeen
- The City Of Bones Party!!! SQQQUUUUEEEEE
- The Expo
- New York and New Yorkers….anything goes
- Post Office win!
and more to come. Anyhoo – I am alive, I am tired but well and good things and pictures to come
Their definition: BEA: Book Expo Of America – an event that takes place yearly for book sellers, media, and publishing houses and authors all to mingle together in promoting books that will be coming out yet this year and possibly next spring.
My definition: Heaven for Book Lovers. ♥
I remember that June day in 2009… I received my first comment on what I referred to at the time as my online book journal and I was stunned. How did they find me? Was it spam? It had to be spam! Yes I would click on the link in their name and I would certainly go to a site that would be horrifying inappropriate and probably virus my computer to a fast yet complete death.
I clicked the link anyway….
This moment in June turned my world around forever. I discovered there were others out there like me… book lovers who loved to write reviews, lots of them…. thousands of them…. how silly of me to think I was the only one.
And that my friends is what led to going from online connections with book lovers, to four years ago taking a plane to New York to meet some of these amazing reviewers in person.
My life has never been the same.
If you are new to attending BEA, congratulations! You just found the ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, the key to the Emerald City of Oz, the magic carpet of Aladdin, the platform 9 and 3/4 at Kings Crossing.
However – that first time can be nerve-racking. How do you get to the expo? When should you check in? What happens when you get there? Should I take every book offered me? What should I pack? How do I get the books home without breaking into my life savings? How do I find other book bloggers? What should I wear? Where should I eat? …
Today, I am going to share with you my years of trial and yeah… error. Yet thanks to book bloggers who helped me that first year with similar posts… my trip was a lot more organized and successful than it would have been if I had just gone all solo.
Shall we begin? Hop aboard!
So you are going to BEA…. What To Pack?
The expo is AWESOME! This is a chance to not only meet other book bloggers such as yourself, but its also a chance to meet the wonderful Publishing Houses who send you the books to review as well as some of the AMAZING authors who write those books. That said, you should pack and plan to wear to the expo business casual wear. Capri’s, nice shirts, lite skirts, and nice pants/ dressy jeans. Remember – you are representing your blog. You can plan on more casual wear for your afternoon exploring.
Of course… pack comfy shoes. That is one thing you will hear time and again. You may be used to walking in heals but this is a whole new level. You will literally walk for hours at the expo, stand in lines for book signings, stand while you grab a quick bite to eat (if you stay at the expo to eat seating is very limited – more on that later), you will walk to and from events and many times stand at that event. Trust me… you will be thankful you packed comfy shoes.
Sunglasses, a light jacket/sweater, CAMERA, charger, sunscreen….
Flat boxes and shipping tape. If you have room in your suitcase flatten out a box to haul books in. The box is optional – the shipping tape I would say is not. Toss in a roll or two… trust me – when we get to the book shipping section you will understand.
You are in New York and in your hotel. Now what?
Ha. I used this picture last year but it still reminds me of myself year one. You have made it to New York. Congratulations my friend – mental high-five! But now you need to know how to get to the expo.
Every year I have stayed in the vicinity on Times Square and every year I have walked to the Expo and back. I can experience and see so much more by walking then by whizzing by in a taxi. Of course that is my preference… and of course, I am close enough to do that.
SO for starters, find out where you are and where that is to the Expo. See if your hotel has a shuttle… or check out the subway schedules. Basically secure your plan for Expo days.
If you have arrived a day or two earlier than the expo… explore a little. New York has so much to see… there are wonderful shows playing, great places to eat (a fav of mine is Yum Yum… just a few blocks from my hotel and oh so good!), exhibits to see and over all just fun to explore!
Day 1…. The Expo!!!!
Mmmmm Hmmmmm. There it is. The Javits Center in all of its glory. I get up early. I walk a few blocks to a Dunkin Donut and get a BIG coffee. Yes they have a Starbucks in the Javits, however the line is like people have not had caffeine in a month.
So first off…. you go in and get your badge. Go early – get in line… get the badge. The badge is the ticket to get you into the expo. You will need this every day… this is, your magic ticket to all things BEA.
Next up… the waiting game. I personally like to go early – it’s a time to people watch. The first year I went I waited in a long line and when the doors opened (hours later….) I was shoved in with the crowd into a table and handed a book. It was… weird. Second year… I was smarter. I avoided that line like the plague. I hung out still… but talked with people, walked around and after that initial surge of people went in… I casually walked in, not pushed… just taking my own sweet time and seeing what I want to see.
What you are about to experience is amazing. I still struggle to put it into words. There are books – EVERYWHERE. And many are there for you to take…. which leads me to my next point… and this one is important…
Oh The Expo! Oh The Books! Book Blogger Etiquette!
Yes the Expo is fantastic for those of us who love love love books. Yes, I did refer to it as Heaven for book lovers. And yes, I too get excited about all the books, all the authors, all the opportunities to come home with enough reading to last you the year… and that is where I ask you to think before you take.
I know, this may go against your very nature of going to the expo. I know this might just have me knocked off your “bloggers I wish to follow list”…. but before you delete me…. hear me out. My second year at the expo I, as well as many of the book bloggers I admire, witnessed something ugly. There was a group of book bloggers – young book bloggers, who were pushing their way through lines, grabbing books, verbally angry if they did not get the book they wanted and all out behaving badly. We as book bloggers were embarrassed. Publishing houses were angry and a murmur started about book bloggers just grabbing books. It was bad bad bad.
My third year at the expo I overheard a girl with a bloggers badge talk about how she was going to recover her cost of the flight and hotel in books and what they were worth. I checked out what blog she was from (it will be on your name badge) and once home I checked out her blog. Sure enough she had the books she picked up and their value posted next to them. I was sick to my stomach.
All this said, please…. represent well. Take books you plan to read and say thank you don’t just grab. It is a privilege that we are able to attend this event, not a right. The publishing houses want the books out there to start a buzz about them as we read and review them. I know we will not get to all of them, but we should be selecting the books we take in the mindset that we will try to read and review it.
How Do I Get The Books Home?
My first year at the expo was an eye opener. When it was time to get a box for my books I went to the conveniently located Fed Ex on the main floor of the expo. I boxed up my books (I can not recall if they charged me for the box or not), taped it shut, filled out the paperwork and $65 later I walked away stunned at the price. The next day I tried the UPS that was located in the downstairs area of the expo. The box was bigger, but it was about the same price to ship the books home. WOW.
So while both of these are convenient, by the end of the expo I had a much better (and cost effective plan). At the end of the day I would take my books to the Post Office. There is one close to the Expo, and there is one up by the hotels by Times Square as well. For $30, and that was including insurance, I could send a LARGE box of books to my house.
Moral of this story, while Fed Ex and UPS are convenient and serve a purpose in a pinch, note they both have around a $20 handling fee tacked on for the convenience.
*Note this is where the box and packing tape come in. At the post office they will charge you for a box and they will charge you to but their shipping tape. I always bring my own tape and when I am done I give it away to another book blogger at the post office who would otherwise have to buy tape to package their books.
Stretching your Dollars!
My first time to New York friends had told me that it was very expensive there. They said that meals could cost in the $50 range and that had me a little nervous. I do not spend $50 on food. Well, as in anywhere you go, you certainly could spend $50 on a meal if you wanted to… but I also found that their pricing varied just as much as where I live in Minnesota…. you can find food at all prices.
I mentioned before that I love Yum Yum (Thai food). That is a must stop for me. For around $15 you get an appetizer, choice of soup or salad, a main course and a desert (the green tea ice cream is fantastic!) You can find pizza by the slice, salads, you name it… you can spend $5 on lunch easy.
The Expo offers food there but it does come with a price. I ate the Chinese food their last year for lunch one day and it was close to $15. I quickly found if you could find a buddy to go out to one of the restaurants in the area. Not only is it a break from the busy expo, but it is a chance to sit down and talk and eat something tasty for a fair price.
Part of the fun of the expo is meeting other bloggers! If you get the chance to connect with others at dinner, events, where ever, I recommend you do so. Introduce yourself and have a blast! One way to do that is fill out the form for the Blogger Connection list and recently I heard about a Blogger Picnic planned!
Have a way to keep track of where you are supposed to be and when!
For many of the Expo attendees invites to open houses and author events may sprinkle through your time in New York and more may pop up while you are there. Keep a small notebook handy to jot down information such as date time and address. This is also handy to capture someone elses information.
Branding…. and a picture please :razz: Do you know me?
If you read this blog you probably have a pretty good idea of what I look like. Why? Because my picture is on the right sidebar and used as part of my morning meandering post. Why do that? By putting my face on the blog, people who read me feel as though they know me. For me, I think it increases a comfort with the writer, a feeling you know them and that is why I do it. It also helps when you go to bookish events such as the expo for people to know you. When people approach me, they know me by my face. Many times, I have to read their Blog Name on their name badge (which inevitably is turned the other way… gah!) to know who I am speaking with.
Now I totally get that many of you do not want your face on your blog and I understand that. However…. consider, if you are looking to connect with other bloggers putting your picture up just for this week and the week of the expo. It will help people who read you, find you, otherwise you may pass a loyal reader 20 times at the expo and never realize that is who they are.
Just my thoughts on that.
Also, bring a business card. My first year I heard that and I thought why would you do that? But I made them and found out that many of the bloggers you connect with and even authors and publishers, are grateful to have a way to contact you . When I made the card below, that was my heard at the time and I felt that really identified me with my blog… after all, we do identify a blog layout to a person…. its true! When people chance up their blogs and I pop in to see what they are writing, I am suddenly disoriented and have to check that I am on the right blog. (I know… I am weird )
BEA attendees who have gone before please feel free to add to this list. Newbies, please feel free to ask anything I may have forgotten.
Hi all! Recently Jill from Rhapsody In Books and I were discussing a way for book bloggers going to New York for BEA to connect, plan meet ups, see who else is going they may know etc… She was saying that Bloggers did this in D.C. at the National Book Fest and it worked great.
By doing this you can see who else will be in New York and possibly get a chance to meet them face to face. For those of us who do wish to connect I am creating the form below for BEA attendees to fill out. Most of the questions are optional so if there is something you do not wish to share, just leave it blank. The week before BEA a spreadsheet will be emailed to all of you who have filled out the form so you can see who is going and perhaps connect with them if you wish to do so.
This will be my 4th time going to the Book Expo and I have to tell you that meeting some of the bloggers that you chat with on twitter and frequent their blogs is such a blast and honestly one of the highlights of attending! Every book blogger I have met has been exactly as they are online. Something about us readers…. we keep it real.
If you are going to BEA this year please let us know – and please pass this post’s information on to others you know who are going to BEA. Lets create a great spreadsheet of attendees!
Please feel free to take the button and link back to here to let others know about connecting for BEA 2013!