Book Con 2018

Photo by Candace Woodbury

I am a wee bit disappointed with myself… Why, you ask, well it’s because I am very behind on my reading and writing goals for the year.

I don’t want to make any excuses for myself, but I can say that a new job I started back in January has a lot to do with my lack of self-discipline when it comes to my writing and reading. This job takes up much more time then I had anticipated… and I feel like I never get ahead.

I am going to have to face reality, again, that I can’t do everything for everyone… and that maybe I should prioritize my goals… or I might never finish a novel of my own.

Enough of that… what I really want to start out with is telling you about my trip to New York City with my good friend and fellow book enthusiast, Tamera (Tales for Tamera). We managed to finally make it to a book event together!!!

The Book Con 2018! This was our first time to Book Con, and I really enjoyed myself.

We were able to get in on some good panels, participate in a fun writing workshop (creative non-fiction), and get a few signed copies from some of our favorite authors, and poets (in my case).

Here is a list of the books I picked up at Book Con:

  1. Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke

  2. Wicked Mortals by Aaron Mahnke

I was so excited that Aaron Mahnke was at Book Con this year. I have a great love for legends and folklore, and a few years back a friend introduced me to Lore, his podcast… and I was hooked instantly. Naturally, I had to get both Monstrous Creatures and Wicked Mortals… because how could I not?

There is a third book coming out later this year… Dreadful Places, for those of you who are interested. It’s going to be a good one!

  1. Children of the Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I hadn’t heard of Tomi Adeyemibefore one of the panels at Book Con but hearing about Children of Blood and Bone from her during this panel made me very excited to read it. See I am Social Science major, and my focus was on History, Religion, and Anthropology. One of my favorite set of classes, yes, I took more than one, was on African Religions, and I developed a respect for and a deep interest in the Orïshas. I am very much looking forward to reading this book.

  1. I wrote this for You by Iain S. Thomas

I have always loved poetry, but back in 2009, I discovered Iain S. Thomas online. As someone who struggles with anxiety, stress, and occasionally depression myself, I connected with his work in a way that I am not sure how to express. I wrote this for you is a powerful collection and I am so glad that I finally have a copy signed by Iain. If he ever reads this… thank you. Thank you for writing this and for putting it out to the world. I found it, and I felt it.

  1. Your Soul is a River by Nikita Gill

Nikita is another amazing poet that I found online. I have followed her on Instagram for a while. It was great to meet her in person, because poets and authors are real people too, and to pick up a copy of Your Soul is a River. She is perhaps my most favorite modern poet.

Now I have some reading to do… Fact: Reading is good for the soul, and hopefully will help clear my head and help me prioritize what I really want… and I know I don’t want to spend all my time focusing on someone else’s mission and goals.


For your viewing pleasure here are a few photos from Book Con 2018 in New York City.

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