Category: Book Events

Apr 14
Laini Taylor’s Strange The Dreamer Event Recap

Laini Taylor’s Strange The Dreamer Event Recap

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I had the privilege of attending an author event for Laini Taylor’s newest book Strange the Dreamer (which you’ve all said is fantabulous, so I can’t wait to read it) with my mom, and I thought I’d share some of the fun facts that I learned! The event was really interesting because she was interviewed by Laura Ruby, author of The Bone Gap, so they had some great conversations about writing style, etc. Fun facts about Laini Taylor and her writing process … Writing is a slow and laborious process for her. She says that “writing feels like driving with the brakes on.” She eventually gets to her destination, but the ride can be painful! She says she isn’t capable of writing a rough first draft and she edits as she goes. Before she started working on Strange the Dreamer, she had pitched a historical (I think she said it… Read more »


Apr 01
Announcing BookBloggicon: a New Annual Book Event You WON’T Want to Miss!

Announcing BookBloggicon: a New Annual Book Event You WON’T Want to Miss!

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I know that with all the changes to BEA this year, many bloggers are sad at being left out. Because of that, I decided something needed to be done. We needed an extra special event just for us! It wasn’t easy to keep this a secret, but I’m finally able to announce an event that I’ve had in the works for months now: The event will be hosted right in my backyard! Don’t worry, I have a really big yard that backs up to a wetland preserve, and my two next door neighbors have agreed to allow author signing booths to be set up in their yards as well. We will have tents set up in case of inclement weather and plenty of fans to keep our beloved authors cool in the summer heat! You can sign up for a time slot to take a dip in the pool with… Read more »


Jan 27
Recap of Veronica Roth’s Carve the Mark Event

Recap of Veronica Roth’s Carve the Mark Event

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  Last week I had the opportunity to attend a Veronica Roth event at a local bookstore called The Book Stall. I had somehow missed the initial announcements about the event, so I didn’t realize it was happening until the day of—that meant I wasn’t pre-registered and wasn’t eligible to win the opportunity to meet her, but I was still glad that I went to the event to see the interview. (100 people won that chance out of the roughly 250 people who attended.) It was fun to see her in person and I still got an autographed copy of the book. Here are some fun details: Veronica was interviewed by Sarah Enni of the podcast First Draft. They seemed to know each other well, which made the interview feel more like a fun chat between friends than a super-scripted interview! The event was started with a fun game of… Read more »


Oct 24
A Recap of the YA Lit Conference & Fandom Frenzy. And a Giveaway!

A Recap of the YA Lit Conference & Fandom Frenzy. And a Giveaway!

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Anderson’s annual YA Lit Conference is a gathering of authors, educators and librarians (with some bloggers thrown in) to discuss … well, books. Then, the next day is the YA Fandom Frenzy—this day is geared toward fans and includes lots of fun games and activities. This year 33 authors were in attendance, including a few of my favorites. This post is going to be a recap of the events AND a giveaway! The Key Note Speakers: Jordan Sonnenblick, author of Falling Over Sideways (and more) Kids’ Books = Words + Kids + Love. Jordan told us about how his passion for writing books for kids started because he knew a young girl who needed a story. Her little brother had cancer, and Jordan went to every source he could find for a book about a middle grader with a sick sibling and no one he talked to could find anything that fit the… Read more »


Aug 10
Victoria Schwab Event Recap

Victoria Schwab Event Recap

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I was lucky enough to be able to attend Victoria Schwab’s tour for This Savage Song (which I ADORED – click the link to see my review) at Anderson’s Bookshop, and I thought I’d share some of the highlights with you! Victoria was a fantastic speaker, and I can honestly say that this was one of the best author events I’ve been to! First of all, the picture above was “stolen” from Schwab’s Twitter feed (with permission). That’s me and my mom, front and center! Let me tell you something I’ve learned about author events – I know that in school all the cool kids sat in the back, but I’ve decided that I love being right in the front row for author events (especially if it’s an author I love!). Why? Because, not only do you get to hear the author speak during the “scheduled” discussion, you also get… Read more »


Oct 16
YA Fandom Frenzy Recap & Giveaway!!

YA Fandom Frenzy Recap & Giveaway!!

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The second day of Anderson’s YA Lit Conference was called Fandom Frenzy. It was a lot more high energy – with quick and fun games and author speed dating. While the first day was geared toward teachers and librarians (you can read my recaps here and here), the second day was geared toward the YA readers themselves. As a fun bonus, on this second day I got to hang out with some other bloggers, including Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide and Raychelle from Steele Reviews (and her OTSP Secret Sister, whose blog I can’t name because Raychelle still doesn’t know what it is – I’m impressed that Elizabeth could meet her sis in person and still remain a secret!). Plus, I got to see Jessica from A Great Read and Kelly from This Wacky Momma Reads – sorry we didn’t get to hang out more! Day 2: Fandom Frenzy The best… Read more »


Oct 15
Anderson’s Bookshop YA Lit Conference Recap: The Panels

Anderson’s Bookshop YA Lit Conference Recap: The Panels

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So, this is a continuation of the first day of the conference. Yesterday I summed up thoughts from the keynote speakers. Today, I’ll give some fun facts that I learned at the panels I went to. And then tomorrow, I’ll summarize the Fandom Frenzy day (with a giveaway!). Day 1: YA Lit Conference (Panels) This is where I’ll give you some bullet points and fun facts that I learned from the authors who attended the panels. There were only three sessions and seven panels to choose from, so obviously I didn’t get to see them all, but I was pretty happy with the ones I chose! Love Contemporary Style: David Arnold, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Emma Mills, Jackie Lea Sommers, Nicola Yoon Nicola Yoon was reading Harlequin romances at eight. Don’t worry, she didn’t understand what most of it meant. (What are these “mounds of flesh” they keep referring to?) David Arnold… Read more »


Oct 14
Anderson’s Bookshop YA Lit Conference Recap – Keynotes by Gary D. Schmidt, Marie Lu, David Baldacci, James Dashner, Ally Carter and David Levithan

Anderson’s Bookshop YA Lit Conference Recap – Keynotes by Gary D. Schmidt, Marie Lu, David Baldacci, James Dashner, Ally Carter and David Levithan

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the YA Lit Conference (and YA Fandom Frenzy) hosted by Anderson’s Bookshop. The conference day was set up as more of an informational day, with keynote speakers and panels, and the second day (Fandom Frenzy) was closer to what its name suggests – a spirited event filled with games and author speed dating. My mom went to both events with me, and my 13-year-old son also went to the Fandom day because he was super excited to meet James Dashner (whose new series he is sitting at the table reading at this very moment – instead of starting his schoolwork. Hmmm … maybe I should do something about that … nah, let him read.) Day 1: YA Lit Conference (Keynotes) Since there’s a lot I want to say about the first day of the conference, I’m splitting it into two posts… Read more »


May 19
Top Ten Things I Loved About RT 2015

Top Ten Things I Loved About RT 2015

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie, so I decided I’d combine it with my update on RT 2015! Top Ten Things I Loved About RT 2015 (Clockwise, from left to right – Colleen Hoover, Sara Raasch, IW Gregorio, Brigid Kemmerer, Kimberly Derting, Liz Czukas  – AKA Ellie Cahill, Jennifer Lynn Armentrout, Ann Aguirre) Okay, I know I’ve been silent on the blog a lot this past week, but RT was WAY more intense and all-consuming than I expected. In all the best ways, though!! This conference was AMAZING in so many ways – it is so much more personal than BEA, and there’s A LOT more more interaction with the authors. That’s not to say that I didn’t love BEA, and I’m definitely going to be heading to that next year, but I would highly recommend RT if you’re looking for something different. Next year it’s in Vegas! 1. My Roommate If it weren’t for RT,… Read more »


Apr 24
That Time I Felt Like an Idiot in Front of a Favorite Author (AKA a Recap of the Neal Shusterman Signing)

That Time I Felt Like an Idiot in Front of a Favorite Author (AKA a Recap of the Neal Shusterman Signing)

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Ever met an author and ended up feeling tongue-tied or just plain said the wrong thing? This has happened to me twice. The first was at BEA when I met a relatively popular author in line and couldn’t place her at all. She asked for my card, and I asked for hers, and I think she looked at me as if to say, You’re a blogger and you don’t know who I am? When she told me what book she wrote, I was like, “Oh, yeah, I’ve heard of that. Sounds great!” Cue crickets. Anyway, I’ve been to a lot of author signings, and I’ve really loved them all, but I was INCREDIBLY excited to meet Neal Shusterman because (as those of you who follow my blog know) I think that the Unwind Dystology is pretty much the best dystopian series ever (honestly, even better than those super popular ones that have… Read more »