Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Recent(ish) Book Events I Attended

Love N' Vegas took place from July 17th to 19th in 2015 at the Planet Hollywood hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. I met Jay Crownover, Abbi Glines, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Jamie McGuire again. I also got to meet several new authors, such as Helena Hunting, Renee Carlino, M. Mabie, Monica Murphy, and Amy Harmon. There were also several models there, one of which was Drew Leighty, who models for Jennifer L. Armentrout's Titan series.

I was also fortunate enough to meet some other fellow readers who my parents and I quickly befriended. I really enjoyed the event and would love to attend another Love N' Vegas sometime in the future. Last year, the dates for Love N' Vegas were perfectly scheduled,  allowing my parents and I to come directly from San Diego after Comic-Con to Vegas. For more information on this year's event, from August 5th-7th, click here for more information.

YA Fest occurred October 10th of 2015 at the Palmer Branch of the Easton Public Library. This was the second year I attended YA Fest, you can read about my experience at YA Fest 2014 here. If you live around Philadelphia, or anywhere near Easton, Pennsylvania, I highly recommend checking out YA Fest. The event staff creates a highly organized event that always features a great list of attending authors. 

I was fortunate enough to meet one of my favorite authors, Wendy Higgins, for the third time. I was also able to meet Martina Boone, Mindy McGinnis, Robin Constantine, and countless other amazing YA authors. Do not forget to check out YA Fest on their website for information on next year's event. I am hoping I will be able to attend.

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend Marissa Meyer's signing for Stars Above. I was, however, able to attend Victoria Aveyard and Sophie Jordan's talk and signing, along with Susan Dennard and Sarah J. Maas' Galentine's Day talk and signing. I had an amazing experience at both events and I arrived at Barnes and Noble early enough to get second in the signing lines and a good seat. The Barnes & Noble was fortunately located in the Neshaminy Mall, so my aunt and mom, who attended the event with me, were able to shop around. It was also nice because it allowed us to get a meal to eat at one of the restaurants in the mall. The store was in the absolute perfect spot and the staff members were very kind. I highly recommend attending any events that happen at this particular Barnes & Noble, I hope to go to an other event there sometime in the future.

Markus Zusak's The Book Thief is my absolute favorite book of all time and I highly doubt it will every be topped. I had accepted the fact that more than likely I would never meet him due to him living in Australia as well as the fact that he rarely tours and that it will probably be a while until he releases a new book. When it was announced that he would be touring the U.S. for the 10th anniversary of The Book Thief's release, I knew I had to see if he was coming anywhere near my home in Pennsylvania. The closest he was coming was New Jersey and Connecticut. My parents were amazing enough to let me take off a few days of school and took me to Stamford, Connecticut, a more than four hour drive, to let me meet my absolute favorite author. I was actually the first person in his signing line at the Barrett Bookstore and later that night I attended his Q & A and got to watch the movie of The Book Thief in his presence at the Avon Theater. 

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