b-festB-Fest is Barnes and Noble’s first nation-wide teen book festival that took place this past weekend. With over 1,000 authors participating, there were plenty of opportunities to meet authors or part-take in some book nerd fun. Unfortunately, due to my work schedule I was only able to attend the first night’s trivia session, but it was still completely worth attending! Continue reading

B.O.W. Summer Teen Panel

image2I got to attend Books of Wonder’s Summer Teen Panel and it was awesome! Carrie Firestone, Aimee Friedman, and Christine Heppermann were all there to discuss their new books. Not only does my to-be-read list now have a few more books added to it, but it was great to hear about each author’s writing process for the books before I began to read them.

One thing that made this selection of three women even more interesting was the different stages of publishing they are in – debut author to a well-published author. Continue reading

BookCon 2016

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BookCon 2016’s Show Floor

I had never been to a book convention of any kind before this and it was AMAZING!!! Imagine a day packed full events to create book nerd heaven and you have BookCon! Be prepared for a lot of exclamation points in this post because the excitement hasn’t faded. My day began early (read: I woke up when I’d normally be going to bed) so that I could get a good spot in line to get autograph signing wristbands then a good spot in line to get onto the show floor.

It was fantastic to be surrounded by so many fellow book nerds. Plus the amount of authors walking around may have had me starstruck (Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs are an adorable couple in person too). I decided to go in without a set plan and found that being flexible really worked out. Continue reading