Welcome to my new blog hop/meme In Bed With a Book! Why limit ourselves to just Sundays anymore? Stop by anytime during the week to share what book is in your bed, and be sure to hop to other blog participant’s sites as well. I’ll post a new link each Sunday, but you can add your post any day of the week.
At this time I would like to feature a new book blogger every week, so if you’re interested, go ahead and email a picture of what book is in your bed this week to be featured next Sunday. Emails can be sent to midnightbookgirl (at) gmail (dot) com.
This morning I’m reading:
Okay, this is where I share what I’m reading. And I am reading books, but since I went to 3 signings this week (one last Sunday, one Wednesday and one Friday) I thought I’d share what all I got!
First up was a local signing at the incomparably cool Fountain Bookstore. Originally Lissa Price and Jodi Meadows were supposed to be part of the Fight the Future themed signing but due to the weather they were unable to make it. Luckily though, the awesome duo Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman were able to make it!
At this signing I only bought two books, a gorgeous copy of Meg and Amie’s These Broken Stars (you can order signed copies thru the bookstore)
and I picked up Enders by Lissa Price, which she was able to send bookplates for so that’s cool!
Because it was a Sunday and still some snow and stuff on the ground, the signing was fairly intimate, which made for a great discussion with the authors. They talked about writing books together (Amie is Australian), and all the weird research they’ve done to write their books. The two women were just charming and quirky and I’m really looking forward to reading their book.
Next up was a book signing in Bethesda, Maryland, which is about 2 hours away from us. Fortunately, the Hubs drove Kim and me up there, because I’d never been to downtown Bethesda (well, maybe as a kid since I grew up in Northern Virginia, but I’m pretty sure I was never actually in the downtown area). The drive up was actually a lot of fun and we found this really cute pizza place so we could eat before we went to the signing. Only, we should have just gone straight to the library, which was hosting the Politics and Prose signing, because that shiz was crazy packed.
Despite the huge crowd (oh my God, it was so hot in there that I feel like I got a glimpse into the awaiting hell of menopause and hot flashes, and I did not like it one bit), the discussion went well. Of all the authors, Kiersten White was the only I hadn’t read yet, and I was really impressed with her. Plus, she’s adorable and a little wicked, so she completely won me over. This was my first time meeting Sophie Jordan, but I had so much fun talking to her, simply because Uninvited has been one of my favorite reads so far of 2014- and I’m seriously thinking about reading her dragon series. I loved the story behind her deciding to write Uninvited (a really aggressive little boy at Little Gym), and I actually was able to discuss her book with her without sounding like a moron, so score!
This is the only picture I took, because it was sooooooo crowded and my phone battery was almost out of juice. Tahereh Mafi was simply gorgeous, as usual, and it was sweet to see her sneak glances at her new husband, Ransom Riggs (and I worked up the nerve to get him to sign my Kindle cover, only I’m positive I came across as lunatic, but he still signed it!). I loved hearing Mafi talk about her first encounter with a Harry Potter book, and how much she admires her mother. Plus, I waited until this signing to buy the last book and it’s killing me to know what happens, so I may very well curl up with her book today. Like Mafi, this was my second time meeting Veronica Rossi, and I just love her. She’s like the cool kid of authors. I also waited to buy Into the Still Blue until the book signing, so I may very well curl up with her book today (are you beginning to see my dilemma?).
Also, the signing had Jen of Jenuine Cupakes (and her delicious cupcakes which she generously shared with us), and Hannah of The Irish Banana Review, and it’s always nice to see my favorite NoVa bloggers!
The only drawback to the night (other than the intense, melting heat of the overcrowded room) was the lack of organization. There were no microphones for the authors, and it was a large, packed room. Microphones would have made it a lot better. And then when it came time for the actual signing part of the event, it was chaos. The librarian briefly mentioned where to line up, but not to the entire room, so there ended up being two lines coming from opposite directions. Several people switched over to our line (which was supposed to be the only one) but the ones that didn’t know or realize that the line wasn’t working caused a lot of backup and wait. It was like an author signing on the Beltway. It did allow me to talk more to Sophie Jordan since we were right next to her for a long time. But the librarian disappeared, no one tried to fix the line problem, and the two library volunteers were not only in the line causing the problems, but also got quite rude and aggressive with my friend and me. Talking to another woman in line revealed that the signings are always chaotic. So, it’s going to take an amazing author to get me back there- or these four authors again, because they made all the crazyness totally worth it.
I picked up:
Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
Mind Games by Kiersten White
Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
So two days after driving North for a signing, this time we traveled 3 hours South to Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC. This was our second trip to this bookstore, and it’s simply one of my favorite independent bookstores. It’s so big and they have a great place for author signings. Plus I just like the vibe of it.
We were a few minutes late, but for some reason the book signing didn’t have the HUGE crowd I assumed these authors would have brought in- maybe just the time of night, or it being a Friday, I don’t know, but again, smaller crowds mean the authors really get to talk more and there’s more time to chat one on one during the signings. Megan Shepherd lead the panel, and I can’t help wonder if she thinks my friend and I are stalking her since this is the second signing into 3 weeks that we’ve gone to that featured her (she was with Victoria Schwab and Stephanie Perkins at Fountain Bookstore at the very end of January), but she while she remembered us, she was gracious enough not to bring up the mention of restraining orders. Of the four authors, I haven’t read Megan Miranda, but I really enjoyed her at the signing and had to remind myself that it’s important to not spend all my money on books because it’s important to have a savings account and food in the house. Because it was Robin Constatine’s debut, I was glad I’d had the opportunity to read her book as an arc so I was able to tell her how much I enjoyed it. And Kasie West is truly adorable, and I’m so glad that I already knew her name was pronounced like KC and not Cassie. The ladies had a fun rapport between them, and I so glad we went! Honestly, it was worth it just for the junior mint stuck to the butt story. 😉
I picked up:
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd (only because last time I bought the sequel to it and I just love this cover!)
Hysteria by Megan Miranda (although I was tempted to buy all 3 of her books)
The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constatine
So, as you can see, I have so many books to choose from, and I want to read or re-read them all
What are you reading (or wish you had time to read) in bed this week? Are you reading the book you thought you’d be reading, or has today found you with a surprise? Link up below! I’m going to try running this more like a blog hop, so feel free to add the link in your meme posts!
*just kidding, linky tools is down right now.