Authors I’ve Met

Between BookCon, New York Comic Con, and various book signings in my area, I have been fortunate enough to meet a huge number of authors over the past few years! I thought it would be fun to make a post reflecting on these amazing experiences!

Scott Westerfeld – September 2014

Scott Westerfeld was the first author signing I ever went to! I had just finished reading his Leviathan trilogy and I absolutely loved it, so when I saw that he was coming to my local bookstore I freaked out! My mom was nice enough to take me and my sister and we went and had a great time. There weren’t a lot of people there, so we got to have a nice conversation with him and his wife. He was so nice, and the event was so fun!

CAgRXdBVIAEXxPMLauren Oliver & Gayle Forman – March 2015

Lauren Oliver and Gayle Forman were two of my favorite authors at this time, so I was absolutely stoked to meet them. They were so funny in their book talk and super sweet in person. Though they aren’t my favorite authors anymore, it was still a really cool experience to get to meet them both at the same time!

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Favorite Fictional Couples

Like most fans of YA literature, I can get very attached to the couples in my favorite books, and I never pass up an opportunity to talk about how much I love them! I feel like I haven’t talked about them much on this blog, and with Valentine’s day coming up, I wanted to make a post to spread the fictional love and see if I had any favorite couples in common with anyone else! This list is going to be in no particular order because that would be like trying to rank my favorite children, so just know that I love them all 😍

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Books I loved as a Child

I was a HUGE reader as a kid, and one of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t keep some sort of record of all the books I read when I was younger (although, what 8 year old does that?). However, there are still a ton of books I read when I was a kid that I remember really well because I absolutely loved them, and I’m curious if anyone else had the same childhood favorite books as me! So, in no particular order, here is a list of some of my favorite books from when I was a child!

(Note: I’m defining childhood here as 12 and under)

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1. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Honestly, this is a series that I think I would still enjoy equally as much if I re-read it today. These books were so cool and had great characters, secret missions, codes, and everything I loved as a kid. If I were to make a favorite series of all time list, this trilogy would definitely be on it. I low-key want to re-read it now…

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The Reading Habits Tag

I saw this tag going around a little while ago, and I thought it seemed like a fun way to get to know everyone’s reading habits! Let’s get into it!

Do you have a specific place that you read?

I like to read in a certain spot next to the window on my living room couch when I’m at home. When I’m at my apartment at school, I usually just read in my bed or at my desk. My dream is to have a little reading nook with a comfy chair or couch when I have my own place!

Book mark or random piece of paper?

Honestly, it varies. I have a ton of bookmarks I could use, but sometimes I’m too lazy and just end up using whatever scrap of paper is nearby.

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2018 Beat the Backlist Challenge!

Hello everyone and Happy new year! As I mentioned in my post about my reading goals for 2018, I hope to get to a lot of the books on my backlist this year that I’ve been meaning to read for ages. Some of them have been sitting on my shelf for years. So when I came across the Beat the Backlist Challenge hosted by NovelKnight, it seemed like the perfect way to get my backlist TBR knocked out this year! Basically, to participate in the challenge, all you have to do is read (and review if you want) books released prior to 2018.

My goal is for about half of the books I read this year to be from my backlist, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but I am usually huge on new releases. I think 80% of the books I read last year were released in 2017, partially because I got a bunch of free ones at BookCon, but still – wow. I’ve been ignoring these books on my shelf for too long, and I want to force myself to make time to finally get to them! It’s not like I don’t want to read them, but new releases always seem so shiny and it’s hard to resist the temptation to read them first. But this year, my backlist is getting priority! I’ve never done a challenge before, but I am stoked to participate in this one.

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My Reading Goals for 2018

Hey everyone! I can’t believe I’m saying this, but 2017 is coming to a close (even though it feels like it just started!) and I’m really happy with the reading I did this year. I read a lot of great books and had some really cool book-ish opportunities, such as going to BookCon and an EpicReads meet-up. I also had the opportunity to read and review many advance reader’s copies, many of which I got from BookCon and trading, and I am very grateful for those opportunities as well. For 2018, I have a few goals set for myself to improve my reading habits. These may change over time as I add or remove goals, but as of right now, they are what I hope to accomplish in the new year! Let’s get started!

1. Read my backlist books

I have SO MANY books that have accumulated on my to-be-read shelf over the past few years, you guys. Like, SO MANY. Probably close to 40. It’s really bad! They’ve been accumulating since I was like 13, when I literally couldn’t go into a bookstore without buying something. This year I’ve gotten a lot better at not buying to many books (I think really the only books I bought this year were new releases that I was eagerly anticipating) but then I ended up only really reading those and the ARCs that I got at BookCon, so the books that have been sitting on my shelf for years………continued to sit.

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The End of the Year Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag, and this one seemed like the perfect way to say goodbye to 2017, especially since I just finished my Goodreads challenge! I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I saw it on kristinkravesbooks‘ site and thought it looked fun, so definitely check out her post! Let’s get started!

1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

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I’m honestly hiding my face in shame right now, because I started A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab over my spring break back in March, put it down to read lighter books during the semester, and then….never picked it back up. I honestly don’t know what’s stopping me because I love this series! Maybe it’s the size? Who knows, all I know is that I need to stop making excuses and just finish it already! My goal is to finish it over winter break before the end of 2017, but who knows!

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Classic stories that need YA Retellings

I am a huge fan of fairy tales. I love reading different versions of each story, and learning about the cultures they came from and how they were passed down. I even took a class on them last semester! I just think they’re really fun and interesting, and I love seeing different adaptations and retellings of them. Disney movies, more subtle adaptations, I love them all! Retellings have been big in YA the past few years, and I have been loving it! There are so many creative way authors have expanded on classic stories, but I feel like there are still so many more that we are missing out on in the retellings department. Obviously, I don’t want a word-for-word retelling with the characters aged up or anything, I just think these stories leave so much room for expansion and creative retellings. And retellings don’t always have to be fantasy-based, some of my favorite retellings are contemporary!

(Side note: if there are YA retellings for these stories that I don’t mention, it means I probably don’t know about them so PLEASE tell me about them in the comments! I would love to read retellings of all of these tales!)

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