Epic Reads tour – book haul!

A few weeks ago, I attended the Epic Reads Winter Tour when it stopped at my local indie, Anderson’s Bookshop. The event itself was awesome (see my full write-up of it HERE), but what made it even more awesome was that I bought a couple books–and got all of them signed–and also got a cool free totebag to take home! I finally got around to photographing all those books, so here they are!

The Crown’s Game

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Epic Reads Winter 2020 Tour! – recap and highlights

Earlier this week, the Epic Reads tour for Winter 2020 stopped at my local indie bookstore (shoutout to Anderson’s Bookshop!). Having attended a stop on their tour last spring–and loving it–I naturally had to check this one out as well.

What ensued was a lively and highly informative discussion between three YA authors: Evelyn Skye, Elana K. Arnold, and Mindy McGinnis. All three were insightful and authentic, each one brought a unique personality to the conversation, and all three ended up convincing me to purchase one of their books in the end. (My wallet is crying, but my heart is happy. Expect a book haul post sometime soon!)

I took some hasty and frantic notes throughout the entire thing; I’ve attempted to cobble them together here into a comprehensive description of the event. Here’s what went down:

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When the Stars Lead to You – launch party!

Way back in May or June, I went to an event hosted by Epic Reads, with a couple authors talking about their recently-released books. At the event, I also met an author who was just there to observe and support some friends, an author with a book coming out later this year. I added it to my Goodreads TBR and made a mental note to keep my eyes peeled for it.

Well, folks, that author was Ronni Davis, that book was When the Stars Lead to You, and that release date was yesterday.

And, because Ronni lives in Chicago, my fantastic local bookstore, Anderson’s Bookshop, hosted a release party for her.

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In which I meet Misha Collins (no, seriously, I GOT TO MEET MISHA COLLINS!!)

Earlier this week, in my post for the Sunshine Blogger Award, I was asked to name someone I admire, and I cited Misha Collins. Best known for his work playing the angel Castiel on Supernatural, a show now in its 15th and final season, and second-best known for creating and running GISH (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt), a week-long scavenger hunt for charity that has broken 7 world records and done an impossible amount of good for the world, Misha is the definition of a celebrity who uses their work for good.

So imagine my shock when, Tuesday evening, I got a text (because Misha has taken to using a mass-texting platform to keep his fans posted on things…and also replies individually to them sometimes!) saying that he would be having a surprise pop-up visit at my local bookstore, Anderson’s Bookshop, to promote his new book.

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Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House tour – notes, quotes, and pictures

Yesterday, my local bookstore, Anderson’s Bookshop, hosted Leigh Bardugo as part of her tour for Ninth House, and I was lucky enough to snag a ticket. The entire house was packed–sold out show, plus extra people who only got tickets for the signing line later–and everyone was super into everything she had to say. I figured I would share a few of my favorite takeaways from her presentation and answers to questions: the funny, the weird, and the downright awesome.

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Book Haul – Fierce Reads Fall 2019 Tour

A few days ago, I posted about a super cool event hosted by Fierce Reads that I attended a few days ago (read that post here). I went in planning to only buy one book, but like any weak-willed soul good bookworm, I walked away with three, and I got all three signed as well! I also got a couple little free swag items, so without further ado, let’s get started…

Everyone who attended got one of these awesome Fierce Reads fanny packs and one of these lanyards. The lanyard had a spot on the back to fill in your name, but I didn’t have a pen or marker to fill it in with. Could probably still use the lanyard for my keys…but that fanny pack is awesome. Really sturdy material, which is great, because my old fanny pack (which I got for free at some event in college) is pretty trashed, and fanny packs are my preferred form of bag for concerts. I mean, they leave your hands completely free but they don’t flop around like a purse or backpack would!

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Fierce Reads Fall 2019 Tour – quotes, pics, and more

Last night, as part of its fall tour for this season, Fierce Reads (a YA branch of Macmillan) came to a bookstore near me. There were four featured authors, and they answered questions about everything from writing advice to fall must-reads to Twilight. I took some notes during the presentation (I hope they didn’t think I was texting…), and from those (which were an absolute mess to reread this morning), I’ve compiled a short list of memorable moments so that those of you who weren’t there can, you know, pretend that you were or something.

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