Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (49)

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Top Ten Best Bookish Memories

1) Meeting Sarah J. Maas at SFoB- How many times have I told this story? A lot is the short answer. It was and still remains my best bookish memory ever. I was recognized and hugged by one of the people I idolize most in the world. I hope I can have that experience again someday. It was simply fantastic.

2) Meeting Cassandra Clare at YALLFest-After YALLFest ends, there is an event people can pay to go to called the YA Smackdown. Last year it was held in a huge theater. The line to get in was massive, going all the way around the building to the parking garage right next to it. Sitting on the steps of this parking garage was Cassandra Clare. (I missed her actual signing since I hadn't gone to the keynote. People needed to buy a keynote ticket they could turn in for a slip to be in her signing line.) Cassie was talking to a couple of ladies who snapped some pictures of her. Not believing this, I walked up to them and asked "are you who I think you are?" She looked at me and laughed a little saying she didn't know who I thought she was, but she was Cassandra Clare. I asked her if she minded signing my program and taking a photo with me. Gracious lady that she is, she did! I even got to talk to her for a couple of seconds about Clockwork Angel.

3) Meeting Michelle Hodkin at a Charleston Library- Michelle is such a sweet and lovely lady! She talked to me for a few minutes at a signing in a Charleston library. She also gave me a pretty bit of swag when I said madness. I still get giddy when I think about the experience. (Lots of other amazing authors were there like Melissa De La Cruz, Carrie Ryan, Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia.)

4) Sitting in the very front of  the No Rest for the Wicked panel at YALLFest- I was pretty much face to face with Beth Revis and Caitlin Kittredge. Next to them were Kimberly Derting, Siobhan Vivian, Cinda Williams Chima, Jenny Han and Melissa De La Cruz. I also got to stand and talk with them while we waited outside for the first panel to be finished. That was massively awesome.

5) Attending the YA Girl Band panel at YALLFest- I sat in the front or second row and pretty much stared at Stephanie Perkins for an hour or so. Simone Elkeles, Jenny Han, Elizabeth Eulberg, Alyson Noel and Kathryn Williams were all there too. It was a hilarious hour of shenanigans with one of my heroes.

6) Attending the final Harry Potter midnight release- I just realized that sentence could include the movie too, so it does. My mom went with us and yelled "Mischief Managed!" at the end of the movie, waving her hand like there was a wand in it. I've never been more proud. But, the in-bookstore release of the final book was pretty fabulous. There were games, house pins, costume contests and the movies playing on a big flat screen.

7) Finding Unravel Me in my favorite bookstore a week before release- Oh yeah, I screamed in the store. People stared at me. Another memory on par with this one is when at a "closed" Borders, it was five minutes after closing time, an employee let me come in and buy Linger early. Thank you nameless lady!

8) Going to my very first book signing- Baby bookish Dulcy went to her first signing at a Borders when she was in high school. I was maybe one of the only people there who hadn't been to one before. It was a Q ans A and signing with Jeaniene Frost, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Melissa Marr, Rachel Vincent and Mark (I'm-sorry-I-don't-remember-his-last-name.). I was there for Melissa and Rachel originally, but I talked to Jeaniene and Jennifer too. I regretted not being able to buy their books since the store was sold out. Rachel Vincent said she liked my name. I would also like to mention that my mother still refers to those authors by the stories they told that night, Lemur Girl (Jennifer Lynn Barnes), Fajita Girl (Rachel Vincent) and The Lady Who Forgot Her Pants (Jeaniene Frost).

9) Meeting Jennifer L. Armentrout, Pepe Toth and Sztella Tziotziosz- Pepe and Sztella? They're exactly as cute and nice as you imagine them to be. They were so sweet and joked around with what had to be at least 40 people staring at them. Jennifer was also very awesome! She talked about the books, spoilers and other awesome things. Plus, they handed out ARCs of Opal afterwards, total win!

10) Meeting Maggie Stiefvater every single time- Okay, so this one probably deserves an explanation. I've met Maggie twice in person, maybe even a third time I'm not thinking of. Once in a Barnes and Noble I got to speak with her one one one. I also met her at Books and Books where I got to see her dance the time warp. She has misspelled my name while signing each time. She's drawn wolves in almost all of my books to make up for misspelling my name. It's pretty hilarious each time she does it. I kind of keep hoping she'll misspell it, just so I can have the doodles.

Happy Reading,


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you so much for the comment. I'm very happy and proud of all my experiences. I hope you've had some good ones as well.


  2. You definitely have had some great experiences! I've only met one author, but I'm sure I've told that story so many times. New follower by the way!

    Check out my TTT.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    1. Thank you for the comment. Even if it's only one author, as long as it's someone important to you, whose work has affected you, it is extremely meaningful! Thank you for the follow, I checked out your TTT, it was very awesome!


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  4. Wow! You have met some great authors...lucky you. Thanks for sharing some awesome memories. http://wp.me/pzUn5-1pk

    1. Thank you for your comment! I am very fortunate to have been able to attend the events I did. FL in general doesn't have many book events, but when they do, they go all out! I'm lucky to have been able to travel a little out of state for the events too.


  5. OMG YOU'VE MET CASSANDRA CLARE! That's amazing! I would have screamed if I found unravel me early too! Looks like you've had some amazing bookish memories. Great list <3



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