This Wednesday I drove up to Naperville, Illinois to go to this awesome event! I left with my fiancé in the morning to make it up there at a decent time so I could meet someone awesome beforehand…Reanna from Phantasmic Reads
!! If you guys don’t know, she’s one of my closest friends online, and a very good bloggy friend of mine! I’ve been wanting to meet her for a very long time and we finally got the chance! We went to dinner at the Naf Naf Grill, where I tried shawarma for the first time. (It was good, but not mind blowing, in case any of you were wondering!) After that we checked out the bookstore where the event was held – Anderson’s Bookshop – and walked around for a bit before the signing. (Anderson’s was an awesome little bookstore! They had a BUNCH of signed YA books – Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, Veronica Roth, and many other popular others!)
The signing itself was AWESOME!! I finally got to meet Anita Grace Howard and Paula Stokes (Fiona Paul), who I’ve talked to on Twitter plenty of times but always miss their signings. Paula recognized me in the crowd before I even introduced myself, which made me feel very special haha! In the Q&A panel, I asked who the authors’ favorite characters to write were. I made it a general question, even though it was basically directed toward Anita. She was the last to answer and I waited with bated breath…and she said MORPHEUS!! I made a very loud exclamation in the middle of a crowd. Oops! I SO wish I’d have gotten it on video, but there are witnesses! I have witnesses!! (She did say later that she can’t pick between the two who is her favorite in general, and even wrote “I <3 both boys #Jebpheus” on my tote bag) It was very cool to talk to both authors for a bit after the signing as well. You ladies rock!!
From left to right: Paula Stokes, Lindsay Cummings, Bethany Crandell, Anita Grace Howard, Whitney Miller, A. Lyndon Rolland, Philip Siegel, Lynne Matson
Don’t mind how retarded I look…
We stayed the night in a hotel nearby and the next morning my fiancé and I checked out some of the local used bookstores and comic book shops. After that, we met Reanna again for lunch at Portillo’s! It was pretty good other than the fact that we had to wait 15 minutes for our food. I had a chocolate cake shake, which I thought would be like a cake batter flavor, but it had actual chocolate cake blended into it – yummy! I had a blast up there for our little weekend-in-the-middle-of-the-week excursion and it was so great to finally meet Reanna!
2 month book haul
From the MMBB signing (all of these are signed):
*Some of these I bought specifically for the signing, some I already had
Lots of swag, some signed
by Josin L. McQuein (Again, thanks Harper!)
by Maggie Stiefvater, SIGNED! (from Anderson’s)
THANK YOU REANNA!!! <333
Now I have all a complete collection of signed Roth books :D
Posts on the blog:
After months away, I am happy to announce that I will officially be coming back August 1st! I may have a post or two before then, but I’ll get back to my normal blogging schedule starting in August. Expect to see an awesome event announcement in the next couple of weeks leading up to my return!
What’s in your mailbox, loverlies?