Saturday, May 28, 2016

LA Times Festival of Books & Yallwest!

This year was my very first year attending book events! I know, you are probably shocked, because I know a lot of you have been attending these awesome events for years now. I had a really great time and met some awesome people!

The first event I attended was the Festival of Books. I had no idea what I was doing! I was really worried about the book signings and when and where they took place. I never knew an event filled with so many books, awesome authors, and friendly people could stress me out this much! Luckily, I had my boyfriend with me! We were able to hold each others places in lines while we bought books and got them signed. He was not too excited about going with me, but in the end he had a good time! He enjoyed the panels and met Henry Winkler! To be honest, I had no idea who the guy was! Overall, It was such a neat experience and I really look forward to next year.

The books that I got signed from the Festival of Books are as follows:
- Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson
- Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
- Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
- Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
- Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
- Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi
- Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafia
- Star wars: A Moving Target by Cecil Castellucci
- Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
- The Ring & The Crown by Melissa De La Cruz
- Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
- The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
- Ten by Gretchen Mcneil
- Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson
- The School for Good & Evil by Soman Chainani

While at the Festival of Books, Tahereh Mafia, was the one who informed me about Yallwest! Yallwest, which most of you may already know, is ran by the authors! Yall means All! Yallwest is an event consisting of all YA books! So many authors and books, and not enough time. Yallwest had so many different things going on at the same time that you really had to pick and chose what meant more to you, cause there was no way you can get it all done in one day. I am sure it is extremely possible if you stayed for both day. I was only able to go on Saturday, since I live pretty far from the event. I went all by myself to yallwest and was really nervous. I only brought half my books, leaving the others in car, because there was no way I would be able to get in all the lines I wanted to. To my surprise! I met some really nice people who did not hesitate to help me out! there was this one lady, who I will always remember. She was so kind to me! We talked for a good hour while we waited in line to meet one of the authors. So I automatically told her how I felt about being alone and that I was nervous. I was freaking out because I wanted to meet both Alexandra Bracken and Veronica Roth. Both authors needed wrist bands and wrist bands were given out at the exact same time! This nice lady from the previous line, saw me waiting in line for Roth and offered to wait in Bracken's line for me!!! I also met a nice little family who I somewhat hung out with all day! If they saw me in line, they would hop in with me, and if I saw them in line, I would hop in with them! One thing I am bummed about was spending all my time in lines to meet the authors. I missed all the panels and all the giveaways at the booths. I will never get over the fact that I did not receive an ARC of Futhermore by Tahereh Mafi! I am still crying about that, and it is now almost 2 months later.

The book community is way too kind!

Here is my signed book haul from Yallwest:
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Insuregent by Veronica Roth
- Allegiant by Veronica Roth
- Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
- Sea Change by Aimee Freidman
- Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
- The Darkest Minds by Alex Bracken
- Never Fade by Alex Bracken
- In the Afterlight by Alex Bracken
- Through the Dark by Alex Bracken
- Passenger by Alex Bracken
- Beautiful Creatures by Garcia & Stohl
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- Young Elites by Marie Lu

Who went to these events? I would love to hear about your experiences at both events. I would also love to hear about the authors you met and books you brought home. If these events interest you, the links to each event are given directly under the photos above. Leave your thoughts & comments below! Thanks for stopping by!

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