So it's been taking me a while to write this post, only because the last couple of weeks have been just a tad insane! I know I keep saying that, and while I keep thinking things will slow down, they just haven't, and probably won't for the next few weeks, at least until my classes are over, and I have a small amount of down time during the summer! :)
Also my computer was in the shop for almost a week, and I just got it back the other day. Luckily everything fine! :)
Anyway, I did something extremely awesome a couple of weeks ago, that's I have dying to share with all of you! I went to The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 12th and 13th! I've been wanting to go to that event for the last few years! I ALMOST went last year, but I was off by one month from getting my drivers license, so unfortunately I missed it. But this year, with my license, and my car, nothing was going to stop me!
Because we met so many authors, and how full both days were of events, I've decided to split this post into two. Today's is for Saturday April 12th. And tomorrow's post will be for Sunday April 13th!
So where to begin??
How about who I went with??
I went with one of my good friends, Amara, who runs Nerdy Novella, which btw I am sorry but I have to take credit for her starting! ;) Blogging about books we love is just so darn awesome, it's not even funny!
Anyway, Amara and I left town around 6:30 in the morning for USC (the University of Southern California). Both of us had never been there before, so leaving early, and driving to one of the biggest cities in the world, was kind of a necessity. Also Coachella was happening that weekend, and we definitely didn't want to hit that traffic!
So Saturday started with us arriving at USC around 8:30 am.
|The walkways before everything officially started|
|USC Campus in the morning|
|USC Campus (Saturday morning)|
BUT before I met John Green, we started our day at the YA stage with Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children), John Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas), and two other authors, Jonathan Auxier (Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes), and Francesca Lia Block (Teen Spirit).
|Paparazzi Shot!! Before the panel went up. That's Ransom Riggs with his wife!! Another famous author, see text below :)|
|When Ransom Riggs first took the stage, with Francesca Lia Block (Left) and Jonathan Auxier (right)|
|Ransom Riggs, reading from his newest novel "Hollow City"|
|John Boyne reading from his latest novel, "This House is Haunted"|
|The entire panel|
While I don't own Shatter Me, and I wasn't expecting to meet her, otherwise I would have bought a copy (I read it from the library a couple of years ago), I did have sign something I've been thinking of getting signed for a while now...
|My Kindle Cover!!|
Anyhow, now to the rest of the day...including my time spent waiting for John Green... OH THE WAITING!!
So yes, I got to see John Green!
But while I hate to admit it guys, I'm going to be honest here...I was a little disappointed meeting him. And I'll explain in a few, as soon as I share with you parts of the interview I saw with him and another author.
So why was it disappointing meeting John Green, you may be asking? Well, it doesn't really have much to do with John Green, because honestly, I didn't even get to say a word to him. But because of the people that were present during the signing.
First off, there some girl behind me, while I was waiting in line for the conversation to start that decided she had to prove she was better than me. I honestly can't stand people like that! Why does everything need to become a competition?! I was honestly only trying to start up conversations with the people around me, because how many times do you get to be surrounded by people who like the same thing as you?! For me, not very often!
Anyway, this girl was one of those people who just annoyed me. I was trying to be nice, and asked her, "So I take it you're a fan of John Green?" to just sort of break the ice, as we stood awkwardly in line, and she goes, "Yes, what have YOU read by him?"
I answered truthfully with, "Honestly, I have only read The Fault in Our Stars by him, but I fell so completely in love with it when it first came out a couple of years, that I instantly jumped at the chance to meet him!"
And she answered with a pretty snotty attitude, "Well, I personally think that anyone who hasn't read ALL of his books, should probably not even be here."
Excuse my language, but Bitch Please?!
All I answered to that, before I turned away and ended the conversation with this chick was, "And personally think everyone has a right to be here, so there we differ!"
THEN, the "fun" doesn't end there! Do you guys want to know what the line looked like?
Well here you go...
|Please excuse the guy rubbing his eye, but do you see that chaos??|
Almost FOUR HOURS!!!!! But in the end, while I was disappointed by how much we were all rushed through, when we actually finally did get to meet John, I got my books signed...
It was insanity! Absolutely insane! I was starving getting into the line, and absolutely ravenous getting out. But there was no time for food when authors were to be met!!
|The stage at the Bovard Theater, before John Green went up|
|The Bovard Theater|
Up next, at 4:30 in the afternoon (yes from 12:30 until just before 4:30, I was waiting to meet John Green!) we went to our next panel!
Margaret Stohl (coauthor of Beautiful Creatures), Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone), Cynthia Leitich Smith (Feral Nights), and Soman Chainani (The School for Good and Evil).
|From Left to Right: Soman Chainani, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Laini Taylor, and Margaret Stohl|
|Sorry for the blurry shot, but the lighting in that room was awful!|
After that conversation, which unfortunately I forgot to record, we went to get our books signed.
|Laini Taylor and me|
|My signed copy of Laini Taylor's "Daughter of Smoke and Bone"|
|My signed copy of "Beautiful Creatures" by Margaret Stohl|
And that was the end of Day One! It was pretty darn stressful, but none the less still a lot of fun (besides the small things), but I wasn't going to let those ruin my day!
Tomorrow Part 2 will be up! :)
The Romance Bookie :)