Hello folks! Hope all is well! ❤
If you’ve been following me for some time, you might remember this post in which I talked about some books I had won in last year’s B-Fest, a mini YA book festival hosted by Barnes and Noble stores all over the nation.
Well, this year I certainly couldn’t pass it up, so of course I made my way to the second annual B-Fest in my area in the hopes of having some good old fashioned YA fun! 🙂
So, here’s a post about it. It’s sort of like a vlog, I suppose? Except in text form. Which I guess would make it just a blog post, but it’s not a formal blog post, exactly. You know? Anyway, moving on!
First of all, there was a little presentation by Stacie Ramey, the author of The Sister Pact and The Homecoming. I had a chance to chat with her a little bit and she was an absolute sweetheart and had some really important things to say about the book industry, getting published, and the importance that perseverance has in the life of an author (or an aspiring one). Of course, I had to have a copy of The Sister Pact signed by her and I can’t wait to read it!
There were also several really great YA trivia games which were not only fun to participate in but also yielded very satisfying results. Needless to say, I ended up winning a grand total of two totefuls of books–some of which are ARCs–and I am absolutely ecstatic about it! (The perks of being a Nerd™ is that you can win more books with which to enable yourself.) Here are the books that I am currently gazing at lovingly from across the room.
- Frostblood by Elly Blake
- Expelled by James Patterson and Emily Raymond (ARC)
- People Like Us by Dana Mele (ARC)
- Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
- Orphan, Monster, Spy by Matt Killeen (ARC)
- Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh (ARC)
Overall, it was a day very well spent, and now in the days to come I’ll be delving into all these wonderful novels, so keep an eye out for reviews! :**
As I mentioned in my last post, I was at Barnes & Noble yesterday for the very first B-Fest. 😃 I decided to partake in a YA trivia game that was going on–just for fun–and the prize happened to be something I found quite appealing: a tote bag filled with books and sneak peek excerpts! I ended up winning the competition (yay!) and receiving the bag. (And if I clutched it to my chest and jumped around in the middle of the store, no one needs to know.)
The contents were definitely very satisfying, and I’m still very excited about them, so here’s a book haul! Incidentally, this appears to my very first book haul in the year and a half I’ve been blogging, so if you want any more of these sort of posts, please do let me know! 😊
Everything in the photo above includes:
- The Sun is Also a Star, Nicole Yoon – This one is an Advance Reading Copy and will be published in November of this year! It also happens to be my first ARC, so I’ll be reviewing it sometime in the upcoming weeks. I really enjoyed Everything, Everything and I hope Nicole Yoon’s new book will have that same magic.
- The Hawkweed Prophecy, by Irena Brignull – Another ARC, this one being published in September. I am really intrigued by the synopsis of this novel, so I’m quite excited to read and review it.
- An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir – I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about Sabaa Tahir’s novels, and again, I can’t wait to be immersed in this world of sultry danger and fights for freedom.
- Color Me Creative, by Kristina Webb – This one is a unique colouring and drawing book that I will be curling up with and scribbling on on a rainy afternoon very soon. 😄
And, besides that, I also received a couple of sneak peek excerpt pamphlets of The Fever Code by James Dashner (a prequel to The Maze Runner series which will be published later this year!) and Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs, which appears to be a whimsical and heavy novel, just as Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series was. Also included was a magazine and preview feature of upcoming YA novels from everyone’s favourite Epic Reads.
I hope you all have a great weekend, and I’ll be back tomorrow with a post about today’s B-Fest author meetings!
So, let’s pretend I didn’t just disappear for two months. *laughs nervously*
I’m coming tomorrow with a full post complete with a very special book haul, but I just had a great evening at my local Barnes & Noble (shoutout to my favourite book store!) at their “B-Fest: Teen Book Festival,” which is a YA book fest that last throughout this weekend. It’s the first of its kind and I had a lot of fun only on the first night, so I would highly recommend paying a visit to a nearby B&N if you’d care to do so. There are author meetings and trivia contests and prize winning too!
Stay tuned for my book haul–which, by the way, is going to be an overview of the lovely bookish goodies I won in a trivia contest this evening–and I hope you all are having a great week!
(who is finally back and here to stay)