Let’s Discuss! Meeting Alice Oseman and Lauren James

Let’s Discuss! Meeting Alice Oseman and Lauren James

I had another exciting opportunity recently in the form of a book signing! Although it makes me so nervous to meet my favourite authors, it’s always so fun and I end up having an awesome time.

This time, I was lucky enough to meet Alice Oseman and Lauren James. Alice is the author of Solitaire, I Was Born for this, Radio Silence and the Webcomic turned graphic novel series, Heartstopper. She was signing to promote Heartstopper, and being interviewed by Lauren James! Lauren is the author of The Next Together, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and The Quiet at the End of the World. The Quiet was only released last month, and I’m super excited to read it!

I actually met Lauren a couple of years ago when she only had The Next Together and The Last Beginning out. It was so awesome to meet her again having read a few of her books and really enjoyed them.

It was such a cute and small venue, which made the event so intimate and casual. Lauren interviewed Alice, then they both answered questions in a q&a session and signed books! As it was so small, we had as much time as we needed with the authors, which was awesome. Also featuring my lovely friend Chloe who I went with!

How cute are the little doodles they both did in the books?! Overall, I had such a fun and special night that I won’t forget anytime soon.

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! Meeting Cassandra Clare

Let’s Discuss! Meeting Cassandra Clare

One of my favourite things about being a blogger is having the opportunity to join other fans at events! I have a few upcoming signings, and if I see anyone I like, I always try to attend events.

Since late last year, there’s been a small group of my friends who head off all over the UK to go to signings together. So far we’ve met Ransom Riggs, Adam Silvera, Becky Albertalli and now Cassandra Clare and Holly Black!

I actually met Cassandra Clare for the first time almost 3 years ago, but at the time I had only read City of Bones and mainly went for my friend at the time who adored Shadowhunters. Of course, I’m now a massive fan of all of her books and have read most of them since early December! It was so awesome to go back and meet Cassie as a reader.

Other than the event being in a strange venue (a club/venue for gigs) which was very loud and had disco lights (??), it was brilliant. Cassandra and Holly chatted for a while on stage, and then took questions. There were some really interesting Q&As too! After a couple of hours waiting, we finally got through to meet the authors. I also made Cassie a cake, pictured below, which she loved!

I made her a very British Victoria Sandwich cake, which is layers of sponge with jam and buttercream in the middle. When I told her, she said she’s wanted to try one since researching for The Infernal Devices years ago! Her and Holly Black’s reactions to the cake were priceless.

I absolutely loved this signing and I’m so excited for my upcoming ones!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! Meeting Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Let’s Discuss! Meeting Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Hello again my lovely readers! I had the pleasure of meeting two of my absolute favourite authors this weekend – Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. I’ve been a fan of Becky’s since her first book Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda came out, and a more recent fan of Adam’s! They were both so lovely and answered some really interesting questions in their interview with The Book Belle.

Becky Albertalli is the author of the book that inspired Love, Simon, and also wrote Leah on the Offbeat and The Upside of Unrequited. Adam is the author of More Happy Than Not, History is All You Left Me and They Both Die at the End. Anything to make you cry, really.

They started talking a few years ago and decided they wanted to write a book together. Hence, What if It’s Us was born! I got my copy at the signing and I can’t wait to read it.

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Afterwards, I met them both and we got to talk for a couple of minutes! I also gave them a little gift, which Adam seemed to like…

It’s become a habit of mine to create book cakes for my favourite authors, but I haven’t been to a signing in a while. It was really fun to give What if It’s Us a go in cake and icing!

Do you attend bookish events?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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A Postcard From: Book Signings

Hi everyone! So while I’ve been busy all week and writing really short posts (sorry!), I have been saving up something really special to tell you all about! It’s been a while since my last postcard, so we’re well overdue for another one.

So my special news is….I got to hang out with a couple of authors last weekend!!!

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Through the amazing book club I attend once a month, I was asked to not only read an ARC copy of the lovely Unconventional (review here), I was also invited to meet her!

Oh, and wait for it. Along with the wonderful Maggie Harcourt, I also got to meet Lauren James and Miranda Dickinson! I’m not kidding.

So I am lucky enough to say I walked into my local bookstore last weekend and got to sit at a VIP table with Miranda Dickinson opposite me, Maggie Harcourt two seats down and Lauren James just along the table.


Not only that, but I was sat next to the host and interviewer Chelly Toy – a blogger over at Tales Of Yesterday! We spent an amazing 45 minutes discussing books, cats, signings and Elvis.


We then headed up to the talk and spent about an hour listening to Chelly ask Lauren, Miranda and Maggie some great questions! It was great to hear about their lives as authors and experiences they’ve had.

After the talk, I managed to get to the front of the queue pretty quick! I unfortunately didn’t have any of Miranda’s books, and I haven’t yet read The Next Together – so I was mainly there for Maggie.

However, both Miranda and Lauren were lovely and Lauren made sure to sign my unread copy of The Next Together! In fact, when we took the above photo, Lauren noticed my Arrested Development phone case and preceded to write loads of quotes from the show on the title page of my book! She (and Maggie and Miranda) was so lovely.

Thanks for reading, I’ll be back tomorrow to share a very special book I bought this week!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Myshelf & I: Personal Updates

Hi everyone! I just wanted to ramble talk a little about the past week for me in real life, it’s been a busy one!

So…what’s been happening?


I’m an idiot. I fell of my bed.

Well, that’s not the full story. I did fall off my bed and I am an idiot, but I also managed to bruise my foot and crack the corner of my laptop. You see, at the time I didn’t notice the laptop thing. I knew I’d kicked it, but it wasn’t until the next morning when I opened my screen and saw the crack.

Don’t worry, my laptop is still useable! I just lost a couple of inches of the screen at the top of the screen which have now blacked out, and it’s gone mega, mega slow if you have more than one tab open. So I’m finding it a little difficult to adjust to such a small screen.

I got into college!

On the same day that I found out I had cracked my laptop (and many other stupid unlucky little things happened), I happened to have a college interview. I couldn’t help but think, after having such a crap day, it could only get worse. But my luck changed, and my advice session/interview went really well! I’m obviously nervous but extremely excited to start in September this year doing Media & Journalism.

I met Cassandra Clare today!

Both me and Emma had been wondering for weeks whether to go to this – being one of few signings she’s doing in the UK, we knew we’d end up queuing for ages. But finally, we gave in to temptation and headed off with our parabatai drawn-on arms and rune-art nails to spend most of the day in a queue.

But it was totally worth it! We were very lucky to meet Anna, who was in the queue behind us and whom we spent the whole 5 hours chatting to! It was great to spend some time with another fan and really helped pass the time.

And then, 5 hours (and a couple of annoying people pushing into the queue) later, the main event. We. Met. Cassandra. Clare!

Now, I only read the first book of The Mortal Instruments this week, in fact I only completed it earlier today. But I loved it. And to be there around so many people that have religiously read, watched and loved these books…that alone was amazing.


Anyway, I’m going to stop rambling now and get some well-deserved rest after all of that standing and waiting! Thanks for reading, and look out for my review of City of Bones tomorrow!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


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