LA Times Festival Of Books Wrap-Up {2018} + {Swag Giveaway!}

This past weekend I went to the L.A. Times Festival Of Books! Its a great festival hosted at USC every April where there are signings, celebration of art, music, and of course–tons of authors & books! 😍✨📚

If you’ve never gone, I highly recommend going if you have the chance! There’s always such great and interesting booths–and not just ones about books!

There’s entertainment, education, food, writing booths & so much more! (Especially great book swag!)

For Saturday April 21 it was a pretty easy schedule with only 4 authors on my list:

A Crown Of Wishes Cover RevealRoshani Chokshi author of The Star-Touched QueenA Crown Of Wishes, & her most recent, Aru Shah And The End Of Time (which I’m almost done with!!)

Sandhya Menon author of When Dimple Met Rishi

Sara Saedi author of Never Ever & Maurene Goo author of I Believe In A Thing Called Love 

I was able to meet all these authors & get my books signed! Throughout the festival I also checked out a lot of the booths, got some swag, and bought a book!

Shout-out to Maurene who recognized me b/c I also met her last year to get an ARC of I Believe In A Thing Called Love!😭✨❤💗

And Sara Saedi! I really loved her Peter Pan retelling Never Ever, so now that the sequel is out, it was great to be able to talk to her about it & what to  expect!

I also got to chat/see some lovely book blog friends again, such as Jordan from: The Heart Of A Book Blogger

Paige: The Paige Turner

& Allison: @AlliCrystal

On Sunday April 22, I had a few more authors on my list & was able to see almost all of them (sadly Nic Stone’s signing was too late for me & I couldn’t find my copy of American Panda in time to see Gloria Chao 😭):

The Belles by Dhonielle ClaytonFirst I met: Dhonielle Clayton, author of The Belles and co-author of The Tiny Pretty Things duology! {We talked about writing, then she asked me about tea-cup animals {which are in The Belles} & which one I would want–I said foxes or dragons!! 😆😍✨🦊🐉 & chatting w/ her was just so much fun!}

Before I met Dhonielle Clayton, I actually attended a panel that featured her, Sabaa Tahir, Marie Lu, & Tochi Onyebuchi for: Eat. Read Sleep: Fantastical Young Adult! This panel was moderated by Sarah Enni who runs the podcast: First Draft Pod.

They discussed the fantasy worlds they create, diversity and the importance of representation, how they go about world-building, etc.! It was a great panel & they were so funny!! 😂✨

I don’t usually attend panels when I go to book events, but this one was just fantastic & I’m so glad I attended!

Next I stayed around the YA Stage to meet:

Flight Season by Marie MarquardtMarie Marquardt author of Flight Season 

Emily X.R. Pan author of The Astonishing Color Of After (Which I still have yet to read!! But will very soon! 😭✨)

& Mary H.K. Choi author of Emergency Contact!

Getting the chance to chat w/ each author was just so great! Especially Marie & Mary, who I got to fangirl with over their amazing books!!

I also met some cool bookish people in line, such as Kalie who blogs about books at: A Bit Fairy Tale!

Afterwards I decided to make my last stop at the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore booth to What You Left Me by Bridget Morrisseypick up an early copy of Bridget Morrissey’s upcoming YA Contemporary novel:

What You Left Me

I’d heard about it a while back and I definitely decided to keep it on my radar b/c it sounded like a great YA Contemporary & couldn’t miss the opportunity to get an early copy and meet the author!

Out on June 5, here is a summary: Martin and Petra meet for the first time at graduation, and though they’ve shared the halls of their high school for four years without crossing paths, there’s an instant connection the moment they’re seated next to each other at the commencement ceremony.

Then a car accident puts Martin into a coma, and Petra is somehow left picking up the pieces, using friends, family, and shared dreams to keep their surprise connection going.

Together they must unlock the truth of his situation, and with time running out, their bond becomes Martin’s best shot at waking back up to the life he’s left behind.

Overall talking with each author was amazing! They were all so kind! Getting the time to ask them questions about writing and their books was incredible!

And now for the giveaway!! I was at the Mysterious Galaxy booth & found some Furyborn swag (an exclusive sampler + bookmark!)

So not only is this my first swag giveaway, but its also my first international one!
All you have to do is RT the tweet below & follow my twitter!

& I can’t share it yet, but I’ll also be having another LATFOB giveaway soon! (Stay tuned on my twitter ^_^)

So overall it was another fantastic weekend at the LA Times Festival Of Books!! It just gets better & better w/ each year!! I can’t wait to return again next year in 2019!

Yallwest 2016 Tips/Tricks

Yallwest Tips+Tricks.jpgWith Yallwest right around the corner, I thought I’d make a post giving you my personal tips/tricks for making the most out of your trip!

1.Planning!

This one is huge! Having been to Yallwest last year, I had a feeling there would be a decent amount of people.

But I underestimated just how many there were!

Its best to make a list/outline for all the authors/panels/ etc. you want to see!

Make sure you know the times for your signings/panels so your not rushing at the last minute!

+ If your going in a group, that would definitely make much easier to go from line to line!

1a. Pack your books in order of the author/time! With so much going on, this definitely helped me when the lines for others= authors started one after the other!

2.What To Bring (Besides All The Books :’D)

Definitely bring extra money!  For lunch or if you need to buy that last-minute book!

Snacks+ a water bottle (some lines can get pretty long!)

Sunscreen/Umbrella! -Most of the festival takes place outside, so it would be best to bring them just in case!

Camera w/ extra batteries/Phone w/ charger- Some (Not All) authors were allowed to take pictures!

+ If you want to document the event def. bring something to take pictures/record!

**- If you have fan art for the authors, it also wouldn’t hurt to bring it & have it signed!

*** To save time and make sure everyone can get there books signed, I recommend putting your sticky-note/post-it with your name in your books ahead of time!

If any author’s lines gets really packed, this can definitely move the line along.

However, there will also be volunteers w/ sticky notes+markers in case you forget!

3.Networking

Since I started my blog well after Yallwest, I obviously didn’t use the opportunity to network!

But now that I do have one, I will have some business cards ready to connect w/ other book bloggers/booktubers/bookstagramers!

+ it’ll def. be fun to make some new bookish friends! ❤

If you have any other Tips/Tricks for Yallwest, leave them in the comments below! 🙂

 

 

 

LA Times Festival Of Books 2016 Recap! #Bookfest Day 2

I sadly didn’t take many pictures of the festival for day 2, but hopefully you still enjoy this recap!

*Photos of ARCs to come*

On my list for day 2 was to see authors:

Sabaa Tahir and Ally Carter!

I arrived around 10:50 and made my way to the line for Sabaa Tahir’s panel, YA Fantasy: Beyond This Realm!

Moderated by Tobie Easton, Sabaa was with Romina Russell, Michael Buckley & Mercedes Lackey!

They gave writing advice, discussed the inspiration for their stories, and went in depth into how they create the world in their novels!

After the panel I met Sabaa, got my book signed & got a cool An Ember In The Ashes Bookmark! + we fangirled together about Ruta Sepetys after she noticed my tote bag was signed by her ❤ !!

After perusing the booths I just happened to be next to a booth w/ Kara Thomas who was signing an ARC of her book The Darkest Corners which comes out April 19th! + glad I had a chance to chat w/ her! She was so nice!

I then headed to my last signing which was for Ally Carter!

I actually met her about 3 yrs. ago for her Perfect Scoundrels Tour & she is the author that got me into reading, so of course I was so so happy to see her again + fangirled a little when I asked her if she recognized me (Which she did!) + even telling just how much her books meant to me!!

+ I also got an ARC of Alyson Noel’s new book Unrivaled!

So overall it was a fantastic weekend & I’m so happy I was able to talk to so many great authors! I cant wait to see whats in store for 2017!! ❤

*ARC Reviews of the books I received will be coming so keep an eye on the blog*

Did you go to LATFOB? If not do you plan to? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

LA Times Festival Of Books 2016 Recap! #Bookfest Day 1

This past weekend I went to the LA Times Festival Of Books & it was such a blast! ❤

Each year it just gets better and better! If you have the opportunity to go, I highly recommend it! There are tons of authors and great booths to see + overall it just makes for a fun weekend.

Most booths, unless it was a bookstore/seller booth, had some sort of tote bag or bookmark to hand out!

My top priority, other than meeting the authors, was to see what they had at the YA/Childrens booths!

From buttons to totes even samplers, there was great swag to choose from:

LATFOB Book Swag

First Author on my list was Rebecca Serle, author of Famous In Love!

At the YA Stage, she was on a panel w/ Rachel Hawkins, Cindy Pon, Lucy Keating, and Adam Shankman.

In case you didn’t know, Rebecca’s book is actually going to be adapted into a TV Show & brought to Freeform in 2017! ❤

+ while at the YA Stage, I met Allison (@allicrystal) from ATravelingBook & it was so great having a chance to talk w/ her about books & the surprise rain that had us soaked during the panel :’D !

Next on my list was Robin Benway, author of Emmy&Oliver!

I also had the wonderful opportunity to chat w/ both Robin & Elissa Sussman who was right next to her at the signing table!

Then I went to go meet Victoria Aveyard!

Her line ended up wrapping around the booth about 1/2 an hour or so before it even started!

Julie Berry & Ruta Sepetys were up next!

The Passion Of Dolssa SignedI chatted w/ Julie first & we talked about her books & I got  The Passion Of Dolssa signed!

Having already met Ruta during her Salt To The Sea tour maybe a month ago, we chatted about the Between Shades Of Grey movie and she told me its planned to be released around 2017! (+ I was internally freaking out when she said she remembered me from her STS tour ❤ )

I walked around the booths a little more & then headed home!

Overall it was an amazing Day 1 @ #Bookfest!

Keep an eye on the blog for a recap on Day 2!