So many books! I ended up buying 14 books from the Giant Book Fair (oops!) and was really pushing my max budget (double oops!).
I got to meet some really great authors too, though I couldn’t get to see everyone on my list I definitely got to see a lot! 🙂
I made a vlog about the books I bought, talking a little about the authors I met too 🙂
I already mentioned in my previous blog post that the two events after the book fair were a little disappointing (as I’d paid $55 for my day ticket), but the FAN-tastic Day party really was fantastic: I ended up with 34 free books. Thirty four! My arms ached for the next couple of days after carrying all of those around lol!
As there are so many, I made a vlog showing them, and briefly talking about the books (very brief about each one as there’s so many!) and the authors I met at the party 🙂
It was a very fun day overall. I’d definitely go again, though probably for the full RT convention next time!
…I don’t know how long it will take me to read all of these lol! My TBR shelf was already full. Oops!
I purchased these books with my own money, and received no compensation for my honest opinion.
So I did a thing. I bought a spur of the moment day ticket to the RT Booklovers Convention! Eeeee! I was excited but also nervous about going on my own. Would it be fun by myself? Would I get to do everything I wanted? Would I feel left out?
The answers were yes, yes and definitely not! It was so much fun! My ticket gave me entrance to the Giant Book Fair, Berkley authors event, Random House “shop til you drop” event, and the FAN-tastic Day party. There were queues all day, but they passed by quickly because everyone was so friendly – I chatted to people in the queue with me, and found some new friends (local and long distance) 🙂
I made a short vlog through the day to show how great – and active – everything was:
The Giant Book Fair was so busy, but really well organised. I got to meet a lot of authors – some I already knew, some were new to me. And I bought a few *ahem*14*ahem* books, all signed by the authors. Most of the really well known authors had virtual queues, where you get a ticket number to hold a place in the queue and come back when your number is called. Which worked great – I was number 384 to see Nalini Singh.
I left the fair a little bit early, to give me time to find the next event (Berkley authors), and I’m glad I did because there was already a queue forming for that too! We were all in the queue for about 2 hours before the doors opened and… the event was a little disappointing. The organisers had randomly put the books into goody bags for us all, so you didn’t know what genre you’d be getting. They had a handful of other books on a table at the back of the hall but the first few people just grabbed them all before the rest of us got chance to look.
We asked if we could look in the left over bags (about 50 of them just lying on the side table) to swap books and were told”no”. So my random books in my bag were three historical romance/bodice ripper romance novels, which aren’t my genre at all :/ Oh well.
So I left that event almost right away and made my way to the Random House “shop til you drop” event, which was described as being lots of free books. I waited in the queue for just over two hours – which turned out to be a great use of time because we all did swaps of our random Berkley books while we waited, and I managed to get a more contemporary romance in the mix 🙂
Just before we were let into the Random House event the staff told us we’d all only be allowed one book each – not one book per author, just one book per person! Which is nice to get a free book, but was really disappointing after waiting 2+ hours to “shop til you drop” to only get one book.
So I left that event early too and made my way to queue for the FAN-tastic Day party. I felt a little down by this point – I’d paid $55 for my day ticket and so far only had 1 free book in a genre I enjoy, and that was due to a swap. But we all waited in line for over 2 hours again, and did some more swaps so I ended up with a Jack Reacher novel, which I’m very happy with 🙂
A few authors from other events walked down the queue giving out free books because they didn’t want to carry them home with them, so that was nice too!
Then the party started and oh my god it was crazy! But crazy good 🙂 There were goody bags with books in, plus two huge tables filled with free books lining the walls, and high-top tables around the room where authors had about 15-20 copies of their books to sign and give away for free to whoever got there first. PLUS a raffle for hampers filled with books and other goodies.
I was there for a long time and got some great books for free – some signed! Then just as I was thinking to leave, the microphone man said they were bringing in lots of new authors in a few minutes with even more books!
So I was basically in book heaven lol!
After an hour and a half I’d reached a point of physically not being able to carry any more books. The raffle was still going on and my ticket hadn’t been called but I looked at my hands – filled with bags of books (plus the rolling suitcase I bought was filled with books!) and realised “where would I even put the hamper if I won it?!” So I left lol! Happy with all the lovely free books and after having a really fun day getting to meet new people and talk about books all day.
Would I recommend the RT Booklovers Convention? For the day pass I was definitely happy 🙂 I’d love to do the full week-long convention, but I honestly don’t know how people do it! I was exhausted, and had achy muscles after just one day of lugging around bags of books! But I’d like to do the full week with the panels and discussions at some time, I think it would be a great experience 🙂
Have you been to the RT Booklovers Convention, or the Giant Book Fair before? What did you think?
I’ll be doing another post soon about all the lovely books and authors from the convention.
A fellow twitter user recently reached out to book bloggers (like me!) to talk about their favourite childhood book to help promote an organisation called The Library Project.
The Library Project donates books and libraries to under-financed rural primary schools and orphanages of Asia, to make reading and education more widely available. I hadn’t heard of it before, but what a great thing to do!
Be sure to check out The Library Project‘s website to find out more about the organisation and how to get involved. And you can check out the other book bloggers’ posts on twitter with the hashtags #thelibraryproject and #readersforachange 🙂
My favourite childhood book is something I’ve talked about briefly on my YouTube channel. I actually have a lot of favourites from back then! Reading has always been a passion and I was lucky to be able to own a lot of great books, but also to go to the local library every week and borrow even more!
But my favourite book from childhood above all others has to be Hilda’s Restful Chair by Iris Schweitzer.
Hilda has a busy day working on a farm and just wants to relax in her favourite chair. But slowly all of the animals want to curl up with her (as animals do!) and the chair tips over. So they all decide to enjoy some lovely cool watermelon together 🙂
It’s aimed at primary school children who are just learning to read and I loved it so much! I remember as a child I actually wanted watermelon just from reading the book. And even now I think about Hilda’s chair whenever I eat watermelon 🙂
Deceptive Desserts: A Lady’s Guide To Baking Bad! by Christine McConnell. Amazon
My vlog talks about all the lovely books in more detail – and one of the authors, Christine McConnell, actually commented on it and now follows me on YouTube and Twitter! Eeeee! I may have had a major fangirl moment when that happened 😀
Camp NaNoWriMo starts today and I keep going back and forth about whether I want to take part or not. I usually do the normal NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where the challenge is to write 50k words of a manuscript during November, and I enjoy that. Camp NaNo is a little different because you can set a lower goal. So maybe I will have a go – I’ll be writing during April anyway, I might as well set a specific word goal, right? Maybe. I’m so indecisive!
Wow this month has been busy! In the past four weeks we’ve finalised the sale of our house, packed up everything we own, and drove all the way across the country! Twice.
Yep you read that right, we drove across America twice. Why? Because we’re crazy! Just kidding…sort of 😉 We had two cars to take with us, and because we have pets we decided it was easier to drive one car across the country a couple of weeks before, then do the real move with the animals in the second car. Phew what a lot of driving!
It was such an interesting trip though, seeing the changes in the country as we made our way from state to state. I made a vlog to show our journey and how different things are across America. I hope you enjoy it 🙂
I took a couple of books with me on the trip, planning to have time to read both – that’s the real craziness lol! I managed to find time to start The Girl Who Would Be King (which is really good so far!) but definitely over estimated how much free time I’d have.
So now we live in a place I hadn’t even visited before, and it’s all very new and different. We’re both loving it so far though – the mountains are gorgeous, and they surround us! Plus we’re back in “civilization”! Where we lived in Florida there wasn’t a lot of variety in places to go or things to do. But here we get the choice of so many shows, conventions, restaurants, hiking trails, and historic places to visit! I can’t wait to explore properly 🙂
How is it the middle of February already?! Things have been really busy here – we’re moving soon and the preparations for that have been taking up a lot of time. We were worried about being able to sell the house with such short notice but…it sold in just 7 days! Woo! Now comes all the paperwork, and then packing, and moving, and oh-my-god-we’re-moving-soon! 😮
My book buying has been reined in, so we don’t have even more books to pack/ship. But I couldn’t resist getting a few.
My YouTube channel is taking off, which is really exciting! If you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s a video where I talk about this book haul in more detail. I’d love to hear what you think 🙂
I also got the cutest journal as a going away present from some friends. I’m not sure what I’ll use it for yet – I’ve never been big on journaling (I know, that’s weird coming from a blogger) – but I like the idea of it being somewhere to document new discoveries I make in America. Which is definitely an adventure!
Well, back to packing for me (such fun times here right now lol)! As usual I’ll be taking part in Stacking The Shelves, and The Sunday Post – check out some of the other posts to find great reads 🙂
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