Monday, May 01, 2017

Recap: To C2E2 and Beyond

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If you live in the Chicago area you’ve probably heard of C2E2 but for those of you that haven’t. C2E2 or Chicago Entertainment and Comic Expo happened April 21st-23rd and was basically a weekend of geeking out over comics, TV shows, books, etc. Also known as the event where you want to be if you were in the area-ish. Two weeks before C2E2 was set to happen, I had no idea I would be attending, never mind getting to meet a blogger friend. As a scrounged to make plans, I got more and more excited. This would be my first time attending the expo and I had only heard good things.

C2E2 is primarily a comic and entertainment expo but even for a major book nerd like me, there were so many cool things to do. There were a couple of big authors signing on all the days and there were so many great panels- bookish and otherwise happening at the show (many of which were free of cost and also generally amazing.) The show floor was packed with people who were happy to be there and many also tastefully cosplaying their favorite characters.

C2E2 was very different from other cons/expo’s I’ve attended in the past because it wasn’t focused on books and yet I didn’t feel out of place at all. People were generally friendly and so happy to be there. Whenever I saw someone cosplaying a character I recognized, it made me feel even more at home at the expo because everyone was just a nerd and that was great.

There were panels at the expo regarding diversity in both YA lit and comics and there were actual diverse people at these panels! I KNOW. WHAT A SURPRISE. *throws confetti* Most of what I attended at the expo however were author meetup events set up by Epic Reads and those were the highlights of my time at C2e2.

These meetups were very casual and allowed readers the opportunity to connect with some of their fav authors and even learn a little about the books of authors they hadn’t heard of. The first meetup my friend and  I went to didn’t have a lot of readers in attendance which meant that we got to talk to the authors for a LONG time (which is really the ideal amount of time to talk to an author.)

(from left to right): Katie Cotugno, Lexa Hillyer, Jilly Gagnon, Kimberly McCreight, Brittany Cavallaro

(from left to right) Danielle Paige, Megan Whalen Turner, Amy Tintera, Heidi Heilig, Colleen Oakes

Pardon my crappy pictures. I tried. I have better selfies if it makes you feel better. But yeah, back to me rambling about this exciting con I went to. These meetups were so much fun for me because it allowed me to have more than 5 mins meeting time to meet some of my idols. We got to talk about things, ask questions and even bond over common interests. To be in a room with people you admire is always such a great feeling but to be able to talk to them and to get to know them better takes that to a whole new level.

I GOT TO MEET MEGAN WHALEN TURNER who is the coolest and I am still not over meeting her. This is not to overlook other amazing authors I met, I’ve just been a fan of MWT for ages and ages and I cannot believe I actually got to meet her. I asked what fantasy series she would recommend reading to people and she said: Curse Workers by Holly Black & Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (random fact.)

Overall, the event was really fun and I wish I had had time to attend the other days because then I could have met SCOTT WESTERFELD (and asked why he didn’t reply to that email I sent in 10th grade after finishing and loving the Uglies series) and attended all the wonderful panels that were happening that day. Also I wish I had gotten to meet Caleb Roehrig (which will probably go down as being the greatest regret in my life.)08 If you have the time to attend C2E2 next year, you definitely should because it is 100% worth the time. Plus if you’re from nearby but not ~from~ Chicago, you can eat your way across the city while you’re here.

Quality brunch I had at Lula’s Cafe in Chicago!

 

Fresh Batch (April 30th – May 6th)

Fresh Batch (April 30th – May 6th)

Posted by on 04/29/2017 • 0 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Girl Out of Water Laura Silverman Publication date: May 2nd 2017by Sourcebooks Fire

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Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise…

3 Books To Get You Geared Up For Summer

3 Books To Get You Geared Up For Summer

Posted by on 04/26/2017 • 2 Comments

Summer is approaching and with temperatures soaring back up within reason, it’s time for everyone to start getting their summer reading lists together! Personally, my fav things to read during the summer are warm, insightful contemporaries that just make me feel good on the inside. SO. HERE ARE THREE great contemporaries that I’ve read and I think would make A+ summer reads.

1. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett YA Retelling of You’ve Got Mail Online friends who’ve never met but bonded over classic movies Summer romances Surfing Family

I’ve read and loved everything I’ve ever read by Jenn Bennett so I wasn’t surprised to find myself loving this book. Bennett has a knack for writing swoony, shippy romances that’ll make your heart feel mushy inside.

2. The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares…

Fresh Batch (April 23rd – 29th)

Fresh Batch (April 23rd – 29th)

Posted by on 04/22/2017 • 1 Comment

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

North of Happy Adi Alsaid Publication date: April 25th 2017by Harlequin Teen

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New from critically acclaimed author of LET’S GET LOST and NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES. In the wake of his brother’s untimely death, a teen chef runs away from home to find his true path in life.

Carlos Portillo has always led a privileged and sheltered life. A dual citizen of Mexico and the US, he lives in Mexico City with his wealthy family where he attends an elite international school. His friends and peers-fellow rich kids-have plans to attend college somewhere in the US or Europe and someday take…

The Infinite Variants of YA: The One Where Erin Gough Has to Choose Between Being Lost at Sea or in the Woods

The Infinite Variants of YA: The One Where Erin Gough Has to Choose Between Being Lost at Sea or in the Woods

Posted by on 04/20/2017 • 0 Comments

HELLO and welcome back to this fancy feature that Nick (Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist) and I are collaborating on! This month I am sharing a fun interview with the delightful Erin Gough! RAISE A GLASS TO (freeedoooommm) to ERIN GOUGH!

1. If you could be any color in the world, what color would you be? 

Green. It’s the colour of nature, not to mention the Wicked Witch of the West. Kermit is green, too, and that frog can dance.

2. Who does Delilah consider to be a person who has everything put together?

Rosa Barea, definitely. From a distance, Rosa seems smart, talented and sure of herself. Of course, when Del gets to know her better, she realises that she’s not as together as she seems.

3. What song would Delilah think…

Giveaway: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Giveaway: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Posted by on 04/19/2017 • 15 Comments

Today we are partnering with the lovely people over at Little, Brown to bring you a fabulous giveaway for Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray. Alert: THIS BOOK IS SET IN SPACE. <– important fact because all books set in space are always on my tbr since I’ve kind of been obsessed with space since I was a bb8 and wanted to do that astronaut as a career thing (now I am a lit major so that didn’t technically work out.)

About the Book About the Author

Claudia Gray is the author of the bestselling Evernight series, Fateful, the Spellcaster trilogy, and the Firebird trilogy. She is also the author of the young adult Star Wars novels Lost Stars and the forthcoming Bloodline. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a…

Read these diverse books if you like The Fault in Our Stars (or just want to read A+ diverse books)

Read these diverse books if you like The Fault in Our Stars (or just want to read A+ diverse books)

Posted by on 04/17/2017 • 3 Comments

About 5 years ago, The Fault in Our Stars made a HUGE splash in the YA reading community. Lots of people fell head over heels for it and some of us weren’t impressed at all. Regardless,The Fault in Our Stars went on to be adapted into a movie and was set as the standard to which all other YA books would be compared to. SO. Books. If you loved The Fault in Our Stars, you should read and support these wonderful, diverse books and find a new fav! Or if you just want good diverse books to read, DO THAT TOO.

1. Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

Written by a POC author. Features wittiest banter, discussions of mental illness, etc.

2. Like No Other by Una LaMarche

Star-crossed lovers….

Fresh Batch (April 16th – 22nd)

Fresh Batch (April 16th – 22nd)

Posted by on 04/15/2017 • 0 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Missing Kelley Armstrong Publication date: April 18th 2017by Crown Books for Young Readers

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The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.

The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.

But now Lennon is gone too….