Craziness! That's what happens! On Saturday I headed up to the annual Ontario Blog Squad Meet- up in Toronto with fellow Kitchener blogger, Sarah. This event was a chance for all us book bloggers, publishers, and authors in Ontario to finally meet in person and connect. Here's a little more about what happened, and all the books I brought home with me.
|The Ontario Blog Squad Meet 2012 - Oh hey! That's Maureen McGowan up there! ^^^^|
So we arrived a little late, we overshot one of the streets we were supposed to turn onto, which means that when we got there everyone was already chatting away, trading books, and meeting each other. We were greeted by Michele from Just a Lil Lost and Liz from Midnight Bloom Reads. I think we even got the last table! We had a wonderful view of the waterfront though and sat in the section with many of the organizers which means we got to talk to a lot of awesome people :D
When I arrived, my first goal was to get rid of all the books I brought with me to give away so I managed to meet a lot of people in a short amount of time, even just for a minute. It was incredibly surreal to see so many of the faces I recognized from reading other blogs (and watching videos), some of them I've known for over a year or more! And then not even having enough time to talk and meet everyone properly because there were just so many people there!
I finally met Ashley from Book Labyrinth! And briefly, Chrystal from Snowdrop Dreams of Books!
Michele from Just a Lil Lost is completely awesome, and Rachel from Reading Timbits was so fun to talk to as well.
There were 9 authors at the event and I had the opportunity to meet two of them - Maureen McGowen and Joanne Levy. I talked to Maureen about Y.A. books and she mentioned how much more open this area of publishing is compared to adult. Authors have so much more freedom to write what they want. This probably explains why I love Y.A. so much. Nothing beats a creative, well written book!
After lunch we had a bit of trivia and I won Joanne's book so she came over and signed it for me. She also handed out little gel bracelets to everyone.
There is probably so much more I am missing. It was so overwhelming I felt a bit shell-shocked for
There are some wonderful pictures and behind-the-scenes stuff on the official site if you are curious to see what else happened!
About 3 weeks before the meet-up on Saturday, Avery from Avery's Book Nook started a list for anyone who wanted to either trade or giveaway books. I was able to give away a bunch of my books that I no longer wanted, and this is what I got in return!
From Ashley @ Book Labyrinth
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Secret Letters by Leah Scheier
Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
Belles by Jen Calonita
Fated by Alyson Noel
The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner
Envy by Gregg Olsen
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Minder by Kate Kaynak
Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
The Opposite of Tidy by Carrie Mac
Sisters of Glass by Stephanie Hemphill
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti
(You) Set Me On Fire by Mariko Tamiki
Choker by Elizabeth Woods
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson
(I borrowed these ones!)
Out of the Easy by Ruta Septys
The Age of Miracles
THANK YOU LADIES!
I am so excited for these books. I can't wait to read them all. I was bad though and brought home more than I brought with me :O
At the event we all received a goodie bag (which of course, contained more books!). Okay, in my defense for the above, I had absolutely *no idea* there would be so many books in the goodie bag, and then they just kept handing out more books and prizes too. I guess next year I will know better.
Here's what I came home with from the publishers who donated books for the event:
The Gypsy King
The Lost Prince
The Iron King
Etiquette & Espionage
Song of the Vikings
How I Came to Sparkle Again
Small Medium at Large
The Edge of Courage
I made a Goodreads shelf for all the books I brought home with me, which is why I'm being lazy and not listing the authors for this giant pile!
And of course...
This was by far the BIGGEST book haul of my entire life. I brought home 37 books with me (35 to keep and 2 borrowed).
I am so happy I had the chance to go to the 2012 Ontario Blog Squad Meet. I hope I get to meet you all again next year too!