For those of you who don’t know, this past Saturday I had the chance to go to the Chapter by Chapter Book Rave (CBCBR). This was my first ever book signing event and I was extremely excited yet nervous to go. After all, what if I embarrassed myself in front of the authors? What if it ended up being boring? What if I didn’t enjoy myself? These were all questions that kept bouncing around in my head, because if you couldn’t tell, I’m a hopeless worrier.But now I’m getting sidetracked. Let’s go back to Saturday.
I woke up around 6:30AM in order to get ready and in the car by 7:30AM. Normally it doesn’t take me this long to get ready, but I wanted to look perfect. After all, first impressions are everything. I then got into the car and started the 2.5hour drive to New Rochelle, NY.
Once I got there, it took me a couple of moments to figure out where the building was. Once I located it, I ran inside (well maybe not an actual run) and rushed upstairs. I quickly checked in and got into the line to buy books at the mini-Barnes and Noble set up in one of the other rooms. After waiting for a while, they opened the line and I quickly grabbed a couple of books that I wanted to buy and get signed. These books were: Rites of Passage by Joy N Hensley, Poison Study by Maria Snyder, and The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross. I have heard amazing things about the first two books and the third was one that I really enjoyed, so it seemed worth it for me to buy all three.
After I bought my books, I stood in the VIR (Very Important Reader) line and waited to be let into the book signing event. I saw a couple of familiar faces from Twitter, but was too shy to say hello. While I waited, I quickly looked at my list and figured out who I wanted to see first. When I saw the person in charge wave the line forward, I grabbed my bags determinedly and rushed inside the room.
What I found there was something that I will never forget. Imagine a room filled with tables that are overflowing with books, bookmarks, book plates, buttons, and anything else imaginable. Oh and lots of chocolate as well! My jaw dropped and I was in awe. It was like heaven for a booklover like me.
I quickly shook my head and raced to find Danielle Ellison. After all, she had only 2 ARC’s of her newest book, Follow Me Through Darkness, and I was determined to get one. I scanned both rooms for her table and eventually found her hidden in the back. I walked up to her, a bit nervous, and told her the secret code. After I remembered that, I relaxed and started talking like a normal person, not a nervous freak. Danielle was so nice and I can’t wait to read the ARC. If you want to see what the book’s about, click the cover!
After talking to the first author, I felt much more confident in my ability to not seem like a freak. My next stop was to Kelsey Macke’s table. She had a total of 3 ARC’s of her newest book, Damsel Distressed. At her table I had to play a guessing game with buttons. After two failed attempts, I finally picked the right button and received the ARC! I had been looking forward to reading this book for a while, so I was really excited to have it in my hands. If you want to see what the book’s about, click the cover! Be on the lookout for a review for this book soon!
With both ARC’s in my bag, I decided to visit one of my favorite authors with which I tweeted. Here’s a hint. Her nickname is “The Cookie Queen”. If that isn’t a big enough hint for you, then here’s another one. Her new book has the word ‘Queen’ in its title. Give up? I guess I’ll tell you. The author is…JODI MEADOWS! While I visited her (and gave her cookies) I also talked to her tablemate Joy N Hensley. These two authors were extremely down to earth and friendly in real life and I had a great time meeting them. I can’t wait to read the Orphan Queen and Rites of Passage.
What happened next was one of my favorite parts of the day! I actually ran into two twitter followers at the event and spent time with both of them throughout the day. Their names are Sajda and Hanna. I actually spent the rest of the book signing with Sajda. We decided to walk around and introduce ourselves to every author there. Yes, when I say every author, I mean EVERY author. We ended up completing our goal after almost 4 hours of talking. While it may have been exhausting, it was definitely worth it!
And the day wasn’t over yet! After the book signing was the bowling party. At the beginning of the party, there were a couple of tables with stacks of books on them. The generous people who organized CBCBR (@GCReading) allowed us to take as many as we wanted! Of course, I couldn’t help myself from grabbing as many as possible, so I ended up with quite the haul. As for the bowling, for some reason I was never officially put onto a team so I was able to pick a team! I met up with my twitter friend Hanna and joined her team. After miserably failing (and getting a score in the 40’s) I took a break for a bit and chatted. It’s a good thing that I like to read and write because I have no future as a professional bowler! In the lane next to us were the lovely Jodi Meadows and Joy N Hensley, both of which were amazing bowlers. During the second round, they invited me to join their team. Luckily this time I did a bit better and scored in the 60’s.
At the end of the day, my mouth hurt from smiling and laughing so much during the event. I had an absolutely amazing time and I am extremely happy that I was able to attend. Even though I was really nervous at the beginning, I quickly realized that there was nothing to be nervous about and instead decided to concentrate on having fun! Everyone that I met, whether they were authors or book lovers, was extremely welcoming. I love the book community! *Sends virtual hug to all of you*
When I got home, it took me forever to unpack. The amount of books and book swag that I got was incredible. If you’re curious to see which free books I got, there is a picture below. I’m also thinking about having a giveaway soon, so if you’d be interested, make sure to comment below!
Sorry for this super long blog post everyone but I hope that this post allowed you to live vicariously through me if you couldn’t attend CBCBR.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about any of the books that I mentioned and/or are in the picture. Have you read any of the books? Are any of them on your TBR list?
Let me know in the comments below!