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Recap: Second Annual Ontario Book Blogger Meet-Up 2012

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So what happens when you drink two cups of Starbucks’ Creme Brûlée lattes before going to bed before the Ontario Book Blogger Meet-Up? You end up with little sleep and excitement in your belly. This is exactly what happened to me the night of the meet-up. I didn’t plan anything with only 4 hours of sleep under my belt, I ended up getting lost and being thirty minutes late. Fail indeed. Regardless of my misunderstandings, I found the pub and was quickly greeted by Wendy, Michele @ Just a ‘lil Lost and Angel @ Mermaid Vision Books whom I have already met and know from other events and Twitter. Wendy handed me a little ticket stub telling me not lose it, and Michele handed me my name tag. I didn’t know where to sit so I just asked around and luckily my tablemates saved me a spot!

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I sat with Danielle @ Booking it with Dani, Avery @ Avery’s Book Nook, Ashley @ Book Labyrinth,  Hayley from Booking It with Hayley G, and Kellie @ Reawrite.com. I was overwhelmed with introductions, and all the bloggers coming up to me with their swapped books and I kept trying to calm myself because here we were surrounded by books, and book bloggers. People who love books just as much as I did. It felt surreal.

After moving around my luggage case to a safe spot, we all started talking about ourselves, and how we got into blogging, and what we did. Danielle, Kellie, and Hayley were such publishing intern veterans! They had wonderful stories to tell about their days working in publishing. Can’t remember what we all talked about since this post is so late, but I do remember everyone telling me to read Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door. (I will guys!)

We all ordered our food, and I could barely eat just because I was too excited. I didn’t even check my swag bag, but once I did, I got sooo excited. There were many great 2013 titles in there! I pretty much spent the entire time trying to meet everyone I swapped books with. There were so many people, and I just wished I could talk to everyone. I barely ate since I was too excited. And I couldn’t even catch most of the authors because I had no idea where they were. Everyone was everywhere. I even suggested to Liz from Midnight Bloom Reads to have all the authors wear a balloon so they can be found..OR maybe give them a t-shirt that stands out from the crowd lol.

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Lindsey @ Storm of Words and Me

Photo by Ardo @ A. A. Omer: Wordsmith

Some bloggers I met were:

Siobhan @ Conversations of a Reading Addict
Ardo @ A. A. Omer: Wordsmith
Lindsey @ A Storm of Words
 Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit
Cathy @ Lost at Midnight Reviews
Chloe @ YA Book Lover Blog
Christina @ Just A Geek Girl
Courtney @ Once Upon a Bookshelf
Kelly and Lisa @ Bookmark Belles
Kathy @ I Write, I Read, I Review

The amazing author line-up included:

Grace O’Connel, The Magnified World
Elizabeth Miles, The Fury Trilogy (Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for our copy!)
Susin Nielsen, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Cinda Williams Cima, The Seven Realms series (I believe she was there only for an hour, so we missed her)
Maureen McGowan, Deviants
Brian Francis, Natural Order
Lesley Lingston, Starling
Joanne Levy, Small, Medium At Large
Allison Baggio, Girls in Shades

Sad to say I only met, Joanne but it’s all right, because I know most authors do book tours, and if I miss them once, I can always meet them again I say. Sometime later, I also said hello to my awesome awesome contacts at Random House Canada, and Harper Collins Canada who were sitting and chilling at their table.

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Michele and Wendy handing out raffle prizes

Photo by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit

A little while later there was book trivia being done, and I remember it taking place, but I couldn’t exactly hear what was going on. Then there were raffles being given away by Michele and Wendy. If you won, you got to choose two books on the table. There were some pretty awesome titles there that’s for sure! We took some photos with the amazeballs Lesley Livingston, and then four hours whipped by, and it was time to go home 🙁

Danielle and Kellie were headed to Union anyway, so I walked with them. I also found out Kellie was taking the same bus as I was so we chatted away on the bus ride home. “HI KELLIE!!!”

Thank you to Michele for inspiring me to bring a mini luggage bag because my back was killing me already. Final haul!

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What I Learned

  • Get rest before the day of the meet-up, you’ll need it.
  • Bring business cards, as well as your phone/camera so you can quickly snap photos of the event.
  • Make sure to talk to authors and get your books signed!
  • It pays to plan ahead and organize your route to the location so you won’t get lost.
  • Bring a rolling luggage bag, your back will thank you.
  • Be friendly and courteous and make sure to talk to everyone around you.
  • Don’t be shy! Everyone loves books so you have something in common.

Thank you to the Ontario Blog Squad, the wonderful Canadian publishers, and to all the bloggers I met, and haven’t met. Here’s to next year!

Angel @ Mermaid Vision Books
Christa @ Hooked on Books
Jen @ Lost in the Library
Liz @ Midnight Bloom Reads
Michele @ Just A Lil’ Lost
Nicole @ Nicole About Town….
Wendy @ A Cupcake and a Latte


Drop by the other blogger’s recap posts below!

17 Comments

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  3. booklovinghippo

    November 20, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Did you go to the blogger meet-up this year? I really wanted to go but was busy that day so couldn’t. It looks like it was so much fun!

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  5. Grace Lo

    November 12, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    I’ve never been to a meetup, but it sounds like so much fun from your post! I have to go look up some meetups in your area.
    And yes, mini luggage bags are your friend. Who knows how many times my back has begged me to not borrow so many books from the library.

  6. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    November 11, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    So much fun!! It was so lovely to spend time chatting with you. I only wish we could all get together more often, even without all the amazing swag and publisher involvement (because that is really just a huge bonus to the awesomeness of getting together with fellow bloggers).

  7. brandileigh2003

    November 11, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    I would love to do something like this. Looks like so much fun.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  8. Aly P

    November 11, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    That sounds amazing! I’d love to be able to come to one of those 🙂

  9. Sarah O

    November 10, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    haha I love that you brought luggage. It looks like you needed it based off of that last photo. The Scorpio Races is a book I really want to read so can’t wait to see your review on that one. I also like the lone contemp by Susane Colasanti, or maybe just the only one I can make out. Oh and last thing, the spine to Taken is awesome. Love the rainbow. It’s cool you guys all got to meet up and chat and trade books.

  10. jennifer

    November 10, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    This sounds so awesome!

  11. Carrie

    November 10, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    What a great idea….i wonder if they have that sort of thing in BC

  12. Danielle @ Bookish Notions

    November 10, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    It was great fun and love your recap! One thing: I’m Bookish Notions, not Booking it with Danielle…

  13. Kaila

    November 10, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Mmmm….Starbucks…
    That looks like a pretty awesome event, sounds like you got some great reads and met some awesome people. Love your blog background by the way.

  14. Ashley

    November 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    It sounds like you had such an amazing time Giselle!! I totally wish I could go to one of these events. I’m jealous! I’m hoping I’ll get to go to BEA 2013 and meet some awesome bloggers there. 😛

  15. Wendy

    November 9, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Glad to hear you had such a wonderful time! I’m happy you came along =D

  16. Zino

    November 9, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Looks like that was heaps of fun 🙂

  17. Kiss @ kisskitkatey

    November 8, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Waaaaah! Again, am jealous! Look at those books! <3 glad to know you had fun! Where was Liz anyway? hihih

  18. Erika

    November 8, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    I wish I could have met you! I was sitting at the table next to you but didn’t know you were there since there was a pole between us (lol). Maybe next time. Great recap of the event, by the way!

  19. Booking It With Hayley G

    November 8, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    It was awesome to meet you in person Giselle! I hope you enjoy all your new books! What will you start first?

  20. Amanda (Stuck In YA Books)

    November 8, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    These meet up look soo much fun!! I wish I could go! Awesome books too!

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