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!
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.
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.
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!