Month: June 2016

My Barnes and Noble B-Fest Experience 2016

Posted June 28, 2016 by MC / 6 Comments

Categories: Bookish Thoughts

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[Hey, everyone! Giant apologies for my random and abrupt hiatus. I would have let you know it was coming, except that I didn’t know myself. A lot of stuff happened all at once in my life, and it really needed all of my attention. Huge thanks to everyone who sent good vibes my way over the past few weeks. You all helped me out tremendously. Ok, now that I’ve updated you somewhat on where I’ve been, let’s get into this post!]

This year Barnes and Noble hosted their first ever B-Fest Teen Author Festival. It was a three day event, but I was only able to attend on Saturday June 11. I really wish I could have been there for the trivia on Friday night. It seems like everyone who went had a really great time.

Going into the event on Saturday, I was really excited and arrived super early. All the information that Barnes and Noble had put online said that they would be giving out exclusive samplers of upcoming releases and lots of swag. It even said “one per customer” and “while supplies last.” Well, maybe it’s my fault, but I assumed that this would actually be an event where employees were handing out items to everyone who came to the store. What it actually was: a tiny table with some swag on it and the tiniest sign ever so no one could tell what it was. It was nice to get all the samplers and swag, but this part of the event was pretty disappointing. I was done by 11:05 and the next event didn’t start until 2pm.

Then at 2pm, there were two events scheduled for the same time – a spelling bee and a writer’s workshop. There weren’t very many people attending B-Fest at my store, so the employees were kind enough to move the spelling bee until after the workshop so that we could all attend both events. Off to the writer’s workshop we went, where Caragh M. O’Brien discussed how using sensory details in writing can really change a reader’s experience. I am not a writer AT ALL, but it was still an awesome event. I really learned a lot about books from the perspective of a writer, and I am definitely glad I went. I even attempted to write a small scene of my own, which I will now hide away forever so no one can ever read it. 🙂

After the workshop, a bunch of us headed over to the spelling bee, where we broke all the rules and just had fun spelling words from Harry Potter and Doctor Who. I won the spelling bee, even though they tried to tell me that Expecto Patronum is one word. (Who are you kidding B&N? Check the book!) The store was kind enough to find enough prizes for all of us, so we all went home with a fun bookish tote bag.

After the spelling bee, Caragh and I wandered around a bit and were able to catch up with each other. I have known Caragh since before I started blogging, so I had a ton of fun just spending time with her and hearing about everything she’s been up to lately. All in all, even despite the rocky start, I ended up having a blast and it was a great way to spend my day. I did have more personal reasons for going, since I wanted to see Caragh, but I’m happy that Barnes and Noble created this event and I look forward to more in the future. (Just be a bit more clear about what will actually be happening, ok, B&N?)

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When Barnes and Noble has a book fest…..

…..blame it on the books.

A Year of Blogging…

Posted June 12, 2016 by MC in Bookish Thoughts / 12 Comments
A Year of Blogging…

Hi everyone! Today is my one year blogiversary! Wahooo!!!!! Thinking back on the past year of blogging, I realize that I truly had no idea what I was getting myself into…in the best possible way. I started out slow (because I had no clue what I was doing!), but then I finally found my place in this community and met some absolutely wonderful people who helped show me the way. […]

My (Super Late) ALA Midwinter 2016 Experience!

Posted June 8, 2016 by MC in Bookish Thoughts / 2 Comments
My (Super Late) ALA Midwinter 2016 Experience!

Hey everyone! I know this is insanely late, found this post sitting in my drafts folder and I felt like my experience at ALAMW still deserved a post. Since I am flying down to ALAAC in Orlando two weeks from today, I thought now would be a good time to reminisce about my amazing experience at ALAMW in January. I decided at the last minute that I was going to go to […]

Make Me Read It Episode 7 | Jane @ greenish bookshelf: The Book Thief

Posted June 6, 2016 by MC in Featured Bloggers, Make Me Read It / 1 Comment
Make Me Read It Episode 7 | Jane @ greenish bookshelf: The Book Thief

Learn more about Make Me Read It here! Hi everyone! It’s been a while, but welcome to another episode of my Make Me Read It feature!!!! Once again, I have two lovely guests with me here today. I’d like to welcome the wonderful Jane from greenish bookshelf to my blog! Jane recommends one of her favorite books, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and she brought one of the main characters, Death, […]

ARC Review: Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

Posted June 5, 2016 by MC in Book Reviews / 2 Comments
ARC Review: Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

I have been sitting here staring at my computer for so long trying to write this review. I tried walking away from it and coming back, but still, I am finding this review very hard to write. I can’t seem to come up with a good way to introduce this book, so I’m just going to come out and say it….I did not like Ivory and Bone. Let’s talk about […]

ARC Review: A Tyranny of Petticoats, ed. by Jessica Spotswood

Posted June 4, 2016 by MC in Book Reviews / 0 Comments
ARC Review: A Tyranny of Petticoats, ed. by Jessica Spotswood

Guys, I was SO looking forward to this short story collection, and I was SO disappointed. Unfortunately, this seems to be the general consensus from people who have read this book. The last time I read a collection of short stories, I absolutely loved it, and I found countless new authors that I was dying to read. As I picked up A Tyranny of Petticoats, I was expecting the same […]

Late Night Friday Reads 6/3/16

Posted June 3, 2016 by MC in Friday Reads / 0 Comments
Late Night Friday Reads 6/3/16

Happy Friday everyone! I wanted to check in with all of you and say hi, even though I don’t have a ton to talk about today. Unfortunately, I have barely read at all this week. I was going strong over Memorial Day weekend (I finished two books!), but then I had to go back to work and it all went downhill from there. I am currently reading My Lady Jane […]

Birthday and One Year Blogiversary Giveaway! [CLOSED]

Posted June 1, 2016 by MC in Giveaways / 25 Comments
Birthday and One Year Blogiversary Giveaway!  [CLOSED]

Hello all you wonderful, fabulous, beautiful people! As you may or may not know, my one year blogiversary is coming up on June 12. And my birthday is on June 11! So I am in the mood to celebrate! Blogging has become something that is so important to me, and that is mainly due to all of you! This community is the greatest, and I feel so lucky to be […]