Meeting Jennifer L. Armentrout!

Hey guys!

Something really awesome happened the other day! I noticed a certain bookish event a few weeks back on Twitter, and right away booked tickets for it! I’d been very excitedly waiting for the day of it to come, and on Thursday, it did!

I MET JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ve loved this author’s writing for many years now – The Lux and Covenant series are some of my favourites ever, and I adore all of the characters. Literally just talking about these books gives me a major case of the feels!

Anyway, the event took place in a bookstore, and it was a Q&A, followed by a signing. Unfortunately, I got there a bit late, and the only seats left were at the back. This meant I couldn’t really see what was going on up at the front, but it didn’t matter –  I loved listening to everyone’s questions and hearing Jennifer’s answers!

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(Please excuse the bad quality, I had to zoom in a bit!)

It was amazing getting an insight into these books, and the characters that I love so much! It was also pretty darn cool to be surrounded by people that love them just as much as I do!

It then came to the signing. Because they did it row-by-row, I think I was the second to last person to go up and get my books signed! The table that Jennifer was sitting at was right beside me though!

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(I may have been fangirling a little bit too much to my friends via SnapChat!)

Being the awesome person she is, Jennifer was signing everything people had brought with them, which I thought was such a nice thing to do! When I went up, she said she was doing it because she didn’t know when she was coming back to the UK, and she’d flown over here so she may as well go all out!

But guys, something terrible happened when I went up to get my books signed: I couldn’t talk. Well, no, I could talk, but I couldn’t say what I wanted to say. I talked about taking the train, and how it was the easiest way to travel to the store, and that was it. I’m so upset with myself, but I just couldn’t seem to get the words ‘I adore your books; your writing is so awesome!‘ out. I can’t believe I had the opportunity to tell this author how much her books mean to me, and I talked about the train. Honestly, only I would do that!

I wanted to tell her about a certain thing that happened to me a few weeks ago. (You won’t understand this if you haven’t read Obsidian!) Long story short, a few doors down, new people moved in on my street. When I met them for the first time, I was standing on their doorstep, and this shirtless dude opens the door, looks at me in a very Daemon way, and I’m like, ‘this is it! I’m finally meeting my Daemon!!

Turns out, the dude isn’t like Daemon. He’s worse than Daemon 3.0.

But that moment was so like when Katy meets Daemon for the first time in Obsidian, I wanted to share the experience!! (But words decided to stop working for me, unfortunately!)

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I did get a photo though, and she said she liked my t-shirt! (My face was actually shaking I was that nervous!)

However, as much as I’m annoyed at my self for being a shy heffalump, I’m so happy I got to meet her! She was so lovely, and the Q&A was amazing!

(Also, I found out some pretty awesome things that night – The Lux series is being scripted for a film, and The Covenant series is optioned for a TV series!! How amazing is that?!!)

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And look how she signed one of my Lux books!! AHHHHHHHHHH!!!

Have you read any of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books? What did you think?

Thanks!

 – Emma

Read On!

Bookworm Adventures: Vol. 1

Hey guys!

 

Bookworm Adventures is a new segment on my blog, where I’ll be going on bookish adventures and telling you guys all about them! So without further do, let’s get started!

If any of you follow me on Instagram (you can find me here!), you may know that I went on an adventure earlier this week, and I’m happy to say I had an amazing time! I spent a little time on Google the night before, searching for anything that remotely resembled a bookworm’s paradise…and I found something that looked promising. And so the next day, off I went on my first official Bookworm Adventure!

And low and behold, I found a beautiful Book Farm!

This place was a little out of the way, and was slightly tricky to find, but my family’s navigational skills didn’t fail! There were two buildings – we went in the smaller one first, which really just consisted of one room full of books.

 

I didn’t find any books of interest in here, however it was still fun just marveling at the vast amount of books in this small room!

Then we moved onto the converted barn, which is the main shop, and I fell. In. Love.

It literally felt like I had walked into a bibliophile’s heaven – this place was rammed to the brim with books! I didn’t manage to get too many photos of this part, because I was too busy looking at what the shelves had to offer. However, in the first section on the windowsill, I spotted this, and had to take a photo:

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(This photo shows a Kindle in a cage, with a sign saying ‘Danger: Do Not Feed’.)

Now don’t get me wrong, I love my Kindle – I treasure it! However, I do think this joke is funny, as this place is boasting hundreds and hundreds of physical books! (What are your thoughts on Kindles? Comment below!)

After this section, the shop just carried on, and on…and on!

I did have a genuine moment where I thought I would get lost in this place, but it didn’t feel like a bad thing at all! Wondering aisles and aisles of bookcases holding hundreds of books for the rest of my life? That would literally be a dream come true.

My favourite section was sci-fi and fantasy – they had two rooms for it, and it was awesome! They also had two small manga and graphic novel sections by the windows, but unfortunately they didn’t have any first books in a series, so I couldn’t get any.

I did, however, get some ‘normal’ books! I did have quite a haul, but I had to put some down (as soon as I neared the till, I remembered all of the unread books I already own, and knew I couldn’t add to it by that amount).

In the end, I got:

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I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I have wanted to read this book for such a long time, and couldn’t leave it after I saw it! The movie is an absolute favourite of mine, so I’m hoping the book will be as good as that!

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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

The reason I picked this book up was because of the author – I love the movie Stardust (as in, I absolutely adore it!), and I know that Neil Gaiman wrote it. Though I have yet to read Stardust, Neverwhere sounded interesting, and I wanted to give it a go!

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I bought American Gods partly because of the author, but also because I’ve heard such good things about it! Both of the Neil Gaiman books I picked up are special editions, and are not the widely published versions of the books, but more how Gaiman originally wrote them!

After we bought our respective books, we went to the cafe that was in the barn. And my gods, was it beautiful!

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I only managed to get a photo of it on my phone, so it doesn’t really do it justice, but you get the gist of it! There were more tables behind us as well. The staff were lovely, the food was lovely, and overall the atmosphere in there was wonderful! I wouldn’t have minded curling up on one of the couches to read for the rest of the day!

As seen on the counter in the photo above, they had this amazing wallpaper, which I now desperately want:

(It seemed to involve a lot of James Bond!)

I had an amazing day, and I know I’ll be visiting the Book Farm again soon!

(p.s: hope you guys enjoyed this post! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!)

Thanks!

 – Emma

Read On!