If you know me personally, you’d know that I am a little bit timid and it’s hard for me to start a conversation. But sometimes I am quite talkative especially when it comes to books, Asian dramas and tv shows. I had gain some friends online because of fangirling and it’s fun because you meet people here and there. It helps that we only talk online because it’s easier, you get it right?
Last, April 26, 2014 three NYT bestselling authors came to visit the Philippines and meet their fans, Tahereh Mafi, Veronica Rossi and Ransom Riggs. This was made possible by National Bookstore and was held at Glorietta Activity Center. At first, I was really giddy to come and meet them because Shatter Me series really affected my heart and soul(LOL), but there was a moment when I felt lazy and decided nah, never mind. But after a twitter party with these super friendly blogger friends(which I haven’t met in person at that time, EVER), I decided to go. I was very excited because it will be a big first time for me and I was really looking forward to meeting these authors and some friends too.
I arrived at 9:50 AM and there was already a long line for the registration. The registration was supposed to start at 10AM and there were already people even before the mall opened. According to @nbsalert there was this girl who arrived at 1:54AM, now that is dedication.
Anyways, I stood in line for like an hour or more before I got registered and I was #643(believe it or not, my number’s still pretty tolerable). The best decision I made that day was asking my bestfriend to come with me that day. Seriously, supportive non-bookish friends are the best. They bring you food, water and entertainment when you need it the most lol. So thank you bestfriend, you’re the best haha!
So after having my books registered, my bestfriend and I decided to eat and meet other blogger friends. I was really looking forward to meeting these girls because they were the reason I decided to come(aside from the awesome authors). I met Dre and Kate from Sporadic Reads and Irish from Nocturnal Reader while having lunch and can I just say how funny these girls are? It wasn’t awkward at all! It felt like we were friends months ago and you wouldn’t notice that we just met in person that day.
So after eating, we went to search for other blogger friends. We found them sitting at the activity center while waiting for the event to start. It was 1PM and was just an hour away from the event which was supposed to start at 2PM. So we sat with Jules of Jules Bookshelf and Aimee and Dyan of Deadly Darlings, and we waited. For like two hours and a half, and I was starting to get irritated because no one bothered to apologize or inform the public that it might start late. Anyways, after two and a half hours of butt aching wait, the authors finally appeared at the stage and had this short interview which, unfortunately, was hard to hear and understand from where I was standing(thank you crappy sound system). I didn’t bother to brace the crowd and push my way in front. All I wanted was to meet the authors while they sign my books.
So after the short(or was it long) interview with the authors book signing started. When my number got called I was so excited and even fixed myself a bit, but unfortunately it didn’t go the way I expected, or maybe some of it.
The first author I met was the author of the Under the Never Sky Series, Veronica Rossi(I was screaming inside my head lol). Yes, I met her not just see because she was kind enough to chat with me for about 2-3 minutes. I inroduced myself and told her how much I loved Liv and Roar and that I was sad to see Liv die. She said Liv was really an amazing character and that she’s coming up with a new book that has a character similar to Liv. In the middle of our conversation, there was this event staff who keeps on tapping my back, signaling me to go and leave, but I told her, “Wait lang.”(Please wait.). I was surprised because Veronica waved the staff and said, “Wait we’re still talking here.”, she’s amazing. So after our mini conversation I said goodbye and told her to come back to promote her upcoming book and she said goodbye and thank you with a big smile.
Next, I went and got my whole Shatter Me series signed by Tahereh Mafi. The first thing I noticed was her blue eyeliner, she’s so cute! So my turn came and I said hi. I was so starstruck I forgot to introduce myself. I just said hi and she answered hello with a meek smile. I told her that I had a hard time moving on from her books and she said thank you. I told her you must be tired and I thanked her for constantly smiling. She said it’s ok we owe you guys our success. Our conversation was short but I was glad that she answered me(My brain cells were actually doing acrobats while talking to her). Maybe it helped that I had a lot of books in line for her signature that’s why we had a bit of conversation.
Lastly, I had my Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children signed by Ransom Riggs. He was so handsome. Like, seriously, whoever said that writers look strange and weird and geeky never met a writer like Ransom. His eyes were beautiful and even if he looked tired he made an effort to hug some fans. I was too shy to hug him so I just ask for a handshake. I said his books creeps me and that I loved their Youtube channel. He said thank you and I said they were such a cute couple. He said they were cute because Tahereh’s adorable. I said thank you and goodbye. Again our conversation was really short and quick.
Maybe I was lucky that I shoved my shyness aside and gathered every confidence I had that’s why I had the chance to chat a bit with these authors. Their answers to my silly words and questions were the only consolation I got from waiting so long and not having my name signed on my books. Meeting these authors were so surreal.
Fortunately, after all the sweat, pain and wait, I had these girls with me all through out the event.
Despite everything that happened that night, I still went home with a big smile plastered on my face. I met rockstar authors who smiled and made an effort to converse despite fatigue and the number of books they had to sign. AND I had an awesome time with these bloggers I never imagined meeting. Thank you Irish, Dre, Kate, Aimee, Dyan(although we were just all smiles ), Jules and Nickle. Bonding with you girls was the bonus point of the event, now I can’t imagine a bookish event without all of you. We didn’t just talked about bookish things and these girls were like the sisters I never had. We just met and we clicked!
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to contact and meet with other blogger friends(You know who you are, NEXT EVENT PLEASE. )
This experience was full of ups and downs. It was tiring and exhausting but nevertheless I had a great time. It was my first and definitely won’t be the last. Never thought being a book nerd would be this fun.
So, were you there too?! Have you met rockstar authors too? How was your experience? Have you gained a lot of friends through reading?