Yesterday I posted about how incredibly supportive and encouraging the book blogging community is and then, as if by magic, that same night I’m slap bang in the middle of it.
Last night I went to the Birmingham Book Blogger Bonanza at the New Street Waterstones. And it was every bit as exciting as it sounds!
While writing for Adventures from the Bookshelf, I’ve been to many book signings, but I’ve never actually been to a blogger-specific event. I’d unconsciously limited myself to talking to my fellow bloggers through blog comments and Twitter, but not anymore!
I met the most incredible people yesterday. Everyone I spoke to was so friendly, welcoming and excitable. (We knew proof copies were coming our way. We were VERY excited.) It’s so lovely to met people you’ve chatted with online and jump straight into conversations about your favourite books and what you’re planning on reading next.
The evening started with a goodie bag filled with bookmarks, leaflets and even badges all relating to new releases. Once we were seated, we were each given a raffle ticket and three proof/review copies! These were Sophie Someone by Hayley Long, Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick and The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (which I’m so excited about as I was going to read it anyway!)
The evening started with a panel of BookTubers, bloggers and authors in the form of BookTuber Lee Reader; Book bloggers Hello I am Mariam and Michelle Toy of Tales of Yesterday; and YA author Lauren James.
They discussed what they loved (and hated) in books, how they manage time and why they love blogging. I couldn’t resist buying Lauren James‘ debut novel The Next Together and having a little chat with her about her writing process.
Then there was a very bookish raffle and even more chance to get our hands on some books including the raffle and a lucky dip! All in all, excluding the books mentioned previously, I came home with:
- My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jamine Warga
- The Unlikely Hero of Room 13 B by Teresa Toten
- Way Down Dark by JP Smythe
- Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
- Rail Head by Philip Reeve
Nine books in total!
I can’t wait to start reading them all and in all honesty, I have no idea where to start. What an amazing position to be in!
I can’t thank the wonderful staff at Waterstones enough, as well as the amazing panelists. It was a blast and I can only hope that there is more to come!