New Voices 2018 Event Recap

Hi all! I haven’t done one of these in a while because I haven’t been to any book events since the Victoria Aveyard signing I went to back in August, but this week , I got to go to a pretty cool event in Glasgow and so I thought I would share my experience with you guys, because let’s face it, that’s what I do!

The event I was going to was called New Voices 2018, it was run by Headline Books to introduce bloggers and booksellers to their debut authors for 2018. I didn’t really have any idea what the event was going to be like, I simply answered a call on Twitter for bloggers in the Glasgow area and was invited to come to the New Voices event by Georgina Moore, Communications Director at Headline Publishing.

The evening didn’t get off to the greatest start, unfortunately, the day of the event just happened to be the first snow of the year in Scotland, and it had snowed overnight and more during the day, so I was slightly worried I wouldn’t even be able to get out to Glasgow in the first place (I live at the University of Stirling campus in Bridge of Allan and have to get a bus into Stirling and then a train to Glasgow) and my friend Nicola, who was meant to be coming to the event with me, couldn’t make it because of the snow. So all in all, not the greatest start, but luckily the buses were running and I made it to the train station in time to get the train I needed to into Glasgow.

When I got there, I was a little early, so I waited at the station for a bit, before heading over to The Raven, where the event was being held. I had worried that I wouldn’t be able to find it, but it wasn’t far from the station and I made my way there quite easily. I wasn’t sure where everyone was when I arrived, but I headed upstairs and was then directed to the back room  where the event was taking place.

I was greeted by the Headline Books team, and introduced to everyone and then directed to the free bar (I didn’t get ID’ed or anything, so exciting! I always get ID’ed, being small means that no one ever believes you’re legal to drink!), where I got a glass of wine. I was then introduced by Georgina to the other bloggers who had come to the event, and it turned out one of them had also come over from Stirling.

The event was nice and low key, low pressure which I liked, as often times there are a lot of people at these kinds of events and you never really get the chance to talk to anyone, and get super stressed because there’s so many people. so this was a nice change for me. We also got free food, which is guaranteed to make me love any event, I think food should be provided at every event ever! I spent most of the night talking to the other two bloggers, Nicole Sweeney and Mary Picken, which was nice as I don’t get the opportunity to meet other bloggers very often. I especially enjoyed spending time with Nicole as it turns out we’ve both been to YALC before and have just never crossed paths! We chatted a lot about our blogs and our favourite authors and everything, it was great.

I didn’t get to meet all of the authors, which was a shame, but they were quite busy talking to everyone and I get nervous around people, so it wasn’t like I was just going to go up to all of them and just say hi! I did get the chance to meet Nick Windo Clark and talk about his book The Feed, which sounds pretty cool, and gives off The Circle-esque vibes and he was really nice and interested in Nicole and I’s blogs, so it was nice to get the chance to talk to him. I also spoke to Karen Hamilton for a while (though not really about her book!) and she seemed really nice. I talked to Phoebe Locke very briefly at the start, but didn’t really see her much of the rest of the night and didn’t really see or speak to either of the other two authors.

Free proofs were provided and I took full advantage of that, bringing back 4 out of the 5 proofs available and I’m really excited to read all of them, especially The Feed because it sounds amazing!

It was really nice to get to meet the team from Headline Books, as I haven’t really had the chance to meet many people in the publishing industry, aside from very briefly at the stalls at YALC and you don’t really get to talk properly to them there. I got to meet the entire team, Jenny, Becky, Millie and Georgina and they were all lovely, especially Jenny who I spoke to for a while and it was so lovely to hear how passionate she was about her job. They were all really interested about blogging and what I do, which was really nice, it’s great when publishing people take an interest in bloggers and really seem to be grateful for what we do!

Unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end, and after a great night of chatting away to bloggers and publicists, full of food and free wine and with a bag full of proofs, I had to head home to Stirling. Whilst I managed to find my way to the event easily enough, I managed to miss the turn into the alley that leads back to the station in the dark, which meant I missed the train I had intended to get and had to get a later one. I also had to get a replacement bus back from Croy to Stirling, which was not fun and I got very snowed on and struggled to find a taxi back from Stirling to Uni because of the snow, but at least I had a great time at the event!

I don’t have any pictures I’m afraid, as it didn’t really seem like the kind of event where you could ask for pictures and I’ll be honest, I was having so much fun, I just totally forgot! Sorry all!

Did anyone else go to the New Voices events in Manchester or Bristol, or is anyone planning to go to the one in London? Let me know in the comments!

I will be back on Tuesday with a new Top Ten Tuesday for you all, so stay tuned for that!



Victoria Aveyard Event Recap

Hi everyone! So this week Victoria Aveyard has been on her first UK tour, and I was lucky enough to be in Scotland at a time that coincided with her Scottish events, so I went to her event in Glasgow on Monday. I’ve only actually read the first of Victoria Aveyard’s books (Red Queen), though I am currently reading the sequel, but the event was free and I love meeting authors (and I did like Red Queen), so I figured I’d go along and I’m glad I did as I had a great time.

I got the train to Glasgow in the afternoon, as I wanted to do a bit of shopping before the event, and Glasgow has a really big Waterstones that you can basically spend hours in (unfortunately not the same Waterstones that the event was in!), so I went there and then did some other shopping before the event in the evening.

It took me a while to actually find the shop, I had never been to Argyle Street before and I ended up walking in the complete opposite direction to the Waterstones! I realized my mistake and was luckily only five minutes late by the time I arrived at the shop. I didn’t know where the event was, but luckily I heard Victoria speaking, so I went upstairs and slipped in the back (thank goodness there was a chair left).

The event was a Q&A with another author Elizabeth May, who basically asked Victoria questions about the Red Queen series, her writing inspirations, the usual sorts of things really. It was a talk about the latest book King’s Cage, but luckily there were no real spoilers in the questions that Elizabeth asked Victoria, it was more general questions about the series, which was good as I have only read the first book! It was very interesting to hear about her inspirations for the series, especially when she mentioned The Hunger Games as I’ve always felt Red Queen has a Hunger Games-esque vibe. Also as I started watching Game of Thrones this year, I definitely appreciated how much love she had for that show.

Once the talk was over, the floor was opened to questions from the audience. There was a variety of questions from writing related ones, to totally unrelated questions about Game of Thrones, to questions that she couldn’t answer because they were spoilers for the fourth book! I didn’t ask a question because I was right at the back and I’m not really sure they could see me, but it was interesting to hear Victoria’s answers to the questions. I particularly loved that she said she made Mare’s parents decent because her parents asked her to, I thought that was pretty cool.

After the questions, it was time for the signing. The queue was pretty long, but I had a relatively decent place in it and chatted to the girls behind me (they probably thought I was super weird but they seemed nice enough). A man came by with post it notes, so he could take our names for Victoria to sign in the books.

It didn’t take too long for me to get to the front of the queue. They were moving us along pretty fast, so I simply gave Victoria my books to sign, thanked her for not talking about any spoilers for the most recent book in her talk (and she thanked me for reminding her so that she knew not to do it for the rest of the tour!) and then took my books. It was all over rather quickly really, but I’ve been to enough author signings that I know you don’t get all that much time to talk to the authors.

The shop was open late because of the signing, so I took advantage of that and had a little wander around after I’d had my books signed. I didn’t find anything that I wanted to buy but it was nice to be able to just have a look once the event was over.

And that was it! A short but sweet event and one that I’m very happy I went to (I’m really hoping I enjoy Glass Sword now, because it’s signed and personalised!) as it was a lot of fun. I would definitely go to another Victoria Aveyard event if she was to come back to the UK.

I unfortunately didn’t get any pictures, I wanted to, but no one else seemed to be getting pictures with Victoria, so I felt kind of awkward asking! Sorry guys!

Has anyone else been to any of Victoria Aveyard’s events (in the UK or otherwise)? Did you have a good time? Let me know in the comments!

I will have my August #RockMyTBR update for you guys up tomorrow, so stay tuned for that!

Jodi Picoult Event Recap

Hi everyone! This post is long overdue, as the event I went to was on 25th November, so about 3 weeks ago now, but right after I was bombarded with assignment work and that plus finishing NaNoWriMo, meant that I’ve ended up kind of behind on all of the blogging that I’ve wanted to do, but now that my semester is over and have no more work to do, I’m hoping to catch up on all the blog posts that I’ve been meaning to do but haven’t had the chance to for ages.

Unlike the Sarah J Maas event I went to in October, which I went to with my friend Nicola, I went to this event alone, since neither of my friends at Uni really share my enthusiasm for Jodi Picoult. It was an evening event, so I set out at around 5 ish, picked up dinner at the Co-op near where I live, and then got the bus into Stirling to get to the train to Glasgow.

Once I had got into Glasgow, I then had to get the Subway to the event. I had never been to the Kelvingrove Gallery before, where the event was being held, but luckily Nicola had a friend who had and she gave me directions, so I got the Subway to Kelvinhall and then walked along to the Gallery. It took less time than I had thought to get there, so I was a little early. Luckily there were some other people who were early too, so I felt less awkward!

There was one slightly awkward moment in that we had all come to the wrong entrance, but luckily someone realized this and I just followed the group around to the right one! Once we got inside, our tickets were checked and we were given the signed copy of the book (Small Great Things) that was included in the ticket and then shown upstairs to the room where the event was taking place.

The room was absolutely beautiful, I wish I had taken pictures for you guys, because it’s one of the nicest places that I’ve ever been to a book event at! We were shown to our seats by the people at the door and then all that was left to do was to wait for Jodi Picoult to come out.

When she did come on stage, she talked about her new book, Small Great Things (I read it back at the beginning of September, you should all read it, it’s a brilliant and very important book), her inspirations, her research, her writing process and she read a little from the book as well. This was my second time going to a Jodi Picoult event, and even if you didn’t love her books (which obviously I do), she’s a very engaging and entertaining speaker (even with a sore throat, I felt so bad for her, she was coughing all the way through her talk!) to listen to, especially when she talks about the research she does for her books. It was clear from listening to her talk that she was very passionate about her book, and whilst I know obviously all authors are passionate about their books, it’s nice to see it in person!

After her talk, there was a question and answer session, which was quite funny because a lot of the questions were based around her much older books, so it was funny to see if she actually remembered them (she did but with difficulty!). I didn’t ask any questions, it’s quite hard to think of questions about her books without spoiling the endings (which obviously you can’t do!). I think my particular favourite was when someone asked about her research and what books were fun to research and she talked about her experience with ghost hunters researching for Second Glance, that was really interesting. She has so many funny and interesting stories, I could honestly listen to her talking about her books all day!

Once the Q&A was over, one of the staff from the gallery came out and explained that Jodi wouldn’t be signing books as she had signed all of the copies of Small Great Things that we were given when we came in, but that there would be a photo opportunity. I would have liked to have stayed but it was getting pretty late and I had to get back to Uni, plus the line for the photos was looking pretty long, so I left.

So that was it, my second experience of a Jodi Picoult event and it was so much fun! I can’t wait for her next book, because Small Great Things was so good, and because hopefully she’ll come back to the UK again so I can go to another one of her events. If you ever get a chance to go to a Jodi Picoult event, I would definitely recommend it as she’s a very interesting and entertaining speaker!

Has anyone else ever been to a Jodi Picoult event? Did you have a good time? Let me know in the comments!

I will have my review of my latest read Snow Like Ashes and a new discussion post up for you guys very soon, so stay tuned for those!


Sarah J Maas Event Recap!

Hi everyone! I’m back home for my Uni mid semester break which means I finally get to catch up on all the posts I meant to write up last week but didn’t get the chance to because I was so busy with essays. For those of you who don’t know (ie haven’t been stalking my twitter for the past few weeks or are new to this blog), I did something incredibly cool last Tuesday, I met one of my favourite authors, Sarah J Maas, the author of the Throne of Glass and ACOTAR series. This was incredibly exciting for me because this is the first time that Sarah J Maas has done a UK tour that I’ve been able to go to and also because I got to go to it with my friend and flatmate Nicola who is just as big of a SJM fangirl as I am!

The event we went to was in Glasgow, so once we were done with our classes, we got the bus to the train station in Stirling and then got the train into Glasgow. We arrived at the event about 45 minutes or so early (we were really excited and didn’t want to be late!) so once we arrived, we  waited with all of the other people coming to the event, and Nicola picked up her copy of Empire of Storms that she had got included in her ticket for the event.

We were then called into the theatre (the event was in the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and it has a room that’s basically like a lecture theatre where the event took place) and waited for a few minutes before Sarah came out onto the stage.

There was then a discussion with Sarah and a moderator where she talked about the Throne of Glass and ACOTAR series and her writing process and future writing plans. It was so great, SJM is the biggest fangirl ever and it was lovely to see how passionate she is about her characters and her stories and her worlds and whilst you know that authors are obviously passionate about what they write, it’s still great to see it. She told a lot of funny stories about her life as well and it was so interesting to hear about her writing process particularly how big of a role music played in her writing (and I especially liked when she talked about how a piece of music inspired a scene that I really loved in Empire of Storms). It’s incredible to me that she was writing the Throne of Glass series when she was the same age that I am now and now it’s a bestselling series, as an aspiring author, I love hearing stories like hers because it makes you feel like, “yeah if I work hard, I can actually do this!”. I also loved hearing her talk about Manon because she’s one of my favourite characters and it was great hearing Sarah fangirl about her too! She was just so much fun and so hilarious to listen to, I found the talk really, really enjoyable (and I’m really excited/scared for TOG 6 now as she talked about how she knows the last line and what inspired it. I have a feeling I am going to cry).

After the talk, we went out of the theatre and lined up to wait for Sarah to sign our books. The one disadvantage of our great seats for the talk (we sat near the front of the theatre) was that we ended up near the back of the signing line, but the likelihood that we were going to end up near the front was slim anyway. The signing line was probably the biggest one I’ve ever seen, even bigger than the number of people queuing for Maggie Stiefvater at YALC and that’s saying something! We were queuing for about an hour but it was okay because Nicola and I just spent the entire time fangirling and talking about Sarah J Maas books, so overall not a bad way to spend an hour. We finally got to the front of the line and although we didn’t get a lot of time with Sarah, she was so lovely, we got one book signed each and one book stamped because of her hand injury. Nicola talked to her about how much she loves Rhys and I talked about how much I love Dorian and how Heir of Fire broke me. It was quite funny because I said this just before we left and she actually gave a little air fist pump which me and Nicola both found hilarious!

So that was it, my wonderful first experience meeting Sarah J Maas! It was such a fun event and even though we only got a few minutes with Sarah, she was so lovely and it was really great to meet her. Hopefully she will come back to the UK either for ACOTAR 3 or TOG 6 so that we can meet her again!

Here are a few pictures from the event:



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Has anyone else ever been to a Sarah J Maas event? Did you have a good time? Let me know in the comments!

I will have my reviews of my most recent reads Empire of Storms and Challenger Deep up for you guys very soon, so stay tuned for those!