My First Author Event!

Okay, before you guys go all, Whoa, what happened to your hiatus, Meg? and Blogging doesn’t equal studying, smartass!, I have two perfectly good reasons to pop out of hiding. Nope, I’m not back for good, and nope, I’m not ditching studying (I am). It’s because (a) I went to my first author event yesterday, and (b) Two people were bad influences and made me blog about it… though secretly, I really wanted to blog about it and was waiting for an excuse to, so thanks, Charlotte and Shannelle. ;)

Anyway… yes! I met Lauren Oliver on Friday!

Call me a drama queen, but when I first heard about the news and then woke up the next day, I was all:

Because no authors come to where I live. Like, not even one. I think Lauren was the first YA author. I was squealing so much my lungs hurt afterward, and it was especially unbelievable for me because I absolutely adored her Delirium trilogy. It was amazing seeing her in person!

THIS DOESN’T EVEN CUT IT.

I didn’t take many pictures because there wasn’t much to take, and the quality is shit (my phone’s camera sucks, honestly), but voila!

The teensy weensy banner of the author event (I tried to take a better picture, but the security guard said pictures weren’t allowed. WHAT.)

The crowd wasn’t that big — probably fifty to sixty people at most — but the bookstore had barely enough space, so any more people and I wouldn’t have gotten a very clear view of the author table.

Lauren speaking on her writing journey.

Basically, the whole event lasted for only an hour (she had to rush off to the next book event after that), so Lauren didn’t get the chance to speak much. But we did get to see the cover for her upcoming adult novel, Rooms, and guys, it looked amazing! I’m not sure which version’s the one on Goodreads, but this one was so simple and elegant at the same time. Plus, the format of the book sounds so different and intriguing! I don’t care if it’s adult. I WANT IT NOW. I wanted to take a picture of that, but she said we weren’t allowed to share it with the rest of the world yet. We also heard a little bit about Vanishing Girls, her latest YA novel due next year, and she’s currently working on a MG series. Yup, no idea how she copes with it! Then again, she said writing is an addiction for her, and if she goes too long without writing, she starts getting anxious. Well, better writing than drugs!

Signing books

Gah, she’s so friendly! While she was signing our books, she’d talk to us and write little messages inside for everyone. But when it came to my turn, my whole body decided to shut down and all I could do was stutter incoherently while my face turned all tomato on me. I was so flustered I forgot that I wanted to take a picture with her, so I had to rush back and apologize to her and to the girl whose books she was signing — with a flaming red face, naturally — before I could get this:

It’s edited. So you can’t see the redness.

NO REGRETS.

So, if Lauren Oliver ever comes to your area, or nearby it, don’t miss out! She’s funny and can fill awkward silences as well as ignore tomato-fied faces. I really love the little message she wrote in my copy of Delirium as well:

I’m sorry, it took up the whole page. I’M JUST SO PROUD OF IT.

Hopefully this means that more YA authors will start coming to this part of the world now!

Insurgent Takeover: Comment Lengths

I only came to know Kayla from The Thousand Lives when I started this WordPress blog, and goshdarn, does she know how to make people smile! It’s not only her comments on her thought-provoking posts, but her comment replies. They always brighten up my day. It’s good to know that my comments do the exact same thing! (At least we give back to each other, yeah? ;)) She has the coolest rating system and definitely deserves more attention than she is getting now. Without further ado, her guest post!

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Insurgent Takeover: Into The Future

What can I say about the one and only Lesley from Books and Beautiful World? Oh, yes: she’s creative, she’s funny, she leaves amazingly thoughtful comments, and she’s full of wit! I think the conversations I have with her on Twitter — though it’s not too many at the moment (we will have to change that!) are some of the funnest because my imagination just goes bonkers when I’m tweeting with her. But enough rambling. Follow this girl. I present to you her guest post!

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Insurgent Takeover: Book Depressions/Hangovers

Hello everyone! I’m now in South Korea and some lovely people have decided to write up guest posts to keep the blog running! Today’s guest poster is Shelly from Readiculous ReadsWhat’s that? You haven’t heard of her blog before? Well, shame on you. Shelly’s just about the bubbliest person I’ve come to know in the blogosphere, and she makes the best vlogs with her friend Kari. Honestly, this girl’s a wonderful addition to the book blogging community. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this guest post, Shelly!

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Disturbingly Average: Parasite, Mira Grant

Parasite (Parasitology, #1)

Parasite (Parasitology #1)

Mira Grant

A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite – a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system – even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives…and will do anything to get them.

Without me, SymboGen would never have existed. There are probably people who would say that was a good thing, too. I have to admit, there are days when I think it would be a good thing. I might even be willing to give it all back if it meant I still had my friends. But you can’t go home again.
-FROM “KING OF THE WORMS,” AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. STEVEN BANKS, CO-FOUNDER OF SYMBOGEN. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN ROLLING STONE, FEBRUARY 2027.

After reading so many positive reviews from trusted friends of mine, I have to say that I am quite disappointed with Parasite. (I can’t trust you guys ever again!) It has such an original and disturbing premise — tapeworms that can enhance our bodies? said tapeworms turning restless and wanting to live their own lives? If that doesn’t make you squirm in intrigue, then I don’t know what else will. Mira Grant did a great job with the scientific aspect, but in terms of storytelling, not so much.

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Alas, Life.

I’m sure you’ve noticed, but I haven’t been very good at commenting lately. It’s partly because my weeks have suddenly gotten ten times busier, what with the end of the year coming, and me struggling to keep my grades up while blogging almost every day. I know this isn’t much of an excuse; lots of other bloggers are students like me, and they manage to update their blogs daily, as well as respond to comments. Yay them! But alas, try as I might, I am not as efficient as they are. My grades are failing, and I can’t continue to deny that any longer. It’s making me both stressed out and worried for my future at the same time. Which begs the question: is blogging worth it? Probably not. 

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