Teen Book Con 2016!

IMG_6839This past weekend, I got to go to Teen Book Con! Teen Book Con is a book festival held in Houston. This was my second year to go and I had such a great time! I’m already counting the days until next year ūüôā

IMG_6840The day started off with Ruta Sepetys (pictured to the right) ¬†as the key note speaker. I had hear of Ruta before, all¬†the booktubers talk about her but have not read one of her books. I absolutely loved listening to her speak. She talked about fighting dragons. Fighting dragons being a metaphor for over coming obstacles. ¬†She also talked about telling stories and how telling stories gives a voice to not just you but to the people of the stories you’re telling. I’m usually not a fan of historical fiction, but after listening to her speak, i’m dying to pick up one of her books, especially her newest, Salt To the Seas.¬†Her speech left me feeling inspired and was a great way to kick off the day!

Once keynote was finished, it was time to break out in to panels. There was a total of six panels to choose from. Of course, I went in to the day with a game plan, knowing exactly what panels  I wanted to go to and when.

IMG_6841The first panel I went to of the day was SHIP IT. This panel consisted of Jesse Andrews (pictured to the left), Tina Connolly, Samantha Mabry, Meredith Moore and Kristin Rae.After having read¬†Me and Earl and the Dying Girl last week, this was probably my most anticipated panel of the day. It didn’t disappoint. I might even go as far as to call this my favorite panel of the day (and that’s a super hard call). This panel was moderated by Jennifer Matheu, author of The Truth About Alice and¬†Devoted. She had recognized me from when I went to the launch party for Devoted last year. I thought that was super cool! I’m glad she was there because i’ve been wanting to tell her how much I loved Alice (you might remember I mentioned this book in my Christmas Song Book Tag as a book I think that everyone should read). I loved how much this panel made me laugh. I love Jesse’s since of humor and if you’ve read one of his books, you know what i’m talking about. Also, I really enjoyed seeing Samantha Mabry from this panel. She was witty and bubbly and also very funny. She and Jesse played great off each other.

Up next I went to the I’m New Here panel. This panel included Sean McGinty, Julie Murphy, Becky Wallace and Jeff Zentner. This panel was called i’m new here because of all of the authors in the panel only have one or two books out. What drew me to this panel, was Julie Murphy. I loved listening to her talk about her writing process. Something ¬†else I enjoyed about this panel, was listening to Becky Wallace talk about how creepy certain aspects of Sleeping Beauty¬†are. I agree with her one hundred percent when she says that dancing with strangers in the forrest is creepy and something we should not be teaching our daughters.

After lunch, I went in to the Life is Rough panel. I got to see E.K Johnson, Amber Smith, IMG_6842Ray Villareal, Nicola Yoon and Amy Zhang. I loved this panel because all of the author’s stories are strong character driven stores- my favorite kind. Also, I was the only one in that room who had heard of the undertaker (I love WWE!). I learned this when Ray mentioned he had a book called¬†My Father, the Angel of Death,¬†a book about a boy whose father is a wrestler named the Angel of Death. He mentioned that the Angel of Death was heavily inspired by the undertaker. Naturally, I added this to my TBR on goodreads right away. I loved hearing Nicola Yoon’s story about how her book got it’s tittle¬†Everything, Everything. As a young writer, I love hearing about authors who have published books at a young age. Any Zhang published her first book when she was still in high school. It gives me hope. Plus, when I got to meet her in the signing lines that afternoon, she gave me some great advice on getting my query letter written.

For my last panel of the day, I went to Back in The Day with authors Ruta Sepetys, Jennifer Donnelly, Monica Hesse, Katherine Howe and Steve Sheinkin. All of the authors write either nIMG_6843on-fiction or historical fiction. Now as an adult reader, i’ve never gravitated to historical fiction, witch I find hilarious because as a kid, the American Girl books were practically all I read. What I loved about this panel was hearing about how the authors get inspired by real life events and how they want to tell the stories about things that happened that aren’t in our history books. This panel started a spark in me to pick up some young adult historical fiction.

The closing session of the day a local high school improve group preformed along with author Michael Buckley, an author in a panel I didn’t get to make it to. They were great performers and was it was a neat way to close out the day.

IMG_6846They very last part of the day was book signing! ¬†Unforunately, as a broke college student, I wasn’t able to buy nearly as many books as I wanted to but I did make it out with a pretty awesome stack. ¬†I don’t think you guys even realize how much I can’t wait to dive in to this pile of books and start reviewing them! Also, I can’t wait to go and pick up more books from some of the authors I saw today.

I had a blast and I would definitely say that Teen Book Con 2016 was a success! Have you guys read any of the books I bought? Tell me witch one I should read first because I can’t decide.

Much Love,

Kaitlyn

Teen Book Con 2016!

Bargain Book Haul

 IMG_6056I went book shopping this past weekend at Barnes and Noble and for the first time, I went to a Half Price Books  to actually shop in and I made out with some killer deals and I thought that you as fellow book lovers would share my excitement! So think of this as a bonus post!

First, I went to Barnes and Nobel, where the bargain section has become one of my favorite places to buy books because their cheep and new. ¬†I’ve made off with some brand new hardback books that are normally priced $30 for $6-$7.
IMG_6057I didn’t make off with a deal that sweet this time but, still a pretty awesome deal. I got¬†The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks. I typically prefer not to buy the movie adaptation cover but it was on sale for $5.98 normally $15. I know the regular retail price because the cashier tried to ring it up with that price. It’s not even that cheep on amazon! I’ve never read a book by Nicholas Sparks but I have seen a few of his book to movie adaptations and each one has ended with me crying like a baby. So just imagine what the book is going to do to me. I can’t wait to read it!

Next, I went to Half Price Books. I’ve been to half price books a few times before but I never really looked around. I have been missing out. Half price is a new favorite book store of mine, especially because today, I hit the jack pot.

IMG_6058In half price, this was the first book I specifically went looking for was Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I saw the movie for this such a long time a go and have been wanting to read the book ever since but what actually got me to pick it up was that I just finished reading¬†Finding Audrey, Sophie’s YA debut and it was soooo goood (review coming soon). The best part? The book was $3.95! I was hoping to buy that book but I never imagined that I would get it for such a good price.

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So now that I had what I was looking for, I wondered around the store and in to the YA section, like I always do and I came across¬†Bunheads by Sophie Flack. I’m not sure what it’s about, a ballerina I assume but it’s from the Poppy sub division of little brown publishing. I haven’t read a book from poppy that I haven’t liked. (and I’ve read a lot of them. All of Lisi Harrison’s Books, The Secrets of my Hollywood Life¬†series by Jen Calonita, The Daughters¬†series by Joanna Philbin, Jennifer E. Smith is published under Poppy as are the Gossip Girl books… I think you get my point.) (Also, I swear this post is not sponsred by Poppy, I just really love their books.) It was a hardback book for $4.99 so I figured, what do I have to loose? Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t there a show on ABC Family a few years ago under the same name. I think the two may be connected but I have no idea.

So last but not least, I got a hard back copy of one of my favorite books¬†Where We Belong¬†by Emily Giffin.IMG_6060It was only 7.99 but that’s not even close to the best part. IT’S SIGNED.

IMG_6061I’M STILL FREAKING OUT! And to think I almost didn’t look at it. I walked by it and thought, it’s pretty but I don’t need two copies of this book. I still decided to pull it off the shelf and look at it. That was when I found it was signed and I still debated it because, I already have a copy of the book but then my dad pointed out, it’s only $8, so why not? I then told him he was my enabler and then went to the check out. I regret nothing.

Though, seriously read this book. It’s about Kirby, who on her eighteenth birthday decided to track down her birth mother, Marion, and she goes and shows up on at her New York apartment and the story is about them building some sort of a relationship and how their lives have changed since finding each other. I’ll go in to more details about the book and my opinions at the favorite reads of 2015 post Tina and I are planning for the end of the year but seriously, read this book.

Have you read any of these books? Do you like to shop for bargain books? Tell me all about it!

Much Love,

Kate

Bargain Book Haul