Author Signings Are My New Rock Concerts
In middle school and high school I was all about going to concerts. Every chance I got, me and my best friend, Heather, would go to a concert. We’d save up all our money from our after school job to do this. Mostly we went to alternative bands, and sometimes to things a little more hard rock (for two small girls — alone — mistake) and indie off the beaten path types too. Fair warning: this first section is personal rambling so for more about the bookish event, scroll down :)
Anyway, this was our thing. We collected concert tickets like other kids would collect designer clothes, cards, stamps, and whatever else. Here’s the thing I never told Heather:
I really did not enjoy going to concerts.
They were such a bother. We always, always had to make our way to the front, which was a fight. One that often led to dodging elbows and curses being thrown around. We always, always had to end up in the mosh for at least a song or two. We always, always had to get their early and leave late.
I was always dying of thirst, sweating, and miserable during the whole experience. In hindsight, it was always great. I got to touch the arm of so-and-so when he leaned toward the audience. I got to see so-and-so sing with so-and-so — it was just wonderful. And, being young, the more we told the stories the more they would become awesomer (yep, awesomer).
Now, going to author signings are like that for me. I collect signed books like crazy. But it’s different — I actually enjoy going to book talks as they are happening. I don’t have to wait to look at in hindsight.
I’m sure some people enjoy concerts as they are happening. I’m just not one of those people (unless I’ allowed to sit at the bar, or up in seats, and not have to work my way to the front). I don’t like being hot, or smashed against other people, or dying of thirst. I also don’t trust those water bottles that end up getting passed around in the pit of people — and as if to vindicate this convention of mine, Heather eventually got mono from using one (ha).
Anyway! My point is this: there are a lot of amazing, amazing, amazing author signings coming to my area this month! Tonight I just got back from the #AdVANture tour.
Now, on to the important stuff: #AdVANture Tour!
I am happy to say I have a lot more signed books now. I just loooove signed books. And lucky me, Tessa Gratton and Tara Hudson are two of my favorite YA authors. The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton joins my signed copy of Blood Magic and The Curiosities.
I got my copy of Hereafter and Elegy signed to join my copy of Arise (which I got signed at the RT Convention) — so, yay! That’s completes my collection of the Hereafter series — all signed by Tara Hudson. Both Tara Hudson and Tessa Gratton are extremely friendly and interesting as well!
Sonia Gensler and Myra McEntire are two new authors to me. I haven’t read anything by them. Sonia Gensler is a historical, paranormal YA author — which is so up my alley. You know that. So I got both Revenant and The Dark Between signed. Myra McEntire is the author of the Hourglass series. It’s sci-fi, time traveler story, which I’ve heard good things about and she made references to Doctor Who — so how can you not love that?
Topics spanned from their thoughts on good elements of YA romance to why do more adults read YA than teens? and even the much debated topics are there girl books and are there boy books in YA? It was interesting to hear the opinions of the authors on this subject.
Oh, and the funnest part? I have a cold! And I’ve lost my voice, so I couldn’t really talk at all during the event. Sadness :(
Tomorrow night there’s another author signing I’m going to. This one not YA. Marisha Pessl, author of Night Film, is going to be having an event tomorrow night in Kansas City, MO (more information here).
Stay tuned for either later this week or earlier next for a giveaway with signed book(s) :)