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Courtesy of Amber @ ShelfNotes

Courtesy of Amber @ ShelfNotes


Hello, Hello! i had a wonderful day yesterday, speaking to so many awesome book lovers! I hope everyone had fun! On to Day Two.

Author Interaction 

​Let’s talk interacting with authors IRL (in real life) or online. This is your opportunity to talk about your favorite author readings that you have attended. Or, you can feature your favorite author fan moment (i.e., an author sent you a tweet or commented on your blog). Maybe you even want to share how your interactions have changed since becoming a blogger or share your own tips that you have learned along the way when interacting with authors as a blogger.

I have never been able to attend a bookish event. There are none that I know of in my city. There are probably some in Toronto but that means crossing the border (which takes forever) and driving for two hours. Hard to manage when you have kids, work, activities, and school. Someday I’ll get to attend. Someday! I’d love to actually get to meet my favorite authors face to face!

I have interacted with authors on twitter and through email. One reason I like self published authors is that I get to interact with them, not just their publishers. I find it more personal and I’ve also noticed that they take criticism a bit better. I had one author send me her book and while I enjoyed it, I mentioned some flaws in my review. The author thanked me for my honest feedback and offered to send me an ARC of the sequel when it is available.

I have a few friends that have become authors but I try not to read their books. It’s weird. I’ve only read one book by a friend and I did end up really liking it but the whole time I was terrified I wasn’t going to end up liking it and it was going to cause bad blood between us or something.

On twitter I’ve spoken to Rae Carson (author of the Girl of Fire and Thorns series), Aimee Carter (author of the Goddess Test series), and Lauren DeStefano (author of the Chemical Garden series). I’ve had great conversations! Also Jessica Spotswood (author of the Cahill Witch Chronicles) “liked” my review. So yes I fangirled. Honestly I don’t reach out to authors that much on twitter because I know they get tons of messages and a lot get unintentionally passed over. I mean, we can’t expect them to reply to every message right? When would they write?! I need new books more than I need a twitter conversation! LOL

More Than Just Words

 There are so many mediums that feature more than just words and enhance a story in a multitude of ways. Examples may include graphic novels and comics, audiobooks, or even multimedia novels. On this day, we will be talking about those books and formats that move beyond just the words and use other ways to experience a story. Which books stand out to you in these different formats?

So I don’t have much to say on this topic because I don’t like audiobooks. I can’t focus on them, they don’t hold my attention. They just aren’t the medium for me. I do enjoy some graphic novels, but I don’t really ever get the chance to read them because I’m too busy reading other books! Haha!

I would love to read Locke and Key by Joe Hill because I really like his books and the artwork looks absolutely stunning.