28 April, 2010

Here Comes Awesome - LATFOB Redux

This weekend was LATFOB. Be patient, photos are loading:

I started the day with:

D.J. MacHale, Gordon Korman, Neal Shusterman, & a mysterious fellow in shades...

It was a beautiful day! Mystery Man signed my books--well, rather, his books. He also let slip that there will be a fourth book! (Uh-oh, were we supposed to know that? Erase, erase.)

So did Neal Shusterman. His daughter wanted to know what the heck he was writing in my book. Do you get it? (If you don't, it's all right--our next YA Book Club at Borders is reading this book. Go get it!)

I wanted to get books signed with Gordon Korman (but *someone* has neglected to return my 39 Clues books) and D.J. MacHale (but I haven't read Pendragon yet and I for some bizarre reason did not pick up his new book the day before). Color me unprepared.

Of course I had to plug my new favorite book on the What Are You Reading? graffiti wall.

 Look! I found Barry Zuckerkorn! (kidding, it's Henry Winkler, aka Progenitor of Awesome)

I also found Wubbzy! Well, creator Bob Boyle in a Wubbzy hat, anyway. Here he is signing his new book, Hugo & the Really Really Really Long String. For more LATFOB photos, visit his blog.

Jason went to the Dave Eggers interview earlier in the day. We wrapped up the day with friends (Yenoki, Dale, and Michelle) at Panera. On our way back to the car we made what was meant to be a quick stop at Mystery & Imagination Bookshop--we almost ran out of time on the meter because of course, I had to raid the Bradbury section of the store, and Jason found a first-run You Shall Know Our Velocity! to add to his other 826LA purchases.

The next day, my (reading) gang: Damaris, Kate, and Jane met up for more Panera (I think I gained 3 lbs.) and got to the Fest quite late, so no panels for us. We did come up with a million ideas to better plan for next year. Here, see them planning and plotting? Crafty little chicas.

But I still ran into some of my favorite people: Mike & Maria, Alybee, and then it was off to the Mrs. Nelson's booth...

That's the line of people in front of me to see...

John Green & David Levithan (*swoon*) for all of two seconds. They complimented my shirt and what I really should have said when David said he disagreed, it depends on the movie, was: "Well, for Nick & Norah book vs. movie, Book WINS." Or something less lame-sounding, but I was too busy basking in their awesomeness to think of something lame let alone something clever. Ah, well.

Bonus, I ran into Gayle Forman and Jandy Nelson who were leaving just as John and David arrived--so for my 1 book buy of the whole Fest, I got The Sky Is Everywhere.

It's a tough choice, but I think I will read Will Grayson, Will Grayson, first. But even before that, I am going to go get a Legalize Gay t-shirt, so I DFTBA. (double-bonus: I have a gift card for American Apparel!)

I got there too late to see Kami Garcia's morning panel, or Katie Alender who was hanging out with Alybee by the YA Stage, but I did catch Margie Stohl looking like the rock star she is:

That's Tracy Trivas and Michael Reisman acting as author-ends... (you know, like book-ends, for authors... why aren't you laughing? ;D)

As if I was not already on book-overload (the time between LATFOB and staying up overnight to do inventory), we had Gayle Forman in the house at Borders Glendale! Janelle and Amy were among the attendees. More on this event when I've had the chance to sleep/catch up on schoolwork/sleep again. We were the last stop on the If I Stay Musical Tour and we confirmed (as if you didn't already know) that Gayle is made of Awesome!

Here I am with Gayle and Amber, our totally awesome General Manager. Gayle graciously signed a large pile of her books, for those of you who missed her performance: you can still snag a signed copy including her earlier titles! Also, keep your eye out for the companion novel to If I Stay, Where She Went.

On a side note, totally unrelated to LATFOB, I saw this while finishing up this post:

Then a click later:

Patrick Rothfuss, you are killing me.

I'm going to bed with Will Grayson. (The book. Get your mind out of the gutter!)

15 April, 2010

Makeover by Oliver Jeffers

Alybee and I went to Mrs. Nelson's this afternoon to meet Oliver Jeffers, the author of The Heart and the Bottle. Oliver is one of my favorite artists and I am so, SO grateful to Mrs. Nelson's for hosting this event! I had despaired of ever seeing any of his paintings, and all of a sudden there I was, meeting him in person!

While we were waiting for him to arrive, we hung out with a great bunch of author/illustrators...

From left to right, Alybee, James Burks, Bob Boyle, Dan Santat, and me, frootjoos! (I'll give you a minute to click on the links and bookmark their pages. Got 'em? Ok, back to the post!) We also met Candace Ryan, author of Animal House. (Forthcoming--mark your calendar for August!)

When Oliver got there, he read his newest book, The Heart & The Bottle, which is about a little girl (much like any other) whose great curiosity about the world is shaken when (SPOILER: highlight text to read!) her grandfather dies and she decides to hide her heart away in a bottle so that she won't feel hurt anymore. I really identified with this book, with the exception of not having met a "smaller and still curious about the world" person who helped me get my heart out of a bottle--not yet, anyway. (Maybe next year.)

His friend read The Incredible Book-Eating Boy and The Great Paper Caper while Oliver drew bits from the book. I got to take one home! So I have a home makeover a la Jeffers:



We also had a paper plane race! I lost. I was trying to fly my plane while recording a video of the race with the other hand. It just goes to show, you shouldn't try to fly a plane while shooting a video with your camera phone. It ends badly.

Afterwards we waited for all the little kids to get their books signed, so we big kids could go get ours.

I got a whole pile autographed, including my special little copy of How to Catch a Star that came with glow-in-the-dark stars, flashlight, and map of the constellations, and the audio Incredible Book-Eating Boy read by Jim Broadbent. (Aly, I forgot to crack open the CD while we were in the car--will bring it to book club on Sunday.)

When we were on our way home, I realized that the photo of me & Oliver didn't get saved on my camera :(

At first I was pretty bummed. But then I remembered...

I'm an artist too!

I hope you had an awesome day; I did!

11 April, 2010

Trying out Androblogger

My husband got both of us fancy new Google phones in January, and now that I'm getting the hang of using Shapewriter, I think I can finally blog from my phone! So much cheaper than buying a net book.

So, I'm trying it out by writing quite an involved post about everything book-related that happened last week and is coming up next week!

Let's see if this works.

Last week, I finished FOOD, GIRLS, AND OTHER THINGS I CAN'T HAVE by Allen Zadoff. I picked up Jonny Skovron's STRUTS & FRETS from the library and picked up WILL GRAYSON WILL GRAYSON by John Green & David Levithan at the store.

On Thursday, Alyson & I are heading out to Mrs. Nelson's in La Verne for the Oliver Jeffers signing.

On Sunday the 18th at 2 pm, we'll hang out with Kami Garcia & Margie Stohl as we discuss Beautiful Creatures at our first- ever YA book club meeting at Borders Glendale!

On Monday the 26th, I'll be playing hooky from my chemistry class to meet Gayle Forman, author of IF I STAY. Her signing/musical performance starts at 7 pm! (I can't wait!) EDIT: Yes, it's at Borders Glendale, too.

Well, that was relatively easy to type out on my phone! So you may be hearing from me more often now that I can blog from virtually anywhere that has WiFi or a 3G signal :)

04 April, 2010

In My Mailbox (7) I am in BIG Trouble!

So, a shipment of YA books that I insisted on adding to the store stock has begun trickling in.

My wallet is in deep, deep trouble.

If you are a YA book lover and on the bad end of broke, I suggest you stay away! The temptation is GREAT! :D

We got




I can't keep my hands off




I've been dying to read






(got two books in that photo! Already have Laini Taylor's Lips Touch Three Times.)

I have to have this one:


And I already have them but you might not:


last one left!


And I have to thank Alyson for recommending this:


I loved it!

Well, what are you waiting for?!? Get thee to a bookstore or library, depending on your current budget situation.

I will confess, I did buy some books today.

I got

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos (Theodosia Throckmorton, #1)


Dying to Meet You: 43 Old Cemetery Road

and because I'm getting old(er)

Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain

which apparently gets stolen from public libraries a lot, as I can't seem to find a public library with this in stock! Hmmmph!

My day-maker (as in, it made my day)

Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate, #2)

From the library, I'm still reading

Food, Girls, & Other Things I Can't Have


I Am the Messenger

On audio, listening to


For husband's sci-fi/fantasy book club, am reading

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

which we seem to have 6 copies of.

I have a couple of books I'm waiting on the Postal Service for... I'll tell you about those next week!

Sigh. I really should be studying for midterms...

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