LIFE UPDATE: National Book Festival, Sarah J. Maas, Comic books, and more!!

Well, hello there! It’s been awhile, I know, but a lot has happened over the past few weeks!!

1. I GOT A JOB!

Ok, this was a really big deal because I had been looking for a job for a few months and having absolutely no luck! I know that’s normal after graduating but it was really putting me in a funk that I couldn’t seem to shake. All of a sudden, things just fell into place and I found the perfect position doing exactly what I was hoping for!

2. I bought tickets to go to the Sarah J. Maas signing in Philly!

So, I’m not super excited for Tower of Dawn and I may just skim read it because again, don’t really care that much, but when I saw SJM was going on tour for the release of the book you know I had to jump on the chance to see my QUEEN! I immediately texted my two friends who I have dragged into the SJM fandom and told them about the event in September. Obviously, we had to get tickets! The tickets include a signed book and an entry to the event where Sarah will talk about TOD and answer questions. It’s not until September 16, so I’ll keep everyone updated when we go!

3. I MET SOME AWESOME AUTHORS!!

DONT FREAK OUT DONT FREAK OUT DONT FREAK OUT- the thought that ran through my head as I met NOT ONE BUT FIVE AUTHORS at the National Book Festival in DC.

The National Book Festival is hosted by the Library of Congress in Washington, DC every year on Labor Day weekend. Last year, I didn’t really know about it until the day of and wen as a last thought. This year, I had been anticipating the event because I actually knew the authors that would be in attendance! I was so excited to see Sabaa Tahir, Marie Lu, Angie Thomas, and Nicola Yoon (just to name a few) were scheduled to be there! I don’t have many reader friends in the area so I ended up going by myself which was totally ok because I was able to do everything I wanted and even made some friends while I was there! The first event of the day was the Sabaa Tahir panel and signing immediately after. I really wanted to see Marie Lue speak but someone in scheduling hates me so I had to run downstairs to get in line for Sabaa’s signing. I recently bought the new cover copies of Ember and Torch so I brought them to be signed. I made a friend while I was waiting in line and we added each other on facebook which was super fun!! When I went to meet Sabaa she complimented me on my star wars shirt so we’re pretty much besties. After that, I kind of wandered around and tried to wait in line for Nicola Yoon and Melissa De La Cruz but got hungry. Things ended up working out in my favor because I ran to catch the end of Melissa’s line and had her sign my recently acquired copy of Alex & Eliza! I thought there would be no way I could hop in on Angie Thomas’ line but I was legitimately the last person to get through and get my book signed!! I was so excited because her line was so long! The last person I waited in line for was Gene Luen Yang who wrote the script for the Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novels. I bought two of them at the festival and he drew the most adorable picture of Appa in both of my copies! Finally, I attended Angie Thomas’ panel discussion. It was amazing! Seriously, I LOVE Angie! She was hilarious and engaging and a really incredible person to see. I’m really glad I got to see her and I can’t wait to finally read The Hate U Give!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. GRAPHIC NOVELS & MANGA OVERLOAD

Recently, I’ve been really into graphic novels and manga. It definitely started when i read the Saga graphic novels and then picked up the Fullmetal Alchemist manga. I absolutely loved FMAB and really wanted to try reading the manga so I got the 3-in-1 edition of the first two books. I tore through the first one and am currently reading books 4-5-6! I also read a new graphic novel called Monstress which was a new fantasy-like read for me! I really enjoyed it and got the second one today at a comic book store in DC. While I may not be reading as much right now, I’m really into the comics and manga that I’ve been picking up and am excited to keep with it!

So that’s what I’ve been up to, let me know what you’ve been reading and watching down below!!

One thought on “LIFE UPDATE: National Book Festival, Sarah J. Maas, Comic books, and more!!

  1. Ohhh congratulations on the job – and finding exactly what you wanted, this is so great, I’m happy for you πŸ™‚
    Also, you got to meet some AMAZING authors!! I only recently started reading An Ember in the Ashes, but I am already really, reaaaally loving it. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I really enjoyed Melissa De la Cruz’ books so far and Angie Thomas – The Hate U Give was SO good! πŸ™‚
    Hope you’ll have a lovely month! xxx

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