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To Reread or not to reread…

I’ve never reread a book. Ever. *LE GASP* Yes, I buy the physical book and keep it

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shelved in my library with no intention of ever opening it up again but I just love looking at my collection.

But why won’t you reread a book? If it’s your favorite, wouldn’t you want to reread it?

I think the main reason I don’t choose to reread books is because there are so many other books out there that I have yet to read and want to read! I have an ever growing TBR list on my Goodreads page (add me on Goodreads!), books I want to get to but something always comes ahead of them. Literally, I have books on that list that have been there for three or more years, but one of my favorite authors is always putting out another one or I get a recommendation from a friend.

But guess what… I’m currently rereading one of my favorite books…

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This is the very first time! But thinking about it, I’m nervous. Here’s the thing, my favorite book is 99 Days by Katie Cotugno and it got mixed reviews from what I remember. When it first came out, I think I might have been one of the only people who actually enjoyed it (apparently people don’t like teen love triangles anymore).

I’m terrified that rereading it is going to make me not like the book as much as I did two years ago when I first read it. I’ve grown up a little since then, and my style of reading has matured. I’ve gotten more into adult romance. I’m terrified that if I don’t like it as much as I liked it the first time, that I’m not going to want to read the sequel that comes out next month. Which would put me in a bad spot since I bought tickets to Cotugno’s Epic Reads book signing next month as well!

I’ll continue with the reread of 99 Days because I need a refresher before I read the sequel and there will no doubt be a book review up for the sequel.

What about you? Do you reread books? What’s your opinion on the subject? Leave a comment and let me know!

Surviving my first book signing…

 

On December 2nd, I did my very first book signing. I’ve gone along with my husband to various signings and comic-cons, but this was the first time my book would be on the table to purchase.

Now, let me tell you, I was nervous. I was shaking like crazy on the way to the venue and I get this weird voice when I’m going to have to talk to strangers in person, where I sound like I’m going to burst into tears. I’m fairly sure I have a mild case of anxiety that I haven’t been able to shake since middle school, but I refuse to admit it sometimes.

My husband was running late, so it was up to me to get everything ready to go, I’m used to following his lead when we go to shows like this.

When I got to the venue though and set the table up, I felt a lot better. It wasn’t too crowded so there weren’t many people I could make a full of myself in front of. It’s a lot different when you’re trying to sell your own book, versus someone else’s. I was honestly surprised about how confident I was talking to people, the pride I felt for accomplishing something I’ve always wanted to do. But… I did have some trouble finding the words I wanted to say when someone asked me a question. I’m not a good BS’er or salesperson, I’ll admit that right now. I don’t know what to say to convince someone that they must read my book, but honestly, that doesn’t bother me.

I’m not writing for money or fame. Even if only a handful of strangers love my novels and writing style, I’d say I was successful. I write because it’s my passion, I want to write the perfect book boyfriend that you’re going to fall in love with and beg me for a sequel.

I didn’t sell out at the signing, but my husband and I managed to make back what we paid for the booth and then some. If anything, it was a great learning experience and I found some stuff I want to work on for the next signing. I totally need to improve on my selling pitch and get my next novel out ASAP. It was still fun. I had my very first in person sale to someone who wasn’t a friend or family member! Can’t wait to sign up to do some more next year!

If you want to stay up to date on signings and specials, follow my FB author page.

 

 

I Met Maggie Stiefvater and Didn’t Fangirl

So this week, I went to my first ever YA author signing (yes, I’m 25 and just went to my first book signing). Maggie Stiefvater stopped in at Joseph Book-Sellers in Cincinnati on Monday as part of her book tour. I was so excited to go! My husband went with me and didn’t think he was going to enjoy it, but I caught him laughing at a few of Maggie’s jokes.

When we walked in, we were greeted by an employee who pointed us in the direction for me to pick up my book and I also picked up the third book in the series that I still needed. They gave me my pre-ordered book, my line ticket into the signing, her series dust jacket (they still have some at the bookstore) and a ley line sticker (I lost my sticker in the book store uhg).

Even though I showed up early (by an hour), it was packed with fans! I’m pretty sure a handful of them were cosplaying but I’m not too sure. When Maggie finally came out, she did about an hour long talk about how she got into writing and a Q&A. Maggie was hilarious! She discussed ‘ugly babies’, how awkward she feels about the Fan-Fic people write about her car and Gansey, the time she accidentally posted a picture of her favorite boob online and the time she didn’t actually set John Green on fire. Maggie had everyone laughing, she seemed like a very genuine person. My husband was cracking up most of the time too.

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Maggie during the discussion

 

Fun fact, she was actually staying at a B&B close to where I live! So cool!

Once the discussion was over, she went upstairs to begin signing books. They lined us up by letter (I was letter group D), so this gave people time to browse the store and not stand in line for hours and hours. In my opinion, the line went pretty fast but there were people who started to complain around 9 o’clock about having to wait so long, that their kids needed to be in bed for school the next day. At one point, the host employee let people who had kids jump the line (which I didn’t think was right at all), the best thing would have been for the event to start at 5 or 6 instead of 7.

Finally, I made it upstairs and signed her car cover (I wrote ‘Maggie is bae, love breannareadsberks haha). It was slightly weird seeing other fans interact with her, they were kneeling in front of her, crying, etc. Authors/celebrities/ musicians, they’re all human, no need to panic. Keep calm.

As for books, she was personalizing any books you bought from the bookstore (I had two of those) and signing any books of hers that you purchased elsewhere (my other two). She also signed the dust jackets they gave out. I wasn’t planning on getting my paperbacks signed but I waited so long and figured I might never get the chance again, so she signed all of them. Still bummed I didn’t have my Shiver series with me.

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Maggie was so cool! There were no ‘posed photos’ because they wanted the line to move quicker (bookstore closed at 9), so I didn’t get to get a picture with her, but this one turned out good! She asked me if I’ve read her books, I told her where I was in the series and that I loved Shiver. She asked if I cried during the books, and I said yes, even though it takes a lot for me to cry while reading. I asked her how she was enjoying the small town she was staying at for the day, she laughed and said it was cute. We made a decent bit of small talk, while she signed my books and I managed to play it cool.

Overall, I had a great experience and if you haven’t met Maggie, you need to! She’s still touring, try to make it out to see her. Here’s a list of the tour stops.

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