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On Tuesday, July 10th, I attended the Dark Days Book Tour stop in Huntington Beach, California! The touring authors included Veronica Roth (Divergent series), Dan Wells (Partials series), S.J. Kincaid (Insignia series), and Aprilynne Pike (Wings series). It was such a huge pleasure to meet all of these authors and I’m DELIGHTED that I was able to attend this event!
I live in the California Bay Area so my family and I took a plane down to LA and checked out the University of Southern California and the surrounding area. Then, we drove down to Huntington Beach and checked into our waterfront hotel!
Then, finally, at about 5:40pm, I set off to Barnes & Noble! I arrived at 6pm, which was an hour early. I thought that would have been plenty of time, but oh my goodness, I was wrong! All the seats were already filled up and a line had begun to form, wrapping around the store! So I quickly bought my copy of Insignia and grabbed a spot in line! I had a lot of fun chatting with my neighbours about books (of course)!
Finally at 7pm, the event started! The one downside to this event was that anyone who was in line and not sitting down had a major disadvantage.. we couldn’t see or hear the authors at all! 🙁 I mean, look at the view from where we were standing:
After about 30 minutes, they started pulling people out of line to get their books signed by S.J. Kincaid, Dan Wells, or Aprilynne Pike. I kind of felt bad for them because their books are AWESOME but clearly most of the people there were only interested in Veronica Roth. I mean she’s awesome too, but I still felt bad that there weren’t more people getting signed books of Insignia, Partials, and Destined! Anyway, so I quickly nipped out of line to get my books signed by those three awesome authors!
Then, I got back into line to wait for Veronica Roth! It was probably another 45 minutes waiting in line. The time went by quickly though and finally, we made it!
I even got an extra copy of Divergent signed for an upcoming giveaway! Who’s excited???
So, funny story time. A few days before the event, I found a blogger who said she was going to Dark Days too! So I was like, “Oh my god, are you going to the one in Huntington Beach??” She said yes! How awesome! When I arrived in LA and checked into my hotel, I wanted to double check her blog name and picture so that I’d remember her. But wifi cost $12 for one day so.. so much for that. So I chatted to a few other women in line, including one who said she was a blogger. I said that was awesome and mentioned that I just started a blog too. Fast forward like 1.5-2 hours. We’re still chatting and she finally asks, “So what’s your blog called?” I told her it was called booknook and she replied, “Oh my god! I talked to you a few days ago!” Can you believe it?? Not only did I meet the blogger I spoke to online, but we happened to be standing right next to each other for like 2 hours and never even realized!
So say hello to Jennifer from Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance! We had so much fun together and we’re now totally best friends! We took each others’ photos with the authors and talked all about our favourite and least favourite books. It’s always awesome meeting people you can talk about books with!