Last weekend I went to my first ever book related meet-up run by the incomparable Ontario Blog Squad, who I want to thank for all of their hard work in putting together the event. It was a lot of fun, though slightly overwhelming considering the huge turn out because holy cow there were a lot of people.
Unfortunately, I did not talk to nearly as many people as I should have because I got hit with a severe case of introvert-itis, but I did manage to talk with a couple of people. Of course I spent time with Angel, Christa, and Michele who I’ve met with in person before (thanks for letting me stay with you Angel and making sure I didn’t get lost in Toronto despite your streets’ attempts to maim me! <3) I also got to have a quick chat with the lovely Lesley Livingston who remembered me from Fanexpo! Shannon from Giraffe Days actually recognized me from my blog, and I was super happy to talk with her. Thank you so much for coming up and saying hi! I also got to be introduced to/chat with Brenna, Wendy, Sara, and Shannon from The Savvy Reader who were all wonderfully nice despite my social awkwardness. I think my favourite introduction was Lindsey who made me laugh way too much.
(I know I’ve forgotten to mention people… there were so many of you who I only got to speak with for a moment! I’m sorry!!)
Then there were all the books… So many books. Too many to name, so I’ll stick with my favourite of the bunch: an ARC of Maureen Johnson’s The Madness Underneath! Be still my heart!! I keep taking breaks from work to stare at it longingly. I won’t be able to read it until after exams, but just having it makes me so happy.
All in all, I had such a fantastic time. It was definitely scary for me as someone who does not enjoy large groups of people (even awesome people), but I’m definitely glad I made the trip up to participate. As someone who is more on the fringes of the book blogosphere, it was nice to meet with people with similar interests and passions. The publishers and authors who attended were all so nice and enthusiastic, and it really made me feel as if bloggers play a bigger role in the book industry than I had originally thought. Lesley’s speech thanking the book bloggers for all that they do actually had me tearing up.
So yes, if you have a chance to attend a similar event, I would definitely recommend it, though I would definitely say don’t be afraid to talk to people! It’s so hard to remember when you’re in the situation itself, but really: talk to people!