Awesome bookish experience
I had an awesome experience this past year, and it wasn’t just the most awesome experience this past year of blogging, but during my whole time blogging in general. I was able to go to YALLFEST this past November and it was incredible! It was my first big author event and there were a ton of great authors there. I took my cousin with me who was dorking out like I was and we had such a blast. It was in Charleston SC which is about a 3 hour drive from where I live. So we got up at 6 am hopped in the car and drove down to Charleston, parked and immediately got in line for the keynote speakers (Clarissa Clare and Holly Black). We walked around the block so many times back and forth watching awesome panels, standing in autograph lines, and even watching sneak peak behind the scene stuff for the City of Bones movie! I got books signed by Clarissa Clare, Holly Black, Gayle Forman, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl and Stephanie Perkins. Afterward, there was a really funny YA Smackdown where the authors improvised skits and genres competed against one another. Absolutely hilarious! It was a truly amazing experience. Once things were done, we drove 3 hours back and we were beyond exhausted, my feet hurt and were blistered from my shoes and walking so much, but it was worth it! I can’t wait to go back again this November. There are around 50 great authors that will be coming, so I highly suggest a trip to anyone who can make it! It is only a day, but it is an awesome day.
Me and Stephanie Perkins