I'm not sure how I am going to recap the awesomeness that was this year in one post. I don't think I can do it justice because I've attended dozens of outstanding events and met so many amazing people, many of whom have become good friends and have been overwhelmingly positive influences on my life. So to all the bloggers, authors and book lovers I met this year - Thank you! You are truly a special breed.
I don't mean to forget anyone in this post, but I know I will, so forgive me now. I will do my best to cover it all though! Cut for an obscene amount of photos...
I kicked off the year by going to Julie Kagawa's signing for the Iron King in Kentucky in February where I also met Chelsea from The Page Flipper, Kristi from The Story Siren, and authors Kelly Creagh and Jessica Leader.
|Me, Julie, Jessica, Kelly, Chelsea and Kristi.|
|Amy and I.|
|Jennifer, James of Book Chic Club(who I'd already met, but adore), |
Amy, Me and David.
|Barrie, P.J. and I.|
|With Kim Harrison.|
|Monica, Maria, and I.|
|With Melissa Marr at Fountain.|
|Sarah of Sarah's Random Musings and Pam of Bookalicious.|
|Jess of Find the Time to Read, Monica of Bibliophilic Book Blog, and Drea of Book Blather.|
|A rare photo of Alea from Pop Culture Junkie. She agreed to take just one.|
|Nicole of Word for Teens, Bree Despain and me.|
|With Laurie Halse Anderson.|
|Nicole and Erica of The Book Cellar.|
|With Holly Cupala at Books of Wonder.|
|With Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia, authors of Beautiful Creatures,|
who I saw again on the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour.
|Authors Holly Hoxter and Karen Kincy. Two of the nicest girls ever.|
|Stacey, me, Kelly, and Monica.|
Then there was Smart Chicks which took me to Ohio. Dayton and Cincinnati to be precise. It was well worth the nearly nine hour drive because it was well run and the authors were absolutely hillarious. I got the opportunity to meet not only the authors on the tour, but two that I'd been talking to online for a while at that point, Kristina McBride and Mara Purnhagen. Sadly, Mara somehow managed to avoid all cameras and I have no pictures of her but she was positively delightful.
|Jackson Pearce, Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Alyson Noel, and Jennifer Lynn Barnes.|
|Kristi, Kristina McBride and Me.|
|Chelsea, Carrie (sorry if the spelling is wrong), Linda Gerber, Bri from Bri Meets Books, |
Jenny (Linda's friend), Lauren from Shooting Stars Mag, and me.
|With Koriann AKA @FoodIsAwesome.|
|Rachel, Andrea of Aine's Realm, James, Me, Monica, Julie Kagawa, |
Louise of Between the Covers, and, at last, Meaghan.
|With Cherie Priest, who excels at speaking over car alarms.|
|With Darren Shan. This photo was prefaced with "Do you fancy being strangled?"|
|With Jennifer Murgia and Cyn Balog.|