My First Ever Book Signing | Minor Stress, Train Delays & Happily Ever After

While it is still fresh in my mind, I would like to share with you my experience at my first book signing! I have spoken about this event in a few posts because I was so excited to go. However, I am still recovering from that excitement so please excuse spelling errors or the incredible amount of exclamation marks. 

I never buy Costa, or anything in disposable cups, but I was so fed up that I really needed something to drink. Luckily there were paper straws!

Friday 13th really did live up to its ‘unlucky’ legacy and the evening was not off to a great start. Many trains were cancelled as there was disruption on the line. This caused us to be very late for the event and I thought that Waterstones would shut us out because we hadn’t been there for the start of the event! As you can all imagine, it went okay in the end. I was worrying over nothing and we got to Waterstones just after the Q&A had started. If you are unaware of a book signing schedule, this is how it usually goes:

  • author is interviewed in front of an audience and we get to learn a little bit about the book (without spoilers) 
  • the author then asks the audience for questions and they are answered
  • we queue up for book signing/share fanart/photos

I am so awkward and I wish that I’d spoken to Connie a lot more than I did. We held a bit of small talk but then I was standing awkwardly with my hands clasped in front of me. I really need to work on my social problems.

Both of my books were beautifully signed and I will treasure them dearly. My other signed books were sent to me signed or I bought from an event (there was a Steve Backshall talk one time) pre-signed. This was my first chance to have my name in it! I call this excitement but non-bookish people will not relate. 

After the book signing I went to Starbucks and tried my first pumpkin spice latte!

For those of you who do not know, Connie Glynn is YA novelist who recently released the third book in her debut series “The Rosewood Chronicles”. She is famous for her YouTube career that she fell into. All Connie has really wanted to do is write. These books are nothing like the ghost-written YouTuber crap. It is amazing to grow with the author as the books get progressively more mature (still very light and fluffy though!). Any of you from outside of the UK may only know her for her books instead of her highly popular YouTube career. Connie’s former channel name was Nooderella but when she stopped doing it full time she used it as a hobby instead. I look up to this woman because I have grown as she has, her channel has changed as I made big decisions in my life. It sounds very cringey, but I think it’s super special. Back to the diary:

My favourite part of this event was the interview. Connie was very clear with her answers and there was a lot of humour in it too! I’ve learnt a lot about The Lost Princess before even reading it. I very much look forward to experiencing this book first-hand. The other two were amazing so I wonder if this one could be better? Lots of people have described it that way!

I cannot wait for the rest of the series and to attend more book-signings in future. It’s a very special experience and a perfect excuse to getaway to Liverpool.

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Saga Volume One | Graphic Novel Book Review

Saga is the first independent graphic novel I’ve ever read. As a young child I did read some Doctor Who comics but they were heavily based on the images we get in the TV programme. Saga is completely different and a solid five out of five stars for me!

I picked up this book because my favourite booktuber @clockwork_reads recommended it. This book really surprised me because I thought that I wouldn’t really like the graphic novel format. It was a quick read with some deep themes and emotional rollercoasters! I love how the family theme was prominent and that it was told from the perspective of the child.

I’m very impatient to read the next one because we were left on a weird cliffhanger! It wasn’t a bad ending but also not ‘happily ever after’. I think that it will be interesting the learn more about these worlds and the politics of them! For me, it had a few Star Wars vibes with the morals being similar and technology being on the same levels. I can’t say much about Saga without going into spoilers and I wouldn’t like to do that.

I’m not a big sci-fi fanatic so this really exceeded my expectations. I can’t recommend this book enough! It has some sexual themes so please be careful if that’s not your cup of tea. I hope that this series continues to be amazing because I hate to be disappointed by sequels. I’ll definitely be getting the next few soon!

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Sunshine Blogger Award | Bookish Edition!

Thank you very much Xandra for allowing me to do this tag! I found the questions very interesting so, although I have been nominating for this award before, I really wanted to do this today. Go and check out Xandra’s blog for some amazing book recommendations and great bookish posts! She deserves a lot of love.

  • Why did you start your blog?

I have told this tale hundreds of times, but I started this blog because the book series Girl Online inspired me. I tried my very best to recreate Penny’s character before realising that I don’t have to fake it to make it. I could be myself and people would still like it!

  • Is there anything you wish you had done when you first started blogging?

I was completly new to the idea of blogging so I don’t really mind that I got things wrong in the beginning. However, I wish I had found out about this scheduling tool sooner!

  • What was your favorite childhood book/series?

As a historical fiction lover, my favourite series was Hetty Feather. There are a total of seven in that series though there may be more now. I re-read it so many times that my mind was into different places at once: Victorian London and present-day England XD

  • Who is your favorite author, and why?

I don’t have a favourite author or genre because I think that they should all be appreciated for their different values! I must say that Emily Bronte was good at conducting her one an only book without making it boring. Wuthering Heights was full of good language but it never made me yawn.

  • Where is your favorite place to read?

When the weather is lovely in an evening, I will go and sit on the lawn. I most often read in my bed though because British weather is unpredicatable and cold!

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  • Why did you start reading? Tell us your story!

I found it fascinating for all of my life, though my reading goals started about a year ago when I bumped into the booktube and book blogging community. You were all so lovely that I had to join in! I have discovered some really amazing books and without this blog I would definetly not be the same.

  • If you had to choose one for the rest of your life, would it be books, movies, or TV shows?

Of course it would be books! I find it so much nicer to judge a character by their beliefs and morals instead of the exterior.

  • What are your favorite kinds of posts to write?

I really enjoy tags because they are easy to do but also share a lot of information. Book reviews are quite hard to write (summarising all of your thoughts) but the response is really rewarding.

  • Do you like graphic novels? If so, which are your favorites?

I’ve only ever read Saga Volume 1 but I really enjoyed it. I’m sure the book would have no interest to me without the images. I’ll be picking the rest up in future and possibly discovering some more.

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  • What are some books you wish you had read sooner?

I wish I had read Harry Potter much sooner! I read the series for the first time when I was 11. It’s not that old but compared to my friends I left it a bit late. Oh well, I least it was read eventually!

  • Is there a book you’ve been wanting to read, but haven’t yet?

The Night Circus is sitting on my shelf now and I finally have the chance to pick it up! I wanted desperately to finish Lady Midnight first but now I free. I am free to the realms of the circus! I don’t know much of the context but I like to go into a book with little knowledge of what it is about. If I get lost then Mr. Google can help me out.


That’s it for today’s post! If you would like to particpate then please feel free and use the questions I did.

Do you enjoy tags? What are you reading at the moment?

Have a wonderful day,

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