Today's topic is "real life" experiences - including partnerships in local community, book events attended of blogger meet ups.
So today I chose to write about a book event that I attended last October where I also had the chance to meet a handful of fellow Canadian book bloggers.
It was my second time attending the Smart Chicks Kick It tour. I attended the first year just after starting my blog and my fiancee went with me since I didn't know anyone. But this time around I met up with some amazing Ottawa area bloggers.
We arranged to meet for dinner at a restaurant not far from the library where the Smart Chicks Tour was being held. I met up with with Meaghan (Feeling a Little Bookish), Emilie (Emilie's Book World), Carmel (Rabid Reads) and Katherine (The Lady Critic's Library). They were wonderful to meet in person and I still chat with them via Twitter all the time. I would love to meet up with them again sometime, but haven't been able to make the trek to Ottawa lately.
|(L-R) Chrystal, Emilie, Carmel, Meaghan and Katherine.|
After having a lovely dinner with everyone and getting to know each other a little better and our book genre tastes, it was time to head over to the event.
The crowd was amazing and made up mostly of younger teens, but throw in a few parents, a few fans of Kelley Armstrong's adult series and the book bloggers and you have yourself a fun crowd. I think the younger crowd asked the most thoughtful and amazing questions.
I actually printed out the Smart Chicks Tour poster on photo paper and had all of the authors sign it. It's probably one of my favourite swag items that I own.
I also brought along a few books that I already owned to have the authors sign and they were so absolutely fun to chat with and meet.
I would have to say that attending an event with people of a like mind is so much more fun than going alone. You have someone to talk to about the books, the authors and your love of reading. It's energizing and exciting. i cannot wait to attend some more events either in Ottawa or Toronto (I live pretty much halfway between), so that I can meet more of my online blogging friends. And next time I think it would be even more fun if my real life BFF and fellow book blogger, Aislynn, were able to attend with me.