Back in December I received a very exciting email! An invitation to my first ever book blogging event! It was from Rachel at Scholastic and I was hugely excited reading the invite as not only did it sound fab I would get to meet two wonderful debut authors who I had been chatting to on twitter for a while.
Upon replying and accepting the invitation is suddenly dawned on me that I may actually get to also meet some of the other awesome bloggers I have got to know through twitter! I quickly found out through twitter and with the help of Bookish Peeps who was going and I had been so excited ever since!
On the cold morning of the 24th January with trains booked to London, alarm set for 5am and a round of cold cardboard toast for the journey I set off in excitement.
Walking into the 5th floor Children’s Department office at Scholastic with the lovely Charlotte from Epona Reviews who I met up with beforehand (it was her first event too) we were warmly welcomed by the wonderful Rachel and were given a name badge (which embarrassingly I forgot to take off after the event so walking round London everyone knew my name! *gulps*)
(Photo thanks to @DarkRReviews)
We were then invited to….well basically eat all of this wonderful food that Scholastic has laid on…well it was a brunch after all so it would have been rude not to have a munch wouldn’t it! :-). And we got to adore all the pretty covers of lovely books whilst we grazed…what more could we ask for!
(Photo thanks to @DarkRReviews)
We heard about some absolutely fab titles coming out from Scholastic this year which all sounded fantastic!
Check out my review of Sarah Sky’s Jessica Cole Model Spy Catwalk Criminal here
Then up first following her night at the Natural History Museum for Dinosnores (which sounds so fab) and armed with a super Lama at the front Fox at the side pen Mel Salisbury introduced and talked about her debut novel – The Sin Eaters Daughter. I loved how Mel talked about how her own travelling experiences are reflected in the book as she was introduced to so many different cultures when travelling. It was also great to hear that a scene in the book which involves a mirror maze it actually based on an actual mirror maze in Prague where Mel had visited and whilst seeing lots of herself in the maze thought of the scene – I can’t wait to read this!
Afterwards I got to chat to Mel and get my book signed!
I met up with Mel later in the year – check here to find out what she got up to at the Birmingham event!
Next up was the lovely Eve Ainsworth talking about her book 7 Days. I loved the way Eve talked and described the book talking about the two narratives and that working with teens had allowed her to see both sides of the story of bullying. I loved the way Eve champions UKYA and the hope that her book opens up discussions and bullying.
Eve has written a blog post about attending the event here
Afterwards I got to chat to Eve and get my book signed!
Check out my review of 7 Days here
And also a Q&A with a character from the book here
What I also really enjoyed about the event is I got to meet so many wonderful bloggers! Blogger I have been chatting to on twitter for a while who I had never met before and new to me bloggers who I discovered. It was so nice to chat in person and enjoy each others company and everyone was so lovely!
(Photo thanks to Zara – @thebook_addict )
(Photos thanks to Michelle @cloverness )
A huge huge thank you to Rachel and Scholastic for inviting me to my first ever event and thank you to all the wonderful book bloggers I met and Mel and Eve – you all really made my day!
And I got a fab goody bag! Thanks Scholastic! I feel like a very lucky girl indeed!
You can check out the love tweeting by scholastic from the event on the hashtag #bloggersbookfeast
After the event enjoyed the sites of London and of course visited some book shops including the newly moved Foyles and Waterstones Piccadilly which were amazing!
Did you go to the Scholastic book blogger brunch? Have you been to any other events? What are your favourite book shops in London? I would love to hear from you! Why not leave a comment using the reply button above or tweet me in twitter using @chelleytoy.