I’m scheduling a post today because, my gosh, I haven’t published anything on here in nearly two weeks. There were several reasons behind this unprecedented hiatus.
Some of you may already know this if I commented on your blogs, I’ve been in an awful reading slump (and thus a blogging slump) since mid-October. I’ve started a bunch of fantastic, brilliantly compelling books (A Little Life, A Monster Calls, Wolf By Wolf to name a few)… but I just haven’t been in the mood to… read. And I think the best way to deal with this is to just not read for a while. However, I want to thank every one of you that gave me great suggestions for remedying the slump-from light contemporaries to short stories.
Another reason why I think I’ll take it easy with the reading is that I won’t be blogging that much in the next few weeks anyway. Fall classes are coming to a close and finals are about to begin the start of December. My focus really needs to be on my studies especially since this is the year I applied to professional school and they’ll be monitoring my every academic move (lol, that was awkwardly worded, sorry heh) until the end of the spring semester, and I have to admit that blogging (and blog hopping) does take a considerable chunk of my time-even though I do enjoy it! However, I do have one exciting news to share with you guys in terms with my status with admissions to pharmacy school-I got an interview! By the time this post has published, I’ve already have had it, but regardless of it going well or not, I’m just so relieved and happy I was competitive enough as an applicant for them to want to meet me in person. Fingers crossed, that everything will go well from here on out.
Yet another great thing that has happened to me recently is… I went to Yallfest! Those of you that follow me on Instagram and Twitter probably knew I went. But yeah. It was such a wonderful experience, being my first book signing event. I ended up meeting authors I never thought I’d ever get to meet, befriending fellow bookworms while waiting in the signing lines, and just having a blast. The only regrets I had were not getting to see panels. I wanted to attend the Keynote collab between Richelle Mead, one of my all-time favorite authors, and R.L. Stine so bad, but I wasn’t able to buy a ticket in time before they sold out. And every free panel conflicted with a signing that I couldn’t give up. However, I’m happy to be able to say “maybe next year.” That’s right! I’m already thinking about going to Yallfest 2016 because it was just that fun this year. 😉
And before I end this post with a few pictures I took at Yallfest 2015 (omg, I was so derp-y in the pictures; don’t mind me, OTL), I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that comments/likes, just silently reads, or does whatever to support Xingsings even when I’m not active in the blogosphere. I know that a lot of my blog traffic comes from my usual blog hopping sprees, but it really does mean a lot when I still see people actively reading this blog even when I’m not present. Like I’ve mentioned before, I really do read every comment and eventually reply to them.
Anyhow, I hope everyone has a lovely and safe week!
LOL. 😄 You guys can really tell how short I am in this photo… I’m the one in the middle. On the left (in the pink) is my friend, Amy, who happens to be the very few in real life friends that enjoys to reading as much as I do. On the right is a friend we both made in the Alexandra Bracken line named Sarah.
So right when we arrived in Charleston, me and Amy literally ran to Renée Ahdieh’s line (we were running a tad late due to finding parking). Though we both haven’t read The Wrath and the Dawn, we were pretty excited to start our day meeting Renée since we’ve only heard good things about her book. She was so, so nice, and had her own copy for her fans to sign. I signed on the eleventh page since 11 is my favorite number, haha.
Later that day, we went over to the Epic Reads and other bookish/publishing booths to get swag and other free stuff. This photo is kind of random, but it’s of an Epic Reads chalk imprint on a slab of sidewalk. These were all over downtown Charleston that day.
I think everyone has a focus when they come to these events, for some it’s panels, for other it’s signings, or maybe sometimes just free stuff. Even with a premade schedule I prepared for this day, I had a hard time balancing all three. Like I said, attending panels didn’t happen for me. And since I mostly wanted to meet authors and get my books signed I wasn’t able to grab much free things (people were lined up at 4:30 am at the Epic Reads booth for ARCs apparently-I wasn’t about to wake at 2:00 am (it takes to hours from where I live to get to Charleston) to compete with them).
However, I did manage to get an ARC of Dreamology by Lucy Keating at the Epic Reads booth when they did this spin-the-wheel type of game thing.
This was the only author photo I posted on Instagram because, well, meeting Leigh Bardugo was the highlight of my day since she’s one of my new favorite authors. She was so sweet and omg, I couldn’t stop staring at her nails because they were so beautiful and appropriate for Six of Crows recent release. To be honest, I was fangirling too hard to remember much from my 30 seconds of meeting her, LOL.
Even though it seems like I am, I’m not going to post all the pictures I took with the authors I met (because then this post would be way too long), but here’s me with Ryan Graudin, the author of Wolf by Wolf, which I got an ARC of last month and am currently reading. Her hair was so cool, omg.
While waiting in the signing lines there were a lot of these banners that asked the readers bookish related questions. A lot of them stretched building-wide and were pretty cool to look at. These waiting-in-line activities the Yallfest committee created this year and meeting/talking to fellow bookworms in the signing lines made them move so much faster.
And the last author I met that day was Nicola Yoon! She was so soft-spoken and nice! This photo is me being shy talking about how cute Madeline and Olly’s relationship was, haha. And funny story about meeting her… I was actually the last reader/fan she saw that day too. I literally speed-walked to get to her line after waiting almost two hours in Alexandra Bracken’s.
As you guys know, I have a huge problem when it comes to book buying. True, I don’t buy used books but in my defense I usually only buy books at bargain prices when they’re cut down to super low deals (that’s right, Bookoutlet will be the reason behind my wallet’s demise). So Yallfest was my day to splurge and buy all of these pretty books-that all happened to be signed! Though these were all sold at full price, it feels great to support an independent book store! | Royal Wedding | Another Day | The Ruby Circle | A Thousand Nights | An Ember in the Ashes | Talon | Rogue
And I’ll end the pictures here with this very South Carolinian photo (the Chevy truck in the background, haha). I had such a great time, and really encourage you all to attend future Yallfest’s if you can! Maybe we could meet up! 🙂