So, a while back, I was able to attend the 1st Annual North Texas Teen Book Festival in Irving. A full day of panels, plus booksignings with about 50 authors? It was a dream come true! I managed to convince my wonderful brother to drive me and one of my best friends up there. Our main item of business for attending? Meet Ally Carter! Check!
I have adored Ally’s Gallagher Girls series from the first time I read them, and her Heist Society and Embassy Row were no different! Getting to meet her really was a dream come true. Plus, she was a super nice and friendly person. :D
Meeting Jessica Brody was my second priority. I adored Unremembered and 52 Reasons to Hate my Father, and getting to meet her was incredible. I was about to make an additional point of how nice she was, but I think that would get old soon, since ALL OF THE AUTHORS AT NTTBF WERE WONDERFUL AND NICE. Plus, she recognized my necklace (from her book)! I loved meeting her.
D.J. MacHale: Author of the Pendragon series: AKA My Childhood. Enough said! We hung out and chatted for quite a few minutes in the signing room, which was amazing. Love him!
Brian Yansky: I had never seen his books prior to meeting him at NTTBF, but after going to a few of his panels and taking a selfie with him, I really want to check them out! He’s such a great guy, and so much fun.
Claire LeGrand: Again, never seen her book before going to the Fest, but I cannot wait until I can read it now! It looks absolutely phenomenal! A retelling of the Nutcracker with GORGEOUS cover art AND a map? Don’t mind if I do! Plus, we got to hang with her and chat for few minutes, which was fabulous.
Lindsay Cummings: Ever since I’d heard about her on Alohomora! I knew that I had to check out her books. When I saw that she was going to be at the Fest it was the perfect opportunity! I bought her first Balance Keepers novel and went to go meet her. I love her. She is amazing. Read her books.
Gordon Korman: Ever since I began the long and (when it started) wonderful and (to the current date and books being released) horrible journey that was the 39 Clues (and all spin offs) series, I adored Gordon Korman. Because I loved that series, and his were some of my favorites. So getting to meet him was INCREDIBLE. Really great guy.
Elizabeth Eulberg: I haven’t yet read any of her books, but after going to her panels and meeting her (she’s SO nice!) they’re at the top of my TBR! :)
Stephanie Perkins: Though I have seen Anna and the French Kiss everywhere I’ve turned for years, I still haven’t read it. Insert above Elizabeth Eulberg description, haha.
Obert Skye: I’ve only read the first book in the series, but I love Obert Skye and I love Leven Thumps! Plus, we got to hang out and chat for quite some time! He’s so nice and wonderful to his fans. <3
Two more of the author discoveries I made at the NTTBF! Carrie Ryan and Jennifer L. Barnes! I’m looking forward to reading their books now. :)
I also got to meet Kathy and Bredan Reichs, and Ally Condie! Pics to come of them soon!
So, there you go, a lightning wrap up of my experience at the NTTBF. I got into some amazing panels, Book Boyfriends 101 being the most sought after, and was able to have an absolutely incredible experience! Brava, Irving. I can’t wait until next year!