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Hollywood Week: Meeting the Star a.k.a Author

Greetings! Honest truth: I always forget to do recaps of author events on Rather Be Reading. It’s so so terrible of me because I’ve gone to some great ones and never seem to get them written in time. But by a huge stroke of luck, Starstuck and Love Me author Rachel Shukert was in town […]

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March 16, 2014 - 7:39 pm

Alexa S. - I wish I’d known about this event, as it sounds great! Rachel seems awesome, and I love that she’s got that much of a connection with Jeremy Jordan 😉 So glad you were able to meet her!

March 10, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I assume that’s your really cool looking Benz parked in front of McNally Jackson that will ferry me from the NYPL down to SoHo in a few weeks?

Is it weird I didn’t know there was an upstairs to McNally Jackson? I’ve been downstairs, but I can’t even picture how to get upstairs.

Sorry, would you like me to leave you a comment related to this post? I love the tidbits you learned during the Q&A and the Muppet that she drew for you, that is very cool.

March 9, 2014 - 9:36 pm

Christina @ My Life In Books - I absolutely love, love, LOVE McNally Jackson – I even got to meet Sarah McNally through a class in college! The layout in that bookstore is so organic and welcoming at the same time. Wish I was still in the city to visit :)

March 8, 2014 - 12:15 pm

alice-jane - AHHHH this looks like it was loads of fun! It’s cool that she personalized your book (Kermit!) and her extensive knowledge of Hollywood culture and the Oscars. I definitely have to read her books now!

Are You There, Readers? It’s Tiger Eyes.

I absolutely adore Twitter. I love it most when it’s one of those right place, right time situations and I see a tweet about an event happening in New York City. One of the latest examples was seeing a preview of Tiger Eyes at The JCC on April 25. Tiger Eyes is the first full-length film from […]

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June 10, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Alexa Y. - This is one Judy Blume title I’ve never read, but after reading your thoughts, I really want to! The poster for the movie and the trailer also make me extra excited to see it. I love that Judy Blume was so incredible to her fans! <3

June 10, 2013 - 3:34 pm

Ghenet Myrthil - I went to the NYC premiere on Friday night (which was also followed by a Q&A with Judy and Lawrence, as well as Amy Jo Johnson!) and I thought the movie was fantastic. I was also starstruck by Judy and thought she was wonderful during the Q&A. It was definitely an exciting evening!

June 9, 2013 - 9:25 pm

tabithasbookblog - I’m so excited for this one!! I haven’t actually read the book, but I’d definitely be interested in doing so in the future! And the trailer! AH – and that song? I’m obsessed!!

June 7, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Lucy - Ooh I’m going to look for this on demand! What an incredible experience that you got to attend the screening with Judy Blume herself! She is the author that got me into reading so Judy Blume will always have a special place in my heart.
It is incredible that this is her first film adaptation! Thanks for telling us about this one :)

June 7, 2013 - 11:54 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly - I never heard of the book or the movie until you mentioned it. But now I definitely want to read and see it! Based on the trailer alone, I have a feeling I’ll end up crying a lot too haha.

June 7, 2013 - 1:25 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Wow — I had no idea this movie was even in the works. In this day and age where almost every movie is based on a book, you really have to applaud Judy Blume for keeping her stories out of the theatres until she felt that it was right. And to embark on this journey with her son? I teared up too!

Tahereh Mafi and Veronica Rossi at Book People: Austin, TX

  For months, I was so excited to see Tahereh Mafi and Veronica Rossi at Book People. If I had one of those big desk calendars (instead of being all technological with my online gmail calendar), I would have circled April 26th with big, happy hearts. These two ladies are extraordinary authors. Tahereh is the […]

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February 27, 2013 - 8:49 pm

Britney @ I Eat Words - I’m apparently creeping but the recommends note for Shatter Me was written/drawn by my best friend! She was working the event that day and told me how crazy/awesome the event was! Great post. :)

December 18, 2012 - 7:03 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi is ah-mazing. I couldn’t even put my thoughts into words to write a review for this one. Every time I tried, I failed. I did meet her this year and that was the icing on the cake!  […]

June 18, 2012 - 3:00 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love this post because the event sounds amazing, the pictures are beautiful (as well as the people in them of course *winks*) and because it sounds absolutely inspiring. I love that it felt like I was up close and personal with the authors while I was reading it!

May 20, 2012 - 9:52 am

Shelve It: May 20, 2012 - […] shared highlights of Tahereh Mafi and Veronica Rossi’s Into the Future tour stop in Austin, TX. (I look like I’m trying to bit Tahereh in a […]

May 18, 2012 - 6:18 pm

VeganYANerds - Magan, this looks like it was such a fun event! I absolutely love the silly photos of you and Tahereh and Veronica, so cute! Also the detail you went into while recapping, it’s great to read as I doubt those ladies will ever visit us in Aus!

May 18, 2012 - 5:21 pm

Jennifer - Such pretty pictures!!! And me! Haha!

May 18, 2012 - 7:17 am

Alex - Also, yay animated GIFs!

May 18, 2012 - 7:16 am

Alex - I know that girl! (The one in grey) Well, I know her face. She’s a regular at B&N.

May 17, 2012 - 8:38 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Awww — it looks like you had SO MUCH FUN! I’ve just started reading Shatter Me (I know, I know … so behind with all the bestest books!) and I am LOVING it. She has such a way with words that I want to copy down every second sentence into my book of favourite book quotes!!

May 17, 2012 - 6:31 pm

Lia Keyes - Oh, this was so infectiously fun to read and terrific photos, too! Everyone looks so relaxed and happy!

May 17, 2012 - 3:44 pm

elena - LOVE this post, Magan! It looks like such a blast and your photos are so crisp & clear. Augh, I hope they come near me one day. The last photo is my favourite, I think it sums up the event nicely. Thanks for sharing!

May 17, 2012 - 3:29 pm

Anna - Those last few pictures! OH MY WORD! Pure hilarity!

May 17, 2012 - 3:27 pm

Katie @ Blook Girl - I have SO MUCH LOVE for the people in these pictures! What a great time y’all had :-) Aren’t Tahereh and Veronica just completely gorgeous and gracious? I adore them.

The GIFs… made my day :-)

Magan: World Book Night Recap

  WHO: Last Monday, I had the chance to volunteer for World Book Night with a few of my favorite bookish people: Jen, Stephanie, Jennifer, and Megan. WHAT & WHEN: You may be wondering what this event was. If you want to learn it in more detail, you can visit the official World Book Night website. In […]

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June 18, 2012 - 12:08 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This sounds like it was one amazing event! I’d definitely want to be a part of it next year, if I can. Sharing books with people is always an amazing thing to me – especially when you can share them with people who don’t have the same access that you do.

May 3, 2012 - 11:10 pm

elena - aw love the way you formatted this post! It sounds like a lot of fun and spreading the love of reading is always great. 😀

May 3, 2012 - 5:44 pm

VeganYANerds - You are so awesome and what a fantastic event! I love that you were able to hand out so many books, well done, Magan!

May 3, 2012 - 8:29 am

I Read Banned Books - Jen Bigheart - Great wrap-up post! I need to write mine today. Lol! So much fun and can’t wait for next year!


New York City Teen Author Festival Recap: Part 2

Hi! I’m back with the final installment about my time checking out the NYCTAF festival. Unfortunately, due to work, I couldn’t attend any of the awesome-sounding panels that were going on the Friday of the festival. (For details on who attended, check this out.) Luckily, I didn’t miss out on all Friday events: Friday, March […]

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June 18, 2012 - 12:25 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Again, this set of panels sounds fantastic and I wish I could have been there with you! This year for sure :)

April 24, 2012 - 2:14 pm

Eva, The Book Stoner - Love Stephanie Perkins’ hair! :)

April 22, 2012 - 4:51 am

VeganYANerds - Estelle, this sounds like such a good event and I love the photos too! I’d love to go to conference like this with a bunch of fantastic authors

April 20, 2012 - 7:59 pm

elena - Ahaha to the Lucas Klauss as St. Clair thing. I don’t know, he sounds kind of perfect to me! It sounds like SO MUCH fun, thanks for sharing. 😀

New York City Teen Author Festival Recap: Part 1

During the last week of March, I depended on Lara Bars for dinner sustenance and headed downtown for a bunch of New York City Teen Author Festival events! Of course, I made sure to make an appearance because a) there were so many authors participating that I have grown to love b) I wanted to […]

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March 11, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Estelle - Hi Pat! There’s a huge signing at the end of the weekend and you can go to that and get your books signed. I’m sure at the smaller events authors would oblige but some of these events are held at libraries so unless you already have the book… there’s no purchasing being done. Hope that helps!

March 10, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Pat - Hi! Were you able to get autographs from your favorite authors?

June 18, 2012 - 12:03 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’m very jealous that you got to go! It sounds like it was an amazing event. Hopefully I get to go (along with you, of course) next year!

April 12, 2012 - 4:56 pm

elena - eeep I would love to read those 150 pages Morgan Matson cut out, especially if it meant more Amy and Roger scenes. I didn’t know David Levithan edited The Hunger Games, what a cool fact! These events sound like so much fun, thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to read your next part!

April 12, 2012 - 4:26 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I LOVE any panels where David Levithan is present! So I would have been too busy hanging on his every word to take notes, haha. I always intended to take notes at this things and always forget, so good job, Estelle! 😀

April 12, 2012 - 4:23 pm

Ghenet Myrthil - Great recap! My TBR list is exploding with all the books I want to read, after attending this festival. :)

April 12, 2012 - 3:29 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Ok I seriously want to read those 150 pages that Morgan Matson cut out of Amy & Roger! Gah! and there’s no way that trip could ever be too long.

Sounds like you had an amazing time Estelle! Wish I could have been there, too.