Joseph-Beth Cincinnati hosted two back-to-back signings with my newest favorite contemporary authors! First up: Emery Lord for her newest book The Names They Gave Us
Emery was hilarious and down to earth! I had just finished her book When We Collided two days prior to this, and when I told her that it destroyed me she suggested I read something more lighthearted between it and The Names They Gave Us because it would destroy me too! She’s one of the most effortlessly funny people I’ve ever met.
Day Two involved meeting Brittany Cavallaro for her newest book The Last of August and Emily Henry for A Million Junes!
(I haven’t ready anything by Emily yet, so I also picked up The Love That Split The World.)
Brittany and Emily are best friends, and it was so cute to watch them interact with each other and lead the discussion! They had us laughing, crying, and wanting to be in their #squad. It was a seriously great time, with some seriously awesome ladies! I’ve never met anyone more kind than these two.
Emily’s mom made everyone these DELICIOUS cupcakes, and I got to enjoy mine with Cassie, a friend from OTSP Secret Sister! it was great meeting her and getting to hang out with her on both nights of signings!
Both signings were small and intimate, and there were some great questions asked! I love getting to go to these events, and couldn’t believe some of my newest faves coming this close to my tiny area! I still had to drive an hour and a half to get to them, but if they got any closer they’d have to host it in a corn field.
I started this blog as a venting process for an ended relationship, and as a way to relate my feeling to my favorite books or characters.
(Blogging is cheaper than therapy, homies.)
Now I do overviews of the books I read, and other posts like discussion topics, and interviews with other bloggers!
It’s been a long road, but I’m finally happy with where I am, blog-wise. I’ve made a commitment of posting once per week – no matter how busy my life is – and it’s working out for me! I stock pile book reviews and schedule posts like, “Today I’m Recommending…” and what I’ve found is: I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN!
Before, I felt so pressure to do lengthy reviews and discussion posts and get a million ARCs like the bloggers who had been doing this since before I could talk. It was so unrealistic of me, and blogging started to suck. I’m so excited that I’ve found this rhythm.
I still don’t get a lot of traffic to each post, but I love doing it for ME and for those who do happen to read, and appreciate, them.
I didn’t think I would be this involved in the community two years ago. I’ve made friends through the OTSP Secret Sister group that I never would have otherwise! I go to events and pick up swag and even joined Bookstagram.
I can’t wait to see where I’m at this time next year!