Jason Segel Signing at The Grove

OMG. He’s so cute ❤ ____ ❤

I just want to put this out there. Many people know this already but, Jason Segel is one of my biggest celebrity crushes, like ever. I think he’s hilarious and just so super cute. So when I heard he was having a book signing for his debut novel, Nightmares! at The Grove, I had to go. HAD TO GO.

This is going to be short, as this was a short event. Literally, only a signing.

So we got there  relatively early. Around noonish. The event was set for 2pm. There was plenty of wristbands left when we got there. We got C-Member wristbands, so we were in the first packs to see him.

We got lunch, walked around, then went to the wonderfully set up line. We sat for like 15 minutes and in less time than it took to wait, we were getting up, walking towards him and getting our book signed. He actually started the even early for everyone

However, there was a little lull in between when Segel signed a bunch of books for some little kids and it was super adorable and I love him even more for it.

I got to talk to him and take pictures with him but I’ll never post those because I was too excited and made too derpy of a smile…

The event was advertised as a reading and signing but there were just so many people, there’s no way they could have made that happen.

Props to B&N at the Grove for handing such a huge event effortlessly.

We were in our car, on the way out of the parking structure by, 2:15pm.

Perfect.

The only picture of us anyone will ever see...

The only picture of us anyone will ever see…

 

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Gayle Forman Signing at the Americana

I did it guys! I went to another book event! Woop woop. 

IMG_5402It was a discussion and signing by Gayle Forman and R.J. Cutler (Director of If I Stay). Once they both arrived at the event area, Gayle Forman acted as a kind of moderator. She went right into it and asked R.J. so many beautiful and enlightening questions. They discussed how great Chloe Grace Moretz was to work with and what an amazing actress she is. They had about an hour long discussion. They also opened it up to questions from the audience and there were some really great ones. 

Questions that were asked included: Why did Gayle Forman decide to make Mia play the cello? Did someone knowingly make a question mark out of the movie poster? and Why did RJ (a documentarian decide to film If I Stay?

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To which the answers were:
That she didn’t really choose the cello. The character of Mia came to her head one day, already in love with the cello. She said that the cello really and truly chose herself and Mia.

IMG_5398Yes someone did knowingly incorporate a question mark in the movie poster because it was a message. Mia has to deal with a very important weighted question and the designer wanted everyone who would see this poster to know about it. I honestly think it’s beautiful and a tremendously wonderful idea. 

RJ Cutler said he read the book and it made him reflect. It made him cry. It was then that he knew that he needed to make this film. He needed to bring this story to the masses.

It was wonderful. Honestly. It was a mellow and at times funny event but it was more enlightening than anything else. I’m so very glad that I got to go.

IMG_5401The Barnes and Noble at the Americana (aka my work) does not have a very big event space. It seats about 50 people max. That max was filled…and then some. There were definitely a bunch of “Standing Room Only” attendees and that truly excited me. I love being in a room with people that enjoy something just as much as I do. 

 

After their discussion, it was time for the signing, which honestly, went by really quickly! They were all business. Not very much chit chat with the fans and for some odd reason, fans were not able to take pictures with them, only of them while they were signing. But of course, since I work there, yes, I (and my wonderful blogger co-worker Kurt) got special treatment…

I'm so awkward.

I’m so awkward.

cutest.

cutest.

 

 

Fierce Reads Summer Blockbuster at the Grove

So, I haven’t gone to many book events. Crazy, I know. But I didn’t always read and review the way I do. It started late 2013. Since then, I’ve been to three book events: LA Festival of Books, Ruin and Rising Launch Party, and Fierce Reads Book Tour. Now, if you’re as big of a nerd as I am, you’ll see how they all correlate…Leigh Bardugo was at each event. She was basically my “draw”. When I found out that Marissa Meyer was also attending this event, I had to go.

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calm before the storm.

My boyfriend, Blake is a HUGE Lunar Chronicles fan and wanted to get there early. That’s exactly what we did. The event started at 7 and we were there around 4pm. We got drinks and ate lunch at the Barnes and Noble cafe. Then head on over to the event space where they were holding a mini-event: Batman and DC Trivia to celebrate BATMAN DAY! We won some cool toys, posters, comic books, and cool points. I had never been to the Grove so after that, we walked around for a bit, our main focus being the Farmer’s Market. I didn’t get food because I had been feeling a little under the weather all day, but I will definitely go back to get food there!

When we got back inside and went up to the event space, I saw a couple of my bookish friends, Sara and Kurt, (they each have their own blog). We chat it up a bit and they let us in. Since a good amount of people arrived early, the good people at MacMillan decided to reward us. We got Fierce Reads reusable bags and…ARCS! (I’m going to post about all the ARCs I’ve received this month.) The Community Relations Manager served as the greatest hype-woman! She talked up all the authors and their works, along with the moderator, Anthony Breznican. His debut novel is out and she did so wonderfully describing it that I had to get it. 

The Panel started and my word, all four of these wonderful women were absolutely hilarious.

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IMG_5339Marissa Meyer was a total sweetheart and Leigh Bardugo was charming and funny. Meyer realized that Blake was a huge fan and asked if he wanted a picture. I swear, it was like a child meeting Santa Claus, I’d never seen him so happy. So, for that, Marissa Meyer, THANK YOU for being the sweetest and for making Blake’s day! Leigh Bardugo remembered us from her last events and, let me tell you, that made my day, haha. She also gave me a nail polish and we (along with Anna Banks and Ann Aguirre) discussed which superheroes we’d like to date. IMG_5338Fun times. Anyway, Anna Banks was by far, the funniest though. She was so try and sarcastic, I just couldn’t handle it. I had no idea she was like that. My biggest regret was not reading her books beforehand…but she has a new book coming out called, Joyride. It is partly autobiographical and I’m definitely picking it up. Anne Aguirre reminded me of myself. She was that adorablely awakward person. Ah, I loved her too. I had never read her books either but I decided to buy her book right there, and of course, had her sign it. She described it so great and it sounded like it was right up my alley. I had to get it. 

Cutest Picture Ever.

Cutest Picture Ever.

Goofball signing my book.

Goofball signing my book.

The Moderator was Anthony Breznican. He writes for Entertainment Weekly and his debut novel, Brutal Youth, came out very recently. I had never heard of it but they talked about it a lot through the course of the night and I had to get it. It sounded so dark. But not fantasy dark, like humans causing others harm. Right up my alley. So after the pannel, quite a few people went over to him and had him sign their books. Honestly, I’d never seen someone so happy. He was so very genuinely excited that a bunch of us book nerds had him sign his book. He even took the time to write everyone a little letter along with his signature. Overall, it was a wonderful turn out and one of the funnest events I’ve ever been to. I will definitely try to go to more!

More Pics from Our Adventure:

Kurt talking up Bresnikan

Kurt talking up Breznican

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Pretty Grove Lights, while walking back to the car

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He was a happy camper ❤

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

 

 

 

I didn’t get to stay very long and forgot my camera in the car..so I didn’t get very many pictures. But this event was so much fun! Free books were given out. There were excellent talks, Q&As, and presentations going on. I only went Sunday so I missed a ton of cool stuff but I will definitely come back next year. The best part is that it was a free event! And some stands had 3 for $10 books or everything below $5 books. It was quite an experience.

Also, Leigh Bardugo is the cutest and so crazy nice. ♡