Event Recap: Jennifer Niven in PH

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Alternative title: Bianca is an introvert. She did not talk to blogger senpais.

So I finally had the guts to go to a book signing. I mean, I had to. Because if I missed this one, I would have probably lost my mind. And to top it all off, she is one of my literary idols. I cannot emphasize the impact of All The Bright Places in my life. It means a lot to me, like all the other books that deal with the sensitive issue that All The Bright Places also tackles. Luckily, I didn’t hesitate. The day was May 29, 2016. I went to the event. And I almost hurled.

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Before the Event:

Well, what would you expect? It will be my first time. I don’t know how anything works. I just know that I need to be early to go this thing. The venue was so-so in terms of being far from our house and we had to commute. And you know the ironic thing was I still arrived late. By the time me and my mom got to the venue, I was already the 491st person.

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Mandatory number pass with book photo harhar

I was alone inside, and I had to sit next to the “bushes” to avoid inconvenience. Plus, my mom kept giving me food. She was the sweetest. But because of my introvert hormones, I got scared of what was in front of me. I kept muttering to myself that I need space. And this was the scenario:

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Me to myself: “So many people huhu. I must stay put and act normal.”

I actually saw some fellow Filipino bloggers but I was so shy. When I got near them, all I said was “Excuse me.”, because I needed to go somewhere. WHY SELF WHY?

During the Event:

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Let me a cry a bucket of tears as Jennifer Niven graced the stage.

I almost cried when Jennifer came in. My mind was in a racetrack full of cars faster than a speeding bullet. She’s so beautiful. I never knew that seeing an author who’s book you love so much would have that impact on you. And she is so nice. Not only was she an amazing author but her kindness radiated the stage.

I don’t know if this will do but here are some of the pointers that I got from the Q&A. (Next time, I’ll bring a recorder so I can cherish every word.)

  • Jennifer was so overwhelmed with the crowd.

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On All The Bright Places:

  • Jennifer’s mom was her lovely editor. All The Bright Places was the last book that her mother has read.
  • Finch tends to overpower Violet. So when Jennifer switches points of views, she tells Finch to stay put or else.
  • Theodore Finch was inspired from a real person in Jennifer’s life.
  • When asked if she wants to write an alternative ending, Jen said that as she was writing, she had this alternate ending. But since she knows that in reality, that ending would lead to something more.
  • No news yet on who will play Theodore Finch for the All The Bright Places movie, because as Jen said, there were so many actors who seem to fit the role of Finch. When she watches an audition she goes, “Oh my god, he’s the perfect Finch.” But then another actor comes in and she will be like. “Oh my god he’s the perfect Finch.”

On other positive notes:

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  • She believes that social media has a positive impact since for her, it gives her the chance to communicate with all her loving readers.
  • About Holding Up the Universe, it is somehow lighter than All The Bright Places but has all the feels.
  • Jennifer finds more joy in writing young adult books.
  • Jennifer is starting on her 3rd young adult novel, but the details are still kept in secret.

Q&A with the audience:

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  • On the subject of marriage: I don’t know if it was really cool but she said “… we were discussing about it and thought, “Why not just here in the Philippines?”. “
  • When asked if today was a good day to die, Jen eagerly replied that that day was not a good day to die. And the good day to die is the right time.
  • Someone asked what would she say to Violet if Violet was in the event right now. She replied that there are so many opportunities for Violet and that she wants her to keep going. She wants her to think about all the bright places that she has and will have.

And then as her final words, she thanked all of us who came. And left us with this memorable quote:

You are not only my bright place, but you are a bright place.

During the signing:

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I was actually this far. Hey, thanks camera.

As much as I felt that the Q&A was short (but I guess it was just the surge of the moment), it was time for the signing. During this time, I met new friends. Yay. Their names were Gail and Inah, though I suppose they don’t know that I actually blog (as do most people that I know). I don’t know how many hours have past, but I began to hurl when I got in line. I was going to meet Jen.

And since I was being my introvert self, I barely said anything to Jen, other than “Thank you for writing such a wonderful book.” I just hope she got what I meant. I mean she was so sweet. I was literally speechless. She thanked me for coming and she hopes that I had fun. I did, Jen. I really did.

 I almost to forgot to give my little trinket to Jen, but her boyfriend was kind enough to hand it to her.


To be honest, I still cannot grasp the fact that Jennifer Niven actually signed my copy. And that I was able to attend my first book signing event. I hope I don’t lose the feeling, because it is so awesome. I cannot wait for the next event and I hope you guys enjoyed my recap.

A million thanks to National Bookstore and Raffles for making the event possible. I hope to attend more book signings in the future.

Share your author signing experience below. I would love to chat.

Brb

P.S. My mom was so curious about the event. One of these days, she will read All The Bright Places as well.

All of the photos were taken by me.

Book Haul #1

Book Haul

I finally did a book haul post everyone. After 3 months of figuring out how to budget for books, I guess I still failed. Hahaha. But the place where my books stand now looks so cool that I just cannot stop staring at it. I got most of these books from our local bookstores, mainly National Bookstore and Fully Booked. I also won a giveaway so the book I asked for will also be featured here.

These are all the books that I got in July-September.

July books:

Link to their Goodreads page:

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Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Both bought at National Bookstore

I did not get that many books last July because I just started then. And these are all bought on a whim.


August books:

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The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

Althea and Oliver by Cristina Moracho

The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud

Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

Bought at National Bookstore

I know. Some people are probably thinking why I bought Breaking Dawn. It’s because it is the only book that I don’t have in my Twilight collection. I actually bought both hardbacks because the National Bookstore near my place was selling books for practically $2. I could not resist it. Plus note: Breaking Dawn is signed.

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September books:

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The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Every Day by David Levithan

I still don’t know if this will be the total books for September because as soon as I get my allowance, I’m saving some of it to buy books on the ongoing sale here. Well, I think this means that being a book blogger and buyer means that you’re somewhat a mathematician. My pile gets bigger every month. ❤

I would also like to Reyna for hosting a giveaway. The book I asked for was Dr. Bird’s because I don’t think they sell it here in the Philippines.


A total of 10 books? Woe are the days that I only get one book a year. Hooray. That’s a wrap everyone. So glad I did this now or else my October haul would have been a mess. Kidding.

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Brb

Summertime Madness Book Tag

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Way to go Bianca. Doing a tag that is supposed to be done in the summer. But nooo, you decided to do it on a rainy week. What’s the point?

Irony. I just want to feel all summery despite the fact that I live like a vampire. And it has been raining here in the Philippines. Really bad for the lighting of my photos.

But first, I would like to thank Kira @ Fietty Reads , Rogan @ Signing On , Tiffani @ The Book Venom , and Raven @ Dreamy Addictions for tagging me on this one. That way I could have done it while it is raining outside and the mood is not summery at all. Kidding 😀

Anyways, onto the tag!


1. SHOW A BOOK WITH A SUMMERY COVER! I.E. SUN, BEACH, ETC.

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2. PICK A FICTIONAL PLACE THAT WOULD BE THE PERFECT DESTINATION FOR YOUR SUMMER VACATION!

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I am totally messing with you guys. 😀

One time, I seriously thought about it. I mean, what are the chances that I get picked as tribute? I could spend time on District 4 with Finnick. Yeah!

But to seriously answer the question, Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter! Who’s with me?

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3. YOU’RE ABOUT TO GO ON A FLIGHT TO YOUR SUMMER VACATION, BUT YOU WANT TO READ A BOOK THAT LASTS FOR THE WHOLE FLIGHT. WHAT NOVEL DO YOU CHOOSE?

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I really need a copy of this book. Plus my cousin made me jealous when she picked this one up to read on her flight back home.

4. YOU HAVE A CASE OF SUMMERTIME SADNESS. WHAT HAPPY BOOK DO YOU PICK UP TO SHINE A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

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Just because “Dying Girl” is on the cover does not mean that the book is automatically sad.

5. YOU’RE SITTING AT THE BEACH ALL ALONE…WHICH FICTIONAL CHARACTER WOULD BE YOUR BEACH BABE?

IT IS ALWAYS NEWT. THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS NEWT.

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6. TO MATCH YOUR ICE CREAM YOU WANT AN ICY COOL SIDEKICK! WHICH FICTIONAL SIDEKICK DO YOU PICK?

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Amy Gumm could totally be my best beach bud. Plus, I’d do her a favor and we could kill Dorothy together. GOSH I HATED THAT GIRL EVEN IN THE MOVIE. The 1939 version of course.

7. SHARE THE SUMMERTIME HAPPINESS. WHO DO YOU TAG?

Anyone who wants do this. Feeling a little bit under the weather? Then join in the fun. 😀


That’s my Summertime Madness Book Tag everyone! It was so fun to do.

Till then guys, I’ll just be here doing some animation stuff.

Brb