Saturday, March 23, 2013

Me on This Week's Book Week (44)

This Week's Book Week is like Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews but

Unlike last week, some books came. :) Books make happy faces. As does book mail 2 days in a row. :)

There've been a few ALA books that I've read and left little mini reviews of on Goodreads, so if we're friends over there you've seen them. Mini reviews so far include The Summer Prince (in lieu of a full review because any kind of review from me would be inadequate (a very unique story that's hard to describe)), Eleanor & Park (a sweet story that I know others have loved but just isn't my kind of contemporary), and Things I Can't Forget (which I didn't pick up at ALA but decided to leave a mini review of). 

I think Chapters/Indigo learned some things when Cassandra Clare and Holly Black came to BC 2 years ago, the main one being that lots of people would show up. And so I think that's why they set up the rules for next week's signing featuring Cassie and special guest Sarah Rees Brennan (too bad Maureen Johnson was only at the stops this week, she's loads of fun). Such rules include purchasing Clockwork Princess on the 19th at the store the signing will be at in order to get one of the 400 wristbands that will get you into the signing line.

So I went to the bookstore early Tuesday morning to get the book and the wristband, figuring it would get busy over the day but not right at 9am. I forgot about the power of fangirls and teenagers on Spring Break. My sister went with me (she wanted to go shopping after) and when we got there just before 9am, the line was 200+ people long (also, the line did hold a fair amount of friends/parents/pained boyfriends). Once the store opened, the line moved along at a good pace, meaning the line was directed straight to the checkout where the cashier would give you a copy of the book with the wristband tucked inside and you'd pay right away. Which meant we were only in line for about 30 minutes. There were still some there when we left the mall, I saw a Twitter update saying there were around 100 left close to 11am, then I saw that evening they still had about 20 wristbands left. I imagine they're all gone now.

Now, to determine what time to leave to get in line next Tuesday (it starts at 6pm). Do I go early and be close enough to the front to get a seat, around 1:30/2pm? Do I go later because of the wristband that automatically gets me into the signing line, around 4/5pm?

Would people like a giveaway from the Cassie and Sarah signing? What would be in the giveaway? A signed Cassie book? A signed Sarah book? Whatever swag I can get? I'm leaning towards maybe swag and away from a book, mailing the heavy Clockwork Princess hardcover sure could get expensive.

Upcoming reviews will feature This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (Tuesday the 26th) and Beautiful Decay by Sylvia Lewis (Friday the 29th). :)
Nameless by Lili St. Crow (from Penguin Canada)
Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike (from Penguin Canada for a blog tour this summer)
My Totally Awkward Supernatural Crush by Laura Toffler-Corrie (from Macmillan through NetGalley)

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (I read it on Tuesday after I got home. :))


  1. ooh can't wait to hear your thoughts on Nameless and Earthbound! I'm super curious about both titles

  2. haha, never underestimate the fangirls! Hope you have fun at the signing.

    Also, you're the first blogger I've seen that hasn't LOVED Eleanor & Park - I really thought I was the only one. So that's nice.

    Happy reading!

  3. I don't have Clockwork Princess yet, but I have to imagine it won't be too long before I cave and buy I copy. Also as much as I'm looking forward to reading it, I don't really want The Infernal Devices books to end.

  4. NAMELESS!!!!!
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    I want that book so bad!!

    I've seen all the madness surrounding Cassie's signings!! Good luck!! :D

    Happy Reading!
    Here 's what I got this week if you'd like to stalk!

    Alba @ BookPics