If there’s one thing you should know about me it’s that I absolute adore reading. You can probably always find me with a book in my hand or at least in my bag waiting for an opportunity to read my latest book. Reading has had such a big impact on my life, it’s shaped me as a person and made me so many friends for life over the last couple of years and I’m just so happy when I’m immersed in a world.
And this month I’ve had the most amazing opportunities to meet three of my favourite authors! I’m from the UK so we don’t always get a lot of book events especially with authors from America so when I found out that three of my favourites were coming over, I jumped on the opportunity to get to meet them and hear them talk about their books. Hearing people talk about their books is one of the most rewarding things, hearing them talk so passionately about their work is honestly so heartwarming. As an aspiring author myself, hearing people talk about their own work and giving tips to future writers is so inspiring.
On October 28th, I traveled up to Manchester to meet two of my absolute favourite authors: Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera to celebrate the release of their newest release What If It’s Us. Becky is the author of Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Upside of Unrequited and Leah on the Offbeat, whereas Adam is the author of More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me and They Both Die At The End. As well as the fact all of their books have absolutely beautiful stories with incredible characters, they all also include members of the LGBTQ+ community which is so special to so many people including me being bisexual myself.
Hearing the two of them talk was amazing for me. In fact, I almost cried three times when I was listening to them talk. They talked about the stories of their lives, past relationships, writing processes and more. I’ve always looked up to the two of them and I loved hearing them talk so passionately about their art.
After hearing them talk, we got to meet them and they signed my books for me. I can’t lie, I was absolutely crapping myself because they mean so much to me and I didn’t want to mess up what I was saying. But, it meant so much to me getting to tell Becky how much Simon truly means to me and how much it changed my life. Reading Simon for the first time inspired me to come out to my parents as bisexual and just really changed my life for the better which I was really thankful for. And, I got to yell at Adam for breaking us all with They Both Die At The End. It was all really just magical especially because I got to spend it with some of my favourite people.
Then on November 5th, I met Ransom Riggs, the author of the Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children series. Now, I read these books as they were coming out which the first one came out back in 2013, so they have been in my life for a long time. And, it was really lovely to actually meet the author and hear him talk about this incredible, imaginative world he’s created through four books now.
Again, it was absolutely incredible to hear someone talk so passionately about their craft. I could really tell how much Ransom loves his job and loves these characters and this world that he has created and it was an absolute pleasure to hear him talk about it. It was also really nice for him not to be saying negative things about the film adaptation of it even though it obviously isn’t really close to the book, he was nothing but complimentary of it and that was really refreshing.
After his conversation, we then got to again meet him afterwards and he was honestly so, so lovely. He spoke to me for ages about how cool he thought it was that I’ve been following the books since the start and how nice it was to be in the UK again as he doesn’t often come over and when he does, it’s normally to London. It was such an honour to meet him and I hope he comes over again in the future so we can do it all over again as again, it was such an incredible evening spent with my friends.
And, this was my first experience meeting any of my favourite authors and it was an incredible experience! I honestly hope more authors choose to tour around the UK so I can attend more events like these!
So, yes, it’s been a busy few weeks. Not only have I attended these events I’ve been at uni, I went to see State Champs and then 5SOS, so it’s been a busy month. But, October and the start of November has been one of the best months I’ve had this year and I can’t wait to see what I’m going to get up to before the year is over!
I hope you all had a great month, let me know what you’ve been up to by tweeting us @Fuzzable.
Until next month but for now, enjoy the trailers for the film adaptations of Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children!
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