This was my second tome going to the Texas Teen Book Festival in Austin, Texas. We live in the Dallas area so it’s about a 4 hour drive to Austin and we lived down there for a few years during college. so we always jump at the opportunity to go back and visit.
This years festival was directed mostly towards teen who enjoy contemporary fiction. Which in the past I have not been the biggest fan of but I have been stepping out of my shell and dabbling a little in the contemporary world. SO far I have been pleasantly surprised by books like Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I bought a new contemporary novel, The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne and I am super excited to read it. It’s about a girl who moves in with her politician dad and has to adjust to her new life as a politicians daughter. It sounds like The Princess Diaries books I used to read when I was younger.
Last years Texas Teen Book Festival was all about Dystopian and fantasy novels. The books were much darker. Marie Lu was there, Garth Nix, Sarah J. Maas, etc. This year did not go without some fantasy/sci-fi writers though! I was most excited about Libba Bray and Rick Yancey. Libba Bray has been my favorite author since I was 15/16 years old. I feel in love with her writing when I read A Great and Terrible Beauty in high school and have been reading all of her books since then. I loved her even more when I found out she was born and raised in Texas. She lives in New York now but I can forgive her for that.
She took a picture with an old picture of me a long time ago. That may sound odd but it has a good story. My mom is a librarian and went to the TLA convention (Texas Library Association) in San Antonio when I was in high school. I couldn’t go so she took a picture of me to have Libba pose and take a picture with. I still have the picture, but it’s in a box somewhere in my closet right now because we moved not too long ago and I haven’t gotten to those boxes yet. Anyway, I told Libba the story and she signed my new copy of Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) like so:
How freaking awesome right? And she touched my hand!
Meeting her and Rick Yancey was so awesome. I met an author I had grown up reading last year, and was so super excited, to learn the hard way that she’s not actually that nice. She wasn’t friendly and she was very snobby. It killed my inner teen. I’ll never enjoy her books as much as I did.
But Rick Yancey was really down to earth and friendly. He was very surprised I had an ARC of The 5th Wave. (Which my mom happened to snag for me also. Thanks again mom!) He told me to hold on to it. Which of course I will!
After the signing and the book buying frenzy we listened to a few panels before the closing note. I was waiting around for the closing note because Libba Bray and David Levithan are hilarious.
(That’s Rick on the far right, in the white shirt talking about The Infinite Sea and writers block.)
Overall the festival was every book nerd’s dream. We will definitely return for next years shenanigans. And to see more of Austin and San Marcos. Here are a few pictures from our weekend trip.
I added my Skinny Vanilla Starbucks late because it was the first Fall cup I have gotten this year! I love the little campfires on them.
The roasted chicken was from the 24 Diner across from BookPeople in downtown Austin. It was the best chicken I have ever had in MY LIFE.
The breakfast picture was from when we went to brunch today before we left to head home. It’s from another place in downtown off 17th St in Austin called Arturo’s Underground Cafe. That was what I had. I love poached eggs. Ricardo had their Caribbean style French toast and it was awesome too. It had grilled bananas and pecans on it with dark caramel syrup. Yum!
We just really enjoy trying new places! And when we went to Texas State University to visit my old college we had to get some Lolita’s tacos. If you ever attended school there you know what I am talking about. It’s right next to a carwash and the line is about a mile long everyday.