Another event! I attended the Samantha Shannon signing on the 1st April, but the last time I attended an author event was in October to see Sarah J. Maas. The time before that was in August to meet V.E. Schwab, so it’s safe to say I don’t go to many author events at all, but two within two weeks? Madness. I wish we had more events!
So on the 11th April, 2017, I met Laini Taylor! Being a new fan of Laini Taylor’s books, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I haven’t even finished her series yet, let alone read Strange the Dreamer, however that wasn’t going to stop me. If you follow me on instagram, you may know that I was debating whether to read Days of Blood and Starlight or Strange the Dreamer, as I didn’t want to run the risk of being spoiled however I decided that I was probably more at risk of being spoiled for her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, so I thought I best get a wriggle on and read the second book in the series! I never got to finish the second book in time because I am super slow and university work is currently taking priority over anything else, however this wasn’t an issue as I wasn’t spoiled for anything
Prior to the event, I met up with Mia who is thecosyreader. I’ve been talking to Mia for a while now and she is super sweet and so I was really excited to get the chance to finally meet her! We popped to Starbucks, along with her husband Michael who is also lovely, and had a natter and a drink before continuing on to the event which started at 7pm. Mia made me laugh during the event as we had our books out just before the talk started as we wanted to be ready to storm to the front of the signing queue, but she dropped them twice. Michael ended up taking them off her, haha!
The event was hosted by Waterstones in Birmingham (thank you!) and was quite full. Myself, Ruby, Mia and Natalia managed to score seats at the back as we were keen to be at the front of the signing line due to trains and all that. The event itself started at 7pm, and the talk finished at about 7:45pm, including questions which was surprising as I expected it to last a little longer but not an issue. I was lucky and was picked to ask Laini a question, so I asked what tips did she have for someone with a book idea but was struggling to actually get it down on paper. After the talk, we were pretty close to the front of the signing queue.
When I got there, I spoke a little to Laini about how I was enjoying the series, I said thank you for answering my questions and that I appreciated it as I have my own idea that I’m struggling to write. We then spoke a bit about how I was in my final year at university and that I wanted to visit Prague even more once I read DoSaB. She was so lovely and wished me luck with my last month of university, and then we quickly grabbed a picture. She actually asked me and Ruby if we went to University together, and when we said no, she asked if we were sisters! We told her that we’d actually met at a book signing but found that we actually live in the same place, and Laini said how she loved it when people met each other and became friends at book signings. After that, I packed up my books and waited for Mia, Michael and Natalia. We then left the shop and parted ways, but not before snapping a quick picture! (Mia, Natalia, Ruby and me!)
All in all, I had a really great time at the signing, meeting up with the gals, and Laini is so lovely! If Laini is near you, I’d for sure recommend going to her signing! I’m sure the next time you’ll see an event post from me will be after YALC!