I can’t believe we’ve nearly hit the end of 2018, where did the year go?! For day twenty four I thought I’d post a quick wrap-up of some of the many highlights of the past year. By now I’ll have already shut off all social media for the holiday so I just want take the time to thank you all for reading and sticking with my blog. The love and support means the world to me, here’s to another great year!
My first publisher blogger event:
I got invited to my first blogger event hosted by the lovely people at Scholastic, which was exciting. It was so much fun, I got to meet the lovely Sue Wallman and Paula Rawsthorne and left with some brilliant books. My full write-up can be found here, for those who would like to give it a read.
Sam Wu launch: I was invited to the launch party for the brilliantly funny Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts, I adore these brilliant middle grade books and was honoured to get to celebrate its publication!
This has got to be the biggest highlight of 2018! I was invited to Hot Key Books’ banquet with Sebastien De Castell, Holly Black and Alexandra Christo. Hosted in the Saloon Room at Brunswick House. As a huge fan of their books I couldn’t turn down such an amazing invite. This is by far my favourite event I’ve been to, everyone was so lovely. My full event write-up is here.
Tom and Giovanna Fletcher:
I was lucky enough to snap up a ticket for Tom and Giovanna’s event for Eve of Man in St James Church, chaired by Katherine Webber. This was such a brilliant event, I hope they do one for the next book. My event write-up can be found here, if you fancy reading more about it. Now I just need to read it!
First author interview:
I was given the opportunity to interview Amy McCullough as part of the blog tour for Jinxed, it was such an amazing opportunity and I’m really proud of myself for pulling it out the bag despite all the panicky moments. You can find it here, if you fancy a read.
Finally saw Ed Sheeran live: Not bookish but I’ve wanted to see him for years! He’s incredible love and worth every single penny, hopefully I get to see him again one day.
Met Hayley Barker and Anna Day – Its no secret how much I adored Showstopper, Showstealer and The Fandom so you can imagine my excitement when both were announced as YALC guests. They’re both lovely and it was an honour to meet them both and get my books signed.
I was mentioned in the acknowledgements of some of my favourite books, I still can’t believe this happened! I’m honoured to be included in each one and it’s one of the biggest highlights of my year! It’s also true, I probably do own more copies of The Fallen Children than he does. I can’t tell you how much I love it!
Hot Key Books Blogger Brunch: I had so much fun at this event, Sebastien De Castell and Alexandra Christo were their to talk about their books, both did a reading from their books and we were lucky enough to hear a snippet from Alexandra’s new book.
Kingdom of Ash fan event:
I went along to the London stop on Sarah’s brief tour for Kingdom of Ash, initially I was reluctant to go with the new system and was talked into it by my mum. I’m so glad I went though, I had a wonderful time and Sarah introduced us to baby Taran.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald midnight launch:
By far one of my favourite midnight launches ever, so much time and effort went into it and I have to say, it really paid off! My write-up can be found here, if you fancy giving it a read. I had so much fun! I highly recommend going to the next one if they do it, fingers crossed!
Waterstones Piccadilly Christmas Customer Evening: I love going to this event, there’s mulled wine, spiced apple, mince pies and a variety of authors from children’s/YA to non-fiction and cookbooks. I took Jazzy with me and we got to meet Stephen Fry and Neal Shusterman! Jazzy was a big hit with everyone and she lapped up the attention.
What are your highlights from the past year? I’d love to hear about them!