Welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!
It has been quite a while since I have written a blog post! To be completely transparent, I always find it quite hard to find time to read and write frequent blog posts in the summer, as I work from 9am-6pm practically everyday. Therefore, I find myself with little to know time to do much of anything. I decided to take a small break from blogging and reading this month, which I think was a very smart decision.
To kick-start the continuation of my reading for the year, I attended HarperCollins Canadas’ semi-annual Frenzy Presents event, in which team at HCC Frenzy (the teen division of Harper Collins in Canada) showcases their new Fall and Winter releases to Canadian bloggers! This is my third time ever going to a Frenzy Presents event, and you can read my recap of the first and second ones here. This time around, I loved getting to meet new bloggers and learning about many new YA books that are coming out within the next few months!
When I first walked into the event room, I noticed these ginormous boards where you could answer some interactive questions! Most had to do with picking your most anticipated book of the season, or choosing your favourite new cover of the season!
After interacting with the boards, I walked around and said hello to a few fellow bloggers! I also ate a few snacks, which I unfortunately forgot to take pictures of!
At around 3pm, I sat down in my seat for the event! The HCC Frenzy crew sat on the stools shown in this picture, and talked about all of their most anticipated upcoming releases! Here are a few that sounded really cool to me:
- Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite
- Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplin
- Break In Case of Emergency by Brian Francis
- Verify by Joelle Charbonneau
- Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy
- The How & The Why by Cynthia Hand
- (This one is my most anticipated out of all of the books on this list!)
After hearing about all of the new and exciting fall/winter releases, Jasmin Kaur, author of WHEN YOU ASK ME WHERE I’M GOING came out to speak to us about her story and heritage. Jasmin wrote a book written in both prose and verse, and it will be coming out in October. Fortunately, we got to hear Jasmin read some of the poems from her book aloud, and it was actually her first time ever reading/performing her words in public! After she was finished, we received an ARC of her book and got it signed and personalized! I am currently reading this book and am enjoying it so far!
And that was the Fall 2019 Frenzy Presents event! Now, it’s time to show you what came in my swag bag…
The bag itself was donated by Epic Reads, and was gorgeous! I love the design and vibrant colours!
Inside, it came with quite a few bookmarks and little pins!
It also came with a mini notebook and sketchbook, some DavidsTea samples, and a headband with lines from PRIDE & PREJUDICE!
The first book I received in my swag bag was BREAK IN CASE OF EMERGENCY by Brian Francis! Most of the HCC Frenzy team shared that this was their favourite book out of all the ones that they were featuring, so I hope it lives up to the hype! This book is essentially about a girl who’s mother has committed suicide, so she goes back to live with her estranged father and soon finds out that he is a drag queen! Talk about an interesting premise!
The next book I received in my swag bag was ANGEL MAGE by Garth Nix. I am not a fantasy reader, so I think I will pass this on to someone who will love it!
The last book I received was THE HOW AND THE WHY by Cynthia Hand! This book is one of my most anticipated books of the Fall, and I cannot wait to read it! I read Cynthia Hands’ previous book THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE last December, and it ended up being my second favourite book of 2018! To say that I am excited to read this one is an understatement!
Those are all of the goodies I received at the Fall 2019 Frenzy Presents event! I had such a fantastic time, and thanks again to HCC Frenzy for inviting me!
Good Night Book Owls!