North Texas Teen Book Festival 2017

This month I went to NTTBF for the third time. This year I brought some of my nieces with me and we had a lot of fun.

We knew that we would need to be in line super early in order to get a wrist band to meet Veronica Roth so we decided to spend the night in Grapevine the night before. That night we went through the panel list and picked our top three for each hour so that we would have a back up plan in case our first pick was full. The next morning we got up bright and early at 5:00. We drove thru Chick-fil-a for breakfast (their chicken minis are the best) and we got in line at 7:00.  I was afraid this was going to be too early but it wasn’t. There was already a line formed when we got there. It was a little windy and cold but in the end we got our wrist bands.

When we got in the building things were already buzzing. The publisher tables were packed so we decided to stop at them later. We went to Swag Shop and I got one of the last limited edition dated t-shirts. I couldn’t believe that they sold out of them as fast as they did.

After we got our shirts we went straight to our first panel (two whole hours early). We wanted to make sure that we got good seats and everything was so crazy it was easier to sit and wait. If I had been on my own I might have braved it, but no one else had gone before and they were a little over whelmed.

After our first panel we split up in groups. I went with one of the girls to a Swoon Reads thing that we thought was going to be a writers workshop but it wasn’t. It was still fun though they talked about how they publish books and you could vote on covers for books. They also had a candy bar and a thing were you could write a ten word story and they might tweet it. We had some time to kill so we went to the publisher tables. They were out of a lot of the things they had to give out but we did get a tote bag and because I was already a member of First In Line I got an ARC that I’m super excited to read.

After that I went to a panel about writing a middle grade series and I learned so much more than I thought I would.  After that panel we all went and got pretzels and bought some books. We took the last panel slot off and got in the signing line. 

The first line I got in was to meet John Corey Whaley (author of Highly Illogical Behavior).

I also met a bunch of middle grade authors to get books signed for my class.

After that we got in line to meet Veronica Roth. The line was long but it was worth it, she took time to talk to you even though I’m sure she was tired from signing books for two hours.

All in all, it was a great day. I can’t wait to go again next year.


The Hedgeathon Summer Reading Challenge

I thought it would be really fun to do a reading challenge this summer. I am trying to catch up on my goal to read 100 books in 2016, and I really need to catch up on my “To Read” pile. Thus I came up with The Hedgeathon. (Get it? Hedgehogs. Readathons. Hedgeathon)



Details you need to know.

  1. The challenge will start on June 1 and end on July 31
  2. Reading will be involved, you will need some books to read, (big surprise there I’m sure).
  3. Below is a reading list, not of books but of guidelines to follow.  You must read 8  books that meet the guidelines in order to officially win the challenge. That means you can pick four of the guidelines to skip.
  4. Each book can only be applied to one of the guidelines. So you can’t read one book that covers four different guidelines and mark off all four guidelines, you can only mark off one.
  5. There is no set order that you have to follow
  6. In order for the books to count you must have finished them.
  7. Have fun and don’t put much pressure on yourself.

Now you don’t have to do this next step but I would really appreciate it if you did, I think it will make the challenge a whole lot more fun.

8. Join the Facebook group for the challenge here, and the Goodreads group here. You don’t have to join these groups but I think that it could be a lot of fun. You can post pictures of the books you are reading for the challenge and links to blog posts about the challenge. And who knows you might just make a new friend. It can happen. I think this is where most of the interaction will happen. In addition to that if you make blog posts, vlogs, take pictures, etc. That have to do with this challenge please post a link to it in the comments so I can see it, and use the hashtag #hedgeathon I can’t wait to see what everyone does.

The challenge part:

Pick a book that is…

  1. A classic- This needs to be an older book, and one that is generally classified as a classic.

2. Overly-hyped- You know what I’m talking about. Pick one of those books that no one can seem to stop gushing over and talking about. They aren’t bad books they are just hyped.

3. By an indie author–  This could be a self-published book, one written by a less well known author, or even a novel you found on Wattpad, the possibilities are endless.

4. Something you normally wouldn’t read-Try a new genre or format.

5. Actually a novella– Shorter than a novel and less popular but just as good.

6. Over 400 pages- Finally time to tackle that long book you never pick up.

7. A movie as well– either book that has a movie based off of it or one that is based off a movie.

8. A true story– Time to bust out the non-fiction!

9. Recommended by a friend– Or me, or someone one else in the challenge

10. A retelling– These are super popular right now, and I have yet to read one.

11.One you bought only because of the cover– Don’t lie, we all do it at some point.

12. About a road trip- Because we can’t all actually go on one this summer.


The awards:

I will post the details on claiming your prize once I have all of the details worked out, so keep an eye out for that. I am also still in the process of gathering prizes,  at the moment anyone that completes the challenge and claims their win will get some really cute hedgehog themed printables, like bookmarks and such.

Please share this with your friends so that they can join as well.

If you have any questions or suggestions you can comment, or send them to me via the Facebook or Goodreads group.

I hope that you guys are as excited about this as I am. Will you be participating?



April Recap

April went by so quickly, it was just here and gone for me. I did not get much reading done, and I missed two review posts which I hate. However, I am giving myself grace since I have been sick for the past two weeks and when I did feel like writing I was working on my book for Camp NaNo.

Books I read:

I only read three books this month, and two of them were books that I read with or to my middle grade class. I also ran out of my cute hedgehog sticky flags so I had to use boring blue ones.


Eleanor and Park (review)

Since You’ve Been Gone (review)

Camp NaNo Update One (update)

Camp NaNo Update Two (update)

Camp NaNo update Three (update)

Camp NaNo update Four (update)

Camp NaNo update Five (update)

Prepping for North Texas Teen Book Festival (book events)

Favorite book of the month:

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. It was the only YA book I read in April, but nonetheless it still would have won. This book was great, you can check out my review here.

Things I did this month:

Went to the North Texas Teen Book Festival. I had a blast and I will be doing a post about it soon.

Won Came NaNo. I wrote 50K in 30 days. This was a huge thing for me personally and it took me a lot of time and hard work.

Prepping for NTTBF 2016

I am SO excited about the North Texas Teen Book Festival in Irving on April 23rd. I have been waiting for this day since I went last year and they announced they were going to do it again. I had a blast last year, and this year is going to be even better. Here are some of my prep steps.


  1. Read, read, and read.

There is going to be 75 authors there, James Dashner, Marie Lu, Adi Alsaid,Jessica Brody, Ally Condie, and Gayle Foreman to name a few. Personally, I like to have read their books before I meet them if possible. I went through the list and found the books that appealed to me and started reading. I always enjoy panels a lot more if I know about the authors books. Check out the complete list of authors here.

2. Order some books.

You can’t get your books signed by awesome people if you don’t have a copy of the book to have signed. Besides who doesn’t want an excuse to by more books?

They will have books there to buy day of, but they don’t have every single book, and those books can go fast. You will have to buy a few books there because for every three books you bring from home, you have to buy one there. I think this is incredibly fair considering the fact that the festival is free to attend.

3.Make and prioritize a list of authors you want to meet.

There are so many amazing authors there and the signing time isn’t going to last forever so make  a list of who you want to meet according to priority. OR you could buy a Fast Pass.

If you plan on buying a pass be sure to be there on time and ready to buy because they are available in limited quantities and will only be sold at the festival day of. They have two different options; a regular  Fast Past gets you to the front of 10 signing lines and cost $100. A Super Fast Pass gets you to the front of 25 signing lines and cost $200. The good news is that they can be shared with your friends. These are new this year and I am super excited because last year some of those lines were crazy long!

4. Plan your day ahead of time.

Go online and check out the panel schedule and choose which ones you want to go to. This will be hard because there are so many awesome panels, but it will make your day much easier. I recommend putting your first two choices on your list because there is the possibility that a panel will be full, and you don’t want to have to just jump into a random one do you? (I say that now, but last year the one panel I randomly jumped in to happened to be one of my favorites.) You can find the panel schedule here.

5. Buy a strong bag.

Books are really heavy (as you know), so make sure whatever bag you take with you is ready for the job. My bag survived last year, but this year I am taking so many books with me that I’m afraid it’s not up to the job again. Some people take backpacks but I prefer a tote with a flat bottom so the books don’t get beat up.

6. Make a list of questions you want to ask at panels.

Towards the end of each panel the take questions from the audience. If you have questions that you already know of, write them down so you don’t forget them at the last second.

7. Try to control your excitement.

Then fail. Proceed by jumping up and down and reading like crazy because it’s THIS SATURDAY AND IT CAN’T GET HERE SOON ENOUGH!

(Sorry for the yelling, I’m just super excited.)

Get more information about the event on the Facebook page here and on the official website here.

Also, keep an eye out for some more NTTBF themed post,I will be posting about my plans for the day and what I’m taking with me later this week.