{Mirror Mirror} Days of Bookish Events

Posted May 19, 2018 by Leah in Stacking the Shelves / 12 Comments

Hi, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done a recap. Things over here have been great. There’s been lots of bookish events over here that I attended, but photos speak better than I ever could about them, so let’s begin!

L.A. Times Festival of Books

This one is always a blast. I was very excited to meet one of the queens of realistic YA fiction, Laurie Halse Anderson, at the event. Speak and Twisted really opened my eyes to why these stories need to be told. It was an honor to meet her.


LeVar Burton Reads Live

Are you familiar with Reading Rainbow? As a child, my sister, cousins, and I were obsessed with this show. LeVar Burton was one of the people who cultivated my love for reading. One of the tour stops for his podcast brought him to L.A., so of course I had to go. If you haven’t heard his podcast, I highly recommend it! He reads short fiction with love.

LeVar (right) speaking with author Nalo Hopkinson after performing/reading her story “Money Tree.”



Yallwest, baby! My sister and I braved the crowds for the 4th annual Yallwest. Last year, I spent most of my time going to ARC drops. This year, I went to more panels and got some books signed. It was so much fun and I felt lighter (if that makes sense) instead of stressing over so many giveaways. I did go to a couple though. 🙂

Lines for days.

Panel discussion with Danielle Paige, Amy Ephron, Erin Entrada Kelly, Sherri L. Smith, and Ransom Riggs.

Me and Tomi Adeyemi. I was trying not to act stupid excited.

A dramatic re-enactment of Love, Simon.



From Yallwest (thank you to the publishers!)

Gadzooks! City of Ghosts landed in my hands after standing in the longest line that kept getting longer because peoples’ friends kept showing up to stand in line and make it longer. LOL! And I am so pumped for Dragon Pearl!


via Edelweiss (Thank you to the publisher!)

This one looks like so much fun. Can’t wait to check it out!



There’s been so many good books coming out. I’ve just finished Aru Shah, which was cute and fun. My review is coming up soon.

What’s new to your shelves?




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12 responses to “{Mirror Mirror} Days of Bookish Events

  1. Yay for bookish events! Can I just say how jealous I am that you got to see LeVar Burton Reads live? I love that podcast! Yallwest looks like so much fun! Being from the East Coast, I hope I can make it over for Yallwest one of these days. Book events are definitely less stressful when you aren’t worrying about galley drops and giveaways– I tried to plan my BookExpo and BookCon schedules this year so that I have plenty of panels and things to go to in between constantly running around and stressing about ARCs, haha. Super jealous that you got City of Ghosts, but I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it! I got Circe in my Book of the Month box last month and am hoping to read it soon. Great post, Leah! Have a wonderful week!

    Madalyn @ Novel Ink recently posted: ARC Review: From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
    • Leah

      Seeing LeVar was AMAZING. He’s truly one of my heroes. His reading for “The Paper Menagerie” is my favorite.

      You must attend a Yallwest one year! I think if you’ve conquered BEA and BookCon, Yallwest will be no problem. It really was for the better that I decided to attend more panels because it introduced me to authors I hadn’t heard of, and seeing people who love storytelling is always wonderful. I hope you have fun at BEA and BookCon!

  2. Bee

    Ahhh I’m so jealous! I wish we had awesome events here too or that I could go to ones in the US like BEA or Bookcon. I really want to read City of Ghosts too because you know, it’s Schwab.

  3. Nathan

    I watched the reading rainbow growing up, too. It is cool you got to see LeVar Burton in person. Do you know he was in Star Trek the Next Generation as the chief engineer?

    • Leah

      Yes, those lines were insane, and the frenzy of the people in the lines even more so. My sister and I were bone tired by the end of it. Can’t wait for next year though, ha ha.

  4. Amber Force

    I’m so jealous you got to meet Laurie Halse Anderson. She is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE AUTHORS EVER! . So jealous. I adore all of her books. It looks like you had a blast though! 😀

    -Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages

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