Scholastic Bloggers’ Book Feast 2018

On Saturday, I attended Scholastic’s Bloggers’ Book Feast for the second time! It’s been so long since I have gone to any book events (I think the last one was YALC in the summer), and I hadn’t realised how much I missed doing bookish stuff that wasn’t confined to social media. It was so wonderful to see some of my blogging friends again, and to make some new ones!

I travelled to the event with my sister and fellow blogger, Jess, and because I have absolutely no time management skills whatsoever we were a couple minutes late, but still were right on time for the beginning! We started by hearing about Scholastic’s 2018 releases, which was very exciting, and has me desperate for 2018 to hurry up already so that I can read all these books! Here’s the complete list, in chronological order:

  1. Shell by Paula Rawsthorne
  2. The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson
  3. Tender by Eve Ainsworth
  4. The State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
  5. Spark by Alice Broadway
  6. The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
  7. Night of the Party by Tracey Mathias
  8. Your Turn to Die by Sue Wallman
  9. Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
  10. Noah Could Never by Simon James Green
  11. A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood
  12. Showstopper 2 by Hayley Barker
  13. A Storm of Ice and Stars by Lisa Lueddecke

Next up, Simon James Green read an extract of Noah Could Never, the sequel to his hilarious novel Noah Can’t Even. The scene in question contained burpees, and was both incredibly funny and relatable, and I cannot wait for the book to come out! This was followed by an editor’s panel, which gave some really interesting insight into the publishing industry; Laura Wood’s then read a hauntingly beautiful extract from her upcoming novel, A Sky Painted Gold, which had me hooked straight away!

After that, we listened to a talk on designing covers, and the different processes publishers have to go through, and what input is necessary, to come up with the final cover for a book (this was accomanyed with some examples of books as they went through the cover design process, which I found really interesting). Lisa Thompson then read us an extract from her latest book, The Light Jar, which came out in January – I really enjoyed listening to this extract, and I know this is a book I need to get around to reading soon!

The final panel of the day was with eight of Scholastic’s authors, and I loved hearing about everything from their novels to their favourite childhood authors! We wrapped the day up with a bookish quiz – Jess and I formed a team with Andrew (@ The Pewter Wolf), Sophie and Sarah (@ The Copper Boom), and Sue Wallman (author of the upcoming Your Turn to Die), and we got full marks! This is, quite honestly probably going to be my biggest achievement of 2018. As we were leaving, we were all given a Scholastic tote bag, containing a copy of Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, a proof of Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl, and other bookish goodies (I also got a copy of A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke, which excited me greatly, as this book has been on my TBR since last year!).

It was so lovely to catch up with blogging friends; I had such a nice chat with Liv and Grace, about Grace’s trip to Australia and our upcoming doom exams, and it was great to see lots of familiar faces. Thank you so much to Scholastic for inviting me to this year’s Bloggers’ Book Brunch, and for the amazing books and company – I’d been looking forward to it since the start of the year, and it is definitely going to be one of the highlights of my month!

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