Monday, 28 March 2011

The Day I Met Lauren Oliver And Lots Of Lovely YA Bloggers!

Before I start this post, I just want to say a big thank to Sarah from Feeling Fictional blog for allowing me to use some of her photos from the event. She is an amazing photographer and a lovely blogger, so do go visit her blog which is listed at the bottom of the post.

On Monday I got invited by Hodder and Stoughton to go to the book launch for Lauren Oliver's new dystopian novel Delirium. You can read my review of Delirium here. I was lucky to be invited and I must thank the delightful Clover from Fluttering Butterflies for getting me on the guest list.

The event was held on the Caledonian Road in London at Drink, Shop and Do, which was a delightful setting where tea and cake were served - just so typically English.  I found it hilarious watching Lynsey from Narratively Speaking and UK Book Tours, drinking gin from a bone china tea cup!

Lauren Oliver was AMAZING! She was so lovely to talk to and made us all feel so relaxed in her company. Lauren sat down with us at our table and it was like we had known her for years.  We discussed the books, as well as talking about the film possibilities.  Lauren was an utter delight to talk to.
This was the first blogger event I have ever been invited to and it was fabulous to talk to the people behind some of the blogs I love and to talk without having to Twitter in 140 characters first.  In the picture above, I am sat next to the charming Clover from Fluttering Butterflies.
I also got to sit next to Jo from Once Upon a Bookcase who was delightful too. During the evening's events we got to listen to a musical set from Minnie Birch whose wrote the Delirium song for the book trailers.
Here is a photo of some of the lovely book bloggers who attended the event
Me
Other bloggers who attended who are not featured in these photos

A big thank you to Eleni from Hodder and Stoughton for inviting me to such a wonderfully English occasion. Check out the video below of the event.


24 comments:

  1. Wow - lucky you! I have never been to a blogger event :( (I have been invited to one but it is difficult for me to get to London with work...)

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  2. Oh how great to meet all these wonderful people - lucky you! I loved reading all about it. Thanks!

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  3. Color me jealous. This sounds (and looks) like you all had a fabulous time. Thanks for the photos

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  4. Sounds like you had a fabulous time! Lauren Oliver is an excellent speaker. Last year at BEA, she talked as part of a panel I visited at an outside event and what she said convinced me to read Before I Fall. I hadn't even been interested before then! Afterwards, I definitely was!

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  5. Verity- We have already spoke via Twitter! The offer stays open.

    Luisa - thank you. It was fabulous, to be able to talk to people face to face.

    Diana - it was surreal. I had a fabulous time.

    Amanda - she is just so friendly and so approachable. I still need to read Before I Fall, I must dig that out.

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  6. What a fun event! Isn't it wonderful how bloggers you've never met feel like old friends once you do? Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Oh, my goodness - I am so jealous! I just picked up Before I Fall and am planning to start reading it today. The video was absolutely lovely and I think Kathy at bermudaonion says it best - bloggers you've never met feel like old friends!

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  8. what an amazing event to be asked to, how lucky are you. Many thanks for sharing what must have been a wonderful time.

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  9. Looks like you had an amazing time, so jelly that you got to meet Lauren! I love her books :)

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  10. It sounds like it was a fun event. I loved watching the video. You are so lucky.

    I know Lauren is doing a signing in the US in May, I can't go but I think I will call and order the book to get signed. This is on my TBR list.

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  11. Vivienne, I enjoyed this gorgeous post! The book sounds really excellent with many good messages! Thank you for sharing your experience.

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  12. It was so lovely to finally meet you Vivienne :o) Such a fab event too! I'm keeping my fingers crossed it won't be too long before the next one!!

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  13. I'm glad you had such a lovely time, Vivienne! Also, so many new-to-me bloggers! Sounds like I need more hours in the day to do some web exploring :P

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  14. I am glad you had a fun time :)
    I always wanted to go to one of those meetings

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  15. Omg, Viv it looks like so much fun! I have Before I Fall in my TBR.

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  16. I was there too! (with my friend). I was being so silly/shy though and didn't come over to chat to any other bloggers. I really wish I had now!

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  17. It looks like an amazing time was had - love the gin in the teacups you bunch of lushes you! :D

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  18. Aw, it looks like you had so much fun, Viv :) And you are SO gorgeous :D

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  19. What fun! Can you see me turning green with envy? ;-)

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  20. What an amazing experience--and how fun to share it with other great bloggers. I wish that I knew some bloggers in my area. I know a handful of Texas bloggers (including Amanda from Zen Leaf) but they're hours and hours away.

    And you look beautiful--so poised!

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  21. It sounds like it was a fab and totally British event :)

    I'm glad everyone had a great time, fab write up :D

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  22. Great event and photos! I've been to blogger events but they were never about books. I'd love to attend one.

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  23. How awesome Viv! I'm glad you had such a great time and the photos are great too!

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  24. What a great write up and it was really lovely to finally meet you! :)

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