I got the chance to attend the North Texas Teen Book Festival (NTTBF) for the second time on March 3. I loved my first NTTBF last year. It was so much fun, and I got to meet with some book bloggers/vloggers. It’s one thing to talk about books alone, but it’s another to talk about books with others.
Because I was covering this for my newspaper, I have some photos and videos from the Canon DSLR I used.
My friends (Avery, Liv, and Lizzie) and I went to the Fierce Reads breakfast in the morning. (After mistakenly waiting in the cold for too long.) In a brave move, someone (I’m not sure who) sat at the authors’ table. We got a chance to talk to the six authors there (George O’Connor, April Henry, Kami Garcia, Jennifer Mathieu, Kate Henry, and Maureen Goo) in a more personalized setting. My favorite part was when April Henry taught us how to get out of handcuffs.
After, we milled around for a bit before finding Whitney. We spent some time wandering around before going to the Epic Reads Book Buzz. And we somehow found Naya, Sarah, and Xander.
I didn’t really listen to the book buzz. I was checking Twitter and taking videos mostly.
I got a free book, though. I later got it signed too.
Whitney, Naya, and Lizzie had to go and be a part of the booktube panel, so Liv and I went off to check out a Penguin Teen ARC drop. But it was too crowded, and the booktube panel was full, so we ended up in a random panel. I took a break mostly, charging my phone.
The second book buzz of the day was the Penguin Teen one. We got a tote (For Marie Lu!) and some ‘Furthermore’ stuff. (I didn’t read it, so I didn’t understand.) I zoned out of this one too, but I listened enough to win a portable charger after correctly answering a trivia question.
Sarah had saved us a spot in the signing line. And apparently, the line was there two hours before the signing. So Liv and I headed back down the escalators and got in line. We sat again, talking. I got an overpriced hotdog for $5. Aka…convention food. I didn’t actually need to get any books signed, but I was helping Liv by being a person in line. In the end, she didn’t use me. I originally was with Liv and Sarah in the Adam Silvera line but was moved to the Maggie Stiefvater line for Sarah.
I found Naya in the Stiefvater line, and we talked. I followed her around, after losing Liv and Sarah. I got my poster from Epic Reads signed by some authors. I meant to see Silvera, but his line was too long. (Doesn’t mean I didn’t grab a quick selfie with him on his way out, though. Haha.)
Then my day was over basically. I waited outside to be picked up by my mom and aunt and creepily watched a really cute guy look bored.
Honestly, the worst part was the middle schoolers. They were so rowdy and annoying. Every time something popped up on the screen during the Penguin Teen Book Buzz, they would gasp or squeal. I was really tired of it after some time.
My favorite part was meeting my friends again. I only got one book (But it’s signed!) and some posters, but I didn’t really care too much about that.
If I could change anything, it would be my plan. I felt like having a plan was kinda a bad idea. I knew what I wanted to do and did most of it (Minus the two panels I kinda did/kinda didn’t want to go to.) But I wanted to be freer. I wanted to go to the ARC giveaways, but they were a hassle unless you had extra warm bodies to stand in line for you.