TGIF and Follow Friday

Before I start, some background information.  I just finished The Scorpio Races (audio) and for the first time in my entire life, I started the book over upon completion.  I’m a little obsessed.

Literary Vacations: If you could take a trip this summer to any place within a fictional book, where would you go? Tell us about your summer dream vacation!

All I want to do is sit around thinking about The Scorpio Races, so I really want to go see the races and the water horses.  However, it’s not November, so I guess I have to choose a different answer.

Is it a cop out to say that I want to go to Hogwarts?  Yes… so let’s go with Prague from Daughter of Smoke and Bone.  Prague is the perfect setting for a girl with blue hair who belongs to another world or an art heist or a mystery involving secret societies.  I think it’s a good vacation in general.  And, hey, maybe I can drop in at Hogwarts on my way back to the States.

Q: What is one thing you wish you could tell your favorite author?

I’ve never been good with favorites.  At all.  So, if we assume that The Scorpio Races is currently my favorite book, we can assume that Maggie Stiefvater is my favorite author, but I’m going to a signing in less than two weeks and already freaking out about what I am going to say to her.  So….. let’s go with someone else.
I often say that John Green is my favorite author, but I went to a signing and said something to him and then felt stupid, so I’m not going to go with him.  I’m going to go with Maureen Johnson, because I know that I can say something to her that will make her smile instead of making her look at me funny.  What I am going to say is: I have snacks.


  1. Grad Student @ Young Adult Fiction and Whiskey Sours says

    I LOVE Scorpio Races!!! That is a book to keep around ‘just in case’ you need to read a bit here and there. And I want to go to Prague because of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, too.

    And no beating yourself up about author signings. It is probably a sign of their tiredness, not your lack of awesomeness, if they don’t recognize a witty comment :-)

  2. Renu says

    Hahah, that’s like me and music. I don’t have a fav singer, I just like anything that sounds good no matter the artist. :)

    – New follower

  3. Katelyn says

    I obviously need to read The Daughter of Smoke and Bone because it seems like the most popular answer today! The setting sounds wonderful :)

  4. Unabridged Bookshelf says

    I really need to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, it is glaring at me from my TBR pile right now. I seriously could not think of anywhere else I wanted to go except Hogwarts. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

  5. Jenny says

    LOL! I love that you hemmed and hawed so much over your FF answer. I never know what to say to authors so I just sit there smiling like an idiot while they sign my book(s). Pathetic. I NEED to get to Scorpio Races! Argh!

  6. Patricia says

    Oh, I think it’s horrible when you feel stupid in front of someone, and it is amazing if you can say something that might seem stupid to others but the person you say it to actually smiles at you and gets it or something like that!

    Patricia // My Hop

  7. April @ My Shelf Confessions says

    I haven’t read Scorpio Races but my friend Amanda tells me I must so I will eventually 😀 I love your answer – I’ve never personally met an author before, I think I’d be tongue tied too! I haven’t read anything by Maureen Johnson before, but she’s on my to-read-soon list, and I LOVE her on twitter, I think she would definitely love your comment! haha 😀

    Thanks for dropping by my blog – yours so cute! Totally following via RSS now :)

    April @ My Shelf Confessions

  8. Megan says

    So jealous that you’re meeting Maggie! I chose her as my current favorite too! I’ve heard she’s very nice :) Enjoy your signing!

    Here’s my FF post

    Happy reading!

    Megan @ The Girly Bookworm (new follower!)

  9. Suzanne says

    boo- I guess I copped out on the hogwarts answer. Ah well. I haven’t read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I’ll have to put it on my TBR list.
    If you want to read my not-so-unique TGIF pick, click here 😉
    Your new follower, Suzanne <3

  10. Tarah Dunn says

    I’ve never been in a situation where I interacted with a favorite author, but the idea fills me with fear! I think we’ll always feel like we didn’t convey what we wanted to, because a reading/signing just isn’t a good venue. Maybe a (fantasy) dinner party would be good!

    Thanks for stopping by my post. New follower!

  11. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase says

    I totally need to read The Scorpio Races and Daughter of Smoke and Bone! Like soon!
    I’m pretty sure I clammed up when I met John Green – he asked if I was Andrea (after looking at the sticky note in my book that he was about to sign) and I think I said yes and that was it. Totally just couldn’t speak. But I think that’s a great thing to say to Maureen Johnson! She’d probably have snacks, too! 😉

  12. jen says

    prague is a beautiful city, i lived there for three months.
    i wouldn’t know what to say to a famous person either! i have seen some (kate hudson is probably the most famous) but i don’t talk to them! if i went to a book signing i would probably just not say anything to the author. lol.

  13. Bittner says

    First of all; I just checked out the audio version of Daughter of Smoke and Bones and I will be starting it tomorrow! My friend Tracy has been trying to get someone from our group to read it for forever so that she can talk about it.
    Second of all; your struggle with the favorite author question made me laugh! And I loved that it all boiled down to “I have snacks!” I think if I ever met Nick Hornby I wouldn’t be able to say a word. Unfortunately adult fiction authors don’t have the aura of approachability as young adult authors do. If I could say something to David Levithan it would be “Please like me! Please! I’m really nice! And maybe I’m a little star struck but I promise you, deep down, I really can be intelligent!”

  14. LHughes says

    Maggie is so funny and cute! You will love her. And I know you’ll probably hate me for this, but I won a “Maggie drew Water Horses in Sharpie on the cover” copy of Scorpio Races when I met Maggie in October. It is now one of my prized possessions. Like I’d grab it in a fire before running out of my apartment. I’m kind of scared to touch the book out of fear of messing it up somehow.

    I posted about it here:

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