The Sunday Salon (Mar. 4): LA Times Festival of Books

The Sunday So the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is coming up next month! I’m planning on going for at least one day, although if I can find a cheap hostel (or temporary roomate?) I may go for both days. Since it’ll be my first time being in LA and my first time at the festival– does anyone have any tips for me? What sort of things go on at the festival? Are there any special blogger meet-ups happening?

LA kind of intimidates me for some reason. I was completely fine with going to NYC for BEA last year, but going to LA by myself scares me. I suppose I’ve seen too many of those “gangs of LA” shows, haha!

It’ll be very exciting to meet/see the authors, though! Here’s who I’m really excited about: Julie Andrews, Judy Blume, Libba Bray, Cecil Castellucci, Cornelia Funke, Jack Gantos, John Green, Lev Grossman, Maureen Johnson, Robin LaFevers, Lauren Myracle, Patrick Ness, Shawn Thomas Odyssey, Mal Peet, and Jacqueline Woodson! What about you? Who are you excited to see?

Weekly Book Stats

Books read this week:
039. My Lunatic Life – Sharon Sala [rating: 2] e
040. What Would Jane Austen Do? – Laurie Brown [rating: 3.5] e
041. Haint Misbehavin’ – Maureen Hardegree [rating: 4] e
042. The Tail of Emily Windsnap – Liz Kessler [rating: 3] e
043. Ordinary Magic – Caitlen Rubino-Bradway [rating: 5] eR
044. Pizzicato – Rusalka Reh [rating: TBD] e

Books reviewed this week:
031. Five Tomorrows – Sarah A. Hoyt [rating: 3] e
032. Wolf Brother – Michelle Paver [rating: 3.5]
033. Fame Fatale – Wendy Holden [rating: 2.5]
034. Dust – Arthur Slade [rating: 4] e
035. My Fair Godmother – Janette Rallison [rating: 3] e
036. Wish – Alexandra Bullen [rating: 3.5] e
037. Who What Wear: The Allegra Biscotti Collection – Olivia Bennett [rating: 3.5] e
038. Goy Crazy – Melissa Schorr [rating: 4] e
039. My Lunatic Life – Sharon Sala [rating: 2] e

Books acquired this week:

Currently reading:
Since I got the second one for free earlier this week, I decided to read the first of the Dotsy Lamb travel mysteries: Death of an Obnoxious Tourist (I got it for free last month). I’m only 4% in but so far it’s a pretty good cozy mystery!

13 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon (Mar. 4): LA Times Festival of Books”

  1. I don’t blame you. LA freaks me out a bit too especially because it’s a pain in the butt going anywhere (walking or driving). Have fun!

  2. Aw, Patrick Ness! I hope you do get to meet Patrick Ness, and then that you tell us all about it. I feel too nervous meeting authors myself, so I’d rather experience it all vicariously.

    1. I got pretty good at meeting them at BEA, but maybe all my meeting-authors-mojo has worn off by now? Bit scary.

  3. Oh, I hope you get to meet Patrick Ness, too! He seems to be such a lovely man. Come back with lots of stories to share with us, okay?

    I just registered for BEA last week and I am all sorts of excited. Wheee!

  4. I went to the Festival last year and my biggest advice is that you should prepare for the weather. It was very hot there and water was expensive! And just be aware that the USC campus is far larger than it looks on maps. 🙂 But I had a lot of fun last year and hope you do too!

    1. Thanks for the advice! 😀 Luckily I’ve got one of those Brita filter bottles that makes tap water taste better, so if I can find a drinking fountain I’ll be set.

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