The party started at 7:00 and we were actually right on time. We ran into Suey and her husband as we were walking up the driveway carrying our contributions to the potluck dinner. Natasha answered the door and knew me immediately. Suey and I introduced ourselves to each other and I was embarrassed that I hadn't seen her blog (It's All About Books) before. I really should have found out who was going to be there and check everyone out beforehand. I was regretting my last several months of inactivity from the book blogging community. Lately it has been all I can do to post to my own blog a few times a month, much less to visit all the other book blogs out there. Anyway, enough of my lamenting, and I'll get back to the party. I have visited Suey's blog now and it's great. We have similar tastes in books so it will be fun to compare.
Others started to arrive. First was Jessica from The Bluestocking Society. I love the name of her blog. I want to change mine but I don't know if it's a good idea. Sorry, that was a tangent. Anyway, I found out that Jessica lives just a few miles from me and she's a lawyer by day. That she is a lawyer is simultaneously impressive and intimidating to me. No reason to be intimidated, though, because she is as nice as can be.
I forgot that when we first got there Natasha's sister Leisa was already there and Jenn from The King's English Bookstore was there. Leisa is the one who got Natasha started on her blog and Jenn is the Marketing and Event Coordinator at The King's English so she had a lot of information about books and authors. So did Drew, the manager of the U of U Bookstore, who came in later. Jenn and Drew talked about a bunch authors that I had never heard of. It sounds like they have really fun jobs. Stephanie from The Children's Literature Book Club came too. She has a Master's Degree in children's literature. Very cool. The last blogger to come in was Cari from Book Scoops. She, like Stephanie, also blogs mostly about children's literature.
James Dashner, who blogs at The Dashner Dude, was the last guest and he was no ordinary guest. He's the author of The 13th Reality Series which has one book out, another coming in March, and he has a third unrelated book coming out at the end of the year. It was really fun picking his brain about what it's like to be an author, how publishing and editing work, and other behind the scenes stuff. One interesting thing about him is that he never watches movie previews. He started this a few years ago and says his movie experience has been so much better since. He said that when he goes to the theater he turns his head away from the screen and listens to his ipod or makes his wife talk to him to avoid watching the previews. Interesting. I'm not sure I could do it but I might try the experiment. Anyway, James is funny and nice and though I haven't read his books yet, I'm already a fan.
So here we all are:
Back, left to right: Suey's husband, Drew, Drew's wife, James, Cari's husband, my husband, Jessica's husband.
Middle: Leisa, Jenn, Cari, me, Jessica
Front: Suey, Natasha, Stephanie
(Sorry, I forgot some of the spouses' names so I'm not going to write any of them. Natasha's husband was taking the picture. He is also a really nice guy.)
We had such a great time at the party and I loved meeting everyone. Even my husband had a great time. I look forward to more blogger parties in the future.