Let’s just get this out there: Julianne and I agreed that NTTBF was one of the best festivals we’ve ever attended.
Tons of incredible authors, countless panels to choose from, and we managed to win a signing line pass which helped us to hit up all the authors on our list without lots of waiting! (Though we still hung around until all the authors left.)
We started out our day with caffeine. Because we woke up at 5 AM. So obviously caffeine was necessary.
Panel 1: Boarding Pass
I started out at the Boarding Pass panel with Adi Alsaid, Ally Carter, Elizabeth Eulberg, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith (moderated by Sarah Enni). This is when I fell in love with Elizabeth Eulberg—she had me laughing the entire time. (Funnily enough, Jules had read her book the night before the festival and gushed about it on the way.)
Highlights and notes:
-“Boys are stupid. Especially in high school. Boys are dumb. And they don’t get better with age.” -Elizabeth Eulberg
-“Fellows, a cupcake and I’m yours.” -Elizabeth Eulberg
-“I SHIP THEM!” -Ally Carter
Panel 2: Unlikely Place for Love
We were thrilled to use our signing line priority pass to skip most of the lines. (We waited in short lines and jumped the long ones.) Check out the lovely authors we met! (Unfortunately I didn’t get photos with/of all of them!)
Ally Carter: look how she personalized Jules’s book! She gave us high fives when she realized who we were and told us the hilarious story of how she walked around a fancy hotel once with her dress stuck in her panty hose.
Jennifer Lynn Barnes: Isn’t she the cutest thing ever? I picked up Killer Instinct at the festival and am currently rereading The Naturals before I start it! (The Naturals is even better the second time around! It’s fun to see how things play out when you already know who the killer is!)
Stephanie Perkins: We adored her dress. Other authors I met: Tera Lynn Childs, Julie Kagawa, Sarah Mlynowski, Rachel Vincent, Leigh Bardugo (who gave me some Grisha swag!), A. G. Howard. We also stopped by to see Julie Murphy (who signed posters for us, but unfortunately I lost mine) and John Corey Whaley (Jules had him sign her ARC of Where Things Come Back).
We had a FANTASTIC time at the North Texas Teen Book Festival. I’m already ready for NTTBF16!
(The photo below is the books I took with me. Not including the books I bought or Rachel and Jules’ books. We estimated that there were about 40 books in the car!)