Picture drawn by Maggie Stiefvater, 2009. Header made by S.F. Robertson, 2010.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Two Cats, a Signing, and a Pizza Place (and by "pizza place", I mean "more bookshelves")

So here is the concluding post. The reason I am doing this and not the In My Mailbox vlog is because Youtube accepted my cat video but not my IMM vlog. It kept saying "An Unknown Error Occured." and wouldn't upload it. It made me SO MAD. I wanted to punch Youtube in the face.

Anyway, here are the rest of the pics:

This is a picture of our cat Maya up on the fridge from a few weeks ago. Isn't she cute? Here's another:

Alright, back to the books. Here's a picture of one side of the other bookcase I have:

This has a few notable exceptions: signed copies of Airhead by Meg Cabot, Frenemies by Alexa Young (for my birthday- she also sent a funny card which I found while I was cleaning... I need to find a place to put all this author stuff I get), my signed copy of Let It Snow that has sigs from Lauren and John but no Maureen yet (this is why I need to know who's going to the 40 Author NYC Teen Signing- I want someone to take my book and have Maureen sign it so I can have all three sigs in one book!!), The Summer of Naked Swim Parties by Jessica Anya Blau, Another Kind of Cowboy and Getting the Girl by Susan Juby (she also sent me a cute card too), and Graffiti Girl by Kelly Parra. Whew... that's a lot.

You can also see more CDs and a stuffed animal that my ex-bf Keith gave me at the top of the photo.

More photos of our cat Samson being cute on top of the fridge. I love him!!! :)

Highlights here include Ruby by VC Andrews, She Went All the Way by Meg Cabot (signed), Braless in Wonderland by Debbie Reed Fischer (signed). Ones that are obscured or have glare on them include: Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin, The Devil's Breath by David Gilman, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, and a Perfect Dark novel.

Also, on the right of the bottom box, there's an ARC of What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson. Last August, when the book came out, Martin contacted me about sending me a review copy and I said yes. I have a hardcover of it, which you'll see in a picture below. In cleaning up my room and putting books in boxes, I unearthed this ARC which had been laying in the bottom of a box under many books and another box. So now I have two copies. I got that ARC like either in late 2007 or early 2008, so by the time August 2008 rolled around, it had been LONG forgotten. Plus, it was part of a package filled with many other books and I forgot about a lot of them too, lol.

The one toward the left with the glare on it (next to 3 Willows) is Riding the Universe by Gaby Triana (ARC). Other books of worthy note include a signed copy of Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle, Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev (this is actually the giveaway copy that I have yet to send out- I totally apologize to whoever is supposed to be recieving it from me!! My other copy has been lent out to a friend of mine.), Gorgeous by Rachel Vail, A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker, a signed copy of Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard, and the uber-elusive ARC of Don't Judge a Girl by her Cover (GG3) by Ally Carter.

Yes, those are my feet, lol, and I'm in my PJ bottoms. Anyway, a lot of random books here. Highlights include a signed copy of Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King, an ARC of Rampant by Diana Peterfreund, You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith, a signed copy of What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook, and an ARC of Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott.

I have no idea why this came out kinda blurry, but whatever. Yes, this is my closet. I recently put books in there so they wouldn't be all over my floor. There's also some audio books to the right of the photo and my high school yearbooks are right underneath them. Book highlights include Willow by Julia Hoban, Faketastic by Alexa Young, Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison, Just One Wish by Janette Rallison (one of two), Discordia by Dena K. Salmon (right above Just One Wish), and above Discordia is my copy of Invisible Touch, which has an excerpt of my Graffiti Girl review in it.

Highlights here include the entire series of Kodocha and Sailor Moon, and a signed copy of Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. Also, you can see the other side of the bookcase shown in an earlier photo.

This is a picture of Maggie Stiefvater signing a TON of copies of her debut book Lament at her Alexandria signing last Friday. Isn't that stack HUGE?! Also, notice the fun sign in the background advertising her event. And that's her harp Rory in the bottom right after having been put away.

I would actually have a picture of Maggie and I, but unfortunately, I am too shy, lol. But at least this time I chatted with her and I did take my camera out to take a picture. So it's a step up from last time! Maybe next time I meet up with her, I'll have enough courage to get a picture with her, lol. Anyway, I got to the signing about 25 minutes late, then spent 10 minutes looking around for Maggie and actually calling my parents to see if I had the right place, but no, it turned out Maggie was just hiding next to the cafe behind some bookcases. *sigh* Bad place for an author to be. Seriously, I'd been ALL OVER that whole store and didn't see her. If I couldn't find her while actually LOOKING for her, you can imagine how it would be for someone just browsing. Ah well. It just meant Maggie and I could chat a lot- I pulled up a chair and we talked books and other things and she played her harp intermittently. After the signing was over, we looked around the teen section for an urban fantasy book. She wanted to read Need by Carrie Jones, but they didn't have the book in the J section, but I found their copies in the New Teen Books display. It was a wonderful evening. Maggie rocks.

And now, the other side of my second bookcase:

This is my main TBR shelf of books to come, though as you saw in the other photos, there are tons of TBR books everywhere. Highlights include ... actually, there's way too many here. You can see all of them for yourself.

Phew! That's all the books that I've got here in the apartment. And then any new ones that come in you'll see on In My Mailbox!

Oh and I almost forgot the cute video. Here it is:


  1. I am officially going to go over to your house and steal all of your books. You have the BEST ONES! Crowned, Hottie, Prada and Prejudice....*jealousjealousjealous*!

    PS. Your cats are adorable, too! (:

  2. Wow i wish i lived next door, it would be great to read all your books. I am pretty sure you have a better selection than my local library

  3. I can't imagine you being shy! I am going to a couple of signings, one for Laurie Halse Anderson and one for Ann Brashares. Talk about being nervous. I'm all like, what do I say???

    And can I just say, I want ALL your books! But if I had them, I wouldn't have the time or self control to make myself sit down and read them all.

    Ever seen that episode of the Twilight Zone about the man who loves books, but doesn't have time to read them? That would totally be me!

  4. Bookworm- Haha, it's called borrowing. You can do that! No need to steal.

    Erika Lynn- Haha, I'm sure. I probably have a better selection than my own local bookstore, lol.

    Shalonda- I'm very amiable and outgoing once you get to know me, and in vlogs, it's easy to be myself since I'm alone, lol.

    I may be going to one of Laurie's signings (the NC one- the only one close to me) and also I was at an Ann Brashares signing last month (which I talked about in a previous blog post). Believe me, I felt so stupid being up there with Ann because I was too shy to say anything beyond my name and "Can I get a photo with you?" and then of course "Thank you so much!". That was it. At least when you blather on about being a fan, you're saying SOMETHING instead of standing there like a mute freak. Plus, you always think of the perfect thing to say AFTER you're walking away. Ugh. I could've been like "I bet you don't get many boys at your signings."

    But no, I was a mute freak. I'm sure you can do better, lol.

    And no, I have not seen that Twilight Zone episode. In fact, I've never seen Twilight Zone ever, except for a stage production that a friend of mine did in high school.

  5. Wow, are there any books you don't own? Lots of great reading ahead! ;)

  6. Amee- There are at least quite a few, like classics, mainly because I abhor them.

    Well, ok, I have a few, but only because I got them at a used bookstore rather than the college one and so couldn't sell them back.

    Also, not all the VCA books.

    (PS I do know you were being sarcastic, just so you know.)

  7. Holy cow I look like I was poured into that shirt. Tell me I didn't look that michelin man in person!

    It was fun picking out books with you. Hope I didn't torment you too badly.

  8. Maggie- You look fine!! It's not exactly the best picture in general, as it's blurry and the lighting isn't that good and all that.

    There was no tormenting. It was a great evening. :)

  9. You read manga! That makes me so happy!

  10. You cats are just the cutest. I am so jealous that you have so much room for your books. I barely have any!

  11. Woah you have a lot of books! I am totally jealous. I only have 3 books that I haven't read yet. You--you have a whole shelf of books TBR! :O
    You are very very lucky!