BookExpo / BookCon Recap & Photos!

Hello friends! I’ve had to take a break from my weekly recaps because Andrew and I were away for our anniversary and then the following weekend, I attended BookExpo and BookCon at the Javits Center in New York City.  I have so many wonderful photos to share from the event! I spent the whole convention with Alexa from Alexa Loves Books, following a schedule that we mapped out for weeks beforehand (and updated once we arrived so we could make all the ARC drops).  We kicked off our conventional at NOVL headquarters where we attended a lovely brunch and listened to Ryan Graudin talk about her newest novel, Invictus.  If you watch my vlog below, you’ll actually get to see a clip of Ryan discussing the book (PS she has the most awesome hair I’ve ever seen and I was totally in love with her metallic skirt).  Each table got to complete a puzzle assembling artwork of one of the characters in the book (but we got lucky because ours has two characters!).  You can also hear a bit more about them in the video!  We also did some speed dating with the editors at Little Brown which means that they would spend about 10 minutes at each table, telling us about one of their upcoming titles.  I’m most excited about Fireblood because I’ve been meaning to read Frostblood for a while and now I’m excited to have the opportunity to read them back to back.  Then Alexa and I headed over to the Javits Center and picked up our badges for BookExpo!

Day one of BookExpo was a resounding success! We acquired so many of the books we were looking for but some highlights for me were WarcrossThe Belles and the Harry Potter sampler from Scholastic.  The floor was much different this year than in years past.  There was a much calmer vibe to everything and people seemed generally more polite which was lovely.  We did witness one tug of war over an ARC of Warcross but that was the extent of bad behavior that we saw for the day.  I was also really excited to try out the photobooth Fierce Reads had set up for Language of Thorns.  You were able to choose a background based on the newly renamed Shadow and Bone trilogy, the Six of Crows duology or the newest addition to the Grishaverse, Language of Thorns.  I loved that they had the character banners set up with Kevin Wada’s amazing artwork of the Six of Crows gang.  After day one I went to the Gotham Market on 11th Avenue and tried my first and last sushi burrito ever.  It was delicious but WAY too messy.  Then at night, we went to the Big Honcho Media Stay Golden party at The Ainsworth which was so much fun!  I definitely stayed out a bit too late but I was having too much fun to leave!

Then on our last day of BookExpo (the show floor was only open for two days this year as opposed to the usual three) Alexa and I managed to get all of the other books we were hoping for! Despite staying out past my bedtime, I was still able to get to the Javits Center before 8AM.  Our plan was to be there early and head straight to the Disney booth for a copy of Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (while everyone else ran to Penguin for the full ARC of Stephanie Perkins’s There’s Someone Inside Your House which we thankfully managed to get the day before).  It was honestly like kismet.  We met Kerri Maniscalco in the Little Brown booth and she signed a copy of Hunting Prince Dracula for us.  We ran into Stephanie Garber roaming around the show floor and got to gush to her about how much we both love Caraval and need her to do a book tour in NYC so she can sign our copies!  We also stopped by the OwlCrate booth (several times) and we dressed up in their Harry Potter props for some fun photos.  They also did an ARC drop of Lucky in Love by Kasie West and I acquired Top Ten by Katie Cotugno from them the day before thanks to Alexa’s expert wheel spinning skills.  Right before we left the show, we were invited by Lili from Tor to have cocktails with Chad Michael Murray and Heather Graham in celebration of their new book.  We got to take photos with Chad (!) and I picked up a copy of the book for my sister in law, Molly.  I’m still completely amazed that Chad Michael Murray seems to have not aged in the slightest.  He was so charming! Then I dropped my books off at the hotel and Alexa and I headed out the other Ainsworth for the Fierce Reads party.  We met our friends Rachel of Hello-Chelly and Lindsay there and we got to hang out with so many amazing authors.  I got to tell Marissa Meyer how Cress and Thorne are my forever OTP and I joked with Leigh Bardugo about how I got yelled at in LA for crossing the street when the light was red even though there were no cars coming because apparently that’s not allowed in LA and this New Yorker who dodges cars on a daily basis had no clue.  They also gave us a swag bag with a samplers of Meyer and Bardugo’s latest works (Renegades and Language of Thorns) as well as a couple of other titles.

Then bright and early on Saturday morning, me, Alexa, Rachel and Andi of Andi’s ABC’s went to PRINT for the Penguin Teen breakfast! I finally got to meet Chelsea from Penguin in real life and she’s one of the nicest people ever! She also did an excellent job organizing the breakfast and I’m so thankful to have been invited!  We had more speed dating at this event but this time with five amazing authors- Marie Lu, Stephanie Perkins, Julie C. Dao, Kristin Cashore and Peter Bognanni.  Each author sat at our table for 10 minutes to talk to us about their new books and it really got me even more excited about each title.  In fact, I’ve since already read and loved Warcross by Marie Lu.  It’s a new favorite for sure! And I got to take a photo with Stephanie Perkins who is the cutest human ever.  Penguin Teen was nice enough to give us a box set of all the game changing titles they have coming out this fall as well as a posted signed by each of the authors at the breakfast.  Afterward, the four of us headed over back over to the Javits for BookCon.  I have to say that I was really impressed with the way everything was handled this year.  The event was much more organized than in years past and I had a blast walking the floor with my friends.  Highlights from BookCon for me were 1) meeting so many sweet people who came up to me and said they love my videos! I feel so thankful that anyone took the time to say hi to me!, 2) standing directly next to Jenny Han and Morgan Matson in the Simon and Schuster booth and 3) getting an ARC of An Enchantment of Ravens which I am highly anticipating reading!  So overall, this was the best year at BookExpo and BookCon that I’ve ever experienced.  I cannot wait until next year!  Below are videos of my full book haul if you’re interested in viewing it as well as a vlog of the event so you can get a feel for the show floor.  Happy reading!!!

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Super Space Chick’s Weekly Round Up (#2)

Super Space Chick’s weekly round up is a blog series in which I’ll be chatting to you about what’s going on in my life, what I’ve been posting on YouTube and my blog, some favorite instagram photos of the week, and such.  So basically just general life happenings and feelings!  I looooooove writing book reviews but I also love reading more personal blog posts so I want to make an effort to share more of my full life here and not just my reading life.

Last week was pretty awesome.  My mom came home from the hospital on Tuesday (*insert party horn emojis here*) so we’ve all been getting back to a more normal schedule.  I’m so happy to have her home and she’s been able to get better quality rest in her own bed.  Andrew and I spent Easter with her, my dad, my brother and his girlfriend at the hospital and then the beginning of the week was dedicated to getting done all of the boring adult chores we’d been neglecting for the past couple of weeks.  On Thursday night I met up with Alexa at Books of Wonder- I wasn’t planning on buying anything but ended up walking out with two signed hardcovers of The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon and Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl.  Alex also was so kind to lend me her ARC copy of I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo which is a YA novel about a girl who decides to implement all of the dating advice she’s seen on K-dramas.  I’ve been highly anticipating that one and it’s going to be my next read! While everyone was obsessed with Starbucks’s Unicorn frappacinos, Alexa and I opted to go to Union Fare for unicorn croissants which were delicious.  The weather is also getting warm enough that Union Square park has a bunch of neon green tables set up and we were able to spend the remainder of our night there, chatting about books and anime as per usual.

Then Thursday night, my cousin Rachel came into town because she was able to score Hamilton tickets last year and the date of her showing is finally upon her!  She got to my apartment later than I normally go to sleep (#old) and we ended up staying up late catching up on general life happenings, our love of Marvel movies, and everything coming to Disney and Universal in the future.  The next morning we went to a quick brunch with my mom, grandparents and aunt and then sent Rachel off into the city.  I spent the rest of my day filming BookTube videos (I was SO behind) and then headed over to my parents to make them some dinner.

The next morning, Cassie and I planned a huge nostalgia brunch with some of our best friends that we don’t get to see as often as we’d like to.  I was really expecting some people to cancel but all 10 of the invitees made it! We went to La Flaca on the Lower East Side where I drank red sangria, ate huevos rancheros (my favorite!) and we accidentally got sucked into some very entertaining show called One Miracle Morning where a guy on a motorcycle was racing a goose.  After brunch, we headed to a bar called The Library where we met up with my brother.  I had a couple of root beer floats (stoli vanilla + rootbeer + a cherry) which were surprisingly delicious, and then we headed out to a place that I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try, Taiyaki NYC.  I love taiyaki but I haven’t ever been to the ice cream / pastry hybrid shop before.  While we were waiting for our ice cream, we met a couple of guys with lightsabers, so naturally, we asked if we could play with them.  Then this morning, Andrew and I somehow found the motivation to go for a run (how cool is the photo with my shadow in it?!) and then I made breakfast with what I can only describe as winning the avocado lottery.

Reading: I finished reading: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones which I enjoyed because I just kept picturing David Bowie every time the Goblin King was described, Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle because I wanted to read it before I started watching the television show, and The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher because Star Wars! I also started Geekerella which I’m completely in love with!

Watching: Pretty Little Liars came back this week so I was eagerly anticipating that! One more season and then I’ll be free.  Cassie and I are basically hate watching it together at this point and I’m mostly only still in it for our snarky texts.  I also started watching Famous in Love which is completely different from the book and we watched the only two available episodes of The Ancient Magus Bride anime which is wholly enchanting.

I posted less this week than normal because I ran out of prefilmed videos.  Although, I did get to post my Guide to Manga Genres video which I filmed so long ago that it has my old bookshelf set up!

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Pokemon, PotterCon & Book Shopping Vlog ft. Jordandene, Geekscape & More!

I’ve been having a really fun time getting into vlogging! It’s really weird and awkward at first if you’re filming in public so I’m still adjusting to that but I love having the footage to look back on afterward so I’ve been making a concerted effort to vlog whenever I’m on the go.  Two weekends ago, I had a really exciting string of days so I combined footage from Jonathan of Geekscape’s Pokemon Go meetup, PotterCon at Irving Plaza in NYC and National Book Lover’s Day at Barnes and Noble with Monica.  At PotterCon I finally got to meet Jordandene who is a super lovely person and she filmed a little clip with me for my video!  There’s also a ton of Harry Potter cosplay (the winner of the contest’s cosplay is one of my favorite I’ve ever seen) and a mini book haul.

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BookTube: Top 5 NYC Bookstores

In NYC, we’re very fortunate to have a ton of spectacular bookstores to spend our time in when the urge to pick up something new strikes.  If you live in New York City, or you’re planning on visiting sometime and you want to know the best bookstores to check out, I made a list of my top 5 favorites because really, those are the places I spend most of my time here.  My number one store will always be The Strand, but there are some really close seconds which I detail in my video.  I hope this is helpful!

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‘Tis the Season: Rolfs in NYC

One of my most recent Christmas season traditions is to visit (and preferably eat at but I’ll get to that in a minute) at Rolfs in NYC.  It’s a German restaurant that draws a huge crowd of Christmas enthusiasts because upon entering you may think that Christmas has exploded inside.  It’s honestly breathtaking.  Andrew and I went last year and even though we waited in the cold for hours our experience was definitely worth it.  This year, we were joined by my brother Bob and while overall, we did have a lot of fun, it became clear just how mismanaged Rolf’s busiest season can be.

We waited on a line outside for about a half an hour only to find out that they weren’t taking table reservations until you got to the front of it.  We put our names down and crowded into the already overcrowded bar to enjoy a warm glass of gluhwein while we waited for our table.  We spent about 3 hours inside squished at the bar and maybe one table was called in that time (with zero effort put forth by the host to find the people called).  We found out that 10PM is their last seating so at 9PM when there were still 7 people ahead of us on the list we decided to bow out and eat some junk food at Penn Station on our way home instead.

I would suggest dropping in for one drink at the bar if you love Christmas as much as I do.  The drinks are overpriced, the restaurant is overcrowded, the staff is pretty obnoxious and walks away from anyone asking them questions but the decorations, quality of their gluhwein and the company you bring with you can still make it an enjoyable experience.  I really loved the potato pancakes I ate there last year and I’m thinking that I may take a day off of work so I can be at 4PM there when they open for my 2016 trip because I cannot picture willingly going in for a repeat of this year.  The only exception would be if I went in with the mindset that I would be having one drink and then leaving.

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5 Fandom Friday: Holiday Recommendations

For this week’s 5 Fandom Friday I decided to throw together a little hodgepodge of my favorite holiday recommendations in 5 different categories.  I’m going to be doing a book specific holiday recommendations post next week so I thought it would be nice to compile my top favorite favorites here today.

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1) Book – My True Love Gave To Me – This book is full of short stories set during the holidays.  It’s perfect to read during the season when you can’t devote as much time to reading a full blown novel.  I read it last year and really enjoyed it and I’m planning on re-reading it this year and writing a full review of each tale!

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2) Cookie – Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies – My mom makes these every year and I have never been able to resist them when they’re just sitting there on our table basically begging to be eaten.  It’s essentially a shortbread cookie with a scoop of raspberry jam in the middle.  I’m a sucker for raspberry anything so these have always been my holiday favorite!

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3) Drink – Gluhwein – It’s been a tradition in my family since long before I was born for my grandfather to make a huge batch of gluhwein.  It’s a mulled wine (full of tons of liquor) and can be garnished with a cinnamon stick or orange slices. It’s so delightful to warm up a cup on a freezing cold winter night and sip it while reading or watching tv.  Luckily, my grandfather has been teaching my dad and brother to brew his version for the past few years so the recipe will continue to be passed down throughout our family.

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 4) Song – Baby It’s Cold Outside – I just adore this song.  Paticularly, the She & Him version.  I play this on repeat without ever feeling the slightest bit sick of it and I love singing along and switching parts or singing both by myself if I’m alone.  Zooey’s vocals are so beautiful<3

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5) Movie – Elf – Elf is one holiday movie that I watch year round.  I love everything about it! The humor, the positive Christmas spirit message it sends and obviously Buddy’s enthusiasm and eating habits.  Andrew and I have been quoting Elf to each other since we met (a sure sign of true love if you ask me).

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Decorations – Rolf’s – Andrew and I went to Rolf’s for the first time last year.  We spent at least 1.5 hours (it honestly could’ve been more) waiting outside in the freezing cold December weather just for the opportunity to get inside.  Rolf’s takes Christmas decorations to a whole other level.  It’s like Christmas exploded inside.  Plus, there’s gluhwein!  We’re definitely planning on going back this year because despite the wait, the experience was just perfect.

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Super Mario Maker at Nintendo & the Hunt for Amiibos

I always count myself lucky that I happen to live and work right near Nintendo World which is the only Nintendo Store in the United States.   On Friday morning before work I was planning on stopping there to try and grab the new Amiibos and a copy of the new game Super Mario Maker which is INCREDIBLY cool.  The game is for Wii U and it allows you to design your own Mario levels! Unfortunately, the line at the store spanned an entire NYC avenue and there was no chance I would be able to wait there and make it to work on time.  Since I did have my heart set on seeing how the store was decorated to promote the game, I went back during lunch when I knew it would be less chaotic.  I picked up a copy that Andrew and I have not yet had time to test out but we’ll probably give it a go sometime next week.  The window display is one of the best I’ve ever seen and the inside of the store looked amazing as well!  I already have a photo of myself coming out of a warp pipe from E3 a few years ago, but I’m tempted to go back and take photos with this one and the adorable mushroom!

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And as for those Amiibos, I carried out Plan B which was to run to the Best Buy a couple of blocks over and I waited on a VERY short line where I was able to get 2 / 4 Amiibos (Ganondorf and Zero Suit Samus) that my heart desired.  Some guy cut me in line and got the last 8-bit Mario Amiibo and to say I was upset is a gross understatement.  But anyway, Andrew was able to order one online from GameStop when it appeared later in the day!  We also have Dr. Mario en route from Target.com and the last figure I want to add to our collection from this wave is Bowser Jr.

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NYC: Co-Ed Geek Girl Slumber Party

Attention NYC nerds! This coming Saturday I’ll be joining Lorraine Cink of Marvel’s The Watcher  as a guest on her Co-Ed Geek Girl Slumber Party podcast which is a nerdy variety show.  The event is being held at The Peoples Improv Theater at 9:30 PM and other guests include Jill Pantozzi, Daniel Kibblesmith, Margaret Lyons, Monique Moses and a special surprise guest!  There’s going to be a Q&A panel, a geeky musical act and the chance to win a prize as long as your dressed in your favorite fangirl pajamas.  Tickets are only $10 and you can purchase them here and you can visit the official website here!

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Our Harry Potter Themed Engagement Story<3

Never in a million years could I have imagined just how lucky I would be to find someone like my now fiancé Andrew<3  He is an extremely talented graphic designer (which sure helped during this elaborate proposal) and he is the most creative, kind and loving person and I can’t get over how lucky I am to be spending the rest of my life with him.  Please note that we had him sorted on Pottermore a few weeks ago because he insisted that he’s a Hufflepuff but I’ve been saying he’s Gryffindor since day one.  Albeit, Pottermore sorted him into Gryffindor and he went out and bought a House tie for this glorious occasion.

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We recently got engaged at my favorite place in the world, The Strand Bookstore in NYC and the entire process leading up to it was absolutely magical.  If you’ve been following me on Instagram and Twitter you’ll know that I’ve been receiving a series of letters from Harry Potter characters for the past week.  I’ve scanned high resolution versions of each so you can read them clearly and I’m going to be writing out exactly how the actual proposal happened because I’ve had so many of you comment about how you enjoyed following along so it’s only fair that you find out the ending (or rather, beginning) of our story!

I also have to point out that there were seven letters in all which as all Potterheads know is the most significant number for reasons. (ie. there are seven Harry Potter books and seven Horcruxes)

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A letter from Minerva McGonagall stating that I’d been accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!  Imagine coming home from a seemingly normal day of work only to find an envelope with an official Hogwarts wax seal (Andrew ordered a Hogwarts stamp online, and red wax which he melted and sealed each envelope with), an owl post stamp and two lines of claw marks from the owl who carried it on his journey.  My initial reaction “WHAT IS THIS!?!?!?!” My parents just stared at me and mother insisted an owl dropped it off earlier that day.  When I opened it I found an acceptance letter on official Hogwarts letterhead inviting me to attend the upcoming school year.  This is literally my dream come true! I’ve been waiting for this letter since I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and suddenly at 28 it appeared.  I’m assuming the poltergeist McGonagall is referring to is none other than Peeves and what I took away from this is that 1) I would be getting more letters(!) and 2) I had no idea how to send my reply (an obvious yes) since I do not own an owl.  Andrew said it sounded like I would be getting more instructions so I should probably just wait.  Sidenote: I am incredibly impatient.  I actually considered not going to work the next day because I wanted my next letter so badly.  And so my magical week began! (Key clue words include “Commitment” and “long and happy future”)

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A letter from Fred and George Weasley! It’s difficult to tell in the scan but Fred’s writing is in a deep navy blue and George’s is in black and their handwriting is in slightly different fonts (which is easier to see).  I love how humorous and in character their correspondence is!  The post script had me laughing out loud!  In addition to the letter, Fred and George also sent me a parcel packaged in brown paper and tied with a string.  I opened it quickly and discovered that they had entrusted me with the Marauders Map (from the Noble Collection- a thing I have mentioned to Andrew that I’ve always wanted)!  My next thoughts revolved around how easily it will be for me to sneak out of the castle and grab Butterbeers in Hogsmeade when Potions class seems unbearable!

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Another letter from Professor McGonagall!  I love how she stresses the importance of the three things that Hogwarts students carry with them at all times.  I immediately texted Cassie and Melissa in our ongoing group chat with a photo of the letter and we set up a date for our “We’re going to be Wizards!” manicures.  I can only assume that Andrew is in fact the one that stopped at Gringotts to cover the cost which is beyond sweet.  I appreciate that he scheduled in some female bonding time with my best friends before the big day so we could talk about everything in person and grab some cupcakes together.  (Key clue: manicures –> hands –> fingers –> ring)

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A letter and parcel from Hagrid!  This is one of my favorite letters I’ve received, particularly because 1) it came with Chocolate Frogs which I had JUST been talking about wanting not even a week earlier and 2) the letter is burned around the edges and it looks beautiful in person!  It’s so like Hagrid to have a dangerous little creature wreaking havoc on his letters.  And he wasn’t kidding about the owl being confused, the envelope is postmarked in 6 different countries before it finally reached me!  I’ve been savoring my Chocolate Frogs so I still have a few left but I’m hesitant about diving into the Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans as I’m sure you can imagine.

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Another follow-up letter from McGonagall stating the time and date of my appointment at The Strand to get my books for the upcoming school year.  Anyone who knows me is fully aware that books are my the most important material possession to me and I am always the happiest when I’m in a bookstore so the thought of waiting until Wednesday for this appointment was absolutely excruciating.  Daydreams of new books, and magical books at that, were definitely keeping me up at night when I should’ve been asleep.  (Key clues: The Strand aka my favorite place in the world – Suggesting I dress well)

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A letter from Professor Trelawney warning me of the doom I shall face should I accept my place at Hogwarts!  This is another one of my favorite letters because I couldn’t stop laughing while I was reading it.  My parents did not get it at all which was even funnier to me.  This letter also included a package of African Mint Green Tea from David’s Tea and Andrew put his graphic design skills to work again and created a Wizards Brew label for the package. (Key clue: RINGING. RINGing.)

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The last will and testament of Albus Dumbledore!  So, here’s the full story:

When I arrived at The Strand I went straight to the back corner of the fiction department and when I didn’t see anyone waiting there I asked Andrew if he thought that the person’s name was actually an author and not an employee.  He shrugged noncommittally and I started searching the stacks.  Andrew grabbed a ladder for me because Emma Chapman was located on the top shelf.  In one of her books entitled How to be a Good Wife (Andrew assured me this book was chosen because wife was in the title and it was in no way a reflection on me) the final letter was hidden.  I read through Dumbledore’s will and laugh-cried through the whole thing because of all of the reasons I wouldn’t need what was being left to Ron, Hermione and Harry were heartwarming and / or humorous.  When I finally finished reading through the Will, Andrew pulled a golden Snitch out of his bag.  He said some very beautiful things to me including that his world would end without me.  He then said “I only open at the close,” got down on one knee, opened the Snitch (which he ordered online, cut in half and turned into a ring box) and asked me to marry him right there surrounded by stacks upon stacks of books!  Tears of joy ensue!

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I had no idea but Andrew had asked his friend Michelle who is an amazing photographer (seriously, you should check out her instagram for a taste of her work!) to come and take photos of us during the proposal and I’m so happy that it’s all documented! We took several more photos after I exclaimed my YES (on the second floor with the Harry Potter books of course).  One of the Strand employees gave us a lovely card wishing us luck in the future and telling us how much they appreciated being part of our special day.  They also posted a photo of us on their instagram account which is pretty awesome!

And then, as if this whole thing couldn’t possibly get any more romantic, Andrew and Ben (his coworker and our dear friend) spent the afternoon calling Please Don’t Tell to get reservations for us to celebrate.  PDT is a speakeasy on St. Marks and you can only enter through a faux phonebooth.  They only take same-day reservations and they begin answering their phones at 3PM.  BUT, what makes this incredibly romantic is that PDT is a place that Andrew and I went together after several dates and it’s the place he asked me to be his girlfriend<3

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So basically, the most wonderful and magical proposal a girl could ever dream of.  I’m still amazed at all of the time and effort that Andrew put into his elaborate proposal and how he made the entire process into something he knew would mean everything to me.  It was just such a special experience since Harry Potter had such a large impact on me throughout my life and to incorporate it into this next chapter means the world to me.  I’m over the moon about everything and I’m so excited to start planning our wedding day and to know that I’ll be spending the rest of my life with the man of my dreams!

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The Girl at Midnight Launch Party

Last week, Melissa, Cassie, Andrew, Gil and I met up at Books of Wonder to celebrate the release of Melissa Grey’s debut novel The Girl at Midnight.  I’ve already read, reviewed and loved the book, but I was so excited to be able to upgrade my ARC for a fancy new hardcover!

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There were purple cupcakes, purple rock candy (which turned my mouth purple enough to match the book cover but it was SO good that I didn’t mind), popcorn, chocolate covered pretzels and best of all, champagne!  It was so fitting to have such a feast since food is constantly mentioned in the book.  I kept getting hungry while reading every time one of my favorite foods would come up!

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The event kicked off with Melissa reading a passage from The Girl at Midnight and answering audience questions about the story, her writing process and her characters.  Melissa is extremely entertaining and I truly adore her sense of humor so it was really enjoyable to take in all her answers.

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After about an hour, we were all able to line up and have Melissa sign our books!  I know the first one just came out but I seriously cannot wait for book number 2!

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