What: I learned that a book can make me bawl my eyes out while reading in bed at 2:00 in the morning.
What: When I read the big shocker towards the end of this book, I was leaning back in a chair. Upon reading said shocker, I proceeded to yelp, fall out of my chair, and land on the floor. During class.
What: I attended the midnight premiere of the eighth Harry Potter movie with two of my best friends. It was an incredible night. Even though we cried at the end of such a phenomenal experience, we knew Harry Potter was something that we would carry around with us for the rest of our lives. Plus, people were dressed up as death eaters at our theater, so that made things even better.
What: After becoming completely obsessed with The Hunger Games, I forced it upon a friend who was rather reluctant to read a book about children slaughtering other children. As I was walking to class one day, I spotted her walking down the hall. With the book in her face. She almost ran into three people, but she couldn't stop reading. Ha. Mission accomplished.
What: I loved Kelley Armstrong's young adult series, and I was ecstatic to see that she was coming to a bookstore near me. I was able to listen to her speak and chat with her about her novels. I got a bunch of awesome book swag from her and signed copies of her books!
What: The author of one of my favorite books, Heavenly, commented on my review, saying "Awwww. Amber. Your kind thoughts brought tears to my eyes. Seriously. I guess it's because of the closeness of the story to my heart. I really appreciate your review. And, I'm glad you truly "got" the story." This pretty much made my month.
What: As a young kid, I resisted over and over again as my mother tried to coerce me into reading Lemony Snicket's infamous series. I finally gave in and became addicted. Then I actually met Lemony Snicket, and he was as hilarious and witty in person as he is in his writing. I'll never forget meeting him. He was the first author I ever met.
What: I can clearly remember lounging at my kitchen bar, munching on chocolate chip cookies as I read about the blue chocolate chip cookies that Percy Jackson's mom makes for him. The imagery felt so real, and I fell in love with the story then and there.
What: This is the text message conversation I had with my sister when I finally convinced her to give this book a shot. This occurred while we were both in school.
My sister: Hey. I'm in the bathroom. Crying.
Me: Um. What?
My sister: Yeah. The Host just got to me. I almost sobbed in class. So I sneaked into the bathroom to bawl.
My sister: No I'm serious. I'm like crying all over the place. THIS BOOK IS JUST TOO MUCH FOR ME OKAY. I MEAN JARED AND MELANIE AND WANDA AND AND AND *cries*
What: My mom, my sister, my best friend, and I drove over an hour to attend a meet and greet with one of my idols, Meg Cabot. I adore her novels- they are absolutely hilarious. She was just as funny in person, and I couldn't have imagined a better meeting.