Mari At Work · thinking out loud

Google Hangout with Michelle Knudsen + ACOTAR Celebration

Last Saturday we had two events as part of our YAwesome fest – our last Google Hangout session with Michelle Knudsen, and an ACOTAR series celebration party as the final event of the month. I am so relieved that everything’s over! And yet, I’m missing it all already, because it was SO FUN being able to connect with other YA fans. Continue reading “Google Hangout with Michelle Knudsen + ACOTAR Celebration”

Mari At Work · thinking out loud

Book Talk and Q&A with Kasie West

    

I said in an earlier post that I’m a Kasie West fan. What I didn’t include was, while I do read a lot of YA contemporary, and even a number of YA contemporary romance, the latter isn’t one of my favourite genres. In fact, I wouldn’t mind it if the books I read are completely romance free. (Which is weird, considering I’m a sucker for so many romantic tropes!) I started reading Kasie West because of Pivot Point, which is more paranormal/suspense, and was happy to find that besides enjoying the story, I enjoyed the writing. It made me try The Distance Between Us, which I really loved, and that cemented my status as a Kasie West fan. Continue reading “Book Talk and Q&A with Kasie West”

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Addicted to YA Panel + Google Hangout with Lauren James

Honestly, I was worried about the attendance for these two events, because (1) both were confirmed and advertised late compared to the others, and (2) it was Open House weekend – more so than the previous week – in which most locals would be attending “open houses” at friends’ and relatives as an extended Eid celebration, which meant they couldn’t commit to other events. Continue reading “Addicted to YA Panel + Google Hangout with Lauren James”

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Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Party

Sometimes I wonder if I’d enjoy one of these events if I got to participate in them, instead of just organising them all the time! I do like seeing everyone having fun, especially at our HP events. This time, we had a little more time to work with than usual, so we could include two card games – Cards Against Wizardry (a CAH-like game I made up) and Wizards’ Duel (a MTG-like game my colleague Imran made up) along with the Hogwarts Hunt.  Continue reading “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Party”

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What I’ll be doing this July

Earlier this year I was feeling a little envious of all the people on my feeds. It doesn’t matter where – Facebook, Instagram (I’m not much of a Twitter or Tumblr user these days) – I’d see posts from various book fests. They’re mostly from the US or UK, although some were from Australia and other parts of the world. We don’t really have a true equivalent here, although we do have indie book fests (mainly Malay/English pulp fiction) and the one official book fest (which is nice, but nothing like the ones overseas). So I decided to come up with my own fest of sorts. Continue reading “What I’ll be doing this July”

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Gems of the Month, January to June

Since I skipped the mother’s day Top Ten Tuesday, I think it’s only right that I also skip father’s day. I was originally planning to do a top ten worst mothers/fathers in Diana Wynne Jones’ books for both, but I never got around to it (and I think someone else had done it!) Instead, since it’s June and we’re almost halfway through the year, I’m sharing my Gems of the year so far.

While we don’t have a “staff recommends” thing going on at the store, we have a monthly promotion called Gems of the Month, in which all the store’s buyers pick titles they recommend or find interesting. We used to have a store newsletter that includes our capsule reviews of these books, but recently we’ve stopped doing that. Instead, we scribble our thoughts on cards that get displayed on the Gems table with the books. So in the end it’s not much different from a “staff recommends” section! Continue reading “Gems of the Month, January to June”