Hi hi hi so last week I went to NYC and met so many lovely people that it’s kind of ridiculous. Now I will talk about it.

New York Comic Con was happening around that time so there were heaps of authors hanging about but unfortunately, I didn’t go because it was sold out. I did meet up with my friend Cindy (she designed my fancy layout!) and she gave me three books I’m super excited for, THANK YOU!! Some authors also did events outside of NYCC and Stefan Bachmann happened to be one of them! He stopped by Books of Wonder along with Christopher Krovatin, Gordan Korman, Matt Myklusch, and Nils Johnson-Shelton. 

They were all fantastic! I totally dig their latest reads. Stefan Bachmann’s last one was The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand (YAY!), Matt Myklusch’s was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Gordan Korman’s was The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon (I think it was this one because I vaguely remember alternate histories), Nils Johnson-Shelton’s was Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, and Christopher Krovatin was reading a zombie book. Afterwards, there was a signing. I was super excited to meet Stefan Bachmann because I’ve wanted his book ever since it was pitched as The Graveyard Book meets Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Plus, it’s shiny.

All the things I got including a cool t-shirt, button, and Swiss chocolate. He recognised me probably because I’ve been gently harrassing talking to him on Twitter. To be honest, I was not expecting a whole chocolate bar because I thought they would be bite-sized chocolate pieces. ANYWAY! Thank you, Mr. Stefan Bachmann for all the very nice things you gave me and taking to time to do the event outside of your very cool life. He lives in a hundred year old house in Switzerland where he plays music in the hills (or not, let’s just base this off misconceptions and the fact he tweeted about this) and pens steampunk fantasies, what a life.

Afterwards, I met Hannah from In the Best Worlds who is really nice and has pretty hair. Then I met up with Estelle from Rather Be Reading and Alexa from Alexa Loves Books which was the BEST and omg can I just hang out with them foreverrr and do bookish things.  I heart them hard and they’re the epitome of wonderful! I had so much fun! They weren’t weirded out by me and I think I was at my minimal awkwardness. SCORE!  I could gush even more but this post would be even longer (I know right) so I shall refrain.

The next next day, it was J.K. ROWLING TIME! I had dinner with Alexa & Estelle again at Shake Shack where there were people to be glared at, burgers to be eaten, and an event that cemented that we are real, true blue friends. After separating from Estelle (sniff, my heart has a hole in it), Alexa and I headed over to the David H. Koch Theater! It’s really pretty. I saw Kody Keplinger and Aimee Carter in the restroom and was like OMG AUTHORS. But it was the restroom sooo kind of creepy to go all DANNY DEVITO I LOVE YOUR WORK there.

The event started off very promptly with lots of hurrah and cheers going on as soon as J.K. Rowling came on. She was so lovely and charming! Ann Prachett was a great interviewer and my only qualm was that I wished the event was longer. J.K. Rowling, let me hear you talk 4ever.

They briefly discussed 50 Shades of Grey and the difference between using the term “adult” and “grown up.” J.K. Rowling said, “The difference should be that people have sex in this book but no one really enjoys it.” Love this exchange:

Ann: I’ve got no problem with porn but everyone tells me they’re terribly written.
Jo: But that’s PORN!

Jo: Have you ever read Story of O?
Ann: No, I went to Catholic school.
Jo: Well, you’ll like it even more.


This is after Ann said she’ll send her notecards after this is all done so Jo could see all the questions she didn’t ask. She responded that she’ll send them back with a “A+! Good job!”

Jo asked Ann if she found the book funny and was relieved when Ann replied she did. She talked about one of her friend’s reaction to the book,”His immediate reaction was “fucking hell.” That’s what he texted me which you know, as a writer isn’t the best review. What do you mean? Be specific. ‘So dark, it’s just so dark.’ Well, there’s some funny– ‘it’s just dark. So dark.'”

She talked about how much she values traditional publishing and never even thought about self publishing. She said there’s a certain romance in traditional publishing and being under the same imprint as other authors. Also, she really values bookshops and after talking to Ann, thought, “Maybe I should open a bookshop!” Only for her husband to be horrified at her enthusiasm and tell her, “Do NOT open a bookshop. Like we haven’t got enough going on!”

J.K. Rowling reading from The Casual Vacancy! She is a FANTASTIC reader and I love her voices. So entrancing. 

A question she was asked was in where she would like to go, fictional or real. Her immediate response was Jane Austen’s time because “Who hasn’t got a thing for Mr. Darcy?” She then talked about her favourite book when she was younger and that she would like to go there because, “I think it’s the books that you read when you’re young that stays with you always.” Hello, Harry Potter.

After that was the SIGNING! It was by rows and since I was near the front, I didn’t have to wait very long. The line moved VERY quickly and efficiently. Here are two snaps I managed to get.

I squeaked out a hi and that’s about it. These two pics pretty much document my .0002 seconds of AWESOME with J.K. Rowling. I saw heaps of people crying in the lobby afterwards and some even had ziploc bags for their copies! Intense.

Afterwards, I waited around for Alexa, Mitali of Alley of Books, and Morgan Matson who we planned to meet beforehand! Morgan Matson came out a little while after me because our rows were the closest to each other and aldkmg;aet that was so exciting! I’m such a huge fan of her books and it was just so wonderful to meet her. She’s incredibly nice and so easy to talk to. I even told her that I appreciated there’s sexy times (tastefully!) in her books. She’s going to go to Paris for two months and write, so dreamy and perfect! There were moments where I was like “omg I love your books and we’re actually talking omg omg” in my head. Besides J.K., she totally made my life saying she’s a fan of the blog, ahh! I asked her for a picture:

I’m making that face in the first picture because I wasn’t too sure if my phone was working! So attractive, I know. Anyway, Morgan tried to stay as long as she could to meet Alexa and Mitali but since they were in the second ring, it took awhile and she had to take a train back to Connecticut. Sadness. Finally, Alexa came out and we talked a bit about the event before going our separate ways. Double sadness but I’ll have my memories!

Overall, I had a magnificent time in NYC! Hooray for lovely bookish people!

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    But, Uh, “The Graveyard Book meets Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.” SERIOUSLY? SOLD! To the blonde with the crazed expression and splitting headache! I am READING this!

    The interview sounds amazing. AMAZING. and the photos are fantastic! Can I ask what you used? DSLR/Point and shoot/phone? They look GOOOOOD. And…. Eeee! The questions! Ahahaha! Story of O ^__^

    Funnily enough, Jennifer Byrne asked her about 50S inthe Aussie inteboew. And she told the story about the bookshop, tooooo! Aaaaah! I wanna watch it! Thank you SO SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS. SERIOUSLY. My excitement knows no bounds!!! ♥
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    • Elena says:


      I don’t think you normally read MG but I do hope you like it. :)

      THANK YOU! That especially makes me happy because while I was editing those photos, I was like “omg these aren’t even that great.” I just used a point & shoot for photos during the event and my camera phone for the signing.

      oooh really? THANK YOU AGAIN! <33

  2. Oh wow! I’m so jealous you were within 20 feet of the Queen herself! Awesome photos :)
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  3. AAAHH I’M SO JEALOUS! My friend and I were supposed to buy tickets for this and go together since I live ONE HOUR away from this event, but they sold out! :( I’m so glad you got to meet her though, Elena, and this post is fantastic! Seriously, I’d have been one of those people who was crying and I’d totally keep my book in a Zipolac Bag to preserve her fingerprints. ;) I hope you enjoy the book, dearie! :D
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    • OMG. KEERTANA *butts in*


      The possibilies… we could make CLONE JK ROWLINGS! :O
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    • Elena says:

      OH NOOO I am so sorry you couldn’t go! The tickets were such a mess and hopefully she comes stateside once again and you can go. Ahh, I hope I enjoy it too! The way she talked about it made me even more excited to read. Thanks, K. :)

  4. I JUST CAN’T EVEN WITH JK ROWLING I JUST CAN’T. Also, LOVE that Peculiar shirt. SO COOL. What a great book.
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    I love that she would want to go back to Jane Austen’s time and meet Mr. Darcy! What a cute reply. BTW, was someone holding up the book cover for her to sign? Yes she has assistants to open her book for her lol. She’s the creator of Harry Potter!

    Thank you for the recap post. I’m living vicariously through you.

    P. S. When she was here in my area, I didn’t end up going because I was a moody teenager and now I’m kicking myself. Lol
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    • Elena says:


      She’s such a cute and endearing person, oh gosh. I would love for her to be my friend if only I wouldn’t be so moony eyed over her genius and all that. Also, haha yes they were! VERY EFFICIENT.

      Grah, the regrets we have when we’re a moody teenager! Hopefully she comes back so you can see her as an older and wiser adult. ;)

  6. Oh my god I can’t believe you met J K!!! I am dying of jealousy over here!
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  7. OMG it sounds like it was AWESOME… and not just because of J.K. Rowling. Well, okay, mostly because of J.K. Rowling!! :D I don’t think I could ever meet her without throwing myself on her. :D
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  8. That is an awesome shirt! (shameless plug) ;)

    Oh, and your weekend sounds SUPER FUN! :)

  9. Estelle says:

    I get it. We are not cool enough to have our name in your blog title or even a picture.


    So glad you got to come make all your dreams come true in NY. Come back soon! We can find more desserts and walk to crazy spots.

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  10. OH EM GEE! I am 200% wishing I could have been in NYC for all this awesome. Seriously?! WHY did I have to be in TX? :(

    Aside from wishing I could have heard JK’s awesome interview, isn’t Morgan the NICEST PERSON EVER? I absolutely adore her! Love, love, love!

    Now: your next order of business. Come to TX to see me! =D
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    • Elena says:

      omg one day we will meet and it will be AWESOME! also hopefully we can all just have a giant blogger hang out. wish you could’ve gone too. <333

      YES! I’m even more starry eyed over her, she’s so fantastic!

  11. Cindy says:

    Eeeee! You got some amazing, amazing photos there, and it looks like you were SO close to her too!

    Also, it was absolutely lovely hanging out with you; hopefully we’ll get to do it again!

  12. Oh my gosh. Jealous! I can’t believe you met JK. I wish I’d been there. And Morgan Matson too! Jo looks older than I imagined her.
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  14. Romi says:

    Ooh, this was such a fantastic post! You went to a J.K. talk- that is so FANTASTIC! Wow, that’s really wonderful and it looked and sounds like it was wonderful and you had an amazing time, which is awesome! One day I will also, I swear, I swear.
    This was a really teriffic post! So many awesome events!
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    • Elena says:

      Eee, yes! I can’t believe it! It really was wonderful and I was really living the dream. Thanks so much, Romi!

  15. Kristen says:

    I had so much fun reading about this! Sounds like an amazing time. :) Glad you got to go and had fun!
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    • Elena says:

      Aw yay, I’m so glad you had fun reading this! I thought the wordiness might have deterred some people, haha. Thanks. <3

  16. I’m still not over the fact that I got to MEET JK ROWLING. Seriously. That’s a landmark in my life right there. It was worth the ticket, the late night – EVERYTHING.

    Also, I’m so happy we finally got the opportunity to meet in person! You’re just as awesome as I thought you’d be, and I hope we get to hang out again very very very very (notice the many verys which means it MUST happen) SOON! Love <3
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    • Elena says:

      I’m still not over the fact I got to met YOU! Ahhh I hope we get to meet again SOON, esp since you’ll go down under soon. Or perhaps I try to meet you there?!? :O

  17. Aylee says:

    I SERIOUSLY considered making this trip JUST to see Jo, because you know, I am never going to get the chance to see her just sitting here in the middle of Canada. But ultimately, it would’ve been just too expensive. But it’s so nice of you to post this detailed recap for me to live vicariously through/SEETHE WITH JEALOUSY! Heh, just kidding :) I mean, I AM jealous, but I am also really happy you got this chance because I know what it must’ve been like for you to get to talk to her. YOU MET JO!! Gah, just SO incredible. And you looked completely adorable while doing so. I would’ve totally been one of those crying people, too. Anyways, I hope you end up loving the book as much as I did! (The reviews for it have kind of been all over the place). Thank you so much for sharing, Elena!

    • Elena says:

      Awww! I really hope you do get to see her one day. I had to fly from a different state for this and it was definitely worth it. I totally get what you mean, I would be heaps jealous of others too! I’m glad you liked my recap so much though and thank you so much for all your nice words! I really hope I love the book as much as you do too. :)

  18. Melanie says:

    How awesome is this? Sounds like you had an EPIC time.

    And I love book tshirts. I hope you enjoy yours!
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  19. I know I’m quite late in making a comment on this post, but ohhh Elena you LUCKY LUCKY person :) Thank you so much for sharing your J.K.Rowling experience with all of :D. The Canadian Bookstore chain Chapters actually hosted a competition to go and see JKR speak at Carnegie Hall and that was pretty cool because it was an all expenses paid trip! Once again I’m so glad you shared your experience of awesomeness with JKR and lovely bookish people!

    I hope you enjoy The Casual Vacancy! Have you read it yet?
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    • Elena says:

      Oops sorry for THIS late reply but yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed reading this! That competition sounds like the BEST EVER.

      I haven’t read The Casual Vacancy yet but I will soooon. Or at least, I hope so!

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