Three of my favorite things? Reading books, meeting the authors that wrote them and hanging out with fellow readers! I got a chance to enjoy all three of these last night at Scholastic's ThisIsTeen event for YA bloggers and readers. Meg Cabot, Libba Bray and Maggie Stiefvater were all on hand to spend time with fans and enjoy light refreshments before heading downstairs to sign books. (Blogger Vania from VLCPhoto.net snapped this awesome photo of the authors just before they began signing!)
Libba Bray, Meg Cabot and Maggie Stiefvater
At last night's mixer we also got to hear more about Scholastic's newest way for readers to connect, ThisIsTeen, which is all about bringing readers together with authors and fellow booklovers.
This summer's ThisIsTeen book tour is sending Libba, Meg and Maggie on a five-city signing extravaganza. And whether or not the tour stops in your town, you can also play the SCVNGR social networking game to win book-related prizes and you can follow the action on Twitter at This_Is_Teen (and with the #thisisteen hashtag).
But ThisIsTeen is also social reading experience designed to give YA readers new ways to connect with authors and other fans. At the ThisIsTeen website, there is tour info and news about some of the summer's hottest books. (But one of my favorite places on the site may just be the contest page, because to go along with Libba Bray's phenomenal new novel, Beauty Queens, ThisIsTeen is giving away a shopping spree — just explain why you are a beauty queen and be entered to win!) And over on the ThisIsTeen Facebook Page, you can post your own pictures, ask the authors questions and even get personalized recommendations from a new book finder app.
Clearly, ThisIsTeen is already succeeding in it's mission because I had an amazing time meeting Libba, Meg, Maggie and so many of our fellow bloggers and YA lovers. I snapped this shot of a few of the bloggers on my phone because these gals perfectly capture the energy of the night. And to get a taste of the ThisIsTeen magic, you can leave a comment below to be entered win a the book-stuffed gift bags from the party!
GIVEAWAY ALERT: Win a ThisIsTeen gift bag (which includes the newest books from Libba Bray, Meg Cabbot, Maggie Stiefvater, Judy Blundell and new author C.J. Skuse) by leaving a comment about why you love about meeting fellow readers. Or you can email your comment here with your name and US mailing address. The winner will be announced on June 1!
BLOG UPDATE: And the winner is ... Krista M.