Fierce Reads: A Re-Cap Of Awesome

Sunday I made the two hour trek to Oblong Books by myself because none of the people I usually drag to signings were available. Yet, it was worth it! I did not get lost or stuck in traffic. I only almost died driving once which is kind of a miracle, y’all, as Allison and my sister can attest to. Why would I make such a long journey alone? Yo. Sunday was the Fierce Reads Tour and you guys, I can’t resist fangirling over MULTIPLE AUTHORS like a total creeper. The authors in attendance were: Anna Banks (Of Poseidon), Leigh Bardugo (Shadow And Bone), Jennifer Bosworth (Struck), Emmy Laybourne (Monument 14) and Caragh M. O’Brien (Birthmarked).

Fierce Reads Authors

In which I fail at taking pictures but make up for it with a bajillion live tweets

Because Macmillan Children’s is fit to bursting with WINNING ALL THE TIME, I got the chance to meet and greet the authors before the signing and ask them some deep and SERIOUS business questions.

My first question — it’s super insightful, y’all — what was the weirdest or most interesting place you’ve been during the tour?

Leigh Bardugo:  All the stops were shockingly awesome, although she did hear a ghost train in one of her hotels.

Jennifer Bosworth: The stops have been cool in their own way. Lansing has a GREAT store.

Emmy Laybourne: There is an interesting story behind the name of one of the stores they went to. Third Place Store is named because we all have three places in our lives – home, the workplace, and a third place — a gathering place. Third Place is so cool because they have a wine bar and a coffee shop and a book store and a stage.

Anna BanksProvo because they let her play with the mic a lot. Provo was tolerant for a long time.

My second soul searching question? As this is the Fierce Reads Tour, what is the Fiercest thing you’ve ever done?

Emmy Laybourne: A 100 foot scuba dive after a half hour lesson. Typically you do not dive 100 ft. on the first try. It was a stormy day, the ship was really rocking. Yet, the dive was a magical experience, according to Emmy.

Leigh Bardugo: Run a marathon. She intended to be someone who loved running, but that did not happen at all. As this was a hot day, her and her friend spent the marathon recapping the Harry Potter series to each other while running to stay entertained.

Anna Banks: Stole a car at 12 and drove across three state lines. She totally got away with it too and kind of wins the most badass author EVER award.

Caragh O’Brien: She associates the word fierce with anger and totally attacked her brother with a grapefruit. Not a weapon. Not a shank. A grapefruit.(Blogger’s note: that is a fierce weapon, if ever I’ve seen one).

Jennifer Bosworth: Break into houses and watch them. (Blogger’s note: SUPER CREEPY, but you guys really hilarious too)

My third question: As authors, you’ve built these awesome worlds in your books. Do you think you would actually be able to survive in the world you built?

Emmy Laybourne: She could live in Monument 14. She made the world and knows some tricks to stay safe. She also loves survival strategies. When she goes places she is usually casing the joint to decide what strategy to use in a disaster. FYI she said for Oblong Books, she’d move the bookcases in front of the windows and doors, to bar the entrances. The one problem would be food supply.

Jennifer Bosworth: She could survive, she does P90X. She would pretend to be a Follower, but then worries because she could be easily brainwashed.

Leigh Bardugo: It depends on the class of person she would be. If she’s a peasant, well that life is brutal. As a Grisha, she could survive. If she was a Grisha, she’d be a heart render.

Anna Banks: She already survived high school. She could also survive a 100 foot dive. If she had Emma’s powers of talking to fish, she’d tell them to get away from nets.

Caragh O’BrienIn Birthmarked, there is a split society with a wall between wealthy and poor. She already basically lives in this world, on the wealthy side of the wall – as we have technology, medical care, and education.

Finally, I asked the authors if your book had a theme song what would it be?:

Emmy Laybourne: It’s The End Of The World As We Know It by R.E.M.

Anna Banks: Animal by Neon Trees

Leigh Bardugo: Blinding by Florence + The Machine

Jennifer Bosworth: Thunderstruck by AC/DC

Caragh O’Brien: Piano Concerto No. 2 by Rachmaninoff

As this post is wicked long, I thought I would embed my live tweets from Fierce Reads:

So, you’ve scrolled long enough. I am sure you’d fancy a giveaway! Okay, well I have signed copies from the signing. One winner takes all. This will be international and closes on my birthday, July 5th. Use rafflecopter to enter.

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April is 28 years old and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. In her free time she can be found reading, working out, or eating junk food. She often wears her sunglasses at night.


  1. Jasmine Rose says:

    Divergent, for sure.
    Nevermore (oldie to everyone else, new to me) is pretty fierce too. I mean, we’re talking preppy cherleader who actually steps up and fights off some serious baddies.

  2. Kirstyn says:

    Divergent and Insurgent, by Veronica Roth!! =)

  3. Graceling!

  4. Fire by Kristin Cashore.

  5. Ruby Replogle says:

    I definetly think Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder is a fierce read :) Thanks so much for the giveaway!


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