On Meeting Patrick Ness

Hello everyone! I know I haven’t done a post in a couple of days now; there’s an explanation for that. Firstly, I had exams and I was busy studying for them. Secondly, when I wasn’t studying for exams, I was coughing my lungs out because I have a horrible, horrible cold. If you’ve ever been in the unfortunate situation of having a throat that feels like you just ingested sand, while not being able to breathe through your plugged nose, while also being congested- ALL DURING MIDTERMS, you know how hard it is to do anything. xD But despite all this, I could not – for the life of me – bring myself to miss out on the event that was taking place near my residence hall today.

If you couldn’t already tell by the title- yes, I met Patrick Ness. Books of Wonder in New York City was holding a launch for his new book, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, and there was a talk with none other than Libba Bray, followed by a signing. It wasn’t a crowded event, mainly because there was a Rainbow Rowell signing happening at the same time, but the people who showed up were very knowledgeable of Ness’s work, and it was a lot of fun interacting with people who love him as much as I do.

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Here’s me with the man himself. My evident enthusiasm in this photo is border-line embarrassing.

I just discovered Patrick Ness’s writing late last year, and since then, I have devoured everything he has written, from his massive, amazing trilogy to every precious tweet. His writing is so inspiring for me; it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read. His characters feel so real, and he draws the kind of emotion from me that only one other author has been able to do – J.K. Rowling. Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy is my favorite trilogy of all time, full stop. There’s nothing else to be said about it. It is a masterpiece, in every sense of the word. The last book put me in a huge book hangover, one that was the stuff of legends, because I knew I would never be the same person after having read the last few pages of Monsters of Men. There are five-star books. And then there are books you want to give every star there is to. There are those books that you can truly say changed your life, and that book was one of those for me. So even though I was relatively late on the Ness bandwagon, I can safely say that I’m just as passionate about his writing as a lot of his older fans are.

Meeting him was a terrific experience. He is just as amazing as his writing promises. He is hilarious, he is thought-provoking. He is smart and his words are incredibly moving. His advice for the writers in the room was something that completely resonated with me. I quote, “Always reserve the right to write whatever you damn well please.” Which is true. Because if you write what other people tell you to write, you’re not putting YOU on the page. Another thing he said while talking about diversity in literature: “If you don’t see yourself in a book, write yourself in a goddamned book.” He was absolutely wonderful when interacting with his readers too.

I mentioned that Libba Bray was there too, and I have to say that she’s also a lovely, charismatic lady. She didn’t get as much attention since the main event was focused on Patrick’s book, but they had great chemistry. She had wonderful questions for him that were profound, but also hilarious. She, too, was lovely with her readers; she took the time to inquire about my health (BECAUSE I SOUNDED LIKE A FUCKING DUCK, GUYS) and it was so lovely of her to do so. I didn’t get a picture with her, but oh well, maybe next time. 🙂

I ended up getting three books signed. Two by Patrick Ness and one by Libba Bray. I ended up buying another copy of Monsters of Men, because like I said – one of my absolute favorite books, and I knew if I didn’t get it signed, I would regret it later. The other one was his new one, which I can’t wait to read. And Bray’s was Lair of Dreams, which I also can’t wait to read.

Also, Books of Wonder had a bunch of signed copies of Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On. So, naturally, I had to buy that too. And that copy is really cool because it’s printed differently- it actually says ‘signed copy’ on the cover *cries*

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That little thing beside the books is a miniature rikshaw. It’s adorable, and it’s honored to be in the picture. Also, I’m sorry for the TERRIBLE quality. My camera wasn’t charged, and my roommate was asleep, so I couldn’t turn on the lights and had to use my phone for low quality pics. I was just… wayyyyy too excited. :$

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  • So cool + happy for you! That’s very exciting :). I’ve never read a Patrick Ness book (I know, don’t kill me.) but I’m very excited to read The Rest of Us Just Live Here. I literally just finished reading a review on it and it sounds fantastic!

    • I can’t wait to jump into that book asap! I just have to get these exams out of the way. I hope you enjoy it enough to get into his other works too! x

  • I’ve only read More Than This so far by him, but holy crap his writing is so amazing. It’s so awesome that you met him!! I’m planning on reading Chaos Walking early next year. Also I hope you’re feeling better soon.

    • Oh yes, his writing really is something! The Chaos Walking trilogy is mesmerizing, and I don’t say that lightly. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read. And from a writing standpoint, it’s very inspiring because it shows you that you can write whatever you want to write, however you want to write it, and it can still be fan-freaking-tastic. I hope you love it as much as I do. x

  • Girl! You had a real quality time there 🙂
    I can feel the excitemnet travel.. Is it that strong?? <3

    • I think my actual excitement was stronger than what I expressed in this post. I was almost crying. xD I know, I can get very passionate about certain things. xD

  • Awwwww I’m so happy for you!! You’re so lucky! I only read one book by Patrick Ness (for now!), and I really loved it! 🙂

  • So awesome that you got to meet him! I’m super jealous but also really happy for you 😀

  • That’s awesome that you got to meet Patrick Ness and got so many signed books! 🙂

  • LUCKY YOU!! you not only met Ness but Libba Bray too! in times like this I wish I too lived in a big city to embarrass myself in front of people I admire

    • Thank you! 😀 And yeah. I think that’s the best part about living in New York. Seeing random famous people on the streets isn’t even exciting anymore xD

  • I’m so happy for you! It’s so exciting to be able to meet one of your favourite authors and I’m so happy that you persevered and went even though you were sick. It sounds like you had a lovely time! Those pictures are lovely and the personalised messages you got must have made you feel over the moon!

    I’ve only read The Rest Of Us Just Live Here but I recently bought A Monster Calls and The Knife of Never Letting Go so I can’t wait to dive into those, especially since you love Chaos Walking so much!

  • I actually met Patrick Ness on Wednesday lol. And yes, he’s such a ilarious and inspiring guy! I was so excited to meet him (never mind the fact that I dragged my dad al the way down to Huntington Beach, a 6 hour drive, and he still hasn’t forgiven me yet), as he’s written one of my favorite books of all time. His writing is so amazing and beautiful and unique and…well, I could go on for hours. Anyway, great post! 🙂

  • So happy to hear you had such a great time! I’m going to be meeting Patrick Ness next week and I’m so excited.
    Hope you feel better soon
    xx Sarah

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