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.
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*
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. :$