Local Bloggers Meet Up (The Extended Edition)

Welcome to another edition of the Montreal Book Bloggers meet up except this one is a little different from what you are use to reading. What is the difference you ask? That is a very good question and the answer is this:

The Montreal Book Blogger group that use to be just six of us meeting up monthly turned into this huge gathering today. This has roughly been about a month in a half to two months in the making finally happened today. We all agreed to meet today at a restaurant downtown.

So let me introduce you to the local bloggers who made it to the luncheon and they are all local Montreal area bloggers.

Front Row:
PK @ Aisle B, Me, Cat @ Beyond Books and Lisa @ Starmetal Oak.

Back Row:
Avis @ She Reads and Reads, Amanda @ Tales and Treats, Melissa @ YA Book Shelf, Jennifer @ Mrs Q: Book Addict, Cindy B. @Tynga’s Reviews, Lucy @ Moonlight Gleam’s bookshelf, Donna @ Book Bound, Laura @ Library of Clean Reads and last but certainly not least Tina @ Bookshipper.

When I first started blogging I actually thought I was the only one from Montreal blogging but quickly realized that I wasn’t alone and that was when I met up with Donna, Avis and Tina. Over the past three years we have added Linda from Better with Books (she sadly was unable to make it today because of a previous commitment, we missed you Linda.) , Amanda and Laura. So if there was this many book bloggers in Montreal there must be more and I knew of Tynga’s Reviews because I have been a followers of Tynga’s for awhile and slowly the pieces fell into place and we discovered that in fact there is a whole bunch of us here.

I was excited to get to meet everyone today and to finally put a face to the blogs that I have recently been reading.

Thanks to Lucy she made everyone these awesome name tags for everyone.
Speaking of Lucy, I was excited to meet her because we have been emailing back and forth for a good part of a week now almost 3-4 times a day.

You see that cute waiter behind us? He was our waiter and he was amazing. I think we kind of surprised him when he realized we were a bunch a book bloggers/readers because he asked me how long did it take us to read a book.

Of course no meet up would be complete without books so here is what I brought home:

Thanks to Laura from Library of Clean reads I was able to get The Queen of New Beginnings by Erica James. Thanks so much Laura I am looking forward to reading this one.

Also a huge Thank you to Laura for driving us to the restaurant. Along the way we had picked up Tina and Avis. From Tina I brought home:
UnSweetined by Jodi Sweetin, A Girl’s Life Online by Katherine Tarbox and The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder. Thank you Tina another set of great books I am dying to read.

Then at the meet up I got the following books from Melissa at YA Book Shelf

Clarity by Kim Harrington (I have been told that this is really good from Lucy so I was dying to read this), Forever by Maggie Stiefvater and Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin. Thanks so much Melissa all great books I am dying to read. It was so nice to finally meet you even though we were at Cecil’s booksigning and didn’t realize it at the time.

Its so great to find and talk to other book lovers because we all have the some interest and this is books. There is never an awkward moment when you are in the presence of other bloggers. The only thing is I wish I could have spoken to more of you more and I guess we will have to save that for the next meet up. Please feel free to email me.

I also have to send out a huge huge Thank You to some awesome publishers here in Canada that were so kind and gracious to send us a whole bunch of goodies when they found out we were starting a Montreal Book Bloggers event to bring awareness to Montreal bloggers and hopefully get the word out that authors need to come to Montreal more often.

So a huge Thank you goes out to Simon & Schuster Canada, Random House Canada, Harper Collins Canada and Scholastic Canada. Thank You so very much it was truly appreciated.

This is some of the swag everyone got from bookmarks, postcards, tattoos, and there was even some Pretty Little Liars lip balm. Thank you for sending that to us.

Here are the books that I brought home.
From Simon & Schuster:
Finding Sarah by Sarah Ferguson and Untold Story by Monica Ali (Two of my favorite royals)

From Harper Collins:
Variant by Robison Wells

From Scholastic:
Dark Souls by Paula Morris (not sure if this is book in a series, does anyone know if it is?)
Want To Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman

Thank you once again to Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Scholastic and Random House once again for the nice little surprises you sent to us.

If you haven’t already checked out these fantastic bloggers then you should because they are an awesome bunch.

See you all at the next meet up.

copyright 2010, Cindy (Cindy’s Love Of Books)
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Comments

  1. This looks like so much fun! I wish I knew if there were more bloggers around me… I’m slowly discovering people who live closer, but most seem to be a couple hours away in Toronto area.

  2. *SQUEE!* I had such a blast today getting to meet you and all of the wonderful ladies!!! It was so much fun! Thank you so much for posting the pictures!! I’ll be making a post for the meetup tomorrow since it’s getting late and I work in the morning lol! *HUGS!* Thank you again for all the wonderful books and It was a pleasure finally meeting you!!

  3. Great, great post Cindy. You are fast.

    I agree, it was wonderful seeing everyone AND the publishers were truly gracious and generous with their books and swag.

  4. If you could see me now, you’d see that I’m green with envy. That sounds like so much fun! I was glad to see faces to some blogs that I know.

  5. I had such a blast chatting up our reading adventures.

    You have to admit the loot was phenomenal and yes, I will be there to say … Yes I want that for Cindy again ;P

    Happy reading πŸ™‚

    a bientot
    pk

  6. Wow what a totally fab time you all had. So nice to get together with similar minded (book obsessed) people. Thanks for sharing the post. Your books look fabulous too

  7. It was great to meet you, too, Cindy. It’s not the first time that I was at an event that someone else attended and meet them later on, but I definitely remembered seeing you from that event. Next time we’ll need to talk more – that table was just too long. πŸ™‚

  8. Dark Souls is the sequel to Ruined =)
    Nice meeting you too <3
    Can I use your group picture for my post? I hadn’t given my camera to the waiter =(

  9. Yes! We had a fantastic time and we finally got to meet all the other book bloggers with whom we’ve been corresponding. And it was fun, of course, to walk away with all those books!

  10. WOW! That looks like it was a lot of fun. So many bloggers all from the same city! πŸ™‚ I love all the books that you received as well… and I can’t believe how supportive all the publishers were too! That rocks!

    I wonder if there are many book bloggers here in Kingston…. I’ll have to put the word out to see. πŸ™‚ I think most are Toronto area that I know. LOL

  11. Oh my! This looks like it was so much fun! It was nice of the publishers to help support the event also! Thanks for sharing your event with us!

  12. The first Paula Morris book is “Ruined”. I just ordered it myself so I could get the hard cover to go with this one from the meet up. πŸ˜‰ Ironically I was waiting for RUINED to come out in pb before I bought it and now I am buying the hc anyhow! Oops. πŸ˜‰

    It was great to meet you, even though it turns out I already know you! Ha! I didn’t clue in at all. Sorry about that – the cyber person isn’t always as easy to spot as the real life one!

    I love that you cornered the market on all the Royals books. hee!

    Can’t wait to meet up again!

  13. Ashley-It was so much fun. You might be surprised at who you find in your area. I was like that too and look at us now.

    Lucy-I am had blast and it was a thrill to meet you too. I am loving the write up posts and can’t wait to read yours. You are more the welcome for the books. Hugs see you soon.

    Tina-Yea I wanted to get it up right away. The publishers were very gracious and generous with that they sent.

    Kathy- I am sure you were green with envy so when are you going to come up and join us? Its great to meet the people behind the blogs.

    PK- It was a blast sitting next to you πŸ™‚ BTW I might snag the photo the cutie took of us becuase I liked it. You were too funny when you said Cindy wants that one LOL If you only knew how much I held back LOL

    Emma thanks for commenting it was a blast and the books were an added unexpected bonus.

    Melissa I remember you to and its so nice to finally meet you and we definetely have to talk more at the next meet up. Perhaps we need to do one of those round table speed dating kind of things. Everyone gets five minutes to talk to everyone LOL

    Tynga You are more the welcome to use the photo. Thanks for the heads up on the book. I went out and bought it last night.

    Laura thank you once again for the ride there and back that was so nice of you.

    Chrystal- you might be surprised at what you find. I know I certainly was. Trust me you are probably not alone in this. It was so much fun and I am just hoping that perhaps the publishers will now see that even though Quebec is a french province that there are english speaking people here and hopefully more authors will come to town.

    Beth its was so kind and generous of them to send us stuff and hopefully they will now send authors to town for signings.

    Cat- Thanks for the heads up on the book. I actually went out and bought the paperback last night. I know PK wanted the hardcover so when I am done I will pass them on to her. It was so nice to see you again and like you said we already know each other. What a small world eh? Yes now all I would need is the Prince William and Catherine book to be covered LOL

    Thanks for the comments everyone

  14. So glad to meet you! I had so much fun and I’m usually really shy. I made sure PK would come with me. I hope you enjoy all your reads. Untold Story has received some positive reviews. Enjoy!

  15. Wow, you got your post up fast, Cindy! I just posted mine this morning. This was such a blast — I can’t wait for the next meet-up! For next time, though, we need to find a place with a round table or do the speed-dating thing you suggested!

    Enjoy all your new books!

  16. Hi Cindy – DARK SOULS is part of a thematic ‘haunted cities’ series: RUINED (set in New Orleans); DARK SOULS (set in York); and a third book, which I’m starting work on soon, set in Rome. To make it more complicated, right now I’m working on an actual sequel to RUINED, which will come out next year. Hope you enjoy the new book.

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