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Princess Snapples at ALAMW

Do you know what Epic Reads is? No? Well you should. You should also know that Epic Reads exists because of the benevolence of King Snarkles, the reading hedgehog.

…uh…if this isn’t making any sense to you then I don’t how to explain. Just know that reading is great and hedgehogs are cute and when you combine the two you can get a little silly.

So, I (and some friends) thought that Snarkles was so cute we simply NEEDED to have our own look-a-likes. And this one is mine. I named her Princess Snapples. And as I picked her up in Seattle on Friday, I thought I would show you this years ALA Midwinter through her experiences.

First, Princess Snapples had to wait in line with everyone else. But she didn’t mind. It was a fun time to meet new people and get excited about books! And to stretch her legs after being in a box for so long.


Princess Snapples at ALA

After doors opened Snapples was carried around in my bag with nose poking out so she could see all the books and all the people that were excited about books and reading. She was very happy to see all these people. At the Penguin booth, Snapples was excited to see The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey and Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys


Then she demanded to be taken to the Harper Collins booth, as she feels a certain loyalty to them. And they make pretty, pretty covers. All of the display books looked pretty and she wanted to read them all!

At Macmillan, everyone was excited about Scarlet but Snapples wanted Siege and Storm more than anything.
When we went to go visit the Little Brown booth, a choir was blocking us. I kid you not.

The next morning Snapples was tired and demanded some Starbucks while waiting in line. But quickly abandoned her drink when the doors opened and she got to spend some time with a book she wanted almost more than anything else.


After that, Snapples needed a snack (an illegally imported from Canada snack) and then just couldn’t choose what to read first.


The next morning I just didn’t want to get up. Carrying Snapples, as well as books for Snapples, around is hard work. But she wouldn’t leave me alone until I got out of bed. That day we met Amy Tintera, Emma Trevayne and Janet Gurtler. And we looked at all the pretties in the ALA store. Had to stop ourselves from buying packs of Printz stickers and sticking them on the books we think deserve them.

I remembered to give our coupon to Simon and Schuster so Snapples got herself a copy of Sever. And Random House had a copy of the Mirror Shard for her!



After making one more stop, the next morning, with all the books, we headed home and Snapples was so happy to see the swag we got. We both love pins and there’s an Epic Reads notebook! Yay! And I think we will be arguing for awhile about which book to read next. Taken or Invisibility? Unbreakable or the Summer Prince? Spellcaster or the Nightmare Affair? It’s just so hard!


Podcast Episode Three – Magic Water

On this most wonderful episode we discuss our favourite Australian authors and why we think Australian authors are so very awesome.

And we are joined by the most wondiferous Wendy from The Midnight Garden

Show Notes

-We didn’t know any Australian bloggers to guest on this episode, so we found an American one who has recently been to Australia.
-Does Australia have magic water?
-Caitlin is a buzz kill.
-The first Australian books we remember reading.
-A (somewhat) brief overview of our favourite Australian authors

Remember, next podcast is our book club episode for Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta. It’s going to be a good time!

Click here to find us in iTunes.

The music that we use in our episodes is written and recorded by Matt Mcfarland



Very, very last minute I decided to take part in Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon today! Yay!

This is going to be my updates post! My main goal for the Readathon is to get as caught up as possible on my Netgalley books because I am so bad at reading ebooks when I have real books to choose from. Other than that the only thing I know I’m going to get today is in this picture:

Reading challenge starts at 5am! Lets hope I’m sleeping when this posts!


5:49am: Been reading for about half an hour. My first cup of tea is almost all gone.

6:10am: Have read about 100 pages and am feeling very tired. Very, very tired. Maybe more tea will help?

6:59am: Finished The Last Princess!

7:06am: Going to start Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan after commenting on some blogs!

7:14am: Found a questionairre on the readathon blog:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

1)Vancouver, Canada!
2) Probably Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennen
3) Ooohhhh, I do my raisin scones, but I’ve been wanting to crack open that My Little Pony egg for awhile now.
4) At the moment all I can think of is how sleepy I am.
5) This is my first readathon!

8:18:am the 7 o’clock hour was mostly a bust. Read about 15 pages and dozed. But I am LOVING the tone of voice in Sarah Rees Brennan’s Unspoken. Have already laughed out loud!

9:16am: A little more productive this last hour. Read about 50ish pages. Really, really liking Unspoken!

11:19am: I have officially gotten confused on how many pages I’ve read. I think the total is about 298. But I don’t know. Must think of a better way to do this next time.
Also, I now have bacon.
Oh, plus half an hour of audiobook while buying/cooking bacon.

4:20pm: I had a most wonderful nap! And read 158 pages. Bring my total to 456! Yay! Except I’m so close to finishing this book and I don’t think I’m going to get to because I have to go hiking for 6 hours. Sigh. I’m hoping I manage to stay up for the last three hours of the readathon, assuming I get home around 2am, after the hike. :crosses fingers:


Reading: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan/Solless by Gail Carriger (audiobook)
Munching: tea and scones and bacon!
Listening: Doctor Who soundtrack.

Books finished: 1. The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze
Total pages read: 221
Total reading time: 4 hours.