A few days ago I had a nice talk with Nicci (Trallafittibooks). As some of my German readers may know, she is the organizer of the weekly article (that I loosely translated to) Reading moods (or maybe Nicci has another suggestion?). Some bloggers use this post as a weekly wrap-up that doesn’t only include bookish topics. Nicci recommended this article to me and this week I actually have something to tell you guys. You can find other Reading moods articles linked below Niccis article.
The boy who stole too much
I’m currently reading The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. The book was published over 10 years ago but is still highly recommended in the fantasy genre. I gave the 10th anniversary edition as a present to my boyfriend some time ago. Now and then I also like to read a good fantasy book and before I knew it the eBook was on my Kobo.
I needed a while to get into the story because the language isn’t the easiest to understand; maybe it’s up to me since I had similar problems with Six of Crows (by Leigh Bardugo, German review of the series here). That’s also the reason why I’m currently reading super slow; I’m glad if I finish this one book in June. Speaking of Six of Crows – actually, both stories have their similarities. If you like stories about thieves, you should definitely take a closer look to Locke Lamora.
Great reunion and new friends
A few months ago Tati asked me if we wanted to go to the Litblog Convention (LBC) to Cologne. No sooner said than done, and we also took Jenny with us. Some blogger went alone to the convention, so we just made a WhatsApp group, arranged a meeting at Cologne central station to drive to the Bastei Lübbe building together.
Last Saturday was the day and I honestly have to say, I didn’t expect to have such a fantastic day. I finally saw Tati and Jenny again and got to know some awesome book people. Even on the way back, right before I left the train, I met a booktuber. A few of these people I’ll introduce to you soon.
The convention was just amazing. There were very interesing talks – from reading groups to the production of audio books (with live demonstration) to SEO optimization everything was discussed. At the end of the day, a panel about the cooperation between publisher and blogger has taken place and one of the publisher asked, why blogger don’t ask to interview authors more often.
I really learned a lot; including the fact that translators also want to be named in a review. Of course this wasn’t big news (at least for me), nonetheless my tweet (in German) kind of triggered a broad discussion about this topic. What do you think about it?
— Elli (@elli_buchhaim) 9. Juni 2018
There also was a fluffy highlight at the convention. The animal photographer Tanja Brandt also attended the convention and brought her white-faced owl Gandalf (the Grey) with her. Gandalf definitely made hearts leap for joy. I also was allowed to hold the little heartbreaker in my hand, although he was kind of moody after a long day.
I also got to experience a very personal highlight – I was recognized for the first time as a blogger! Two times, someone came to me and said: “Oh, it’s you!” Somehow a strange and pretty nice feeling to realize that people actually read my blog!
As mentioned earlier, the day was really amazing. I’m excited to meet all of you guys again at the Frankfurt book fair or at the latest at the next LBC.
A few years ago I saw Ghost live in concert as an opening act to In Flames. Back then I didn’t really like the band but since the first single Rats of their new album Prequelle was published, I practically hear it 24/7. I especially like the song Dance Macabre with the fan video that turned out pretty well.
Did you also attend the LBC or will you attend other bookish events this year?