After months of eager anticipation, I finally had the chance to travel to Toronto yesterday afternoon to meet up with some of my fellow book bloggers for the 2nd Annual Ontario Blog Squad Meet Up! The event is basically a chance for bloggers from across Ontario to get together for lunch, meet some favourite authors, and finally put some faces to all of those book blogs that we read!
While I originally planned to travel to the event with my friend Jackie (@Book_Obsession), she came down with a terrible illness and was unable to attend. Some last minute changes and organization instead had me meeting up with the wonderful Kaley from the blog Books Ect. at the Go Station in Burlington! Along the way we met with Anum from Paper Wings and Ink and Andrea from Cozy Up with a Good Read, and together we walked down to the Watermark Irish Pub where the event was taking place.
Upon entering the pub you could feel the excitement and energy in the air as about 70 book bloggers mingled around the room. We were immediately given an enormous gift bag full of amazing books like Sever, Fuse, and Out of the Easy (although I fought the urge to peek inside
the goody bag until the train ride home). I was especially excited to find a copy of Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger in my bag, as I had literally just finished reading her novel, Soulless, the night before (which I loved!!)!
I ended up sitting at a table with Kaley, Anum, Farah from Broken Penguins, and Dee from Editorial Eyes. All of the ladies at our table were a lot fun to talk to, and our conversations ranged from our love of Harry Potter to Harlequin book cover models. We jokingly dubbed our table to be the District 13 of the meet up, however, as our meal courses were always served about a half an hour after every one else.
Throughout the afternoon the Blog Squad had some fun book related trivia questions and gave away some amazing book prizes! I was lucky enough to win a copy of The False Prince for knowing the answer to a Game of Thrones question. Many of the authors, like Elizabeth Miles, Maureen McGowan, and Grace O’Connell also stopped by our table to say hello. Overall, the afternoon was a big success and a lot of fun!
Despite all of the authors and free book swag, I would have to say that my favourite part of the whole event, however, was getting to meet my fellow book bloggers! Everyone was so friendly and it was an amazing opportunity to get to know new people who share my passion for books and reading! All I can say is that I can’t wait until the Ontario Blog Squad meet up next year! Thank you to all the amazing members of the Ontario Blog Squad for hosting such a fun and exciting event! You ladies are amazing!