Ontario Blog Squad Meet Up Recap!

From Left: Kaley from Books Ect., Anum from Paper Wings and Ink, Dee from Editorial Eyes, author Elizabeth Miles, Farah from Broken Penguins, and me!

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

Kaley, Anum and Dee were awesome! Make sure to check out their blogs!

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!

Amazing book swag: Sever, Etiquette and Espionage, Out of the Easy, The False Prince, The Goddess Test, and Envy!

More amazing book swag: Among Others, Magnified World, Sharp, The Edge of Courage, Red Moon, and Fuse!

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17 thoughts on “Ontario Blog Squad Meet Up Recap!

  1. our meal courses were always served about a half an hour after every one else

    Us too!

    So I totes stopped by you table! But I was really awkward and was all like, “Hey! Here are some books (for Anum) and then ran away.” So, that’s a booger!

  2. I was sitting at the table that you can see in your picture above and didn’t even know you were there – that was how crazy it was there. 🙂 Hopefully next year we’ll actually meet. It was a lot of fun meeting everyone and next year I hope to make my way around the room more to meet even more bloggers. 🙂

  3. It was so great to finally meet you! I definitely did not wait to see what was in my grab bag, I went digging right away lol. You got some great things there 🙂 Funny thing, the table I was sitting at was with Alisson Baggio (talked with her for 20 minutes before someone mentioned it) *so embarrassing*

  4. Hi Natalie! I’m so sorry I didn’t meet you. Booo *thumbs down* there were so many people! It was soooo much fun 😀

  5. Pingback: Reading Sever (Book III) of The Chemical Garden Trilogy | Broken Penguins

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