I was lucky enough to be able to attend Texas Teen Book Festival today right here in my home of Austin, Texas! I’ve been looking forward to this day since they started announcements back in like, May. The day was filled with book signings, panels from authors, and good old Texas summer heat.
The authors I was mainly there to see were Jenny Han, Morgan Matson, and Huntley Fitzpatrick. All three of them were signing during the same morning block, so I arrived about 45 minutes prior to their signing. According to the website, you were allowed to bring three books from home to have signed for every one book purchased at the festival. This was definitely NOT monitored in any way as people brought literal trunks of books to be signed, which made me feel a bit jealous because it was so hard for me to decide which three books to bring! I’m a rule follower and could only really afford to buy one new book today, although there were SEVERAL that I would have loved to pick up. I really enjoyed that almost all the books for sale were signed copies, so even if you couldn’t make it to an in-person signing due to a conflict with another event, you could still get it.
When I arrived, I saw tons of people already in line at the signing tent for my top priority signing session. I hurried to purchase my book for the day, which was The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I made a beeline for the book and bought it without even looking at anything else so I could get into line for signing. I was SO glad that I got there when I did, because the lines were already looking super long and there was only a 45 minute window that I wanted to fit three authors into.
I got into line for Jenny Han first, as hers was definitely the longest and they were already handing out wristbands even though the signing didn’t start for another 45 minutes. I know a lot of people missed out on her so I was so glad I made this my first stop!
Jenny was so nice and told me that I had great hair, which I thought was a fabulous compliment coming from the YA queen of all things pretty! She signed my copies of The Summer I Turned Pretty and P.S. I Still Love You. I loved that you could bring more than one book to each author, and got to take a picture!
I mean, I don’t think my hair looks anything special. But hey, if Jenny thought so, I’ll go with it! (Oh hey, Morgan Matson in the background…!)
After I finished at Jenny’s table, I noticed that Morgan’s line was super long and Huntley’s was super short. So, I jetted over to get The Boy Most Likely To signed next! Huntley was so sweet and cute and just LOVELY.
Next, I got into Morgan Matson’s super long line, honestly not really expecting to make it to her before time was up. However, a minute after I got in line, someone came by and gave me a wristband guaranteeing I would get my book signed! I ended up being the third to last person to be able to and I could NOT believe my luck. Morgan was so great and warned me about the ending of the book she signed, Second Chance Summer, telling me not to be mad at her about the ending. I read this book a couple years ago when it first came out and have just treasured it ever since. It was the obvious choice for me to bring out of her books.
After the signing, I had a couple hours to kill before the next thing I was super interested in. I sat in on a panel featuring several fantasy authors and was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it! I’m definitely a contemporary girl and don’t venture into the fantasy world often, if at all. Sophie Jordan, an author I hadn’t heard of before, got me SO interested in her book Uninvited. I already put it on hold at the library!
The last thing I did was listen to the True Love 4 Ever panel, which was hosted by Jenny Han, Morgan Matson, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Margo Rabb, and Jennifer E. Smith! Everything about this was SO me, so I was super excited to be there. I showed up a panel early so that I could snatch up a good/close to the stage seat when the first panel audience left. I loved hearing all five ladies talk about writing romance scenes, where they get their inspiration from, and how they go about writing their ideas into books. This was such a good, high note to end the day on!
Overall, I had a great time today and will most likely be back next year, depending on who the authors will be! I loved that the event was totally free and that there were so many signed copies available for purchase. Next year, I think it would be great if there were more booths set up from publishers/smaller authors, etc. with things to look at. There were a couple today but more is always better! If you’re gonna be in Austin or the general Texas area next fall, I definitely recommend checking the festival out. I went by myself and still had a great time fangirl-ing away!
If you attended, what was your favorite part? Which author were you most looking forward to meeting? Did you get your books signed by who you wanted?