So, I’ve been really busy this spring. I finally decided that I need to start interacting more with people. So I have. This has led to a lot of fun book adventures lately!
Read White and Blue Giveaway
Throughout May, I participated in the Read, White, and Blue giveaway from Closed the Cover. It was a blast! I hope to join in for the November giveaway as well. A lot of my new subscribers came from that giveaway, so hello to you!
O’Henry Pun Off Competition
On May 10th, I found out that Austin, Texas has a yearly pun competition that they have held since sometime around 1973. I didn’t realize this at the time, but the pun-off in Austin is the world championship for all punners. Since words are my favorite, I knew I had to be there! I grabbed my two little sisters and we jetted off to explore Austin pun-style.
When we got there, there was a band called The Greatest American Heroes playing old theme songs from TV. Austin being Austin, they also had two food trucks at the event. One was called Guac and Roll, and the other was called Slab BBQ. We ate a sandwich from Slab, which was so-so.
Then, the punning commenced! There were two separate events; one was called Punniest of Show, where people prepared mini-speeches in advance and then read them aloud; and the other was called Punslingers where punners tried to come up with insults on the spot in a pun-like way.
The first few pun speeches were bad. I was afraid that the event would be a
complete waste of time, but after the first 3 entries or so, the puns started to improve. My favorites included a guy from the UK who dressed like a chicken and made poultry puns, a woman who punned all the names of the presidents in chronological order(Alexandra Petri, who won), and a man who punned about vegetables related to illness (I think he got second place).
Overall, there were a lot of vegetable and fruit puns and a lot of tree puns. There were some animal puns, and one Austin-related pun speech that got rave reviews from the audience, but there was little variety other than that. I don’t know why, except that a lot of puns are difficult to say in speech format. I think I would do condiments, as I often say during a rousing Game of Thrones battle, “Don’t worry, I’ll ketchup with you soon!” (one of the things you have to try and do in the game is muster support from regions on the map, which reminds me of mustard).
After the pun speeches, we visited the book sale. I picked up a couple of things, but I don’t remember what they were now (my fault for waiting so long to write this). We decided not to stay for Punslingers, because we were hot and Bo (my 1-year-old) was cranky. I bet it was a lot of fun, though!
Tour of Book People in Austin
While in Austin, we stopped by the bookstore Book People. This store is amazing, and should be a must for everyone who visits Austin. My favorite thing about Book People was the recommendation cards that were scattered throughout the store. Staff members and visitors write down their favorite books and what they thought about them on little comment cards, which are then laminated and placed around the store near that book. I loved going around and looking at all the cards. Some commenters even drew on their cards.
While there, Philip Kerr was giving a speech or maybe a read-aloud. I didn’t know anything about him before the visit, so it was cool to be introduced to a new author in-person!
Book Riot Quarterly Box
This is seriously the best thing I have ever given myself. It’s a book subscription where you receive cool book picks chosen by Book Riot staff and fun book-related goodies. Authors also give you exclusive items. It is amazing! Sign up. Sign up now.
I would love to attend a book convention one day, but that is simply not in the budget for me right now. Book Expo of America is one of the top book conventions in the world, and during the real BEA, bloggers banded together to have their own Armchair BEA. We discussed many awesome topics and had a lot of fun getting to know one another. You can view my Armchair BEA posts below:
Dallas Blogger Meet Up
A couple of weekends ago, I met up with some awesome fellow bloggers from Dallas! I met Addie from Old World New Girl, Aleshea from Glitz and Grits and Lauren from Will Sing for Makeup! We met at The Rustic in uptown, and had a great time! If you like makeup and southern things, you’ll enjoy following these lovely ladies.
So that’s what I’ve been up to lately! Are you doing any fun book or word-related things off-blog right now?