The Post Where My Worlds Collide: Chicago Edition

This week I’m in Chicago at the International Reading Association’s 57th Annual Convention.

IRA 2012 Chicago

Two of my favorite things are combined: Reading and Education!

I don’t usually mix my two social media personalities, but this week Books and Bling and on Literacy Everywhere are mixing together in an epic pairing of awesome!

Yesterday, Schmoopy and I took a LONG WALK to see where Merit of the Chicgoland Vampire books lives-Go Cadogan!. Chloe Neill even posted my pic on her blog!

Cadogan House!

This morning, I got to see Dr. Steve Perry speak. He was really inspiring!

Dr. Steve Perry at IRA 2012

Then I met Michael Buckley and he loved the Bling! I’m a huge fan of his NERDS series! He is just as awesome in person as I thought he’d be!

Michael Buckley & the BLING!

 

Awesome NERDS Signed Copy Bling! YAY!

Next, I heard Nick Bruel speak and got him to sign some Bad Kitty books for me. I even snagged one of his Bad Kitty drawings from his presentation. AWESOME!

Bad Kitty for President! You’ve got my vote!

 

Bad Kitty Sketch!

Basically, I’m learning tons and fangirling my way through this awesome town! Well, we’re eating a ton of great food, too! Chicago is super yummy!

 

 

 

Touring Chicago Merit Style with a little help from Chloe Neill!

Schmoopy and I are in Chicago for the International Reading Association convention. It starts on Monday, so today we had some tourist time!

We  got to spend the day doing some sightseeing.

Of course, I needed to see where Merit, from the awesome Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series, lives.

I sent a little Tweet out to Chloe Neill asking for some pointers on Cadogan House and she totally replied!

Massive FANGIRLING episode ensued!

 

So, Schmoopy and I hit up the local Starbucks and started walking. 2.1 miles (Yup, miles were walked. That’s serious!!) later, we were there. We stopped along the way to do some super fun touristy stuff that I’ll post later, but my goal was Cadogan all the way.

Cadogan House

Unfortunately, it was daylight, so Merit was sleeping. They say it is the US Soccer House, nice cover, but I know the truth.

Then, to take my FanGirl’s Guide to Chicago a step further, Chloe Neill asked me if she could post my picture (my. freaking. picture!) on her blog. What the what? Can you say YES any faster than I did?

Check it out here:

Cadogan House’s Architectural Inspiration

So, my day was EPIC! Totally, vampirely, wickedly, awesomely, EPIC!

Reading Right Now

I had to make some tough vampire choices this week. I decided on DEAD RECKONING by Charlaine Harris, mainly because I had it on my iPad. I preordered BITE CLUB by Rachel Caine and HARD BITTEN by Chloe Neill before I knew about the awesome iPad anniversary gift that Schmoopy gave me! Truth be told, they’ve been preordered for months. I really super totally love this iPad, so it made the choice really easy! Yup, this post is From my iPad, too! (so be extra understanding about spelling oops, ok.)!

But here’s the kicker…I have a major rule about no technology in bed (mainly because I have zero self control with my iPhone and laptop), so I am still trying to decide where the iPad falls under this rule. If I just read, I would be ok, but again the lack of self control thing comes into play! So, I came up with a great solution: I’m reading Sookie on the iPad downstairs and Morganville upstairs. If only I could fit Chicagoland in there without totally mixing up my vampires!

Oh well, you can’t have everything!

Update: I totally stalked Cadogan House when I visited Chicago in 2012. Schmoopy knew he was powerless to resist my need to find Merit and Eric. It was pretty dang epic! Sadly, it was during the day and they weren’t available. Maybe next time!

Cadogan House!

Cadogan House!

Vampire Tuesday! The Most AWESOME day ever!

Today three of my favorite vampire books were released.

Bite Club by Rachel Caine, Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill, and Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris.


3! On. The. Same. Day!

Oh My Awesome!

Today is also the day the I bought my first iBook!

Vampire Tuesday Rocks!

Bite Club

Hard Bitten

Dead Reckoning on my iPad