On Saturday morning (after the 5am wake-up) I headed to Random House for my first Blogger Event of the 2014.
Of course it was brilliant- fellow bloggers, books… oh and Matt Haig.
Big thank you to everyone at Random House, especially for Jasmine who organised everything. As the hashtag says, this brunch was all about the movies. The Book Thief, Trash, Spook’s Apprentice (aka Seventh Son), Fallen and The Knife That Killed Me all got a mention.
My guilt at still not having read The Book Thief is even bigger now…
The are so many books I want to tell you about but before then let me tell you about Echo Boy, Matt Haig’s first YA novel.
Audrey’s father taught her that to stay human in the modern world, she had to build a moat around herself; a moat of books and music, philosophy and dreams. A moat that makes Audrey different from the echoes: sophisticated, emotionless machines, built to resemble humans and to work for human masters. Daniel is an echo – but he’s not like the others. He feels a connection with Audrey; a feeling Daniel knows he was never designed to have, and cannot explain. And when Audrey is placed in terrible danger, he’s determined to save her. The Echo Boy is a powerful story about love, loss and what makes us truly human.
I’ve read the first couple of chapters and so far loving it. 🙂
Matt Haig answering what I ask every author:
(It’s not the best sound, sorry)
For the most part I did manage to made words into sentences. One day I might get over the authors-are-magical-beings, then again they are so maybe not. 😛
Like I said there were LOADS of awesome books, but these are my Top Ten picks from the event:
- Echo Boy by Matt Haig
- Bird by Crystal Chan (started this on the way home, <3)
- The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
- The Fearless by Emma Pass
- Web of Darkness by Bali Rai
- Running Girl by Simon Mason
- The Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen
- Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
- Darcy Burdock: Hi So Much by Laura Dockrill
- Looking at the Stars by Jo Cotterill