A few Sundays ago, I had the privilege – and pleasure – of attending the Harper Collins Canada #FrenzyPresents Fall Preview event in Toronto, Ontario. This is only the second time I have been able to attend, but as with my first event, this HCC #FrenzyPresents event was a blast! Not only did I get an in-depth preview of so many fantastic upcoming YA releases, but I also had the chance to meet several of my fellow Canadian Book Bloggers, which was simply heartwarming. Truly, my heart is so full.
HCC Frenzy also gifted all the attendees a fantastic Swag Bag, which was put together in partnership with Indigo Books & Music Inc., Owlcrate, David’s Tea, Ink and Wonder Designs, Epic Reads, and EcoJot. Honestly, this Swag Bag was loaded to the brim with goodies, including 3 Advance Review Copies, including: tea samples and a free tea coupon (David’s Tea), an adorable mini notebook (EcoJot), a beautiful woodmark (Ink and Wonder Designs), and much more!
I also received 3 ARCs in my Swag Bag – Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron (Release Date: September 3, 2019), A Treason of Thorns by Laura E Weymouth (Release Date: September 10, 2019), and Verify by Joelle Charbonneau (Release Date: September 24, 2019). Bloggers who attended the Harper Collins Canada #FrenzyPresents Fall Preview also had the opportunity to listen to Jasmin Kaur speak about her upcoming book release, When You Ask Me Where I’m Going (Release Date: October 1, 2019). Jasmin Kaur also shared powerful insight into her lived experiences, and the importance of diverse representation in literature. I was lucky enough to also have Jasmin sign my ARC of When You Ask Me Where I’m Going, and to talk to her about her teaching experiences!
Finally, a word to all my fellow bloggers (Canadian or not) – when I started this blog (and by extension my Bookstagram and Bookish Twitter accounts), I truly had no idea where this journey would take me. Because even though I didn’t realize it at the time, I had found my thing, and I had found my people. This community has grown to mean the world to me, and meeting so many of my fellow Canadian Book Bloggers at the #FrenzyPresents event yesterday was like a dream. I am still floating on a high – because I simply cannot believe where this journey has taken me, and can’t wait to see where it will take me next.