Last weekend I attended a convention in Allen, TX called Readers & ‘ritas. Yes, it’s very much what it sounds like. There were authors, readers, books…and drinks. It was a blast. This was my second year to attend and I will be back next year. When it comes to conventions I have to be kind of picky. I attend RnR because it’s close to home. I live in the Houston area and Allen is only a few hours away so I can drive. For some that might sound horrible, but in Texas a couple of hours drive is par for the course. Since I live in Houston, it usually takes an hour to get anywhere anyway.
There are many other conventions all throughout the year, a couple I’d kill to go to. Unfortunately the travel and lodging expense often prevents me from going. So, why go? Whether you’re an avid reader or not I highly recommend attending at least one reader’s conference in your lifetime. The highlight is, of course, meeting authors you admire. But there is so much more. There are LOTS of free books and other goodies given out by the convention and the attending authors. There are usually parties, including a costume ball in some form. There are people you may have met already online and now you can see that they really exist. There are BOOKS, BOOKS, and more BOOKS!
The convention I attended is a small one in comparison to most and that means the attendees were many familiar faces. I heard one say it’s like seeing family again that you haven’t seen in a year. There’s a sense of camaraderie and excitement when you first walk into the hotel and start to see everyone. It’s a fabulous experience.
So, since I came home with so many new books I’ve decided to share. Leave a comment on what your convention experiences have been like, or if you haven’t been to one which is your dream conference? Mine is Dragon Con and it’s on my bucket list. The prize (open to International readers) is a copy of Jade Lee’s Dragon Bound. Be warned, her inscription is about how awesome I am, lol. Please include your email in your comment and I will draw a winner on Monday. Good luck!
*Make reading a guilty pleasure…*