Monday, July 25, 2011

Mailbox Monday (July 25): The Montreal Book Bloggers’ Meet-Up!

You may remember that a couple of weeks ago, I posted about the Montreal Book Bloggers Facebook group and how we were organizing a meet-up this month. After much anticipation, we finally met this weekend for lunch and it was so much fun! (Book bloggers are some of the friendliest and most generous people I’ve ever met.) Of the 15 bloggers in the group, 13 were able to make it. Here we are at the restaurant (our friendly waiter took this photo with Lucy’s camera—click to enlarge):

Front row (L-R): PK from aisle b (in the pink dress), Cindy from Cindy’s Love of Books, Cat from Beyond Books, Lisa from starmetal oak book blog.

Back row (L-R): Me, Amanda from Tales and Treats, Melissa from YA Book Shelf, Jennifer from Mrs. Q Book Addict, Cindy from Tynga’s Reviews, Lucy from Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf,
Donna from BookBound, Laura from Library of Clean Reads, Tina from Bookshipper

Lucy (Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf) made each of us a name tag. Here’s mine (isn’t it awesome? I was so impressed!):

Of course, a book blogger meet-up wouldn’t be complete without a book exchange and, as you can see from the pile below, I brought home a lot of books!

From Cindy (Tynga’s Reviews):
From Melissa (YA Book Shelf):
From Amanda (Tales and Treats):
From Laura (Library of Clean Reads):
From Tina (Bookshipper):
From PK (aisle b):
As if that wasn’t enough, four publishers (Harper Collins Canada, Random House Canada, Scholastic Canada and Simon & Schuster Canada) very generously sent us boxes of books and swag. These are the three books I scored:

From Harper Collins Canada:
From Random House Canada:
Have you read any of these books? (The only one I’d already read is The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan, one of my favourite writers.) Which one do you think I should read first? I’m leaning towards Season of Darkness, which is a mystery set in England during World War II—a perfect complement to the Connie Willis book I just finished reading!

Mailbox Monday buttonMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books they received during the previous week. Warning: MM can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and huge wish lists! Mailbox Monday, which was started by Marcia (who now blogs at A girl and her books) is on blog tour—this month, it’s hosted by Gwendolyn B. at A Sea of Books.


  1. It was so nice to meet you! I had so much fun, can't wait for the next meetup. I'm really excited about The Book of Lies. XVI is great, I loved it!

  2. Avis, it was wonderful to finally meet you! and I'm glad we had the chance to chat and get to know one another. Enjoy your great stash of books!

  3. What a fantastic group of book bloggers! So nice to put faces to names (and to find out about new bloggers). Great books and company = a perfect day. Wish I had a group like this in my area.

  4. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I just finished The Book of Lies last week and really liked. Happy reading!

  5. What a great stack of books! I love the personalized name tags from the meet up :)

  6. You made me smile when I saw you. I felt like I'd known you forever! Must be from all that love for books. I promise next time we'll get a pic of us smiling our heads off with the books.

    Finally we meet and what a great time we all had.

  7. I've read about your meet up on several blogs and must say I'm jealous! I wish I could have been there. I haven't read any of those books.

  8. What a happy bunch! Great post, Avis, even if the dress isn't pink ;)

  9. Absolutely love the's nice to see faces of the bloggers!! You seriously did get some great books...wowsers!! :D

  10. Goodness that is one full mailbox! I have not rad any of these myself but I do have The Sandalwood Tree on my wish list. I will be curious to see what you think of it. That get together looks like it was so much fun!

  11. I'm glad you liked the name tag hon!! It was so awesome spending the day with all you lovely ladies and finally being able to put a face after chatting for so long! :D I can't wait to see you all again! I had a blast! Great post!

  12. What a fun idea to have a meet-up. Like having your own mini-convention. Haven't read any of those books but I do have a copy of The Sandalwood Tree waiting for me.

  13. That looks and sounds like a wonderful meeting of book bloggers! Glad you all had a good time and you got some good books on your book exchange!

  14. What a wonderful get-together! And you went home with a stack of wonderful books...yay! Enjoy!

  15. awww. that looks like so much fun! hope you enjoy all of your new books!