I feel like this blog post title very aptly summarizes my life.
But also, I have a donuts-related fun fact: I had never eaten a donut until I moved to the U.S. a few years ago. Donut shops did not survive very long in my neck of the South American woods. Also, when I finally tried donuts, I was not impressed. And then I went and lived in the Middle East and learned to love donuts because of the sketchy Dunkin’ Donuts knock-off a block away from my apartment. Go figure.
We’re not actually just here to talk about donuts today. I mean, we’re mostly here to talk about donuts, but not completely. The other big thing we’re here to talk about is Maggie Stiefvater. And maybe a little bit about boy bands, because that’s what the title says. Also, because honestly, have you ever read a blog post on our website that hasn’t talked about boy bands at least once?
Maggie Stiefvater came to visit us!
Okay, Maggie Stiefvater actually came to visit us and hundreds of our closest friends to celebrate the release of The Raven King with a book signing.
But I’m still going to say she came to visit us.
On a disgustingly warm Tuesday last week, Libby and I met in northern Virginia in an adorable little bookstore called “Hooray for Books!” (I have many questions about the name of the bookstore) to listen to Maggie Stiefvater talk and get our Raven Cycle books signed. Approximately the entire East coast showed up at the bookstore to see Maggie, so Libby and I ended up standing in the back with all the rest of the Maggie fangirls. Even though it was gross and hot and I had to buy overpriced apple slices from the Subway across the street to use their bathroom, the atmosphere was amazing: everyone was excited and people were wearing book-related clothes. I was like, these are definitely my people.
After a short wait, Maggie came in. She started off by saying she doesn’t really know what she does for a living, but I would like to submit an answer to her question: she’s a comedian.
You know those people who are really funny on the Internet, and then you meet them in person, and it turns out they spend tons of time thinking about how to be funny on the Internet and they’re not actually funny in person? Maggie Stiefvater is not one of those people. She’s hilarious. Like, laugh-out-loud funny. I sort of expected it because her books are funny, but I wasn’t expecting her to be this funny. It was actually a stand-up routine, with perfect timing and great facial expressions and reenactments of having the stomach flu and painting ugly babies.
After she spoke, Maggie got ready for her hand to fall off by signing a million books and we got ready to wait for our turn. We were assigned to signing group “O”, which meant there were 14 groups ahead of us. Luckily, the bookstore organized it so that each group was called to the signing line one by one, so we didn’t have to just stand in line the whole time. So instead of immediately jumping into the line, we signed her car cover, and when she Instagrammed a picture of the car cover later, both of our signings (signings?) were in the photo! I feel famous.
While we waited for our signing group to be called, we looked at books, we ate some donuts (this is the part of the post where we talk about donuts), and we befriended some fellow TRC-obsessed people. We also leafed through some copies of Ruta Sepetys’s Salt to the Sea with our new friends, discovered they were signed by the author, and promptly bought all of the bookstore’s copies. This is not an exaggeration.
Then 10:30pm rolled around, it was finally our turn! Maggie was lovely and signed our books with personalization (even after signing books for almost three hours!), and then was gracious enough to be coerced into taking a picture with us! Thanks, Maggie!!
You might be wondering, “Where are the boy bands?” I (now I’m Libby? Allie wrote the first half… is this confusing? I’m confused.) missed the last train home, so Allie had to drive me. And of course, we listened to One Direction on top volume for the entire hour-long car ride. I won’t speak for Allie, but I was definitely picturing the Raven Cycle gang as One Direction. Think about it… Gansey is for sure Harry, Noah is Niall, I think Ronan might be Zayn? Except minus the part where he leaves… Is Adam Liam? Does that mean Blue is Louis? This metaphor is imperfect.
Anyway, go see Maggie Stiefvater on her book tour. You will not be disappointed. And stay tuned for Libby’s The Raven King review on the blog soon!
A very important discussion question for you before we part: What’s your favorite kind of donut? Mine (this is Allie again) is definitely chocolate cake donuts. Covered in chocolate. With chocolate sprinkles. Yaaaaaas.