The Ten Book Events I'd Love To Go To

July 21, 2020

Welcome to another TTT, where the topic is 'Book Events/Festivals I’d Love to Go to Someday (Real or Fictional)'. As most of us know, the events calendar for bookish events and signings is off due to the pandemic and most (if not all) events have been cancelled. One day, we will be part of a world free from COVID and the events will be on again. A girl can dream about the places she'd go in the meantime, can't she?

So here's the deal... I actually haven't been to a book event before. Not in the grand scheme of things. I've been to individual author signings or have gone to a panel of authors where they would sign books at the end. But never to something of an exhibition, unless you count Toronto ComiCon or Fan Expo, both of which were cancelled this year. This week, I'm listing the places I would go if I could...

1. Book Expo
I think this one was a bit obvious, but really, which reader wouldn't want to go to one of the largest book exhibitions ever??? While it was cancelled this year (provided online), it will be back for Spring 2021.

2. R.A.R.E.
This always sounds incredible and has me wishing I lived somewhere in Europe so I could have easy access to it. This year it was in Scotland. I would have loved to go there again, visit my family. Shucks! Well, my sister should be living in Norway soon so maybe I'll have easy access to the next one. I hope one day they'll have it here in Toronto.

3. ApollyCon
This is an even hosted by Jennifer L. Armentrout and I've heard nothing but amazing things about it. I'll be honest and say I'm always a teensy bit jealous when I see my book friends' posts for all the goodies they grabbed. I really want to go. At first, this event was postponed until Spring 2021, but with the thought that COVID and its repercussions will still be felt by then, the event has been pushed back until the Spring of 2022. Great, I've got almost two years to plan :D

4. LoveNVegas
I've been dying to go to this event. Luxury hotel rooms, after parties, mingling with authors who are letting their hair down... sign me up! Although they had to cancel their event for this October, they'll be back in 2022 and I believe it'll be better than ever!

5. Shameless Book Con
This is an event that always looks like a lot of fun and I want to be a part of that someday.

6. BookCon
This is an event where books and pop culture and fandoms unite. There is no way that a nerd like me wouldn't want to go to a place like this! They're currently doing everything online, but plan to be back in the spring of 2021.

7. Book Bonanza
An event co-created by Colleen Hoover, it allows authors and readers to meet while raising money for a selected charity. It's a huge event in the romance community and I wanna go!

8. Toronto Urban Book Expo (T.U.B.E.)
A friend of mine from high school (and university) created an event that was absolutely necessary here in Toronto and I haven't been to it since I attended the first one. I really need to be a part of it again.

9. ThrillerFest
For anyone who enjoys crime fiction (I do), this is an event not to be missed. It's online this year and I'm not sure what the plan will be for next year.

10. Book Lovers Con
I'm not wholly familiar with this event, but from everything I've seen whenever I've chanced upon it, I'm definitely interested in going. Sponsored by some of the publishers I read from the most, I can't really go wrong here.

Have you ever been to one of these events? If not, wanna join me?
Let me know in the comments or leave a link to your post so I can check out your list!




Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.

48 comments

  1. Great list! BookCon sounds like it would be a lot of fun.

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  2. I live in Toronto and I've never been to T.U.B.E. I'll have to see if they have it online this year!

    Thanks for stopping by earlier.

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    1. Woo hoo! Welcome fellow Torontonian :D

      TUBE is great because it offers an opportunity to both traditionally published and indie urban writers to network and meet with fans and hopefully earn new readers. I really need to get to the next one.

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  3. I'd love to visit R.A.R.E., too. Great pick there.

    Thanks for stopping by earlier.

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  4. I'd love to attend R.A.R.E., too.

    My TTT .

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    1. I don't know where the next one will be, but I'm hoping to reach one someday.

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  5. I've been to lots and lots of book events but I would say that best book events I attended were at BookExpo and BookCon.

    Here's my post on 2017 BookCon.

    Here are the authors I saw at the 2016 Book Expo.

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  6. I haven't heard of most of these, great list! I don't see myself attending any events any time soon unless they're outside, I find indoor crowds too stressful.

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    1. They definitely can be. I have to really psych myself out to ensure the utter chaos.

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  7. I'd love to go to BookExpo but being in the UK, I doubt I'll get there anytime soon!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/07/21/top-ten-tuesday-273/

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    1. That's the great (and worst) thing about many bookish events. They're nowhere close to home.

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  8. I'm learning about so many festivals I didn't know about this week!!! That one in Vegas sounds AMAZING!! And Thrillerfest?? That's SO ME!!! Great list!

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    1. Same here! I hope to be doing a lot of bookish traveling soon :)

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  9. I'm so curious about Thriller Fest.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. Me too! I heard about from a reader friend and I was intrigued :)

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  10. BEA and Bookcon would be so fun. I hope to get to them someday.

    The Toronto Urban Book Expo sounds awesome!

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    1. It is! I'm hopeful that we can all experience book events again soon :D

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  11. I think BEA and BookCon are on most of our bucket lists. It sounds AMAZING! I don't like crowds or standing in long lines, but I would make an exception for these events. I hope we both get the chance to go one of these years :)

    Happy TTT!

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    1. I absolutely HATE lines, but I agree that these events would be worth it. I really hope we get to go to one of our dream events one day :)

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  12. Great list. Here is my TTT.
    https://dmhoisington.wordpress.com/2020/07/21/top-ten-tuesday-7/

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  13. RARE does sound really cool. Thanks for sharing!

    Lauren @ Always Me

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  14. I'd LOVE to go to BookCon. I went virtually this year. And YallWest. It's likely I'll just have to stick to my local events (Colorado Teen Literature Conference, Mountain of Authors, and maybe Denver ComicCon) unless I get a book out.

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    1. I'm booked for a couple of virtual events myself. Hopefully when this quarantine is over, I can make it to some of these events.

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  15. Book Con and Book Expo are the dream for me - I'm hoping one day I'll be able to go! Great list!

    My TTT

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  16. so many book events/festivals I didn´t know of! sure I want to join you, execept perhaps for the R.A.R. E event😷

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    1. If only. I'll keep dreaming and hopefully one day we can all go to the events that can't be missed :)

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  17. They all sound great. Probably too far for me but the good thing is, there are wonderful book events and places everywhere in the world. 2021, here we come!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

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  18. It's amazing how strong book love is around the world!

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    1. And great. Gives us hope that some day, everyone might get a good education.

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  19. I didn't know any of these besides Book Expo, but I'm more interested in Thrillerfest! Totally speaking to my thriller loving heart!

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  20. Ooooh, there's some on here that I haven't heard of! Great list. I hope that you can make it to one, one day. I really hope to as well bc it seems like so much fun.

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    1. That's all I want. If I can make it to just one event one day, I'll be satisfied.

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  21. I didn't do this week's topic but if I had, Book Con definitely would have made my list. It sounds like so much fun.

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  22. Yess, to all of these! Wouldn't it be a dream to go to them all? I hope some day you do and they are every bit as magical as you'd hope!

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