Thursday, August 26, 2010

Midnight Mockingjay Release Recap (X Posted)

So it took me like 2 days to fully read AND recover from the epicness that was Mockingjay along with the epicness and sleep deprivation that was the Midnight Release Party.

But I'm back and ready to rock. So recap ahoy!

6:35 Arrive in NYC, find Sara at Pennstation

6:45 Subway ride to Books of Wonder

7:00 Arrive at Books of Wonder an HOUR before the party starts. We are SO cool!

7:01 See the line. Realize people have been lined up since 4.

7:05 Go to the back of the line.

7:06 We are NOT so cool.

7:07 But everyone likes our shirts. We ARE cool!

Mine says "District 12 Tribute" Sara's says "Girl on Fire"

7:15 See Violet Haberdasher in line! LOL! We're both from Philly but we only run into her in NYC.

7:30 Spot super agent Joanna Volpe in line!

7:45 Find Elizabeth Law, Egmont Editor cruising through the line.

7:50 Have our pictures taken for The T-Shirt Project! (Sara and I are the last 2 in the post)

8:00 The line starts moving! YAY!

8:01 Realize that super agent Suzie Townsend is number 1 in line! Man, how did she do that?

8:30 Get INSIDE the store! SQUEEEE!

8:45 Realize that even though we are IN the store, we are STILL in line--it wraps around the whole interior!

8:50 Effie Trinket!

8:55 Spot my favorite Books of Wonder Book Seller ALLARY! LOVE!!!

9:00 Get our welcome packets, sign line numbers, lottery tickets, etc!

9:15-9:45 Desperate search for coffee in the city! This party goes WAY past our bedtimes.

10:00 Join the other people waiting on the floor for David Levithan and Suzanne Collins to appear.

10:45 Raffle prizes from Books of Wonder owner, Peter! YES!

11:15 We do not win any raffle prizes. Fail!

11:25 OMG! Realize we're about to see Suzanne Collins! SQUEEE!

11:30 David Levithan comes out to introduce her!!! He's so beyond adorable.

11:35 SUZANNE COLLINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! READS!!!! We get a snippet from Catching Fire and the first few pages of Mockingjay! OMG!!!!!!

11:37 Seriously, you could hear a pin drop next to her voice. Everyone is SILENT with a few gasps here and there.

11:59 COUNTDOWN is on!!!!!!!!!!

12:00 MIDNIGHT!!!!!! Happy Mockingjay Day!

12:15 Get in line to get our books

12:20 Hold my copy of Mockingjay! SQUEE!

12:30 Suzanne Collins stamps our books!

Sara is beyond excited to have her book stamped!

12:40 OMG!!!! We haz stamped copies of Mockingjay!

12:45 Speed Drive home so we can read!

4 AM Pass out!

Ok, I hope you enjoyed!


  1. Oh wow! Looks like you had so much fun!!! I'm jealous! ^_^ Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh wow! That was beyond awesome!
    I wish I was there! I love a midnight release something (movie, party, books, etc)
    Tks for the pics! Also loved the shirts!

  3. Hey ladies! This is so weird. Whitney and I were sitting with you while they were doing the raffle. I've been reading your blog for the past few weeks and I didn't recognize you! It was so cool to meet you both. - Maggie

  4. I LOVED reading this. I felt like I was in the line with you. How wonderful for a very small town girl like me to be in a line in NYC to meet the author of MOCKING JAY!!!
    I'm still trying to find two free hours so I can drive to the bookstore and buy it. Very soon, I'm on a mission now. Thanks for sharing this.(your shirts are so awesome)

  5. Thanks for sharing, totally jealous though, would have loved to have been there! Bought my copy of Mockingjay at 4:30 p.m. and finished it 12:30 a.m. this morning. Oh. My. Word. No way I'm falling asleep now, it was AMAZING...

  6. Aw, how very cool! What an exciting trip for you guys!

  7. Girls, it's Valerie, of The T-Shirt Project. Thanks so much for linking my blog, wasn't that night amazing. I read the book in three days (I totally spoooled it out), and spent two weeks recovering.

    I've linked your blog to The T-Shirt Project post you appear in.

    I'm so glad I found you.

  8. Oh, I also did a post about that night on my personal blog:


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