Impromptu New York City

I like to call this series of pictures taken by Mitali from Alley of Books as: That One Time Gayle Forman Grabbed My Butt!

Her devious expression . . .

. . . leads to this!

Don't worry. I returned the favor twenty minutes later . . . on the street! Hee hee.

Gayle and I were at a release party for Courtney Sheinmel's latest, All the Things You Are. (Can't wait to read!) It was a spur-of-the-moment thingie, since my trip to New York was spur-of-the-moment, and I'm grateful Courtney let me crash her party. We'd never met before, and she was such a sweetheart!

Sara (Super Librarian!), Moi, Courtney

Doesn't Courtney have the most beautiful smile? I was dazzled by it all evening.

The day before was my impromptu Bryant Park gathering, which Rachel at Bookshelf Lust wonderfully chronicled here. (I wish Rachel would photograph and write-up ALL of my events. Such talent!) I can't even begin to say how amazing it turned out to be. It was unquestionably the most fun event I've had this year, thanks to the intimate setting and delightful attendees. Thank you to everyone who came!

The rest of my quickie visit was spent arm-in-arm with Gayle (who graciously allowed me to stay with her, even though I only gave her sixteen hours notice), telling scary stories over a Japanese dinner with my friends Manning, Marjorie, and Marjorie's mother (who speaks little English, and I speak even less French, which did not impede our enjoyment one bit!), eating a yummy breakfast with my always-fabulous editor Julie, and . . . researching. (Ooo!)

I also bought a fox penis bone for my writing desk at Evolution, a marvelous store lovingly described by Laini Taylor in this post.

Why? Because I could!

Now I'm looking forward to this weekend.

Working on my novel? Maybe. Painting my bathroom? Maybe. Relaxing with a few good books? Definitely!

Speaking of, what are you reading these days? Anything I should know about? I have a ton of recommendations for YOU, I just need to get into gear and blog about them! (And blog about our Princess Army. And several events-of-past. And and and. Etc.)

Happy weekend!


  1. Is it weird if I say that I want Gayle Forman to grab my butt someday? Yes? Okay then.

    So...book recs. Let's see. I really enjoyed Divergent. Have you read Jennifer Donnelly's Revolution yet? If not, it's right up your alley. Oh, and have you gotten around to Bossypants? I'm serious, just take the cover off and you'll be fine. :)

    Movies...I saw Midnight in Paris last night and even if I didn't know you had the thing for Paris, I still would have recommended it to you. Super, super cute. And Super 8 was the most fun I've had at a movie in a good, long while.

    My to-read/watch list for the summer is insane. Huzzah for summertime!

  2. I'm about to start reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I'm looking forward to it - I've heard such great things.

    I can't even come up with words about the fox penis bone...I just know that now I want one.

    Looks like you had a great time! Your blog posts are always so entertaining :)

  3. I wish I could've been there! Sounds like an awesome event.

    I have heaps of book recommendations, but I can't think of them now. I do have some actual books for you, too!!

    And SF is wonderful. I love this city!!!

  4. I'm waiting for the princess army!

  5. First of all, Samantha, Will Grayson, Will Grayson was amazing.

    The book I'm reading right now is White Cat by Holly Black and it's sooooo good. I definately recommend it!!

  6. Cool Post! So makes me wish I lived in New York! Plus Evolution is clearly where I need to shop for all future gifts for the flatmate (who works at the Natural History Museum) and the Brother (Who is studying Evolutionary Biology).

    I am at the moment waiting for a GIANT delivery of books from Amazon.com coming to London, including everything from Libba Bray to Meg Cabot.I am tensely hoping they will arrive before I am shipped off to Paris for work for a week. Funnily enough last time I was in Paris for work I had "Anna" with me!

  7. g'day Stephanie,

    im glad you got back at Gayle. sounded like it was a fun event!

    i really wish i could have gone to that Bryant Park gathering but i found out about it after it happened and i am in Year 10 and live in Adelaide, Australia but that also sounded like fun!! You do alot of fun things!!

    i am reading A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson and Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire and am realing from the enjoyment of reading A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson, The Agency #1 & 2 by Y.S. Lee and If I Stay and Where She Went by none other than Gayle Forman.

    i absolutely loved Anna and CANNOT wait to read the next two!!

    P.S. this might be a long shot but i'll just ask anyway, is there any chance you will be coming anywhere down under? you have a lot of fans down here!

  8. Some day I want to impromptu New York. You've inspired me. :)

  9. LOL to Gretchen's comment. Nah, not too weird. I totally get that.

    Also, LOVE your outfit, Stephanie. That yellow dress with the leggings!? ADORABLE.

    Can't wait for the Princess Army!

  10. I will just point out that the pictures became a lot less formal I-am-at-a-book-party-event after the ass squeeze. Which was the purpose. Before, stiff formal. After, giggly, cute. I will go to great lengths to get a good shot.

    I should probably not be a children's photographer.

  11. I have a story about a opossum penis bone that's rather funny. I think I'll save that one for later.

    Also: that looks like an awesome trip!!!

  12. GAH! Read "Two Kisses for Maddy" total tear jerker but phenomenal. Really makes you appreciate life and the loved ones around you.

  13. Looks like a fabulous time was had by all and I love your top!

    Best books I've read recently are Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Summa ~ gorgeous, haunting and so unique and How I live Now by Meg Rostoff ~ which I think I am the last person in the world to read, but it is absolutely brilliant!

    Also in my local Waterstone today (in the Uk) they had Anna in the us imports section and it was face out right next to An Abundance of Katherines - I thought it was a good shelving choice :D

  14. Crystalline12:37 AM GMT-5

    Okay, fox penis bone? You are now officially beyond awesome. (What's faster than the speed of awesome? XD)

    I just finished your book, Anna and The French Kiss. (About sixteen minutes ago.) Thank you so much. Your book is all things and it was a very fulfilling, very mesmerizingly nonstop read. I also wanted to smooth-talk you back to your writing desk/computer, but I see you've two more books already planned. \(>.<)/ Ecstasy! I'm buying your first book for myself and ordering my coworker, a Young Adult librarian, to purchase the next two.

    (BTW, I love that √Čtienne's short. LOVE it. ♥)


  15. I feel so strange leaving a book recommendation for you since so many of my beloved books (including Anna) came to me after reading your blog! Nevertheless, a week ago I read Francine River's Redeeming Love. It isn't my normal fare, but I found it spectacularly well-written. Rivers is a Christian writer for adults, and the book reflects that aspect of her literary background, but I most appreciated how deeply she delves into the emotional baggage of her characters, bringing points slowly, expertly to the fore for the reader's consideration. I loved the care she took in exploring the world she built and respect the book for that. I hope you'll get a chance to pick it up and enjoy it!

  16. White Cat is amazing and the second book Red Glove is even better. I just started The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal.

    A librarian friend was taunting me last night because she's read the ARC of Lola...so unfair! She has promised to lend one to me if she can get it at ALA next week.

  17. Anonymous2:47 PM GMT-5

    I just read Tiger's Curse (Book 1) by Colleen Houck and it was awesome. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

  18. I just finished Nick and Nora's infinite playlist. Loved it! I just bought The name of the wind like you suggested and I'm looking forward to starting that soon, but I started reading Under the Dome by Stephen King a few nights ago and I got sucked in! I'm really enjoying it so far. I also just finished Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse vampire series)that was a fun read as always.

  19. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma - so, so, so good!

    I also agree with whoever suggested Revolution; I read it a few months back and it was phenomenal.

    Also really liked Strings Attached by Judy Blundell and Vixen by Jillian Larkin - both period pieces.

  20. Wow. Some of the books I was going to mention have already been mentioned. So I'll add Hourglass by Myra McEntire. It is so much fun!! I am loving it!

  21. Looks like it was fun :) Also, I'm still laughing about the butt-grabbing.

    I recently read Chime by Franny Billingsley and Beauty Queens by Libba Bray--both are excellent.

    I can't wait for the princess army, and that fox penis bone (never thought I'd have a reason to type that . . .) looks like an entertaining desk object :)

  22. Hi!

    I have the book Anna and the French kiss, the book is great.
    I loved the story, characters, fell in love with Etienne.
    I'm Brazilian.

    Beautiful photos!


  23. fox penis bone...
    hmmm I'm no expert in foxes but I am 100% sure that men don't have bones in their penis hahaha

    so that was weird, weirder than the butt grabing.

  24. Cool post. Just wondering if it's okay that my blogger icon is the Lola cover?

  25. What am I reading?... Just finished YOUR book and fell head over heels in love! Miiiight be sending out wedding invitations soon... just kidding.

    But no, seriously.

    LOVED it!

    Can. Not. WAIT for your next book!

  26. Anonymous1:33 AM GMT-5

    I hope that this doesn't just sound like I'm kissing up to get a response, but you are SO PRETTY.

    Also, when are you going to post that princess army?????