On Friday I attended the Worlds Collide tour, which was the UK tour for Leigh Bardugo and Rainbow Rowell. It was so much fun, so I thought I would recap it in this probably overexcited post. The event was held at Manchester Central Library, which is beautiful.
I arrived at the event half an hour early, but there was already a huge queue outside the library! Luckily it wasn’t raining and the queue soon went down as more people were let into the building. Once I was inside, I went to collect the books I had bought and chose my exclusive poster (there was a choice between the poster and a T-shirt, but when I saw the poster I knew which one I wanted!). The artwork is gorgeous and it’s made of strong paper as well which I didn’t want to roll up, which made getting it home a challenge!
There was loads more people than I had expected, but there were plenty of seats and even though I was sat near the back I had a great view. There was a small delay, which I think had more to do with the fact that there was so many people to get into the building rather than the authors, and then Leigh and Rainbow arrived!
They were so much fun, and you could tell that they were genuinely friends. They were open and honest about how they met and told us different stories about events they had been to, and then they re-enacted some scenes from Carry On and Crooked Kingdom which was hilarious. Leigh was brilliant as Baz!
Afterwards there was a Q&A session, where they offered some writing advice and talked about publishing as well as their books. One thing I really appreciated was the fact that they kept the talk spoiler-free, which was useful for me as I hadn’t read Fangirl yet! (I got my reading schedule mixed up; I finished Carry On on the train there!).
As there had been a fifteen-minute delay, I was really scared that I wouldn’t have the chance to get anything signed as I had a train to catch which was one of the last ones home, but luckily my row was one of the first to get signed! I first met Rainbow Rowell, who was really sweet and said she liked my shirt. I told her how much I enjoyed Carry On and how much I was looking forward to Fangirl, and she dedicated both of my copies of the books.
Then I met Leigh Bardugo, who was just as lovely! I said how the Six of Crows duology was one of my favourites and how I was very happy when a certain character emerged in Crooked Kingdom (those of you who have read it will know who I mean!), and she personalised both of my books for me. I picked up one of the Six of Crows cards and got Jesper, who looks as confident and teasing as he is in the books!
The event was so much fun and definitely worth the large amount of travelling it took me to get there! Thank you to Leigh Bardugo, Rainbow Rowell, and the people in Waterstones and the Manchester Central Library for putting on a great night!
Have you read any of these authors’ books? What did you think? And what was your favourite book signing that you’ve been to?
Thanks for reading (: