Being a book blogger from a country outside of US or Europe is really #struggleisreal. I envy those book bloggers or booktuber who are able to attend a book event such as Book Con, YALLWEST, and many more. Like you can meet and chat a bit with your favorite author. Huft, If only I could make my own book panel.
Luckily, Evenbrite inspired me to make my own book panel! Since they are the world’s largest event technology platform in 180+ countries. They build the technology to allow anyone to create, share, find and attend new things to do that fuel their passions and enrich their lives. Music festivals, venues, marathons, conferences, hackathons, air guitar contests, political rallies, fundraisers, gaming competitions — you name it.
So if I’ve given a chance to create my own Book Panel, it would be like this.
Since I’m from Indonesia, I would like to include my favorite authors from Indonesia:
I discovered Tere Liye last year. She has wrote TONS of books. Like I’m not even exaggerating. Her books are everywhere. I feel like whenever I go to the bookstore, she always has a new book coming out. I think it would be fun to hear her writing journey in this book panel.
Sitta Karina is the first Indonesian YA Author that I genuinely thought, “Wow, there’s YA author in here that actually write quality content.” Her socialite life writings what drew me to her. Since I’m not one, it’s fun to imagine how is it like to be one. Sitta Karina also write a good fantasy book. Even though her writings are heavily influenced by the Western culture, I love how she could add some Indonesian culture in her writing as well, and somehow she makes it work. It’s beautiful, doesn’t seem weird at all. It’d be lovely if she can share her tips and trick!
I obviously have more than two authors, but their names are on the top of my head right now. and I don’t want this post to be too long than it already is since I’m rambling now. 😛
Who doesn’t know the almighty J.K. Rowling to be honest? Does she really need an introduction? Okay, Okay. This woman has written 7 amazing books during my childhood that I sort of grow up reading them. I remember I could read her book [I was maybe 10 or 11 years old?] in one sitting and read it over and over until the next book comes out. I still have yet to read her other books outside the Harry Potter series. I will read them eventually. So don’t Avada Kedavra me yet! Reason why she’s on my book panel? Really, isn’t it obvious? I wasn’t being subtle at all 😉
If Harry Potter were there during my childhood, Twilight Saga written by Stephenie Meyer, were there during my Young Adult life. I could write an essay about how Twilight changed me as a reader or as a person rather. But I would spare you all the unwanted details. In a nutshell, without Twilight I wouldn’t be here writing a book review. I wouldn’t even have a book blog at all. I wouldn’t meet some people that now become one of the most important people in my life. I want her on my book panel so I can properly show her how grateful I am that she wrote Twilight.
Marissa Meyer wrote retelling of fairy tales, re-imagining if they are in a futuristic setting. That concept alone is enough to make me rushing to the nearest bookstore to buy her book. So far I’ve read Cinder and Scarlet. I can’t wait to read the other two and the novellas of course. How did she even come with that concept, I want her to tell me in person. 😉
Ruta Sepetys probably the only person who could read me a bedtime story about World War II and I wouldn’t be fell asleep until she finished her story. She is that good. She can actually pull you into her story. As if you are the one who’s experiencing the WW II. It would be awesome to hear her process of writing.
Of course I have to include him, now that he has published a book. I have a valid reason to include him in my book panel. Despite him being my favorite actor of all time, he is a great writer as well [I might be a lil bit bias here, but who cares, this my panel after all!] I really like his writing, his humor is so witty. Here’s to more of Jesse Eisenberg’s books in the future!
As you have probably noticed that I didn’t use the picture of the actors who actually played those characters in the movie version. I mean no harm, this is just what I pictured the characters looks like when I read the books even before the movies comes out. Not that I have something against them 😉
- Are you the type of writer who writes in the middle of the night? Like me, I personally love to write in the middle of the night.
- What type of book do you like to read when you were in the process of writing one? Or do you avoid it altogether afraid it might influence your writing?
- Austin—How is it like to be an perfectly imperfect guy? LOL. Just Kidding. How is it now that you are a father? With your new business and all, how do you manage your time? I hope your agriculture business goes well.
- Bella—Can we hangout sometimes? Take me when you go “hunting” perhaps? 😉
- Luna—What was the weirdest creatures you have ever seen in your life?
- Cath—There are a lots of published fanfictions nowadays. Have you ever considered to publish your own fanfiction?
As if I would let someone else to moderate my very own book panel :p
Since I live in Jakarta, Jakarta Convention Centre.
There you have it. My Dream Book Panel. Tell me in the comments down below what’s your dream book panel like? 😀 Or link me to your post if you end up doing this.
Thank you, Eventbrite! For giving me the opportunity to participate in this cool fun post! Don’t forget to check out their conference page if you want to register for conferences in your local area!
A/N: This is not a sponsored post in any way. Eventbrite approached me with an idea that I couldn’t pass it up. All of the pictures and gifs belong to the rightful owner. None of them are mine.