I took a lot of notes at the RT sessions I was part of – and this might be the most I've written by hand in a long, long time. What follows is a general round up and highlights of the sessions and things I noticed at RT this year.
I was part of four sessions. One was “Choosing the Right e-Reader for You,” with Jane Litte and Angela James. That sessions was up against some very popular sessions, and was very intimate. We had some folks who were still unsure which reader they wanted, and some who were thinking about upgrading to the newest model or getting a new reader to replace a very, very old one.
Having a small group to discuss e-reader pros and cons meant that we could make specific recommendations for the people who were seeking their next digital reader, and we could talk about the major questions that each person must answer, namely: how much do you want to spend, where do you read, and where do you shop for books.
One point that I made: there are a lot of people who can tell you that you're using a piece of technology wrong. With e-readers and most pieces of technology, there are a lots of different ways to use them. But however you use an e-reader, if you're happy, you're doing it right. I like that about e-readers, especially as there are so many models with different price points.
Thursday, Jane and I hosted our reader roundtable, which is a casual conversation we've hosted at RT for a few years now with a very simple premise: what are you reading, and what do you like to read?
MaryJanice Davidson, Julie James, and publicists from Avon and Sourcebooks attended as readers, which was totally fun, and I wrote down what everyone was reading in case you were curious.
Books and authors that readers mentioned, and some comments as I wrote them down included:
Darkness Dawns by Diane Duvall ( A | BN | K S ) “At RT, I find so many new authors, and I really like to try books. I try free books, too. The first Jess Haines I tried was so good, I looked for more like it.”
Body Check by Deirdre Martin ( A | BN | K S ) “I love contemporaries that I call 'gentle reads*.'”
*She meant contemporaries that aren't about crime, trauma or suspense, but are funny and feature lighter emotional drama.
And my favorite quotes from the reader session:
“I just read everything you ever wrote – you're fantastic!”
“I've been rereading old favorites like Fifteen by Beverly Cleary.”
“Oh! I just gave a boy at my library Henry Huggins as his first chapter book.”
“I'm in a funk. I've started several books and am in the middle of them all and not loving any.”
“It's never good when you buffet books like that.”
I have more notes to write up (if I can read my own handwriting, holy smoke) about the panel on contemporary romance that I was on, plus two podcasts that we recorded while we were here.
So: were you at RT this year? What was the best session you attended? And what book are you reading that you purchased or found this week?