Thursday, March 22, 2012

Day 22 – Favorite book you own

First, be prepared for my take on The Hunger Games movie, which will be entirely spoiler-free.  Also, today is my dad's birthday, so Happy Birthday to the nerdiest guy I know!  Third and finally, this was probably the easiest choice I've had thus far.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

That picture above is my actual copy, along with the ticket from the Tour de Nerdfighting event I attended in Bethesda, MD just days after this was released.  The event is why this book is my favorite book I own.  I'm fairly new to Nerdfighteria, and this book is part of the reason I joined that world.  I kept hearing all this buzz about it, and I'd heard John Green's name bandied about so many times in my YA community, so I decided to see what the fuss was about.  I read his debut novel Looking for Alaska, and it blew me away.  Then I started in on the vlogbrothers videos, and that, as they say, is history.

So why is this the favorite book I own?  First, the sticker of the front!  It's a signed copy.  If you go back through some older vlogbrothers videos, you'll see that John signed every copy of the first printing of TFiOS, and I got one of those J-Scribbles!
Isn't it pretty??  It's silver, which is one of my favorite colors of Sharpie, and it's slightly rare as far as TFiOS J-Scribble colors go.  When I picked up the book from Politics & Prose, they originally gave me an unsigned one, figuring I'd get it signed at the event later that week.  However, after seeing the Signing Madness John went through, I wanted a piece of his hard work.

But I still went to the signing.  And this happened:
Not only did I get it personalized to me, but I got it Hanklerfished too!!  I had a fun little chat with both  Green brothers, telling them how Hubs had texted me to send me best wishes for a fun signing and that he hoped I got "a Hankfish."  The Brothers Green and I agreed that, while there's no such thing as a Hankfish, the sentiment was very sweet.  I have a few pictures of the signing itself, but they are all either a- at home or b- blurry or c- look like John Green just saw The Ring.  Later, I'll add in the awesome one Sasha got me actually mid-conversation with them!!  (FYI, if you want to have an awesome line-waiting experience, you need peeps like Sarah Enni and Sash by your side!)

Hank, I'll see you on Friday.

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