Was it, in fact, worth it? Absolutely. She was not only interesting (she was very animated and very appreciative of her audience). But I think she is somebody that I want to read. And let's not forget that I did the same thing a couple of years ago. I came up to AGGPFB to see Beth Hoffman, even though I knew nothing about her. In that case, I went because one of my fellow bloggers raved about her books (and said she was a delightful person - and she was/is). And you all know what I think of Beth's 2 books. The 1st one, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, is in my 2nd 12 all-time. And the 2nd one, Looking for Me, is a 4/4. With that kind of background, I'm excited to read Lauren's books, starting with The Monsters of Templeton (I'm 25 pages in).
The crowd last night was big. Probably 40-50 people. And one person gave the best quote during the Q&A. He said "I just finished the book last night and can't wait to start it again." He was referring to Lauren's latest book, Fates and Furies. But when I went to the cash register before the start of the show, I asked Carolyn which one I should read. She thought I might want to start with The Monsters of Templeton. So that's the one I picked.
If Monsters is as good as Kathleen and Carolyn say, then I will be following it very quickly with Fates and Furies. Especially since F&F is already #7 on the NYT best-seller list. AND, it's nominated for a National Book award. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I just have to make sure that I keep my expectations reasonable!