Monday Memories: Code Name Verity

Monday Memories is a weekly feature hosted by Miss Print and the Book Bandit. Just take a photo of a book from your personal library (or a library book that’s significant to you, etc.) and talk about why it matters. Is it your first ever signed book? The first book you reviewed on your blog? Whatever it is, write it up in a Monday Memories post and share it. Just please link back if you decide to join!

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Today for my first Monday Memories I’m talking about Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

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My entire experience with Code Name Verity was totally backwards. Like many people I heard a lot of buzz before publication but it never got too high on my radar.

I met Elizabeth Wein before I knew much of anything about the book. She and her publicist from Disney Hyperion came into Books of Wonder during one of my shifts at the register so that Ms. Wein could sign some stock. Both she and her publicist were incredibly nice and I was charmed by Elizabeth Wein’s down-to-earth personality and struck by her jewelry. She had on an airplane pendant and a typewriter key bracelet which, given the setting and plot of her book, seemed incredibly appropriate.

The day after she signed stock, I used my employee discount to buy a copy. The book then proceeded to sit on my shelves until January 2013 when I was unemployed, job-hunting, and doing very little beyond reading and applying to jobs.

Everything about this book was brilliant and after finishing the story I was charmed to see that Wein had signed it with a ballpoint pen (and underlined a key line on page 68). Months later the book still stayed with me. Even now I’m still thinking about the plot and the writing.

After reading I would go on to review the book on the blog, interview Elizabeth about it, and meet her at BEA ( as well as talk to her on twitter). I don’t think any of that would have been possible before the social media. And it all started with a chance encounter that I’ve never told anyone about until today.

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