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!
This week for Monday Memories I’m talking about The Time-Traveling Fashionista On Board the Titanic by Bianca Turetsky as part of a multi-day celebration of this delightful series. You can check back on Wednesday for my review of the book and on Thursday I’ll have an interview with Bianca.
I first heard about this series before it was officially a series. Back in 2011 I trekked to a bookstore, alone, to go to an event because Sarah Rees Brennan and Gail Carson Levine were both part of a panel. These authors almost never do signings and I am a huge fan of both so this was a big deal.
It was a really fun panel and Bianca was a part of it talking about her first novel which was then called The Time-Traveling Fashionista and just recently published. The series sounded great and looked beautiful with its vibrant illustrations but it wasn’t an immediate priority to read.
Fast forward to 2010. I’m working as a bookseller at that same bookstore and find Bianca’s books on the shelves. I am pleasantly surprised to see the book is now part of a series with a new cover (shown above) and a more appropriate title of The Time-Traveling Fashionista on Board the Titanic. But still, because I’m silly, I didn’t sit down to read the book.
Fast forward again to September 2014. I’ve been at my job as a YA librarian for a few months and I am scheduled to introduce an author next month as a school visit event. Who would the author be but Bianca Turetsky? Finally, I sit down and read this book in almost one sitting. It is an absolutely perfect middle grade (or YA on the younger end of the spectrum) with a great blend of fashion and history. I was enchanted.
Almost immediately after finishing the book I hunted Bianca down online and inquired about an interview. Bianca said yes. I introduced her at the author visit where she was fantastic–she even brought along the vintage dress that inspired the book!
And the rest, as they say, is history.
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