Every year I tell myself that I’ll condense my YALC blog content into one post, and every year I fail…
The first of my YALC posts is nice and simple – my YALC haul!
This year I was being very mindful of the fact that I just couldn’t carry as much as usual, so I only went for things I really wanted. In the end, I only bought four books, and won or was gifted eight. It definitely could’ve been a lot worse if I didn’t have such awful luck with the raffles.
Books bought, won & gifted:
As with last year, many stalls either had a raffle for winning ARCs or a buy a book to get an ARC system, with only a couple doing first come first serve or having to find certain things etc to win the ARC. Again, I found that there were definitely ‘better’ ARCs available because of this system, even if there were limited copies of them, and so I only came away with books I actually wanted to read.
Books I took to get signed
I’m really happy with myself for only taking 11 books to get signed this year – even less than last year, despite me being there for the full weekend this time and only two days last year. I decided when packing that I was only going to take copies of books I’d read and loved, so although I had some books that I could’ve taken to get signed, if they hadn’t blown me away or I hadn’t read them yet, they were left at home. Many authors, especially the UK based ones, visit YALC most years so I’m not too worried about trying to get them signed in the future if I do read and love them. Only meeting six authors in total definitely took a lot of stress off me, as queueing for signings is probably what I struggle with the most during YALC.
I’m honestly not sure if there was less swag available this year or I just didn’t look for it and happened to pick up less, but I did bring home less than previous years. I made a point of only picking up samplers of books I am very excited for (since I rarely read samplers) and mostly looked for swag I could stick in my bullet journal. My favourites from the weekend are the art prints and posters – the three quote posters are from Harper Voyager, Alina and the Darkling are by Diana Dworak, The Priory of the Orange Tree print was bought from Illumicrate’s stall and is by Rosie Thorns, and the ACOMAF art print was from Fairyloot’s stall, by FictionTea.
So, that’s my haul from YALC! I’ll be writing a more in depth wrap up post soon. I’m also hoping to do a little giveaway on my Twitter of some extra swag and samplers so keep an eye out!