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.
So, YALC 2019 is coming up and now that we have the author list and program, I thought it was about time I started planning! This will be my third year at YALC so I feel like I’m pretty well versed in how things happen now, and one thing I know is that planning for the weekend is key (even when you know not all of your plans will play out how you expect!). Since I imagine we won’t get information on the stalls that will be there and giveaways etc until nearer the time, I thought I’d write a bit about the planning I’ve been able to do so far.
A few weeks ago I finally got the chance to go to NYA Lit Fest. They’ve already put on two events last year, but unfortunately I was working during both. This time, I got organised and booked it off months in advance, and made my way over to Preston early in the morning with Lauren, Beth, Amy and Luchia.
So it’s been a long time coming but my YALC wrap up post is finally here. This year, I went on the Friday and Sunday as I was at a wedding on the Saturday, but I had a great time even just attending for two days. I’m going to look at the good and bad points from this year, as well as my haul from the weekend! Continue reading “YALC 2018”→
The Tuesday before last, following a heavy YALC hangover, I made my way over to Sarah Maria Griffin and Christina Henry’s tour stop in Manchester. I had already met Sarah at YALC but as Spare and Found Parts is one of my favourite books of the year, I definitely wouldn’t say no to hearing her talk about it – I also didn’t get a chance to meet Christina at YALC so was looking forward to that too!
Months after booking my ticket, and after a few weeks of planning and speculating, Thursday the 23rd November rolled around – the day of Sarah J. Maas’s event in Manchester. To make it even more special, it had recently been announced that Charlie Bowater, the artist behind the Tower of Dawn map (and some of my all time favourite ACOTAR series fan art) would be joining Sarah for the event.
So I’m almost done with YALC posts. Maybe.
Today I thought I’d post a bit about what I was given and what I bought whilst at YALC – I was a bit disappointed about missing out on some ARC’s, but honestly, I was really privileged to get given as much as I did!
I’ve actually had to split everything up a bit so, here we go:
So first off, here are all the books that I took with me to get signed (Laini Taylor also signed my Sarai sticker and library of Zosma card!). It was no picnic lugging these books around London (not to mention getting them from Manchester to London in the first place) and if I go to YALC again, I’ll definitely try to take less books with me for signings.
I’d say the main problem with the amount of books I bought with me to London was that I didn’t anticipate how many new ones I’d be taking back home with me! Above are all the ARC’s I was given (I bought Trial by Fire in My Kinda Book’s mystery book sale, and bought Because You Love to Hate Me so I could get it signed by some of the authors who contributed to it). I’m especially looking forward to reading The Exact Opposite of Okay and A Shiver of Snow and Sky!
I also managed to get quite a few samplers (most of these came in the YALC goodie bag we were given). I’m not usually too bothered about samplers as I’d rather just wait longer and be able to read the entire book in one go than a preview, but I’m definitely going to take a look at The Surface Breaks sampler I picked up – it’s Louise O’Neill’s next book, and not only do I already love her, but it’s a Little Mermaid retelling! The Godsgrave sampler also has a really cool poster on the centrefold, and I adore the artwork on the covers of the Nevernight books, so that was worth getting too!
I also managed to get a few posters, postcards and notebooks. When I saw the ACOWAR poster peeking out of a box that told people to take whatever they like, I immediately ran over and grabbed one for myself and one for Amy (who would’ve probably killed me if I didn’t get her one).
I’m not gonna lie, this is essentially just everything that wouldn’t fit in another photo (or that I forgot to put in). Chapter 5 were kind enough to give me the Strange the Dreamer poster as they didn’t have any Sarai stickers when I went to ask. The mug and feather pen are from Fairyloot (alongside the subscriber badge), and YALC candle is by GeekyClean. I met Lauren (@FictionTea) over the weekend and she gave me two of her bookmarks – the Adventure Continues Here and DOSAB ones! I’d definitely recommend checking out her store as she has some gorgeous designs.
Last but definitely not least, I got a few tote bags alongside my official YALC tote! I also bought the YALC 2017 tshirt as I thought it was a really nice souvenir (I’ve been using it as a pyjama top and it’s so comfy).
I’m still overwhelmed with the amount I bought back from YALC (and so is my bookcase. And my husband. Oh well) but I can’t wait to get stuck into all of my new books, and find somewhere to hang half of the new stuff I got. I’m moving house soon so I’m already planning where to put it all!
So I feel like I haven’t blogged in forever (and I’m pretty sure I’ve done barely any blog posts since we made the move over here to wordpress) but as some of you might have seen, not only have I had a lot going on with work and going on holiday, but the weekend before last, I went to YALC for the first time! I’ve planned a few YALC related posts which I’ll be posting over the next couple of weeks, but I thought I’d start off with something simple – my highlights of the weekend.
(Sorry in advance for the quality of the photo’s in this post – they’re all just quick snaps I took on my phone during the weekend!)
1. Meeting authors
So of course, one of my big highlights of YALC was getting to meet so many wonderful authors! Amongst others, I met and spoke to Alwyn Hamilton, Ryan Graudin, Samantha Shannon, Holly Bourne, Virginia Bergin, Hayley Barker, Alice Broadway, Elizabeth May, Lauren James, Laura Steven, Chloe Seager, I met Laini Taylor once again, and to top it all off, V. E. Schwab. All of them were so lovely and so willing to chat and take photos, despite their hugely busy schedules. A lot of the authors were often wandering around as well, so it was easy enough to talk to them even if you didn’t have much time during their signings.
2. Spending the weekend with some blogger friends So since we all went to Laini Taylor’s Liverpool event together in April, myself, Amy, Lauren and Beth have been meeting up for other bookish events, book shopping or just for catch ups, and I’m so glad I was able to spend YALC with them and also with Lauren, who we met for the first time at YALC and who fit into our little group instantly! I couldn’t have asked for better people to spend my first YALC with!
3. Meeting other bloggers Another big highlight for me, after we got over general social awkwardness (and also ignoring the difficulty of working out who people are just from their twitter photos) was meeting so many other bloggers who I’ve followed for so long! I’m quite a socially anxious person, but at a place like YALC, you’re never going to be the only one who feels that way and aren’t judged for it at all.
4. Meeting Two Candle Thieves fans So I’d been advertising on our Two Candle Thieves accounts that I’d be giving out goodie bags throughout the weekend, and thankfully, people did come and find me to get these bags (I was so nervous that I’d end up taking them all home with me because no one would want them!). My anxiety over this was lessened after meeting Charnell (@reviews_from_a_bookworm on instagram) on the first day – she came over to me in the queue and told me she loved our candles, which made me feel so much better! I also met Kasia (@kashpoint) who’d previously bought our Six of Crows stickers and stuck them onto the case she had with her!
5. Swag and ARC’s
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy picking up so many freebees! To be honest, one of the big highlights for me was the amount of badges and pins given out – I love adding badges to everything so getting my hands on more was never going to be a bad thing. Although I did manage to grab quite a few ARC’s that I’m really excited to read, I was quite disappointed with the way that a lot of them were given away (mostly involving running to the publisher’s stand and the first one there/first one to perform a certain dance move etc won it) however, I’ll be talking about that more in detail in one of my later posts.
Overall, I really did have an amazing weekend at YALC, despite the minor setbacks throughout the weekend. Keep an eye out for more posts about it over the next few weeks!