YALC 2018 | book haul & review!

Last weekend (27th – 29th July) was the Young Adult Literature Convention, or YALC, and London Film and Comic Con, or LFCC, and I was lucky enough to be able to attend for the full three days! I thought today I’d talk about the weekend as a whole, and then share my book haul with you all…

the diary part

Friday 27th July – I started the day pretty early and jumped onto a train from Winchester to London, but still arrived before the con started at 10am. Queued up, got my wrist band, and got in! Friday was pretty chill, which was nice. I met Sara Barnard, Joanne Harris and Chloe Seager, and went to an agent talk called “how to get published” which was really informative – I took so many notes!

Saturday 28th July – we started this day out pretty relaxed, and immediately tried to meet all of the Floored authors! We played author bingo all weekend, and I’m proud to say we achieved all 7! On Saturday, I met Tom Pollock who wrote a book I loved, and he was so lovely. I also met Lauren James (I’d read her book the night before), Giovanna and Tom Fletcher (aah!) and Laura Dockrill, and I went to a great panel Laura was on before, called “my body, my way”. I also popped down to LFCC on Saturday, but to be honest it was so hot and crowded! I found a fantastic pair cosplaying though, and that’s probably my favourite cosplay of the weekend, apart from an epic Spiderwoman I saw in passing at YALC. I wish I’d been alert enough to ask for a photo!

I love these so much!

Sunday 29th July – this was a day for checking out the stands I hadn’t looked at much before I left, and I bought a couple of books I am so excited to read! I went to a talk called “traveller’s life for me” which was fascinating and just makes me want to jump on a plane and go everywhere in the world. I only met one author in a signing queue on this day – Holly Bourne, and she was so lovely (and our last author on Floored author bingo!). I had to leave about 3pm on Sunday to make sure I could get my train, because the strikes meant I had to travel across London and then about half way back.

I also went to Platform 9 3/4 on Saturday night which was awesome and I bought myself a miniature Pickett who’s adorable and I love him.

the book haul part

Okay, so this haul is in four parts, and we’re going to start with… not an actual haul. These are books I already had and brought with me to get signed at YALC!

  • Editing Emma by Chloe Seager (SUCH a hilarious book, and Chloe was so nice!)
  • The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne (I ❤ Holly’s books)
  • The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris (unread, but Joanne was lovely and talked about LFCC with me!)
  • White Rabbit Red Wolf by Tom Pollock (already talked about how much I love this man)
  • Big Bones by Laura Dockrill (SO MUCH FOOD. I LOVE)
  • Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard (faaaab)
  • Eve of Man by Tom and Giovanna Fletcher (I was SO NERVOUS to meet Tom, I was surprised at myself! They were both so lovely though)

This set of books is the arcs/free books I got!

  • The Penguin Platform Yearbook 2018/2019 (this book is a set of samplers for some of Penguin’s biggest releases in the next year)
  • Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich (just kind of entered the raffle for this, but I’m so excited to read it!)
  • Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu (queued for about 20 minutes to get my paws on this arc, and I am SO EXCITED, I love Jennifer Mathieu so much!)
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers (this was a “buy a book, get an arc” scenario, and it looked pretty good!)

And these are (some of) the books that I bought…

  • Gabriel and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno (this is from OfTomes publishing and I love Ben’s publishing company so much!)
  • The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes (just looked exciting to be honest)
  • The Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen (this looked really cool, and I’m super excited to read it!)
  • Valley Girls by Sarah Nicole Lemon (it is about a girl who goes climbing and I thought YES PLEASE)

Final list! These are books that I bought there & got signed too.

  • Floored by 7 awesome YA authors! (this was the book that I played author bingo with! I started reading it at yalc, and I’m so excited to continue it!)
  • Hope is Our Only Wing by Rutendo Tavengerwei (Rutendo was on the “traveller’s life for me” panel, and I found her book later in Waterstones. She inscribed it “always keep hope”, and I decided to pick it up even though I didn’t meet her!)
  • Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne (this was released early at YALC, as it won’t be on sale until September! I’m so excited to read it<3)
  • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James (I bought this on Friday, read it on Friday, then met Lauren James on Saturday! I loved this book, Romy Silvers is just awesome)

And there you finally have my very long 2018 YALC blog post! I hope that you enjoyed reading it, and let me know which book I should start reading first!

Did you go to YALC? If not, would you ever go? Let me know in the comments below!

Keep reading ❤ Hx

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