If you follow me on twitter you probably know I’m off to YALC for the first time, which is exciting! Though I am only going for one day, I have decided to write up a massive YALC related post that will be updated throughout the month, ranging from my YALC TBR and reviews, what panels I want to attend etc. if there is anything in particular you want me to cover give me a shout over on twitter, or in the comments!
What’s on my YALC TBR?
I know, I know. I should have some of these ages ago. So many books and not enough time. I am determined to complete this list by the 28th though!
1) The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman (currently reading)
2) All About Mia by Lisa Williamson
3) Into the No-Zone by Eugene Lambert
4) Ink by Alison Broadway
5) The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
6) Margot and Me by Juno Dawson
My YALC schedule:
This is on the top of my list of things to do while I’m there. Melinda Salisbury, Alwyn Hamilton, Laure Eve, Sophia Bennett and Anna James chatting about all those fabulous strong female characters!
I love meeting authors and talking about their awesome books, sadly I won’t have time to meet everyone I’d like to. Here’s who I’m hoping to meet.
- David Owen – author of Panther and The Fallen Children
- Melinda Salisbury – author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy
- Juno Dawson – author of Say Her Name, Margot and Me and The Gender Games
- Alison Goodman – author of The Dark Days Club and The Dark Days Pact
- Katherine Webber – author of Wing Jones
- Eugene Lambert – author of The Sign of One and Into The No-Zone
Obviously, a trip to all the brilliant publisher’s booths is in order, the more the better!
Unfortunately, I’m only going on the Friday so I don’t think I’ll have time for anything else, you never know though!
YALC was amazing, I can’t wait to go back next year! Everyone was so welcoming and friendly, and there is so much to see and do. I had so much fun catching up with authors and bookish people (you know who you are). I got to do pretty much everything I wanted to. I spent the first hour or so snapping up all the amazing samplers and ARCs that were on offer (Floored and Sorrow being at the very top of my list). The heroines panel was awesome, I love a good discussion about strong female characters! I got to meet so many bookish people and authors and left with so many books and a bunch of awesome swag!
I acquired so much throughout the day that I’m just going to show my favourite books/swag. I managed to snap up some ARCs while I was there, one of them I won from Scholastic which is a signed ARC of Lisa Lueddecke’s A Shiver of Snow and Sky which is one of my most anticipated upcoming releases! I also managed to snap up ARCs of Sarah Crossan’s Moonrise, and Laura Silverman’s A Girl Out of Water.
Obviously you can’t go to a book related event and not buy some books! I’ve been raving about S.T.A.G.S. since I first read the E-ARC I got, you can read my review here, so I had to pick up a finished copy while I was there. I’ve finally added the Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses colouring books to my Sarah J Maas collection. I had to pick up a copy of Because You Love to Hate Me, who doesn’t love a good villain?! And last but not least, I picked up a copy of Orbiting Jupiter, I’ve heard brilliant things about this book so I’m looking forward to reading it.
Lastly, the swag. There was so much swag on offer, some was out on the table so you could just pick it up, some you had to sign up to newsletters and there was odd bits of swag you could buy, like the amazing Skullduggery Pleasant t-shirt.
The main highlight for me has to be meeting the wonderful Mel Salisbury and Sara Barnard (again) and finally meeting David Owen (Panther, The Fallen Children), Alison Goodman (The Dark Days Club/Pact) and Eugene Lambert (The Sign of One, Into The No-Zone). I love all their books and would highly recommend them if you haven’t already read them.
This was pretty much my day at YALC. Were you there, or planning to go next year? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!