I can’t believe it’s been over two weeks now since I returned home from London and YALC! Although, I am pleased to announce that I did unpack from my trip away quite quickly and found shelf space for all my new books – though we are ignoring the fact I have a suitcase under my bed from moving back home from university that hasn’t been unpacked at all!
This was my second year at YALC and I was quite excited even though I was only going for two days. I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience of YALC back in 2018 but doing the whole three days was a bit much for me which is why I decided just to do the Friday and Saturday this year. However, despite only doing two days I was still able to get my hands on some really good books and I’ve already read a few too which I am very pleased about. Heading into YALC this year I only took three or four books down with me and tried my hardest not to pick up too many books and only pick up the ones which I am generally interested in reading and not get swept up with the hype for some.
I’ve decided to split this post up into two sections, firstly the books which I won or were proofs being given out at YALC and then I will mention all the books which I bought – quite a few of them I’m really excited to read too!
A few days before YALC Lizzie and Jenn both released blog posts entailing what proofs and special edition books would be available at YALC which I found incredibly helpful. After reading their post I saw there were only two proofs which I wanted which made my weekend quite easy. These were Scars Like Wings By Erin Stewart and The Deathless Girls By Kiran Millwood Hargrave – both were being done by raffles so I had my fingers and toes all crossed for them!
However, as I was staying with a friend in South East London, it took me almost an hour each morning to travel to and from YALC which made me sad in part because I didn’t think I would be able to enter any of the raffles for Scars Like Wings By Erin Stewart as both ended by 11am which would be before I even got to YALC! However, when I arrived on Friday morning I was ecstatic to see my friend Jamie, who I hadn’t seen since NYA! After a hug and quick catch up, she then presented me with a copy of Scars Like Wings! As she knew there was no way I would make the raffle in time she had entered and won it for me! I was super grateful because this is a book which I was desperate to read and actually devoured it over the weekend, (keep an eye out for my review soon!).
Unfortunately, I didn’t win the raffle for The Deathless Girls but since it’s being released in October I don’t mind having to wait a little longer until I get to read it. However, I did end up picking up two unexpected proof copies too which I was very intrigued by, first was The Sky is Mine by Amy Beashel and the second was Inchtinn: Island of Shadows by Danny Weston. Both of which I am really looking forward to delving into reading and writing up reviews on my blog!
Books that I Bought
Now, even though I tried to be really, really good and not purchase too many books I ended up with six books! I felt quite good about this because all six I know I will read before the end of the year – something that didn’t happen with last years YALC book haul, unfortunately!
On Friday I bought five of the six books which I ended up purchasing over the weekend, the first being The Path Keeper by N.J Simmonds. I was lucky enough to receive an ebook proof of this on Netgalley some months ago but unfortunately, whenever I downloaded it on either my phone or iPad it simply was not working so I was determined to pick up a physical copy at YALC! The covers are gorgeous and I’ve heard only brilliant things about this book so I am excited to finally read it for myself too!
After making my purchase of The Path Keeper, I quickly headed over to the Waterstones store because I knew I had quite a few points on my points card and that there were a few books that I was after! I ended up purchasing; Heartstream By Tom Pollock, Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes By Holly Bourne, Girls of Paper and Fire By Natasha Ngan and Jemima Small Versus The Universe By Tasmin Winter. All of whom are new authors to me – I only just read my first ever Holly Bourne last month! But all four books I have heard so much about so knew that I wanted to get them and give them a go!
However, on Saturday I only made ONE book purchase – I know right gasp in shock and horror. However, this book was one I saw in hardback during my first YALC in 2018 and have to admit I was intrigued by it then and knew I would pick it up once it was released in paperback. Which is why I saw that the paperback of The Poppy War By R.F Kuang was being sold at YALC I let myself wait a day to deliberate over whether or not I really wanted to read it or not. Also, the added bonus of buying it on Saturday meant I didn’t have to lug so much back with me to South East London that evening.
That’s it, my YALC haul for 2019! What books did you get at YALC this year? Which are you looking forward to most and have to read any that I picked up?