For the second year in a row, I had the pleasure of attending the Young Adult Literature Convention or YALC for short. This year is the third time the event has been held and it was started by Malorie Blackman, author of the ‘Naughts and Crosses’ series.
Last year I attended and was inspired some of the bloggers I met there. So YALC is the reason that this blog exists and for that reason I am fond of it. Unfortunately, I was only able to attend on the Saturday this year, which was probably for the best considering I was sick when I went. Nonetheless, I had to go, no matter how ill I was (also the tickets are non-refundable…)
The journey was a hassle to say the least and there were quite a few train changes throughout. I live in an outer borough of London so I’m quite lucky in that respect, but as I don’t travel that much it was still a struggle. But, so that I did not get lost, I just followed the masses in cosplay.
As soon as I got there I went straight over to the freebies table and crammed my tote bag full of them. I now have tons of posters, badges and little postcard things. There was even a temporary tattoo; how could I possibly resist?!
To be quite honest, one of the best part of the free stuff at YALC has to be the tote bags. And this year I got a ‘Lady Midnight’ one, which I’m supremely pleased with.
After the freebie table had been well and truly raided, I spent a while perusing the book stalls. Of course, the sheer amount of books overwhelmed me and within a matter of minutes my money was gone and my bag was about ten times heavier.
A nice touch this year was the Waterstones pop-up store. Last year, it was just an elongated stall, but this year there were shelves and a cash register and everything. Also the staff were all dressed up in there bookish cosplay.
It was here that I had the pleasure of running into V. E. Schwab , which was a complete surprise! She was kind enough to sign the copy of ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’, which I dashed to buy when I saw her there.
I actually only went to see one talk at YALC this year and that was the Squad Goals talk featuring my favourite, Holly Bourne.
I don’t know why I sat so far back, but I left a bit early anyway, because I wanted to get in line for Holly’s signing. It was so nice meeting her and she signed some books I brought on behalf of my friend.
Something I was massively thankful for once agin this year was the chill out area. I was able to eat my lunch in comfort and flick through my freebies and purchases.
Speaking of purchases, here are all the books I obtained at YALC this year:
- ‘The Versions of Us’ by Laura Barnett
- ‘Changers’ the T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper
- ‘How Not To Disappear’by Clare Furniss
- ‘Illuminae’ by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- ‘Accidental Superstar’ by Marianne Levy
- ‘Darkmere’ by Helen Maslin
- ‘Crow Moon’ by Anna McKerrow
- ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ by V. E. Schwab
- ‘Contagion’ by Teri Terry
- ‘The Warrior Heir’ by Cinda Williams Chima
I am very pleased with all my new books and the YALC event as a whole. It’s a great place to meet like minded people and make new friends. If you haven’t been yet I would definitely consider attending next year.