YALC Book Haul

I talked about going to YALC in my July wrap up earlier this month, but I haven’t talked about the books I managed to acquire there. I did write a post on the books I wanted to bring to YALC to get signed, which you can find hereThe only book I didn’t take with me from that list was The Mime Order, so I didn’t get to meet Samantha Shannon. All the others I managed to get signed!

I knew I had to try and control my book buying urges better than I did last year. To enforce better buying behavior in myself, I only brought a small suitcase with me (and my purse of course). That way, I could only bring a small amount of extra books home with me. Here’s what I got!


Sadie by Courtney Summers // Wednesday Books // One of the stands at YALC had an offer where you could get one galley/ARC for free if you bought one book. So when I bought a book, I chose Sadie as my free galley. I had wanted to read this for ages, ever since I saw it on Netgalley, because I adored All the Rage by Courtney Summers so much. I read it while in London and I can’t tell you how much I loved this book. It’s SO GOOD. I know it’ll be on my favorites of 2018 list. I haven’t written a review on it yet, but I summarized it on Twitter on my favorite reads of 2018 thread.

Easy Prey by Catherine Lo // Amulet // I had never heard of this book before, and to be honest I kind of hate that cover. It makes me think of some weird UK dramatic high school show (no, I am not talking about Skins because I love Skins). Anyway, I thought the premise of this book was quite interesting. It’s about sexting, and ‘racy pictures’ of Ms. Bailey that got leaked by someone. Who did it? Drew, Mouse or Jenna?

Finished Copies

Running With Lions by Julian Winters // Duet books // A week or two ago, I saw this book mentioned in a blog post on recommendations for Hufflepuffs. I can’t remember which one though, so if you wrote that post please let me know so I can credit you. They described this as a gay sports romance for Hufflepuffs, which made me so excited to read it. I saw it at YALC and decided to buy it (even though it was at full price which made me cry a bit on the inside). I also managed to read it while I was at YALC, and all I will say is that everyone should read this book because it was fantastic. Again, I haven’t written a review on it yet but you can see my summary in my Twitter thread.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes // Speak // This is the book I bought to get the ARC of Sadie. Don’t get me wrong, that’s not the only reason I bought this. I’ve wanted to read this ever since it was released but somehow never got around to it. Now I have my own copy!

Down Station (Down Station #1) by Simon Morden // Gollancz // Gollancz was having a 3 for £10 sale, so I got two books and combined my purchase with Alessandra’s, since she wanted to buy 1 book from their stand. I had never heard of Down Station before, but the cover is just so beautiful I had to pick it up. It’s about a small group of tube workers and commuters who escape a fiery apocalypse taking over London through a service tunnel and suddenly find themselves in another world.

Swordspoint (The World of Riverside #1) by Ellen Kushner // Gollancz // Another one I had never heard of before. I also just realized that this book was written in the 80s? Thanks to the cover, I figured it would be a new release. I honestly have no idea what this is about but it’s fantasy and it’s got a sword on the cover/in the title. So I bought it.

Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon // Amulet // Amulet Books also had a 3 for £10 sale going on, which is why I picked up these books. I’ve had Done Dirt Cheap on my to-read list for quite a while. I’ve heard it described as a younger version of Sons of Anarchy with two women as the lead characters. Sounds great to me.

Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee // Amulet //  This is a non-fiction book in which Sungju describes his childhood in North-Korea. Forced to live on the streets since age 12, he resorted to stealing, begging and fighting to survive. This final version of the book was written with the help of Susan McClelland, a journalist. My copy is actually signed too!

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate // Amulet // I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book. It’s about a girl who is tired of not getting lead roles in the school musicals because of her Alto 2 voice. So she pretends to be a guy to join the all-male a cappella group called The Sharpshooters. SOUNDS PERFECT TO ME.

That’s it. Those were all the books I acquired at YALC! Have you read any of these? Which one should I pick up first?

Books I’m Taking to #YALC

Last year, I was fortunate enough to go to YALC, the YA Lit Con in London. I’m so happy to say I will be going again this year! I’m taking it much slower this year and haven’t planned to visit as many signings and panels as I did last year. I don’t want it to be a stressful experience, but a wonderful and relaxed one. That being said, there are still some books I really want to get signed.

So which ones am I taking with me to get signed?

I Was Born for This and Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. I adored Radio Silence, it’s one of my favorite contemporary books ever. I just read IWBFT during the #24in48 readathon and liked it just fine. Alice is signing of Friday, and she is one of my priority authors of the weekend.

Traitor to the Throne and Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton. I read Rebel of the Sands, the first book in the trilogy, last year before I went to YALC and got it signed. Alwyn was such a nice person, so I’m hoping to meet her again this year and get the second and third book signed too. I’ve read both this month, and quite enjoyed them (the second book is my favorite one). Alwyn is also signing on Friday.

children of blood and bone

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Tomi is signing on Saturday, and I really need to get my copy of this book signed. It’s one of my all-time favorite covers too, and a signature on the inside would make it even better. I also read this during the 24 in 48 readathon last weekend and really enjoyed it! Ended up giving it 4/5 stars.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and A Close and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers. Becky is signing on Saturday too, and I need to get my copies signed. I read these a few months ago and fell in love with her writing and the world and characters she created. I’m actually planning on buying the third book (which will have been released like 2 days before the signing) and get that one signed too.

the mime order

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon. I haven’t read this one yet, but I have read and adored the first book, The Bone Season. I got that one signed last year so I’m hoping to get my sequel signed too. I’m kind of scared not having read it yet, but I’m sure I won’t be the only one and that she won’t mind. Samantha is signing on Saturday so I think there will be a fairly long queue.

how hard can love be

How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne. I also met Holly Bourne last year and got my copy of Am I Normal Yet? the first book in this series signed. She was honestly the kindest person ever. I just read the sequel, How Hard Can Love Be, and need to get it signed. She’s signing on Sunday. She’s actually also signing on Saturday I think, but then there are always more people than on Sunday so I’ve decided to wait until Sunday.

That’s it! Those are the books I’m planning on taking with me to YALC. I might buy a few books there, although I’m not planning to. I’m trying to save some money lately and I won’t buy as many as I did last year. Are you going? Have you read any of these books?


I’m going to #YALC! It’s actually the first time ever I’ll be going to a Con, and I’m going alone. So I’m hoping that maybe some of you are going to, and I can meet lots of wonderful bookish people there.

When they first announced some of the authors visiting, I was so excited. V.E. Schwab? Samantha Shannon? Becky Albertalli? Laini Taylor? I’m in reader-heaven! But then I realised that there would be so many authors present. So many of them have been on my TBR for ages, and I’ve never gotten around to reading their books. So in an effort to read more before YALC, and actually being able to say something when I’m meeting the author, I’m making a small TBR. Let’s get into it!



A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard // If I’m not mistaken this is a book about a girl who is a selective mute and a deaf boy. Plus, when I had my little rant on Twitter on how there are so few great dads in fiction someone recommended this to me. So now I have to read it!

Wing Jones by Katherine Webber // I only know this is about a biracial girl who discovers she has a talent for running. I definitely do not, but I’d like to read about her anyway. I’ve heard such amazing things about this book! 

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton // I’ve actually been meaning to read this one for ages. YALC is finally making me do it, because I’m the worst procrastinator when it comes to books. 

Smoke by Dan Vyleta // Another book I’ve been meaning to read for ages but never got to. This is about England, about a century ago, where you are marked once you commit a sin or are wicked. You’re marked by smoke pouring forth from your body. That sounds pretty epic to me!

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne // The only thing I know about this is that it’s a contemporary novel, and that it’s centered around feminism. Excited? Me? YES. 

Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal #1) by Zen Cho // To be quite honest, I couldn’t describe the synopsis to you even if I tried. But it’s set in Britain, with magic and British elite. Sounds interesting to me. 

Rivers of London (Peter Grant #1) Ben Aaronovitch // I’ve seen the cover of this book so often, but I never actually knew what it was about. I think it’s an urban fantasy novel combined with a crime/detective one? 

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin // I am so behind with this one. Everyone has read it by now, except me. 

Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik // This is about a woman who is writing about the Muslim dating scene. I need this book in my life, right now.


If I Have Time

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor // Don’t get me wrong, I really want to read this one. But, I have read Laini Taylor’s DOSAB series. So I already have an entire trilogy to gush about and hopefully I can get a copy signed.

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by V.E. Schwab // I’m in the same situation here as with Strange the Dreamer. I’ve read and loved her Shades of Magic trilogy and Vicious. While I definitely want to read this duology, I want to focus on the authors who would be new to me first. 

Ink (Skin Books #1) by Alice Broadway // In this world, every significant action and moment in your life is tattooed on your skin forever. While I do love me some tattoos, I would never want that to happen to me. But, it could make for a very interesting story!

Truth or Dare by Non Pratt // I have no clue what this book is about but I’ve heard incredible things about this author so I’m interested! 

Liccle Bit (South Crongton #1) by Alex Wheatle // This is one of those books I would never have picked up on my own. But it sounds really interesting! It’s about Lemar (Liccle Bit) who wishes he could do something to make life a bit better. Before he knows it, there is a gang war brewing and a gang leader has taken an interest in. To be honest, it sounds like a book I really should be reading. 

Lorali by Lauren Dockrill // All I know is that this is a mermaid story. I haven’t had the best of luck with those, but here’s to hoping. 

The Falconer (The Falconer #1) by Elizabeth May // The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae…” What was that? Female warriors? Fae? Murder? I’m all in.

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle // Another one I’ve been meaning to read for ages! Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense) loves this book and so I must read it too. 

Tree Magic by Harriet Springbett // The first sentence of the synopsis states that Rainbow’s hands can shape trees at her will. I don’t even need to read more. Also: I’m pretty sure that with today’s environmental problems we could all use someone who can shape and create trees!

I most likely won’t be able to read all of these before #YALC. But I really want to try! I want to have a chance to read these books and then meet the authors. If you’re going to YALC, please let me know! I’m going on my own, so I’d love to meet some of you there.