My First YALC!


YALC is the Young Adult Literature Convention, and has been held in London for the past four years. It spans over a weekend, and promises days of bookish fun for all!

This year is the first time I’ve been to YALC, and it was awesome! It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but it was still a lot of fun (and it was actually better in some aspects). I thought there’d be more bookish merchandise for sale, but the stalls that were there were still cool (So. Many. Books.)!

The only negative thing I’ll say about it is that I had no idea what to expect, and upon getting there was quite stressed because I didn’t know what was going on. I think if the hosts of the event maybe put a little ‘What To Expect’ section on their site, it would be great.

The rest of the day when I was there was awesome – I met some lovely authors, listened to some cool panels and, of course, got a lot of bookish goodies!

The Haul


So I got quite a lot of stuff at YALC (most of which were freebies) – all of which I couldn’t actually fit in this picture. I think I’ve got about 16 badges, a few samplers, one awesome BKMRK tote bag and some cool bookmarks and posters. I also bought a YALC tote bag and a Book Boyfriend candle from Geeky Clean (the owner of which I met yesterday, and she was really nice)!

I visited nearly all of the stalls, except for a couple which includes Fairy Loot – their stall had a queue all day (a lengthy queue at that), so I didn’t get a chance, but I’m really happy with the stalls I did visit!


I also bought books, of course! I’m a bookworm and I was surrounded by books (literally – books were everywhere)! Here are the books I bought:

Hello Me, It’s You edited by Hannah Todd

The idea of this book is truly wonderful, and I’m really looking forward to reading it (though I know I’m going to get emotional haha). And the people at the stall that I got it from were really nice, too.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

I’ve wanted to read this novel for a while now, and since it was only £5 I just had to buy it!

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This is a book that I should’ve picked up years ago, but always seemed to find something else to buy in its place. I’m looking forward to starting it soon!

Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally

I got a free proof copy of this one, and since I used to read books by this author when I was younger, I’ve been wanting to read it since I knew of its release.

This Is Really Happening by Erin Chack

This was another free proof, and though I don’t normally read non-fiction, I’m looking forward to giving it a go with this novel.

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

This book sounds rather hilarious, and I’ve read a book by the author that I enjoyed before. Also, it’s a hardback and was only £8, so how could I not buy it?!

Panel Events



I was really looking forward to this talk, but unfortunately it was super busy and I sat right at the back, so I couldn’t quite hear what was going on half the time. V. E. Schwab had some interesting ideas on the literature hierarchy which I thought was really interesting, though!


E. Lockhart

I really love the books I’ve read by E. Lockhart, so I really wanted to see this talk! Unfortunately I missed the beginning and the very end of it, but it was still really interesting to hear more about how the story of We Were Liars came to be! It was also chaired by Holly Bourne, so there’s a plus too!

Author Signings


I met three authors yesterday! I first saw Carlie Sorosiak (who is in the photo above, excuse my weird face), who was really nice! I was the second person to get my book signed by her, and I’m so happy I got to meet her.

I also saw V. E. Schwab who was lovely! The queue for her was so long, and I think she was signing for at least four hours (but it was definitely worth the wait)!

I didn’t actually get to meet E. Lockhart (I was stuck in the queue for another author), but my parents were kind enough to go and get my book autographed for me. It’s a shame because I really wanted to fangirl about We Were Liars to her, but it seems my mom did for me haha!


And finally, I got to meet Holly Bourne who was so lovely! Am I Normal Yet? means so much to me, and to be able to tell her that in person was so amazing (there’s a possibility I got sort of emotional after meeting her). She also high-fived my friend and I for starting our own feminist club, which we did after being inspired by her novels.

And that’s my day at YALC summed up! It was definitely worth getting out of bed in the ungodly hours of the morning to be there, and it’s an experience I won’t forget!


– Emma

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Books I’m Taking To YALC!

I’m going to YALC this weekend and I’m so excited! I thought I’d share with you guys the books I’m taking (though most of them are featured on my July Book-Haul post)!

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A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

My Review

This series is amazing. I’m currently reading the third book, and I love it! A Gathering of Shadows is my favourite book in the series, and I’m feeling like it could be the best fantasy I’ve read this year. I’m really hoping I’ll be able to see the author and get it signed!

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Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

My Review

This book is truly wonderful – it gives an honest insight into the mind of someone who has OCD AND is packed to the brim with feminism, so what’s not to love? I can’t recommend this book enough, because it really is brilliant.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I’m so intrigued by this books synopsis! I got it on my iPhone originally, but I can’t read on my phone (which I really should’ve thought of before downloading it, but oh well), so I bought the book! I’m excited to read this one soon, and I hope I can meet the author!


If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

My Review

This novel was such a sweet read! I really enjoyed it, and with it being the first ARC I’ve been sent, I’m so excited to hopefully meet the author. The books layout is rather unique as well, with sections of script and quotes intermingling with standard prose, which really added to the reading experience in a great way!



We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I love this novel! It’s such a clever, amazing book and words can’t fully describe how I feel about it, so I’ll just say that I have all of the feels. It would be amazing to meet this author, but the signing clashes with V. E. Schwab’s, and I don’t know how long it’ll take with queuing, so I think I might have to make a tough choice about who I go and see.

And that’s all the books I’m taking! I’ve got to say, I’m so proud of myself – I initially decided to take fourteen books, but quickly changed my mind after the weight of the books, and the completely realistic notion there are books for sale and I’m something of a book hoarder.

Have you read any of these books? Have you ever been to, or are you going to, YALC?


– Emma

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July Book-Haul!

I’m going to YALC this month and I’m so excited! I’ve already planned my schedule out, and have resigned myself to the fact that I’m going to have to take a cabin bag on wheels so my back doesn’t break from carrying all of the books. I just know that I won’t be able to refrain from buying books whilst I’m there haha!

Here are some books I ordered to take with me to YALC:


A Gathering of Shadows & A Conjuring of Light by V. E Schwab

I really enjoyed the first book in the Shades of Magic trilogy, so I definitely wanted to carry on with the series. I then found out that the author is going to be at YALC (eek!) and couldn’t help but buy the rest of the books to take with me!


How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne

I recently read and reviewed the first book in this series, and I loved it! Am I Normal Yet? was such a touching novel, and it was full to the brim with feminism, so I’m looking forward to that aspect being in this book, too!



Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I’ve heard a lot about this author recently, and I’m hoping this book holds up to all the good things I’ve heard about it! I’m intrigued by the synopsis, and I can’t wait to see where the plots goes.


Who Runs the World? by Virginia Bergin

Um, I seriously wish I’d looked up reviews of this book before buying it because I’m having some issues with what I’ve read about it now. I can’t really say why or what, because I haven’t read the book myself and don’t want to spread anything in case it isn’t correct, but there seems to be a lack of understanding as to what sexism is when it comes to this novel.

Have you read any of these books?


– Emma

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Bookworm Adventure Time | YALC!


It’s just a quick post from me today guys! I’ve finished with college for the summer, and I I’m actually still pretty busy with life haha! I’m hoping in a few days everything will calm down and  and I can spend my days reading book after book after book

I’m also hoping to attend some author events too! There are a few events on which seem awesome, so fingers crossed I’ll be able to go to them! This actually brings me to the point of this post:

I’m attending YALC this year!

If you don’t know what YALC is, it stands for the Young Adult Literature Convention, and it sounds like the best thing an England-bound YA bookworm can attend!

Over the span of three days, authors of YA will convene to talk about all things bookish, along with signing their books. There are also workshop sessions and agent talks if you’re interested in finding out more about the publishing world. I’ve heard that there are some awesome stalls dotted around, too!

To say I’m excited to be going is to say the least! I can’t wait (though I’m sort of dreading the trip to London haha) and I’m going with my friend, so I’m hoping it’ll be a wonderful day!

Are you planning on going to YALC this year? Have you attended in previous years?


– Emma

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