YALC 2017, Part 1: My Haul!

Jul 31, 2017 | Books, Theatre & Events

This weekend was one of my favourite weekends in AGES. It’s Monday morning, I got back late last night, and I want to go straight back again. I miss YALC already 🙁

To make myself feel better, I’m going to share my haul with you!

I spent 3 days in London with a bunch of book nerds and I LOVED IT. In the first in a series of YALC 2017 posts, I share my book haul!

I did all three days and it’s the first time that I’ve ever been to a whole convention. I loved it so much! I managed to bag so much free stuff, buy some great books, and meet (and fall in love with) some amazing authors. In the next few posts, I’m going to write all about my YALC experience. I’ll split it up into my haul, what I did there, and my tips for first-time YALCers. This first post will be all about the stuff I managed to get over the three days!


Although it was hell to try and carry them all, I’m so happy with the number of books I got! I had books in my suitcase, in a backpack and in a tote bag. The first column is the ones I took with me, the middle ones are all ARCs, and the third column is books I bought. Here are some handy lists.

Books I Took With Me

  • Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
  • Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell
  • Doing It! by Hannah Witton
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
  • One by Sarah Crossan
  • Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson (only one I didn’t get signed)
  • The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
  • Seed by Lisa Heathfield
  • A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

ARCs (in expected release date order)

  • Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan (July 2017)
  • Moonrise by Sara Crossan (August 2017)
  • I Am Traitor by Sif Sigmarsdottir (September 2017)
  • Water in May by Ismee Williams (September 2017)
  • Charlotte Says by Alex Bell (September 2017)
  • The Fandom by Anna Day (October 2017)
  • Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki (October 2017)
  • Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller (October 2017)
  • The Treatment by C. L. Taylor (October 2017)
  • There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins (October 2017)
  • This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (November 2017)
  • Blackbird by N. D. Gomes (November 2017)
  • The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart (January 2018)
  • The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven (March 2018)

Books I Bought

  • Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield
  • Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
  • This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson
  • Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos
  • You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan
  • Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen
  • Perfect by Cecelia Ahern (bargain of the weekend – hardback for £2!)
  • Editing Emma by Chloe Seager (YALC Exclusive – released August 2017)
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody (YALC Exclusive – released September 2017)

Book Samplers

I’m so excited about some of these! The books I’m especially looking forward to are Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart, Floored by so many wonderful female authors, The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr, and Clean by Juno Dawson (the one with the plain white cover). There were proofs of the Emily Barr book being given out but I didn’t realise until they were gone. Oh well!

One of the most popular samplers was Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. I somehow picked up 2 over the weekend so if anyone wants one, I might do a sampler giveaway once I’ve read some of them.

Other Bits

I managed to get so many bookmarks, posters and badges – I have a nice little collection now! Some of them were for books I love already, and some just had really great quotes or designs on them. I’ll have to find somewhere to put all of the badges! I’m still in the process of moving house, so the postcards will definitely help brighten up my blank walls. I also got these posters from the Penguin stand:

They were taking down all of the posters from the back of the stall at the end of the last day, so we all grabbed a couple. Those were the ones I chose!

In my next YALC post, I’ll write about what we did, the talks I went to and the authors I met. If you went to YALC or LFCC this year, let me know if you’re writing about it on your blog. I’d love to see what you managed to get and how you spent your weekend!


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