Books I’m Taking to YALC [2018]

Jul 17, 2018 | Books

Last July, I attended YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention) and it was one of the biggest highlights of my year. Not only did I meet some amazing authors and get a ton of great books, but I also spent the weekend with some wonderful people. So when the tickets came out for this year’s YALC, we couldn’t wait to start planning our weekend!

Books I'm Taking to YALC 2018

In this post, I’m going to share the list of books I’m going to be taking with me to get signed. Last year I took a crazy number of books and now I have a lot that are sitting on my shelf, deserted and forgotten about. So this year, I’ve carefully chosen the books I’ll take with me so I (hopefully) won’t forgot about them!


Don’t take an insane number of books with you if you’re going by public transport. One lesson I learned last year… books are HEAVY. The walk to Victoria Coach Station with ~50 books in my bag was an experience I’ll never forget, and definitely one I don’t want to repeat this year. Choose your books wisely!

Floored by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood

This is one of my most recent purchases (well, I pre-ordered it months ago, but it arrived last week!) because it’s only just come out. It’s also one of the ones I’m most excited about taking with me. 7 of the best UK YA authors all in one book, signing together under one roof?! Yes, please!

Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard

This was one I was debating not taking because I’ll already be asking Sara to sign Floored, but why not take it if I’ll be seeing her anyway?! I love Sara Barnard’s books – she’s definitely one of my favourite authors. I just haven’t read this one yet…

Clean by Juno Dawson

I looooved this book. You can read my review of it here. I met Juno at last year’s YALC and instantly fell in love, so I can’t wait for her to be there again this year! I can add this to my collection of signed Juno books.

Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green

Simon James Green is another author who was at YALC last year but I didn’t have his book so I didn’t go and meet him. I went to one of his panels and he was lovely, and my friend Sarah highly recommended this book so I thought it’s finally time to get a copy!


If you want to get multiple books signed by one author, go for it. There’s no policy at YALC that states you can only take one book to be signed by an author. So long as you don’t go crazy and expect one author to sign a stack of 30 books that belong to your friends, your family and your dog, you’ll be OK.

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Another book I read recently and absolutely adored (and another recommendation of Sarah’s)! I had Starfish as a present from my friend Sophie and I’m so glad I did because it’s SO GOOD! My review of this is coming soon. I’m excited to get this signed!

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

I’ve never read anything by Gayle Forman, despite her being a popular YA author. I own 2 of her books including this one, and I haven’t read either of them! I thought this one sounded amazing, so I may as well get it signed considering the author is at YALC. Why not, eh?

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

This is definitely one of the most hyped books I’ve seen this year and I can’t wait to read it – it’s high on my TBR. I was so surprised when I saw that Tomi would be at YALC because the book is so crazy popular! Having a signed copy is going to be cool!

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Another one that’s high on my TBR pile. Space-themed YA books are an instant win for me – I love everything about them so I don’t know why I haven’t read this yet! The cover is one of my favourites so having the book signed will be a bonus.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

This is another space-themed YA book, and another one I haven’t read yet!! What’s wrong with me?! I managed to get an ARC of this book from the #booksfortrade hashtag on Twitter and I looove it. I really like getting ARCs signed because it makes them feel special.


Be mindful of how many books you want to carry home, especially if – like I said above – you’ll be going on public transport. That means you need to carefully consider how many books you want to nab while you’re at YALC.

OK, this can be easier said than done because when there’s an opportunity to get a free book or a book for £3 at a publisher’s stand, you’re gonna RUN FOR IT. But think first: will you actually read it, or will it sit on your shelf gathering dust?

Eve of Man by Tom and Giovanna Fletcher

Easily the BIGGEST shock when looking at the YALC author announcements this year was that Tom and Giovanna Fletcher would be attending. I literally threw my phone on my bed in shock when I saw the tweet pop up. I’ve adored McFly since I was a kid, and Tom is one of those people I’ve seen live, met, or watched videos of so many times that I feel like I know him personally. Finding out he was co-writing a YA book with his wonderful (and already very well-known in her own right) author wife Giovanna was so exciting! As usual, this is another book I haven’t got around to reading yet (full time job + 3-month reading slump = not a good mix), but I hope I can before YALC.

The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher

Tom being at YALC is an opportunity I’m going to be making the most of, so I’ll be taking another one of his books, The Christmasaurus. It’s one of my favourite festive books and I aim to read it every festive season for the rest of my life. So to have it signed is going to make it feel even more special! I did debate taking it because both of these books are big hardbacks, but screw it. I’M TAKING IT.

I realised one book I forgot to mention and include in the photos is The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven, which is another one I’ll be taking with me! I finished it recently and really liked it. I briefly met Laura last year when she was giving out ARCs of this book (I managed to grab one, yesss) so it’ll be fun to meet her properly! 

Are you going to YALC this year? Which books are you taking with you? Please share links to your YALC blog posts in the comments and we can all get excited together!

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