YALC 2019 Haul

YALC 2019 Haul

Every year I tell myself that I’ll condense my YALC blog content into one post, and every year I fail…

The first of my YALC posts is nice and simple – my YALC haul!
This year I was being very mindful of the fact that I just couldn’t carry as much as usual, so I only went for things I really wanted. In the end, I only bought four books, and won or was gifted eight. It definitely could’ve been a lot worse if I didn’t have such awful luck with the raffles.

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YALC 2019 // Pre-Planning!

YALC 2019 // Pre-Planning!

So, YALC 2019 is coming up and now that we have the author list and program, I thought it was about time I started planning! This will be my third year at YALC so I feel like I’m pretty well versed in how things happen now, and one thing I know is that planning for the weekend is key (even when you know not all of your plans will play out how you expect!). Since I imagine we won’t get information on the stalls that will be there and giveaways etc until nearer the time, I thought I’d write a bit about the planning I’ve been able to do so far.

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Sarah Maria Griffin and Christina Henry event – Waterstones Deansgate

The Tuesday before last, following a heavy YALC hangover, I made my way over to Sarah Maria Griffin and Christina Henry’s tour stop in Manchester. I had already met Sarah at YALC but as Spare and Found Parts is one of my favourite books of the year, I definitely wouldn’t say no to hearing her talk about it – I also didn’t get a chance to meet Christina at YALC so was looking forward to that too!

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Tower of Dawn Event with Sarah J. Maas and Charlie Bowater


Months after booking my ticket, and after a few weeks of planning and speculating, Thursday the 23rd November rolled around – the day of Sarah J. Maas’s event in Manchester. To make it even more special, it had recently been announced that Charlie Bowater, the artist behind the Tower of Dawn map (and some of my all time favourite ACOTAR series fan art) would be joining Sarah for the event.

As usual, I was heading to this event with my favourite Manchester based book bloggers, Amy, Lauren and Beth. The four of us decided to meet fairly early, anticipating crowds and long queues, and luckily we were the second group of people to arrive, so were right near the front of the queue!
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YALC Swag/ARC Haul


Hi guys!
So I’m almost done with YALC posts. Maybe.

Today I thought I’d post a bit about what I was given and what I bought whilst at YALC – I was a bit disappointed about missing out on some ARC’s, but honestly, I was really privileged to get given as much as I did!
I’ve actually had to split everything up a bit so, here we go:


So first off, here are all the books that I took with me to get signed (Laini Taylor also signed my Sarai sticker and library of Zosma card!). It was no picnic lugging these books around London (not to mention getting them from Manchester to London in the first place) and if I go to YALC again, I’ll definitely try to take less books with me for signings.


I’d say the main problem with the amount of books I bought with me to London was that I didn’t anticipate how many new ones I’d be taking back home with me! Above are all the ARC’s I was given (I bought Trial by Fire in My Kinda Book’s mystery book sale, and bought Because You Love to Hate Me so I could get it signed by some of the authors who contributed to it). I’m especially looking forward to reading The Exact Opposite of Okay and A Shiver of Snow and Sky!


I also managed to get quite a few samplers (most of these came in the YALC goodie bag we were given). I’m not usually too bothered about samplers as I’d rather just wait longer and be able to read the entire book in one go than a preview, but I’m definitely going to take a look at The Surface Breaks sampler I picked up – it’s Louise O’Neill’s next book, and not only do I already love her, but it’s a Little Mermaid retelling! The Godsgrave sampler also has a really cool poster on the centrefold, and I adore the artwork on the covers of the Nevernight books, so that was worth getting too!


I also managed to get a few posters, postcards and notebooks. When I saw the ACOWAR poster peeking out of a box that told people to take whatever they like, I immediately ran over and grabbed one for myself and one for Amy (who would’ve probably killed me if I didn’t get her one).



I’m not gonna lie, this is essentially just everything that wouldn’t fit in another photo (or that I forgot to put in). Chapter 5 were kind enough to give me the Strange the Dreamer poster as they didn’t have any Sarai stickers when I went to ask. The mug and feather pen are from Fairyloot (alongside the subscriber badge), and YALC candle is by GeekyClean. I met Lauren (@FictionTea) over the weekend and she gave me two of her bookmarks – the Adventure Continues Here and DOSAB ones! I’d definitely recommend checking out her store as she has some gorgeous designs.


Last but definitely not least, I got a few tote bags alongside my official YALC tote! I also bought the YALC 2017 tshirt as I thought it was a really nice souvenir (I’ve been using it as a pyjama top and it’s so comfy).

I’m still overwhelmed with the amount I bought back from YALC (and so is my bookcase. And my husband. Oh well) but I can’t wait to get stuck into all of my new books, and find somewhere to hang half of the new stuff I got. I’m moving house soon so I’m already planning where to put it all!

Love Becky @