The last week has been very hectic because I spent three days attending YALC, which was crazy and wonderful, and totally wiped out my bank balance!!! YALC is the UKs first Young Adult Literary Convention and it is amazing and I will be sure to attend every year they do it. It's filled with amazing panels, great workshops and more authors than I can name, who all signed their books whilst there.
I attended all three days. Friday is where I had to bring the most books with me, then ended up buying the most books whilst there. Getting it all home was hard as hell and I really struggled. I attended some great panels that day and had my books signed by some of my favourite authors. You can read my recap of that day here/
Saturday didn't go as well because I was so exhausted after the day before. I lasted about 2 hours and then decided to go home. I did pick up all the Harry Potter POP! Vinyls though, so it was worth it. I then went home and got some much needed sleep, as I had to be up again at 5am the following day. Sunday was much more successful, as I had finally got a decent nights sleep. I went to two workshops, which I will do individual posts on. I went to a few of the panels, and then I managed to get all the books signed that I had planned to. A SUCCESSFUL DAY!!!
Then I had only two days to recover from my YALC filled weekend until it was time to return to work. It was not fun! I work in a college library now and it is far too quiet right now as it's the summer holidays, and I will be working by my own. I might end up going a little bit crazy, which is worrying. I hope to get some reading done starting from next week, right now I am piled under with trying to write up posts, be a social human being for once (doesn't go well for me!) and see family.
I might have gone a little OTT when it came to buying the POP! vinyls. But I had to have all the Harry Potter ones, just got to wait for Hagrid to become available. And how could I not get the Supernatural ones? HOW!?! Also, I have mad love for you if you know what the bottle caps are from!
I have just counted and realised that over three days I bought 40 books, then got 12 free ones. Ooops! Technically the doubles were my friends, but he took a bunch and then read the backs and changed his mind and only kept a few. I'm going to do a giveaway for the others at some point.
Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling, Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, Crow Mountain by Lucy Inglis
I had to buy the wonderfully beautiful hardback copies of the Hogwarts library collection, and I LOVE them. The Dead House and Crow Mountain were two I bought so I could get them signed whilst I was there.
Soulmates, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting & Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne, Darkmere by Helen Masling and Way Down Dark by James Smythe
I bought all the Holly Bourne books whilst I was there as I wanted to get them signed. I almost didn't buy Soulmates because I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it, but I was talking to someone about it and they sold me on it, so I wanted to try it. Darkmere sounds so interesting, plus the author was there signing copies so I decided to buy one.
Graceling, Fire & Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson and Seed by Lisa Heathfield
I don't know why I insist on buying all the books in a series at once, but I can'y seem to stop myself. I got all three for £10 though, so it was hard to say know. Seed has such a stunning cover and an interesting premise, very excited to try that one.
In Another Life by Laura Jarratt, The Territory by Sarah Govett, Running Girl by Simon Mason, Shadow of the Wolf by Tim Hall and Thief's Magic by Trudi Canavan
The Territory called to me, and I will admit that most of that was based solely on the fact that I am head over heels in love with the gorgeous cover! Sorry. not sorry!
This is Not a Love Story by Keren David, The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten, The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, The Baby by Lisa Drakeford and End of Days by Susan Ee
Not sure if I like the new Princess Diaries covers that they have released, but I want to try this series. Everyone has been talking about it since the latest release, so I am curious and kind of want to try it and see what I think. End of Days I got so that I might actually finally start that series, now I have no excuse seeing as I own all the books.
Bad Bones by Graham Marks, Sleepless by Lou Morgan, Flesh and Blood by Simon Cheshire, Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell and Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall
Forest of Hands and Teeth & The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan, Days of Blood and Starlight & Dreams of God and Monsters by Laini Taylor and When I was Me by Hilary Freeman
Look at me, buying all the books in a series even though I haven't read book one! I am hoping that buying the whole Daughter of Smoke and Bone series will make me actually start and finish that series, but we shall see. When I Was Me is a Hot Key Books release that I was so excited for, was very happy they were selling it early at YALC.
Cloud 9 by Alex Campbell, Counting Stars by Keris Stainton, We Were Liars & The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart, How To Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mylnowski and Lauren Myracle
Some more Hot Key books to add to my ever growing collection. I already had copies of We Were Liars and How To Be Bad, but these ones came signed. So keep an eye out for a UK giveaway of my extra copies of those.
Night Owls by Jenn Bennett, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Stone Rider by David Hofmyer , The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan, Hero's Tomb by Conrad Mason
I was so happy to see they were giving away copies of To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the many classics I have still never read, but really want to. I love the look of Stone Rider and can't wait to try that. The Dolls is one I am hoping I enjoy. I will be giving away a copy of Night Owls, Stone Rider and The Dolls soon, as I have extras of all of those.
My Name's Not Friday by Jon Walter, Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick, Boo by Neil Smith and The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
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