I’m here today with one of my favourite posts of the year: my YALC book haul! So, who went to YALC and is still exhausted three days later? *Raises hand many times*
I didn’t attend YALC last year sadly, but the year before I know I picked up waaay too much. Check out the story of when I had to run down a train platform here. Anyway, I knew this year that I wanted to only pick up things I actually wanted. This means I don’t have to carry 19 bags home and also that books get to go to people who want them more. Fair all round!
Please note that this post is not me bragging. It’s simply me being excited about what I’ve picked up and wanting to show you! With that, let’s dive into my YALC book haul…
Let’s start with the finished copies that I picked up last weekend. I got my hands on most of these through the deals that publishers were running. These included “buy two books and get an arc free!”
All The Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle came from the Waterstones stall which I bought just before her signing after my friend Bec told me how much she enjoyed it. Next, the lovely Charlotte very kindly gave me a copy of Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren after receiving it as an unsolicited copy and it not being her cup of tea. I picked up I Hold Your Heart by Karen Gregory from the Bloomsbury stand.
Jemima Small Versus The Universe by Tamsin Winter and Birthday by Meredith Russo came from Usborne, where you received a raffle ticket to win Holly Bourne’s latest book The Places I Cried in Public with each book you purchase. Sadly, I didn’t win the raffle but I’m looking forward to reading these two books!
As I mentioned earlier, Hodder ran an offer where you had to buy two books in order to pick up an ARC. Imi grabbed The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers as I want to read it. I picked up the next two books in the series! Again, I received an arc with my purchase of Gumiho by Kat Cho which I’ve heard great things about so far. Fairyloot were also giving out these copies of Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim for the first so many people that attended their stall.
So I didn’t actually pick up that many arcs this year. Aside from giveaways, which I have little bearing over other than entering, I did manage to get most of what I wanted! I finished Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan on the train ride to London and I needed the sequel. I was super happy to be able to get Girls of Storm and Shadow as part of Hodder’s offer. Similarly, Here There Are Monsters came with my purchase of Gumiho; when the publisher likened it to Stranger Things they had me sold.
Infinity Son by Adam Silvera was ran as a first come first serve kind of thing the first two days (on the last day it was ticketed). I know that a lot of people are writing posts about their experience of YALC and I’m sure that this will be included, particularly in relation to accessibility which is totally understandable. I was able to, and lucky enough to, grab a copy on the Sunday.
Finally, I actually won a raffle giveaway! The Ten Thousand Doors of January sounds so good. A portal fantasy with a magic book? Sign me up!
Now this is one thing I was adamant I was going to pick up less of this year. It’s so easy to get swept up in the excitement and grab hold of anything you can, but when you unpack at home and you’re kind of like “where am I going to put this?” you realise your mistake. So, with this in mind, I carefully selected what I wanted and I’m happy with what I got!
While I don’t always read samplers I’m very excited for the ones I got hold of. In particular: Ninth House, The Queen of Nothing and Pumpkinheads. Over the weekend I bought the Priory and A Darker Shade of Magic pins from Illumicrate which I’m chuffed with. After coming across their stall I made sure to grab some candles from Bookish Burns too; I was very on brand, guess the fandoms they relate to? Speaking of which, my good friend Lauren won the gorgeous Feyre mug from the Illumicrate stall. She very kindly gifted it to me in exchange for an arc I’d given her earlier that week. I was very happy about this!
There are the usually badges and bookmarks that you just can’t say no to, and some lovely prints also. Not pictured are some gorgeous prints from Diana Dworak of Feyre and Rhysand, Aelin and Rowan and Alina and The Darkling. I’m currently taking very good care to not ruin them, hence them not being pictured. I can’t wait to hang them up!
So there we have it, my YALC book haul 2019! You will find a post about my experience on my blog very soon, but I hope you enjoyed this haul.
Are any of your highly anticipated reads on this list?
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