Yesterday, I wrote about my experience at my first YALC. Today, I’m sharing my book haul. Disclaimer: I got a lot of books. Most of these are books I bought. I saved hard and I treated myself. I regret nothing (except not having more space on my book shelves, and having to carry them all home).
I picked up quite a few samplers at YALC. Some of these I was hoping to get before I went: Fated by Teri Terry, Kick the Moon by Muhammad Khan, City of Dust by Michelle Harrison, Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare, Noah Goes Nuclear by Simon James Green (which I read in the signing queue and absolutely loved), The Curses by Laure Eve, A Storm of Ice and Stars by Lisa Ludekke and Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman.
The others I picked up because they sounded interesting: Enchantee by Gita Trelease (thieves, revolutionaries and magic – of course I picked this up!), Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin (I adored Spare and Found Parts and cannot wait for Sarah’s next book), The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman (grief and family secrets), Feminists Don’t Wear Pink by various authors (I am all here for new feminist books), and A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson (which I won a proof of and have already devoured – except for the missing chapters!).
I picked up some great button badges from the publisher stalls, which I pinned to my lanyard until I ran out of space. I also got a cactus pin badge for posing in front of the Only Love Can Break Your Heart prom wall, and a Kindness is Contagious pin for buying a copy of Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? I tried not to collect loads of bits of paper, but I did get a FLOORED poster and some postcards to add to my collection. Eventually I plan to put them all in frames to decorate my home office.
Books I Bought
The DIMILY trilogy was on an offer at the Ink Roads stall, where Estelle Maskame conveniently happened to be signing. I read (and really enjoyed) Just Don’t Mention It earlier this year, and had bought the e-books on a special offer, but who could I resist finished copies signed by the author? Not me.
This pile, I collected from various publisher stalls.
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Steifvater, which I am reliably informed is an excellent standalone. I really ought to read some of her books soon instead of just collecting them on my TBR.
Night of the Party by Tracey Mathias. This is a political novel about an imagined future in Britain after leaving the EU, it sounds both fascinating and terrifying.
The Yellow Room by Jess Vallance. This one I bought purely on Cora‘s recommendation and the promise that it was dark and twisty. I needed to hear nothing more.
The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tea by Paola Peretti. I picked this up for the stunning cover, read the blurb and was sold. This is just a beautiful looking book and I’m really looking forward to curling up with it.
The Island by M. A. Bennett. This one sounded like a modern day Lord of the Flies , and I was intrigued enough to pick up a copy that had been signed by the author.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix. Hannah suggested this one to me, because it was too on brand for me to leave behind. It sounds like a brilliant read and I’m really looking forward to it.
My Waterstones haul was exactly what I planned for a change: Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes by Holly Bourne, Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber, Bright Ruin by Vic James (I have read the netgalley of this, but clearly needed a finsihed copy), and Giant Days by Non Pratt. You’ve probably heard about these ones already, and I have been excited for them all so couldn’t resist the chance to get my hands on early copies and get them signed.
Something I absolutely, definitely was not going to do at YALC was buy hardback books. Nope. Naturally, I came home with hardback books. They were so beautiful and on such good offers that I couldn’t leave them behind.
Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage has been on my radar for a while. It sounds utterly haunting, so to say I am looking forward to reading it sounds wrong, but I can’t imagine it’s one that will sit on my TBR for too long.
The Fireman by Joe Hill. This was by far the biggest book I bought, and I blame it entirely on Lucinda for convincing me it was a great read. As if the fact that is is covered in fire and has red sprayed edges wasn’t enough to sway me.
A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo. Look at this cover. I’ve heard a little about the book, and it’s one I definitely intended to get my hands on (friendship drama with secrets and darkness is very definitely my thing), but I picked it up purely for this cover. It’s so pretty, I could stare at it all day.
Okay, technically Frankenstein by Mary Shelley isn’t a proof, but copies were given out during the 200 Years of Frank panel, and I got this gorgeous copy (with beautiful sprayed edges), and I was so excited because I don’t have a copy of this book and have only read it when forced to at school. I am really looking forward to rereading it for pleasure.
I didn’t get loads of proofs from YALC, the only one that I won was A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson, and I was so happy I squealed (I loved what I’ve read of this and if I don’t get my hands on the missing chapters soon I may combust). I got two proofs (Someone I Used to Know by Patty Blount and Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch) because I bought other books from the stall and you got a free proof with every purchase. the other two were given to me by lovely friends. Killer T by Robert Muchamore was given to me by Hannah who won a copy in the photo competition, and What if it’s Us? by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera was given to me by Rebecca who won a copy, and got a second copy. I am so lucky to have such kind friends. I am looking forward to reading every one of these.
That’s my haul from YALC. I really need to refrain from buying books for a while. I officially have too many.