YALC Book Haul

You knew this was coming, right? I couldn’t go to YALC without bringing home some new books. Join me in a coffee whilst I show off what I got at YALC 2019?

coffee and...

The Coffee:

This week, I’m drinking another Steampunk coffee: the Rwandan Buf Remera with tasting notes of wild honey, clementine and cranberry which makes for a light and refreshing brew.

The Books:

It’s been a while since I did a haul post. I have acquired books between then and now that were not from YALC, but I’m a bit muddled about what came from where, so I’m going to concentrate on the YALC haul. I acquired a modest amount of books this year compared to last year’s insane haul. In part because I did not want to lug all the books from London back to Newcastle (my arms still twitch in fear at the memory of last years baggage), and partly because I still haven’t read all the books I bought last year, which is utterly ridiculous. Here’s what I got this year:

First up, are the two proofs that I won in raffles:

Wilder Girls by Rory Power and Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron. I was already excited for Wilder Girls (girls under quarantine, the teachers are dead, and then Hetty’s best friend goes missing) so I was thrilled to have won a proof, and I am hoping to get around to reading that later this month. Kingdom of Souls was a book I had heard nothing about until I came across it on the publisher’s stall. The tagline on the front cover had me sold and I can’t wait to get around to reading this.

Then come the books I bought (and there are only 7 of them):

These three witchy books were top of my YALC wish list this year. Witchy books are my jam. Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deidre Sullivan was my first purchase of the weekend; I was gutted to have missed out on getting my tarot cards read by the author, but thrilled that I could pick up a signed copy of this book. I am hoping I’ll get this read as part of my NEWTs readathon this month. I was also thrilled that there were early copies of All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle, and Sanctuary by V.V. James on sale. I managed to get both of these signed and loved seeing the authors, especially Vic who is one of my absolute faves. I have already devoured Sanctuary over the weekend and it is so good. I hope to have something vaguely resembling a coherent review for you soon.



Kathleen Glasgow’s How to Make Friends with the Dark is a book I’ve wanted to read for a while now, but never seen in a book shop, so when I spotted this on the publisher stall for a bargain £5 I had to have a copy. I had seen All the Things We Never Said around but never got to picking it up. When I heard Yasmin talk about it in the It’s a #life panel, I went straight to buy it and get it signed. I have never needed a book so fast in my life. I am really looking forward to this one.


My last book purchase of YALC was Monsters by Emerald Fennell. This was on the stall with a little sign saying the author also wrote Villanelle. I adore Villanelle and want to be her when I grow up, so of course I bought this book. And that’s all I know about it, but like many others from this haul, I hope to squeeze it into this month’s NEWTS readathon, so I’ll have a better idea soon.

And that was all the books I bought at YALC. Are any of these on your TBR? 

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