YALC 2017 Recap and Haul

The end of July only means one thing for me, and that’s that it’s time for YALC.

For everyone who doesn’t know YALC stands for the Young Adult Literature Convention and it’s three days full of craziness, running like made for ARCs and giveaways, and ending up with an aching body from carrying around more books than any one person should have to carry around. This was my second full weekend at YALC, and I’d say I had an even better time this year than I did last year. Granted it was incredibly exhausting, but so far the best weekend of 2017.

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There was an incredible line-up this time around, and before I went I made sure I knew what I wanted to do, what panels I wanted to see and what signings I wanted to be in the queue for. However despite my excellent (maybe a slight over-exaggeration there) organisation skills there was still a certain amount done on a whim. There were times when I was sitting in a panel and I had to run out to grab an ARC that I saw through Twitter was being given away.

YALC Top Tip #1: Follow the publishing houses on Twitter and put a notification alert on their Tweets. There are plenty of ARCs up for grabs and they are all announced on Twitter but it really is first come first series.

Also keep an eye on #YALC for any publishing houses you may have missed.

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Friday was the first day of YALC, and I was up at Olympia London just after 8am for a convention that didn’t start until nine. Still it was well worth it when the doors opened and I was finally inside. The first day was when I ended up getting most of my books, and by the end my shoulder felt like it was going to fall off from carrying around so many books in a selection of tote bags.

YALC Top Tip #2: It is so much easier, and friendlier to your shoulder, to take a small suitcase rather than being forced to carry around twenty odd books in four tote bags.

I met Alwyn Hamilton, who I would say is one of the nicest authors I’ve ever met, Melinda Salisbury, Taran Matharu, Emily Barr, and Samantha Shannon, who is the author of one of my favourite series, while getting my books signed. I also managed to snag my first few ARCs of the weekend, but more on that later in my YALC Haul.

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Saturday was the day I was the most excited for because this was the day both V.E. Schwab and Laini Taylor were going to be at YALC. I had an opportunity to attend Laini Taylor’s author signing at Waterstones Piccadilly back in April, but I had plans the same day so had to give it a miss. I was devastated but felt much better when I saw she’d be at YALC later this year. The signing queues for both authors were huge, but meeting them both (V.E. Schwab for the second time) was probably the highlight of my weekend.

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YALC Top Tip #3: This year they were doing virtual queuing for the authors whose signing queues got too long, and it was a brilliant way to run things. Instead of waiting in a queue for half an hour/an hour you got a ticket with a number, and then you could wander off an sit in another panel or buy more books knowing you still had a place in the queue.

Also on Saturday I met up with Kate from Reading Through Infinity which was a nice surprise, getting to meet someone in real life I’d been speaking to online for so long.

YALC Top Tip #4: Talk to other people attending YALC. It’s scary and I’ll be the first to admit that because I can be terrified of talking to other people as well, but we all have a common interest.

It’s easier in queues because you’re all waiting for the same thing, be it an author signing or an ARC, so strike up an conversation about that. It’ll make the wait go much quicker and everyone I met at YALC was so incredibly friendly.

Sunday was the end of YALC, and by this point I was so shattered that when I woke up part of me was tempted to just stay in bed and give the last day a miss so I could sleep more. The train delays I had didn’t make it any easier, but in the end I was glad I made it up to London because I ended up snagging my best ARC of the weekend, but again more on that later in my YALC Haul.

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Also on Sunday Alwyn Hamilton unveiled the cover for the last book in the Rebel of the Sands series; Hero at the Fall. I am a massive fan of this series, and was incredibly excited to see the cover because so far all the books in the trilogy have been beyond gorgeous. Of course Hero at the Fall was no exception.

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Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

Once, in the desert country of Miraji, there was a Sultan without an heir.

The heir had been killed by his own brother, the treacherous Rebel Prince, who was consumed by jealousy and sought the throne for himself.

Or so it was said by some. There were others who said that the Rebel Prince was not a traitor but a hero…

In the final battle for the throne, Amani must fight for everything she believes in, but with the rebellion in pieces, and the Sultan’s armies advancing across the desert plains, who will lead, who will triumph, who will live and who will die?

Rebel of the Sands trilogy

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Books I Brought;


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Early Releases;


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The Hazel Wood is one of my most anticipated releases of next year, and the second I saw Penguin Platform had ARC copies behind their stand I knew I needed to get my hands on a copy. I pretty much stalked their Twitter and their stand, keeping an eye out for the flash giveaway.

This was the ARC I ran out of a panel for, and it was lucky I did because they were gone in five minutes.

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I had no idea there was going to be an Invictus ARC drop at YALC until the Sunday morning, and getting a copy (that I was later able to get signed by Ryan Graudin) pretty much made my weekend.

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And that was my weekend, it was insanely tiring but all in all I cannot wait for YALC 2018. That being said I am glad these conventions are only once a year, I feel I need a year to recover from this one in order to be able to do it all again.

Plus I now have a lot of books I need to get through.

Did anyone else go to YALC this year; if so what was the highlight of your weekend? Also is anyone already planning to go next year? I certainly am.

Let me know in the comments below.

79 thoughts on “YALC 2017 Recap and Haul

  1. YALC sounds amazing!!

    I am so jealous of your The Book of Dust sampler!!! His Dark Materials is one of my favorite series of all time. I couldn’t believe it when Philip Pullman said he was writing more books in that universe.

    Since I live in California, I don’t ever plan on attending YALC which is okay with me because California has some great book festivals like YALLWest

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    1. It’s incredible. Oh the second I saw that Book of Dust sampler I had to grab a copy. I am so beyond excited for it to be released. I already have my copy on pre-order! 😀
      I’ve seen some posts for YALLWest and that looks incredible. One day I’d love to make it to the US for a book convention, but until then I have YALC! 😀


  2. Your haul is insanely AWESOMEEE!!! :O I’m glad to see all these books you were able to pick up. And man, I think the best thing about all this has to be the virtual queuing 😮 THAT is a HUGE problem-solver. Waiting in line for an hour before meeting an author and missing out on other things going around is suuuuuch a disappointment! What happens when it’s your turn? Do you just go to the booth and cut whatever line is there to say “MY TURN! LOOK! IT’S MY NUMBER!” ? 😮

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    1. I ended up with so many more books from YALC than last year, and than I thought I would as well.
      The virtual queuing was an incredible way to manage the signings, just because it stopped the queues for some authors taking up the whole floor, and yeah left you free to see more of the con as well.
      No they’d call out the numbers, so when the queue got down to a more manageable level they’d say people with tickets 1-10 or 21-30 could join the end, and they’d keep doing that until all the people had got their books signed.

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  3. Oh my god… I never saw this post in my Reader??? WHAT IS THIS.

    OMGGGGGG fangirling so hard because you got to meet VE SCHWAB AGH! And WOW those are some amazing ARCs you’ve got, some being ones I’m super excited for! I can’t say I’m not jealous. 😛 But I’m so happy for you! It looks like you had an amazing time and I’m glad you got so many books and met some great authors. 🙂

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    1. Ha, I feel like that happened to someone else with this post as well. Sometimes it seems like WordPress has some very strange bugs! 😀
      Yes meeting V.E. Schwab was amazing, I am a huge fan of her books so it was one of the highlights of my weekend. I can’t wait to get around to the ARCs on my list either because a lot of them are highly anticipated releases of mine.
      I did have an amazing time, and I’m already so excited for YALC 2018! 😀 ❤

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      1. WordPress is SO weird! Like recently I’ve only had the option to “schedule” posts and not “publish” them… and when I schedule them, they don’t publish at the right time! 😭😂

        I BET meeting Schwab was amazing! I probably would collapse from meeting her, haha! Yesss, I’m so excited to hear your thoughts on those ARCs!

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      2. I tried scheduling one or two times and always had the same problem you just described. Now I’ve given up and I just post them when I want them posted. Less hassle that way.
        It really was, and hopefully you’ll get to meet her one day May, hopefully you won’t collapse when you do though. 🙂

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  4. I remember talking to you about YALC a while back. While I was technically in England for the weekend, I was so busy with Pride that it wouldn’t have worked out anyway. I’m not a big reader of YA, so I probably wouldn’t have picked up quite as many books – but some are really exciting, like Beasts Made of Night, which is on my wishlist! I also would have loved to meet Hannah Witton, who is one of my favourite YouTubers and was there with her book. Maybe next year it will be easier and I will actually make it! 😊

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    1. I have been talking about YALC for a while now, the closer it gets the more excited I get.
      Oh it’s a shame you weren’t able to make it this year, but maybe next. Also I imagine Pride must have been a fun experience, and probably something you had more fun taking part in considering you’re not a big reader of YA.
      Maybe next year, I think you’d really enjoy the event Izzi! 😀


  5. Amazing post Beth! Looks like you had a great time and met some really cool authors! Isn’t Schwab the sweetest? I got to meet her last year and she was fantastic.

    I completely with turning on notifications, I have done that and OMG that is very helpful. Sometimes the pub houses give passwords via Twitter and you have to say it in order to get the book. I also love the virtual queue. They did that here for BookCon as well, I 100% agree with you that it makes things much easier. You don’t have to worry about lines at all.

    You snagged some really great books and I really hope you enjoy them all. Ugh that Godsgrave sampler and that cover *melts* I cannot wait for that book. I look forward to reading your thoughts on some of these books.

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    1. Thanks so much Gretchen, and yeah overall it was a brilliant weekend. I was thrilled to meet Schwab again, and all the other others I got to see as well. 😀
      Oh definitely, there are so many ARCs I would have missed if I didn’t have my notifications on. They should do virtual queuing at every event I think, it makes life so much easier both for the people attending the conventions and the people running it.
      I can’t wait for Godsgrave, the sampler has made me desperate for the book now. I have it on pre-order but it still feels like a really long wait until its release!

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      1. I completely agree with you that it does make life so much easier for both parties! I also cannot wait for Godsgrave, especially after the ending of Nevernight. Next month is almost here and I cannot wait ❤

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  6. It seems I need to save up some money to attend YALC one day! This looks amazing. And your received some really beautiful looking books. Even though I haven’t read her books yet, I love the covers to Alwyn Hamilton’s series. They’re just so colorful and eye catching. I also love the cover to Beasts Made of Night! Congrats on getting Laini Taylor and V.E. Schwab’s signatures, too! 😀

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    1. Oh you definitely need to make it to YALC one day Azia, it was such a fun weekend and there were plenty of great books up for grabs as well.
      They are gorgeous covers, I was so excited to see the last one but I knew it would be as gorgeous as the other two. Yes, meeting Laini Taylor and V.E. Schwab was definitely the highlight of my weekend! 😀

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      1. Free books are my favorite kind of books LOL. And maybe, if I manage to go, I could bump into a few book bloggers, yourself included, while I’m there! 😀 That’d be cool.

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  7. I am SO glad to hear you had such a lovely time at YALC, Beth! It sounds like it was pretty amazing, just like last year! Thank you so much for the little tips in there as well, part of me is hoping to make a mental note of these to keep for…next year? Maybe? Hoping is good, ahah 🙂
    The Hazel Wood sounds SO great, I can’t wait to read it – and to hear your thoughts about that one, and all of the other books on here! 🙂 ❤

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    1. Speaking of weird WordPress bugs I didn’t get a notification you left this comment, :/ so it’s a good job I checked the actual post as well. 🙂
      Anyways yes it was an incredible weekend, and I am so excited to YALC 2018 because I know it’s going to be just as incredible. I’m am keeping my fingers tightly cross you make it next year Marie, it would be brilliant to see you there and hopefully you’d find those tips useful putting them into practice as well. 🙂
      It’s one of my most anticipated releases of next year so I can’t wait to get around to it, I’ll definitely let you know what I think when I’m done. 😀 ❤

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      1. That’s veery weird, then :/ Glad my comment still made it through!
        Thank you so much, I really hope so! It seems like such an awesome event, with great authors and maybe a bit more low-key than the biggest things in America 🙂

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  8. I would ask you to trade for Everless but I thankfully have someone who got two and will trade me…I couldn’t ask for your only copy! It looks so good! And your covers are so different! It’s crazy!
    You haven’t even seen my hauls from BookCon or ALA bc I didn’t post them. You need to get Twitter!! I would DM you some cool pics!

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    1. Oh I’m glad you have someone you can trade Everless with. I haven’t read my copy yet and won’t for a while (I now have a lot of ARCS and books to get through) so no trades before then at least. 🙂
      I am actually thinking of starting a Twitter account soon, hearing about your BookCon hauls has just made me more excited to start an account! 😀 ❤

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      1. Do it! Do it! Do it!
        I’m so glad to be trading for Everless. The cover for the release has given me goosebumps…I wish it was on the ARCs you guys got bc I’ve seen the one with the pretty cover! But at least it’s still the book!
        You guys got some great books out there. But then again you guys miss a lot of stuff here so I think you deserve it!

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      2. I will be soon, don’t worry, before the end of the month at the very least. 🙂
        I’ve seen the final cover, is that the same one that will be on the ARC you’re getting? That one is gorgeous but at least I’ve got an ARC of it, no matter the cover right?
        Thanks Stephanie! 😀 ❤


  9. OMG LAINI TAYLOR AND VE SCHWAB I AM THE JEALOUS. I couldn’t go to YALC this year but I’m hoping to go next year if I can! It would be so amazing sjlföfkjheafj

    Aaaah and that ARC haul is to die for!! And thanks for the tips!! I’ll definitely keep those in mind for next year ❤

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    1. Oh my god it would be brilliant if you made it next year Esther. There were some great authors here in 2017 but there’s be even more amazing authors in 2018 I’m sure. 🙂
      That’s all right, I’m sure you’ll get a chance to put them into practice next year too! 😀 ❤

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  10. Omg I’m so jealous you got an ARC of Hazel Wood!! I’m so excited for that book, I hope you love it! Definitely worth running out of a panel for 😂 I would love to attend YALC someday, but living all the way in the US doesn’t make it very easy. One day though! ❤️

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    1. I was pretty much stalking the stand with that ARC all weekend because it’s one of my most anticipated releases of next year. I can’t wait to get started on it.
      One day indeed, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you and when you do get to YALC I’m sure you’ll love it as well. 🙂 ❤

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  11. *flails* lOOK AT ALL THE PRETTY BOOKS OMFG. It truly looks like you had a wonderful time, and I’m so glad that you enjoyed your experience and met great authors! Victoria Schwab is definitely one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met in my time as a reader. I managed to score an ARC of the Hazel Wood at BEA, and I can’t wait to read it! Also, that cover of City of Brass is so beautiful *swoons*

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

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    1. It was a brilliant weekend, and I’m already looking forwards to YALC 2018! 🙂
      There were some incredible authors there, and meeting V.E. Schwab and Laini Taylor was probably the highlight of the weekend. They’re amazing writers and amazing people in general.
      Oh that’s great to hear, I can’t wait to get started on The Hazel Wood either, and yeah definitely a gorgeous cover. 😀


  12. I’ve never been to any convention or any type of book related events in the US and I’ve always been curious (sorry if this question is too odd), do you pay for the books you get there or is everything free? Where I live any sort of event thats related to books I have to pay for the books and they are always so expensive so I just don’t bother. Anyways, I’m really glad you enjoyed your time at YALC and got to pick up exciting reads!

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    1. Definitely not an odd question, it was something I was wondering before I went but I didn’t have anyone I could ask. 🙂 Anyways the ARCs I got were free, they were given out by the publishers as flash giveaways or competitions or first come first serve, but the other books I brought. So the early releases, like The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, or the general haul books, like Dune Messiah, were the only ones I paid for.
      It was a brilliant weekend, I’m already counting down the days until YALC 2018! 😀

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      1. Thank you so much for answering! That’s so cool how there’s little something for everyone. Haha I can imagine, hopefully I’ll be able to go one day 🙂

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  13. It was so lovely to meet you and I’m really glad we got to spend a couple of days hanging out in person. I’m also thrilled that we both got the ARCs we were hoping for, and, of course, met V and got her to sign our books! I’m also super excited that they revealed the cover for the final book in the Rebel series, I cheered/squealed when the curtain came down! You’ve been so organised to write and post your wrap up/haul already – I’ve been at work all week so I’d had no time, but I’m hoping to post it at the weekend. Awesome post Beth, I’m so glad we got to know each other better over YALC weekend. 😀

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    1. Oh definitely, I think one of the best parts of YALC is meeting all the other people there, and we’ve been talking on WordPress for a while it was great putting a face to a name. 🙂
      Yes definitely, especially the Invictus one which we were both so excited for. Same with V.E. Schwab because she’s such an incredible author. Now I’ve seen the cover I just want the final Rebel book even more badly than before! 😀
      It was pretty much the first thing I did when YALC ended, I kind of wanted to relive it through my recap. 🙂 I can’t wait to see yours, again it’ll feel like reliving it in a small way.
      Thanks so much Kate, and yeah that was definitely amazing! 🙂 ❤

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      1. I’ve just posted my recap now – almost a week after the last day haha! I would have posted it sooner, but I’ve been at work all week so I just haven’t had time, plus I only got round to uploading my photos to my laptop yesterday. I totally agree with you that reading other people’s posts is a nice way to relive the weekend and see what they got up to. 🙂

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      2. I’ll be sure to check out your recap then, it’ll allow me to relive all our YALC adventures! 😀
        I get what you mean, in a way it seems strange that YALC was already one week ago, like how is it already that long ago you know? 🙂


  14. Looks like you had a hell of a good time Beth! I completely agree with you, they def should allow suitcases. Bookcon doesn’t allow them either and I basically consolidate all of my totes into one duffel by the end of the day. OHMYGOSH! You got to meet Laini Taylor!!! *GASP* My Queen! lol. You also snagged some pretty AMAZING ARCS! The Hazelwood is a great score & I hope you enjoy all of these great new reads 🙂

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    1. Oh it was an amazing weekend Lilly. Oh they allowed suitcases at YALC, I saw a few people with them and it was a lot easier to take mine around the convention but harder to drag it up to London in the first place. 🙂
      Yes that was definitely the highlight of my weekend because she is one of my all-time favourite authors, and I was so glad I finally got to meet her.
      Definitely pleased with my ARCs, especially The Hazel Wood because I was waiting all weekend for that one! 😀

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      1. Oh so lucky Beth! I have to get really creative at the NYC conventions since they don’t allow them. I’ll be going with my many totes this coming October for NYC Comic Con 😂😂😂 always a fun time though 💗can’t wait to hear what you think of The Hazel Wood 😆💗📚💗

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      2. I took totes with me the first day and nearly killed my shoulders. I had so many books (maybe 20) and I had to carry them all the way home with me again.
        Oh NYCC will probably be amazing, even with all the totes you’ll end up with I’m sure.
        I can’t wait to get started on The Hazel Wood. I just have a fair few other ARCs I need to get through first. 🙂 ❤


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