Friday was a great way to get a feel for YALC 2018 and really got my excitement up for Day Two of YALC although it’s not like I wasn’t extremely excitable anyway…
(Note: If you only want to see my loot from the day, scroll to the bottom for a TL;DR section)
I knew that Saturday was going to be a busy day as my schedule for the weekend was all planned out. I had 6 signings originally, one being Samantha Shannon (The Bone Season) but I didn’t have anything for her to sign and I was only wanting to go so I could be in with a chance of winning a copy of Priory of the Orange Tree, her new book coming 2019. With Samantha off my list, that left me 5 author signings. I felt like I was honestly running left, right and centre.
So I started my day by getting in line to buy a signed copy of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo from the TeamBkmrk stand. These were going like hot cakes and as Leigh doesn’t really come to the UK, I just had to grab a copy. After that, I hung around the book wall, taking pictures and all that (where Iwan Rheon, Ramsay Bolton on Game on Thrones, made an appearance) until 10am which is when I got in line to meet Alexandra Christo (To Kill a Kingdom). She’s very lovely and was very much dressed to the theme of her book. After that, I think I just hung about for a bit again as all of my signings were in the afternoon.
HOWEVER, as with my experiences of last year at YALC, celeb spotting inevitably happens and that’s when Jason Momoa appeared out of nowhere. And that was me gone for the day really. After I got a response from Benedict Cumberbatch last year, I was determined to get a response from Jason Momoa.
WELL friends, as I was waiting for Holly Jackson (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder) to leave the booth so I could bombard her for the first time of the day, Jason Momoa was coming towards me. This is now the embarrassing part. I wanted to get a good pic so crawled across the floor to get closer to where he may be walking, except he walked by where I was originally sat. So, I crawled back to where I was originally sat and then accidentally blurted out ‘oh my god, you’re so cool’ as he waved at me. He then did this cool gun point thing and then I called him a cool dude. Someone please stop me. I didn’t even get an up close picture because we were just looking at each other, him in amusement and me looking sheepish after what I just did.
After that happened, Holly Jackson left her booth and I joined others in running to mob her. I am a little surprised that this hunt was done, especially as there was a bigger focus on making YALC more accessible this year after last year. I am personally able to run, although I am a little unfit, but there are others who aren’t able to do that due to physical or health problems. This was something that I picked up on at the event, although I did find YALC was more accessible this year in comparison to last years convention.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get a copy of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder that time, but I would try again later (and again, not win a copy).
After that little episode with Jason Momoa and Holly Jackson, I then meandered around the hall, grabbed my signing ticket for Gi and Tom Fletcher (which they had to ticket due to so many people wanting to meet them) and then headed on over to the Tomi Adeyemi signing. I had a ticket for this so I went to the My Kinda Book stall and grabbed a cupcake in between. Tomi Adeyemi has written one of my favourite books of the year, Children of Blood and Bone, so I was incredibly excited to meet her. I may have called her a Queen and basically just babbled about how much I love her book and that I can’t wait for the next one! (Picture thank to Carys).
After I met Tomi, I grabbed my ticket for Sasha Alberg’s signing and then headed to the Harper360 booth to try and nab a copy of Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand which I did successfully. I then got straight in line to meet Sasha Alsberg (Zenith). Christine came along with me as she knows Sasha so it was nice for them to meet again. Sasha is really lovely and it was so nice to meet her after watching her on YouTube for a few years now.
After that, I headed to the queue for a copy of The Witch of Willow Hall which the HQ Stories booth was giving out. I loved the sound of this book and so just had to try my luck at getting a copy! I was panicking in this queue as my ticket number for Tom and Gi’s signing was getting closer but so was the time for when they were giving out copies of this book.
I had people in both queues, so Amy was saving our spot in Tom and Gi’s queue and Christine was saving our spot in the HQ Stories queue. When Amy got really close, I darted into the queue and got my book signed by Tom and Gi where I accidentally word vomited about Jason Momoa (not my greatest moment, I’ll admit). I then asked them how they were finding YALC and the heat and didn’t ask them any questions about their book as I had intended. Just why?
I then ran back into the queue to meet Christine. They gave the copies of The Witch of Willow Hall out about 5/10 minutes after I got back in the queue. There were a very limited amount of copies and I was luckily just in front of where they stopped handing them out. Score!
After that, I headed over to the queue for Dhonielle Clayton, grabbed my ticket and then waited. Again, more views of Jason Momoa happened while we were sat waiting for Dhonielle. YALC was fairly quiet whilst we were waiting for our last signing so it ended up being a pretty chill end to the day. Dhonielle was really lovely and I’m glad we got to get our books signed by her, even if I am yet to read The Belles!
After we met Dhonielle Clayton, myself and Christine headed back to our Airbnb to dump our stuff. We then headed out to Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush to meet Lauren, Amy, Connie, Beth and Kell for food at Zizzi’s! It was a really great to end the day in good company where we could talk about YALC day two among other things.
Too long, didn’t read? Here’s who I met and what I picked up:
Authors I met:
- Alexandra Christo
- Tomi Adeyemi
- Sasha Alsberg
- Gi and Tom Fletcher
- Dhonielle Clayton
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Signed Edition
- Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand
- The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox