Five Years of YALC 2018: The Grand Haul

I was fairly sure that with the new system at YALC this year, I wasn’t going to come away with that many books. I had gone through the helpful master post that Jenn, Lydia and Lizzie had created and made my own list of all the books that I would like to grab a copy of after researching each book.

Well pals, I under estimated myself. I wasn’t picking up ARCs left, right and centre like the previous year, but I did bring back more than I expected after knowing that the system had changed. I did take 14 books down with me to YALC which is already a little over the top for me, but I managed to fit it all in one suitcase so that was fine. I did, however, come back with an additional 24 books taking my total books up to 38 for the weekend.

Twenty. Four. Books. I really don’t know how I managed to acquire that many and, truth be told, I am a little ashamed of how my control flies out the window when it comes to books. However, I’ve told myself that I now must not buy books (except for Kingdom of Ash) until at least December as I now have an even longer TBR list which doesn’t seem to be shortening any time soon.

The systems have changed this year but luckily for me, I was able to grab all of the books I wanted except for two. I definitely came back with more than I was expecting to get but that’s fine by me (even if it was a little bit difficult to navigate myself and two heavy and book-stuffed bags through London). I am super excited to read all of the books that I managed to pick up and I very luckily managed to pick up some 2019 releases!

So without further ado, I am happy to present to you the books that I got signed, bought and acquired. I’ve also decided to show you the samplers I picked up this weekend!


ARCs (in order of when acquired):

  • The Girl King by Mimi You
  • Damsel by Elana K. Arnold
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  • Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand
  • Class of 2018/19 Penguin Yearbook
  • The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox
  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  • The Familiars by Stacey Halls

I am honestly so pleased with how many ARCs I managed to pick up. Two that I did want but I wasn’t able to get my hands on were Sisters of the Winter Wood and Beneath the Citadel. However, I am very grateful that I managed to snag the majority of ARCs that I wanted and I’m so excited to read them!

I’m excited for all of them, of course, but I am really looking forward to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson, The Girl King by Mimi Yu and Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan.

Books I Acquired:

  • Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne
  • Replica by Lauren Oliver
  • Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager
  • Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Golden Son by Pierce Brown
  • A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman

I ended up coming away with 7 books that I bought at the convention. I bought Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager as it was available early at YALC and seeing as it was one of my favourite reads last year and it’s one of my favourite contemporaries ever, I just had to grab a copy. I was also able to get it signed when I met Chloe on Friday. I bought Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? with the aim to also get that signed.

I actually only bought Replica and Golden Son purely because Hodderscape were giving away ARCs as free gifts if you purchased two of their books. As I needed the next book in the Red Rising series and I had been tempted by Replica before, I thought what the heck? and purchased them which enabled me to grab the ARC of Girls of Paper and Fire. Three books for the price of two? Count me in!

I also picked up a Jurda Parem candle from the Bookish Burns stall which is absolutely divine. I think I may have found my new UK candle shop! It smells perfectly sweet, with a marzipan like scent. I honestly just love it. Plus, it’s glittery!

Samplers acquired:

  • The Good Girl’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy
  • Queen of Air and Darkness
  • Enchantee
  • The Wicked King
  • A Map of Days
  • A Storm of Ice and Stars
  • Sisters of the Winter Wood
  • Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?
  • Restore Me

I also managed to grab this Hero at the Fall bag and as Alwyn was there, she very kindly signed it for me. This obviously means I can now never use the tote bag!

I didn’t know whether to pick up samplers this year at YALC. I have a bit of a tricky relationship with them in that I appreciate that they give us sneaks into upcoming titles but I also don’t want to read a sampler and then end up waiting months for the book to come out. I ended up picking up the samplers in the picture above anyway, but I only limited myself to samplers of books that I really wanted to read otherwise I know they’ll only go to waste and I won’t read them!

So there you have it! That’s my YALC 2018 haul. I am very lucky that I was able to pick up these books and I am really so excited to read them. I very much appreciate that I was able to grab so much, far more than I really anticipated.

I hope you enjoyed my YALC 2018 posts. I still can’t believe that it’s done for another year and that I have to wait 11 months until YALC 2019. It makes me so sad that it’ll probably be another year until I see some of my pals but I am already looking forward to it!

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