As the saying goes, “time flies when you’re having fun” and that was certainly true for YALC this year. I think the wings were flapping twice as fast from day one!
I didn’t have the best start to YALC (let’s just say the heat and a long journey down to London caused me to be careless) but the rest of the weekend was great! I learnt some tips about fantasy world building, made a pretty bookmark, and met one of my favourite childhood authors for the very first time! I was also going round with @SifaElizabethReads and @PlanetBeth and being there with a couple of friends certainly adds more fun to the experience! It made the long queues bearable that’s for sure!
Anyway, it can’t be a YALC wrap up without books. I mean, that’s what we went to YALC for, right? I got four signed, bought nine, and won an ARC.
ARC is The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer, to be published on 5th November 2019 by HarperCollins in the UK and Disney-Hyperion in the US. (I’ve also read this recently and it is fabulous!!)
- Ink, Iron and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare
- The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey
- The Antidote by Shelley Sackier
- Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway
- Fierce Like A Firestorm by Lana Popović
- Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon
- Under A Dancing Star by Laura Wood
- All Fall Down by Sally Nicholls
- Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
- The Wrath and the Dawn & Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh
- Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (funny story – I had this signed twice because he signed my first copy to Beth. I think he was on auto pilot after signing all of Beth’s books!)
- Pages & Co: Tilly and the Book Wanderers by Anna James (signed for Sarah)
I was rather gutted that Kiran Milwood Hargrave and Lauren James couldn’t attend on their assigned YALC days so I didn’t get their books signed, but I suppose things like illness and pets running into fences and needing emergency treatment can’t be helped.
All in all, I got what I wanted and I had fun.
On the Saturday evening, the three of us also went on a romp around London after dinner and visited Seven Dials as well as some touristy landmarks. It was nice, yet weird at the same time because when walking down the Mall and through St James’ Park, there were very few people around! I’ve never known it to be so quiet!
Going back to YALC, when I think about the bigger picture however, YALC as an event could definitely improve how it handles its organisation and the many people who will flock to it. There was no control. I don’t entirely blame YALC for this (although they could do so much more) because attendees should have respect for everyone else there as well, but it was as if that was thrown out of the window. The scrum to get the signing tickets was horrendous and people were pushed left, right and centre. I was conscious of this from the get go and made sure to accommodate but a lot of people didn’t and it infuriated the hell out of me because at the end of the day, it spoils what is meant to be a fun weekend!
There’s no wonder I prefer the organisation of NorthernYALitFest to YALC and that’s only been going two years!!!
If that’s not the definition of madness, I don’t know what is.
Rant aside, it was still a fun-packed bookish weekend and I’m glad I didn’t go crazy with the book buying.
If you went to YALC, how was your weekend?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!