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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

YALC Haul and Giveaway

If you read this post the other day - or if you don't live under a rock - you'll know that London was overrun with bookworms from July 17th-19th due to YALC, otherwise known as the Young Adult Literature Convention.

I had to go. And, of course, I came away with a lot of stuff. Eight tote bags full of stuff, in fact - most of it free! If you want to know more about the day, you can read my event recap here, but today I'll be showing you the books I bought, the books I got signed, and the freebies I picked up, some of which I'll be giving away in this post.

Before the big day, I already had a vague idea of what books would be available to buy and so I made a list of the ones I wanted. There weren't many as I was on a tight budget, so I only noted down the ones I really, really wanted to get. They were:

  • When I Was Me by Hilary Freeman
  • Counting Stars by Keris Stainton
  • Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa
  • How to be Bad by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle (signed)
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (signed)

Unfortunately, I completely forgot about the list which was right there on my phone and so I only bought Counting Stars and Fans of the Impossible Life. I'm glad I got those, obviously, but I'm really disappointed that I didn't get the others. And they were on the same stand as Counting Stars so how I missed them, I don't know! I really, really wanted those signed copies, as I doubt I'll ever get the opportunity to get them signed in person.

Not on my list as I already had a copy was The Baby by Lisa Drakeford, but I ended up buying a signed finished edition as I loved it so much.

While I didn't buy many books - only three, what?! - I got a lot signed. I only attended two signings at YALC, but between them, Cassandra Clare and C.J. Daugherty signed thirteen books! Can I just point out the messages C.J. wrote? I love it when authors write things other than their name, but especially when the message is personal! 

And now... the book swag. Not only was there a freebies table at the YALC entrance piled high with stuff, but every publisher stand had freebies too. IT. WAS. AMAZING. I am a big fan of free stuff, as you can tell.

That's about a quarter of my loot. LOOK AT IT ALL. Such pretty, much yes, very wow. Don't you worry, though - it's not all for me! I picked up lots of duplicates with a giveaway in mind. Here's the selection I'm giving away:

There will be one winner and it is open internationally! Click the arrows to see all of the prizes. Good luck!

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  1. Such a fantastic giveaway, it looks like you had a wonderful time! Thank you for sharing :).

  2. This is so cool! Hope I win!

  3. this is an epic haul Amber, thanks very much for the giveaway.

    Gill @book_magpie

  4. I so wish I could have gone to YALC; it looks like SO much fun!
    I definitely would have taken advantage of the freebies too. I love a good freebie!
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway :)

    -- Nicola Reads YA

  5. Awesome giveaway!! It looked like a great time, wish I could have gone!

  6. Wow - So many books - brilliant

  7. Amazing give away and thank you for sharing. I really wanted to go

  8. Wow so much pretty! Wish I could've gone! Definitely will be there next year!

  9. What a fab giveaway! I knew nothing about YALC until I saw a few videos about it, I really want to go next year!

  10. WOW!! This is amazing. Thank you.

  11. Off to enter ;)


  13. The event looks like it was amazing, I wish I lived closer so I could have gone. And wow what a giveaway!! Thank you.
    P.S. I love your youtube videos.

  14. My daughter would love all these books (& so would I?!) - fingers crossed!

    1. I'm not giving away any books! Good luck anyway! Lots of good samplers :)

  15. This is a great giveaway :). EVERY YA FICTION RELATED THING IS JUST SO BEAUTIFUL. Much wow! ;)

  16. much book related things. Thanks for the giveaway hope it wasn't too awkward getting duplicate of things :)

  17. What an awesome giveaway! Thank you for the chance :D
    This is so generous of you!!

  18. This is a fantastic giveaway for those of us who were stuck at home during YALC, sadly staring at tweets from the event! =P

  19. Oh wow, what a haul! I love personal messages from authors when they sign your book - it's always so nice to feel like they've appreciated you enough to write more than their name. Looks like you had an AMAZING time!

  20. Crystal Anderson28 July 2015 at 04:10

    Sounds like an awesome day! Great giveaway, and thanks for making it an International one 😊

  21. YALC sounds amazing-- And I love personal messages from authors too! Thank you for the giveaway!

  22. Sounds like an amazing book event - HOW COME I've never heard of it?! Thank you for alerting me to it - Hopefully next year I will be well enough to attend.

  23. This is amazing! It looks like such an amazing event, I'm very jealous - would have *loved* to have gone


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