Unlike the other Books I Took to.. posts, these are books I didn’t take to read, but to get signed by the talented authors that were at YALC. I had limited suitcase space and getting that thing on and off the train at Manchester and London meant I was self regulating way more than usual. My shoulders still hurt from my bag though. And although I packed only eight books, I came back with with sixteen. My haul will be up soon, but these are the books I took to YALC…
The Burial at Thebes by Seamus Heaney
This wasn’t a YALC related book, but I thought I’d throw it in anyway because I did take it with me. Hello essay due in on Friday. Hello finishing that essay at 10pm. Fun. Although my grade was surprisingly good so maybe I should panic-write essays more often.
Muddle Earth, Beyond the Deepwoods and The Last of the Sky Pirates by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
I wasn’t sure on going to YALC if I’m honest. I won the tickets but I was worried about my rubbish health and how I would manage. Then I saw that Chris Riddell was going to be there. He is, without a doubt, my favourite illustrator and these books were a massive part of my childhood. I knew I had to meet him. And I read that there had been a 3 book maximum on signing in past years (not true this year but hey) so I picked my favourites!
Half Bad by Sally Green
I really liked Half Bad when I read it a year ago, and it inspired my own novel quite a bit so I pulled it down from my read shelf and packed it carefully away. I actually managed to get this signed (and got a selfie with Sally Green) so it was worth the weight.
Other Girl by Nicole Burstein
I read Other Girl way back in April of last year and loved it! It was a five star read for me. I really recommend it to people in their teens because it is just wonderful at capturing the problems of that age, and then adding superheroes! She’s lovely by the way and I went to her workshop which was great. But I’ll get into that more in my YALC experience post.
The Next Together by Lauren James
This was one of those, I’ll take it just in case books. I didn’t manage to see Lauren James as her line was really long. However, since I’m only half-way through The Next Together, I wasn’t as sad as I might have been if I had missed the other authors I met.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
I bought this way back when and decided to hold off on reading it because it’s a 7-book series and they’re being published very slowly. However, I took it anyway and after going to a panel where Samantha Shannon was talking, I was glad I did. I got it signed and I think I’ll be starting this series soon because colour me intrigued!