Updated: Feb 15, 2021
This isn’t going to be a long post about YALC. I truly love this event and seeing the friends I have made the year before but something about this years YALC was a bit off for me. It was very lack luster. It had the same authors as the years before; it had the same stalls with the same books on it.
I only got 6 books at YALC this year. 3 of them were ones that I had already own but have different covers. That’s the Hunger Games. Then I got Otherworld and Otherlife by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller. And the other one was Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, a book that I was currently reading on audiobook (which was amazing by the way) but other than that, there were no other books that I really wanted to spend money on. As always GeekyClean was there, so I got my favourite candle Lon Lon. I also got a candle from Bookish Burns, which is called Liquid Luck and smells like Vanilla and Honey.
This year unfortunately I did not get any ARCS but my lovely friend Becca is going to send me Infinity Son by Adam Silvera to read. So that review will come eventually. But I ultimately think raffles or first come first serve aren’t the way to go at YALC. I don’t know what the solution would be. Maybe have more than 10 ARCS to give out. I know Infinity Son had 100 of them given out each day but some still left empty handed including me.
I only went to YALC on the Friday and on the Sunday. On the Friday, I was only there for a maximum of four hours. That was because I only wanted to see Renee Ahdieh. Once I’d seen the stalls and Renee, I went home. There was nothing else for me going on. On the Sunday, I met, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Sasha Alsberg and Samantha Shannon. Two of which I have met multiple times before. I also went downstairs to meet John Barrowman (again!) and Gemma Whelan. Gemma Whelan is an actress from Game of Thrones but I went to see her because she narrated one of my favourite middle grade audiobooks, Nevermoor, which I have reviewed on this blog.
Overall, I won’t say it was the best YALC, but it wasn’t the worst either. I met up with friends that I only see at YALC and I’m happy that I did.