Because of my recent decision to become a YA author and read every YA book ever written, it would naturally follow that I would be interested in attending YALC this year – the Young Adult Literature Convention. I spent some time umming and ahhing about which day to go, until I eventually caved and bought the full weekend ticket.
(I’m obviously exaggerating when I say “every YA book ever written”, by the way.)
When booking the tickets, I was simultaneously excited and nervous, because I haven’t been to a con in years. And because I’m fairly new to the YA scene, I was a bit concerned that a lot of things would go straight over my head because I have so much reading still to catch up with. (Can I even show my face at a YA event when I haven’t read anything by John Green or Rainbow Rowell? I guess we’ll find out when I either get stoned to death or don’t.)
With about one month to go until YALC started, I decided that in order to seem at least a little bit like I know what I’m talking about, I would need to read some books by the authors whose attendance I’m most excited about. I had just finished Will Hill’s After the Fire when I made this list, otherwise that would be on there too. If I could, I would read everything by every author that’s going, but I had to be realistic. Thus, my short-but-sweet pre-YALC TBR list was born:
Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne
I’m currently halfway through this list, having finished TEOOO this morning. There are 17 days left until YALC and I’m starting to lose confidence that I’ll be able to finish even this meagre TBR. I’m about to start the incredible Children of Blood and Bone, but compared to the previous two, it’s quite a lengthy tome and may take me some time to read. I’ll do my best, but if worst comes to worst, I might end up reading It Only Happens in the Movies on my way there!
Because this is my first time attending YALC, I’ve been reading everything I can to try and get an idea of what it’s like so I can prepare myself. I found this blog post by Beth aka BooksNest particularly helpful, because it’s full of practical tips and things I never would have thought of. (Bringing a suitcase? Genius!) Definitely worth a read if it’s your first time at YALC too.
I’m super excited to meet some amazing authors and get my books signed, as well as make some new friends and chat about YA with my fellow bookworms. If you’re going to YALC as well, maybe I’ll see you there!