YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention) was a treat. I am still (a week later) very happy and full of books!
I’ll do a quick wrap up (or attempt to) as the pictures will speak for themselves (so many books).
- I brought back 108 books. Some I had taken with me to get signed (about 30 of them which still means I managed to acquire 78 books during 3 days).
- Several authors remember me, I also seem to be quite good at being found.
- I shocked publishers with my Waterstones receipt (it had to be unfolded for a few times, and had SO many books!)
- There were a lot of goodies, and I was very happy with all the posts. (Someone suggested an artists alley and I have to say I’d love that!)
- Our book squad is the very best and I love them all to pieces. There were a lot of times when they managed to get books signed for me, or reminded me of something or simple saved me in some way. I can’t thank you all lovely ladies enough.
- I said “Oh, sorry, I am dead” while laying spread out on my back on the floor to Jason Momoa (it was Sunday and I was exhausted, hypermobility was NOT happy with me).
- I also managed to walk in between Jason and his bodyguard and be completely oblivious to that (everyone later went like “but like didn’t you notice?! you did it!”).
- Managed to meet so many lovely people, thanks to all you lovelies that stopped me and introduced yourselves!
- Queue strangers to friends is the best of the best. Specially after you keep meeting the same people on different queues.
- Talking of queueing, I still don’t get the British and their love for queues. Several times I asked “what are you queueing for” and the reply was “I don’t know”.
- Suitcases and totebags for the win!
- The moon dress (which is actually Knit Anele’s dress) got a lot of compliments, but also, it was SO comfortable (same with the boots, custom made and I loved them, like walking on clouds).
Have a look at all the books (bought, ARCs/proofs won, free books, signed books)
Last but not least, a big shout out to the Book Box Club girls. It is through their idea of having a Clubhouse to chat about the book, that I met my best friend. But not only that, from it our book squad was born.
I had always dreamed of having a group of friends that understood me, that were there in the thick and the thin, that had my back (and for whom I could be there when they needed me), and it was just a dream.
Kate and Libby, through Book Box Club, made that dream become reality and I have no words to say how grateful I am for this, for the box, for the books, for the friendships, for our squad. Each lady in the picture below is worth infinity times their weight in gold.