Tuesday, 21 July 2015
TEA AND TALK - YALC. YALC. AND MORE YALC.
I fully intended to cosy up in my hotel room on Sunday night and compose a Tea and Talk dedicated to the wonderful weekend that was the Young Adult Literature Convention. I did. But sometimes you just need a bit of time to soak up all the awesome, and that's basically what I needed to do. Well, that and sleep. Lots and lots of sleep.
I had an amazing time, the convention was a mixture of panels, signings, workshops and talks and of course there was a lot of book shopping involved. A lot. I met up with friends, made new ones and got to meet some amazing authors.
(L-R) Dawn Kurtagich, Sarah Churchill,
Lisa from City of YA Books and Sanne
One of the best things about YALC was meeting other Booktubers. On the Friday I saw Sanne from booksandquills over at Hot Key Books, and on Saturday I made sure to visit Sarah Churchill who was at the Penguin stand filming videos. I also met up with Lisa from City of YA Books and filmed a couple of collab videos for our channels, which I am really looking forward to editing! I also met the lovely Dawn Kurtagich, who is both Booktuber and author - and we also filmed a collab video in the midst of all the bustle of YALC! And of course I made sure to grab a copy of her debut novel The Dead House before it sold out.
Selfie time with Marie Rutkoski
In my last Tea and Talk I mentioned how much I was loving The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski, and since then I have also devoured The Winners Crime, and consequently fallen head over heels with Kestrel and Arin and their story. I'm new to Marie's books, but they have already found a way into my most favourite YA books of all time. I wish I'd read them sooner. During YALC I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing Marie and she is just wonderful. The interview will be up very soon, but in the meantime here's a couple of photos.
Meeting Cassandra Clare was one of the highlights, she admired my steampunk Shadowhunter necklace, and asked me about my blog. She was so friendly and I am so pleased I now have a signed Clockwork Princess and City of Bones - I'm smiling just thinking about it. I also had a copy of Clockwork Angel signed for a giveaway, so keep an eye out for that if you are a fan of The Infernal Devices.
I will of course write up a blog post with more in depth thoughts on YALC, but for now - I'll just say it was amazing and I am absolutely going back in 2016. Did you attend YALC? Let me know your highlights below!