Book Haul!

YALC finished exactly one week ago, which is apparently how long it takes me to get a blog post up! But surrounded by some shiny new great reads I have to take to the internet and vent my excitement.

Faced with the impossible challenge of summarising a weekends worth of fangirling, queuing and eating cake I am going to keep these posts brief, uninformative and will probably be really hungry by the end (I’m not joking when I say this post will feature cake).

But something I like even more than cake (yes, yes it possible) is signed books. Especially when accompanied by a happy fangirl moment with the author, a slight bit of gushing on my part and potentially some screaming if they have killed off any characters I really liked recently. I joke, I try and keep screaming to a minimum when in polite company.

So here is a picture of my YALC haul:


(Missing a signed copy of Orphan, Monster Spy because it was only after I’d taken the picture that I spotted that signed gem on my bed discarded and I was not going to try force Ace of Shades to stand up again, that book had a flopping problem.)

And because I like to keep my posts informative I will detail the books I’ve gained, starting with my signed favourites:

  • The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven, all about the horrors of men in our day and age. Also the author was so excited about her signing line and snapped a few pictures of it proudly which was so sweet ❤
  • Hero at the Fall by Alywn Hamiliton, the last in the Rebel of the Sands series, all about magic, rebellions and tyrannical govenements. My friend Jo and I were just a little excited when the author recognised us.
  • Asking For It by Louise O’Neil– After reading The Exact Opposite of Okay I’ve wanted to try some of Louise O’Neil’s stuff since she writes feminist YA too. Having been told to have the Kleenex at the ready, I’m excited to start this novel.
  • The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon– third in the seven part Bone Season series (where I’m only one part in, oops) I’m excited to read this book when I finally get there!
  • Things a Bright Girl can Do– All about woman’s suffrage back in the war time and how different women reacted to the fight for the vote.
  • Author, Monster, Spy– forgot to include this on in the shot above (oops) but this novel is all about Nazi Germany and the perils of being a spy.

And now a quick recap of the £5 books I really shouldn’t have bought… but they were only £5! And it’s only once a year soooo

  • Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows– I haven’t even finished the second one yet but went ahead and grabbed the next two in a 3 for £10 deal. Maybe a leap of faith but I want to know more about everyone’s favourite assassin fighting off tyranny.
  • To Kill a Kingdom- evil siren, heroic prince, and a fight to the death. Oooh I’ve wanted to read this gem for so long.
  • Ace of Shades– Casinos, gangs and a prim and proper protagonists, sounds like a great combo and one I’ve wanted to read for ages.
  • Caravel– After loving The Night Circus magical circus’s are sort of my jam. And sinister games and challenges? How have I not read this yet??!
  • Alex and Eliza– Ok, mostly because Hamilton (I have tickets for the show in February!!!)
  • The Raven King– Because I need to know if Gansey and his magical gang find their Welsh King and who is getting that wish!!
  • You Only Live Once– Me and my weary friend sat under a stall and I won a proof all about a girl ticking off her bucket list. Not sure what to expect but hey, might as well try it.


So there you have it! My YALC book haul!! I’m pretty pleased with my new collection! Have you read any of these? Any on your TBR? Any idea which one I should read first? Pick up any of these at YALC, if you went? Feel free to chat in the comments!

10 Books to Read By the Pool

As the most clumsy-est person in the world I am completely against reading books near large bodies of water. The pool, the bath, the sea, your toilet, while you do the washing up (would that even work???) do not take your book near. It will get soggy and the library will get mad and will politely glare at you over their decade old computers as they reluctantly accept the soggy pages draped in seaweed. Yup, don’t do this.

Buuut this weeks Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl is all about endorsing reading by the pool. Or ya know, your summer tbr. So I have gotten up in the early hours of the morning before I disappear to Belgium for a week and eat all the chocolate to write I’m reading this summer, and the books you might enjoy this summer.

1. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

My newest purchase! I’m looking forward to starting this one as I’ve heard great things.

2. Gilded Cage by Vic James

My current read and one I’m really enjoying! Might be put on the back burner a little for Brussels but hopefully I’ll finish it soon!

3. A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab

Because I need more Kell in my summer.

4. The Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo 2) by Rick Riordan

My most recent read! I’m counting it as a summer read since it was marginally warm and only slightly rainy here in England when I read it. This was light and funny, which is good since I read it during my finals and needed a breather from all the stress of finishing my dissertation.

5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

How have I not read this yet??!! I’ve been hearing about it everywhere but never seem to pick it up despite owning the book! Well hopefully this summer will change that!

6. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Much like Throne of Glass this has been on tbr for ever. And I am once again disappointed in myself for not reading, so hopefully this is the summer to change that!

Some Books to Brighten the English Summer!

Hahha not likely, but here are a few summer recommendations from me!

7. Holes by Louis Sachar

Light, funny, goofy and very easy to read this novel will have you laughing and is set in a dessert- just the mood you want when your vacationing in the tropics!

8. Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Because when is a Harry Potter re-read not a good idea? Come rain or shine, this will brighten up any day.

9. The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

I don’t know why, but this strikes me as a summer read. Maybe it’s the insistent talk of milkshakes that made me crave one so badly, but I would recommend reading this book with snacks- there’s a lot of tasty food described.

10. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Because Gansey will definitely keep your summer entertaining.


Where is your favourite summer reading spot? By a tree? Next to the pool? On a park bench? By the pool??? Would love to know what you think of my list!