This is a little bit belated seeing as our YALC 2017 trip ended nearly two weeks ago, but I had a killer cold and there’s been so much happening I haven’t had time to focus on my blog. It’s been one of those weeks.
Anyway, I wanted to reminisce about all the wonderful things that happened on one of the best weeks of my life.
Wednesday 26th July
My journey started a day earlier than it should have so that I could get off the island I called home. So one boat ride, a train and a tram later I arrived at my wonderful friend Alex’s house to sleep off the travelling exhaustion and get ready for the trip down south the following morning!
Thursday 27th July
We grabbed the wonderfully cramped Megabus and sat for a total of five and a half hours and watched the scenery go by! It was a tough journey and one that we intend to repeat again next time – you just can’t beat the price! Once arriving we dropped our empty bags off at the hotel and went straight to Oxford Street to fill them! After a quick tea in Wagamamas we went back to the hotel to get a good night’s sleep ready for the next day’s events!
Friday 28th July
Our YALC 2017 trip started with promptly with the famous Premier Inn breakfast and a quick walk to the tube station and we were off. I have to say this is probably one of my favourite days of YALC. Everything is brand new and there’s so much to see and be a part of – plus it’s the quietest of days which means it WAY easier to get your hands on the free stuff!
It was also a day for meeting multiple authors which is always a part I love! My friends and I think of it as the weekend of queuing, no matter which direction you look in there is a queue for something and my first queue was Amy Alward, the author of The Potion Diaries series. I was so happy to meet her again, she made my trip the last time when I missed her signing and after a quick tweet she ran out to meet me and sign my book! Getting an early release copy of GoingViral was also a lovely touch!
Then it was onto Alwyn Hamilton the author of The Rebel of the Sands. I was so impressed with the amount of attention Alwyn paid to each and every person who queued up and waited to meet her. There wasn’t any rushing and she was great to talk to about her books and characters!
The last author of the day was a major fangirl moment and one of my favourites for the entire weekend, Samantha Shannon, the author of The Bone Season. This series is one of my all time favourites. I adored the characters and Samantha is so lovely to all the people she met, plus her personalisation of the book was one of the best!
That was the end of YALC Day one but it was a very successful start to our YALC 2017 trip.
Saturday 29th July
The second day of our YALC trip and another cracker. I spent so much money it was ridiculous. The books are so cheap and there are such good deals going on, that there is no way you can resist all the books – you’ll see how badly I did when my YALC book haul goes live!
The first very popular author I met was Laini Taylor, author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Strange the Dreamer! AND IT WAS AMAZING! Strange the Dreamer is one of my favourites and meeting her was a real highlight of the weekend. She was lovely and I really enjoyed our conversation about her characters.
Another HUGE highlight of the weekend was meeting V E Schwab, author of Vicious and the Shades of Magic series. I adore all her characters and everything about her books. They never fail to make me smile and it’s always so well formed and put together. Her queue was huge but we were able to talk about everything it was wonderful because we got to discuss all the things I loved and wanted to happen!
And that was the end of our second day of YALC. Another hugely successful day to tick off on our YALC trip.
Sunday 30th July
Our last day at YALC is always an emotional one. We always have such a great time meeting the authors and buying all the books so when it’s over it’s kind of like leaving your best friend. Saying that, our feet hurt, our backs ache and our shoulders were rubbed. We were ready to say goodbye.
Not without meeting one final superstar! Patrick Ness, the author of The Rest of Us Just Live Here, Release and A Monster Calls to name a few. We were so ready to leave, we had bought all the books, so we made sure we were on the top of the line to get our books signed! It was lovely to meet him, Patrick Ness is such a nice guy, he’s so easy to talk with. One of my favourites.
That was the end of YALC but it wasn’t technically the end of our YALC trip! We had a lot of things planned. After a cheeky Nandos we went back to the hotel and crashed.
Monday 31st July
This is where the group split up – only for the morning but one part went to the Holmes museum and we went to Harrods! If you ever go there please get the cream tea, the scones were warm and it was just the best thing I have ever put in my mouth to be honest. It was a lovely way to spend the morning!
Then we met back up with the others and walked down to Foyles, which by the way is one of my favourite places to be. I spent SO much money it still makes me cringe a little when I think about it! Once we were all spent out it was onto Madame Tussauds to meet all the wax figures. We had a great laugh, but I don’t think we would do it again, it was good to do once, but nope, not again.
Final bit of shopping and then home to the hotel and sleep ready for the last day and the epic dragging of suitcases across London (my bag ended up being massively heavy – it was crazy)
Tuesday 1st August
It was our last day in London and it was basically a day of dragging suitcases around and making our way to the MegaBus, and then sitting on the bus for 6 hours. Y’know all fun and games. We then had to say goodbye which is never a fun thing, and I went to Alex’s house to get ready for the boat journey the next day.
Wednesday 2nd August
I was on my way home. What a drama that was to be honest. After a lovely McDonald’s we were on the move to Manchester Victoria and then I came to a rattling stop – my train was cancelled. I had to get an indirect which took an hour and got me into Liverpool WAY later than I originally planned. It was a mad dash with a super heavy bang and anxiety up, but I made it. I sat on the boat for two hours and then I was home, and glad to be.
That was the very end of my YALC 2017 trip.
Have you ever been to YALC? What are your favourite parts? Let me know in the comments!