YALC is fast becoming one of my favourite events of the year a whole convention of bookish people. My kind of people. Last year I had such a great time I had to split my post into 2, part 1 was about the day itself and part 2 was my huge haul. This year I’ll only be going on the Saturday but with 3 days of amazing authors I wish I was going for all 3, maybe next year I’ll treat myself.
Here are 5 books and authors that will be appearing this year who I highly recommend checking out.
Heartstopper Volume 1 & 2 – Alice Oseman (appearing Friday)
Alice Oseman is an incredible writer with three novels under her belt, one amazing graphic novel and her second graphic novel out in July she is killing it. Aslo after following her on social media for the past year she seems like a lovely person too.
Heartstopper is a sweet story of two guys falling for each other and is one of the most wonderful graphic novels I’ve ever read, review here. It has all the heart and feels you need and as I write I have volume 2 staring at me to devour once I’ve finished writing this (see, always thinking of you guys first). Also her novel, Radio Silence is one of my favourite YA novels.
The Paper & Hearts Society – Lucy Powrie (appearing Saturday)
The lovely Lucy Powrie announced her first novel and the promise was a novel about books and friendships. I was gifted a copy by the publisher to give a review after requesting it.
If you like to read about bookish love, friendships and tackling anxieties. You can read my full review here.
The Exact Opposite of Okay & A Girl Called Shameless – Laura Steven (appearing Friday)
Ok I might have slipped 2 in here but they are part of a series and I love them equally. Laura Steven is one of my favourite YA authors and these two novels are absolutely hilarious. Fun, feminist and fiesty I don’t think I could recommend this more.
You can read my review of the first book The Exact Opposite of Okay here.
One of Us Is Lying – Karen M McManus (appearing Saturday)
This was an excellent thriller that I read back in 2017, think The Breakfast Club with added murder. I absolutely loved it, I haven’t gotten to her latest release Two Can Keep A Secret.
If you’re looking for a good thriller I’d recommend picking this up before the next in the series comes out. My review is here.
The Year I Didn’t Eat – Samuel Pollen (appearing Sunday)
I was asked earlier in the year if I’d like to be sent a copy of Samuels debut novel about a young boy with an eating disorder. This is a really important book that I hope does well because it truly deserves to.
We’re really lacking in YA books with male protagonists who have eating disorders, I can only think of two I have ever read. You can read my full review here.
What are you looking excited forward to at YALC this year? Have you read any of the above? Let me know in the comments below!