Once again, this year I am going to be attending YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention) in London from July 28th – August 1st. It’s a wonderful event and the biggest book convention solely for Young Adult Literature in the UK. I went last year and it was an absolutely wonderful weekend.

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The Dystopian Fantasy Panel

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Me with Patrick Ness

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The combined books my friend and I brought home

You can find the full list of authors attending the convention here, with some of my personal highlights being Malorie Blackman, David Levithan, Sophie Kinsella, Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen. In preparation for the event this year I have made a TBR list for the next few weeks so that I am 100% ready for the trip. I would also like to say thanks to Annalise Books for her 5 part list on the must read books for YALC as I used it extensively when I was doing my research for what I wanted to read. You can find the first part of her list here.

  1.  The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
    art of being normal

David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in Year 11 is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long . .


This one I read last week and reviewed it here but oh my goodness it was absolutely fantastic and I am so excited to meet Lisa Williamson and get my book signed!

2. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge


Faith’s father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, and as she is searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. The tree only grows healthy and bears fruit if you whisper a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, will deliver a hidden truth to the person who consumes it. The bigger the lie, the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered.

The girl realizes that she is good at lying and that the tree might hold the key to her father’s murder, so she begins to spread untruths far and wide across her small island community. But as her tales spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter . .

The 2015 Costa Book of the Year that I bought and got signed last year but then didn’t read…UNTIL NOW! I bingeread the first 250 pages on Thursday night and plan to finish the rest tonight but it is AMAZING.

3. Never Evers by Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen

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Kicked out of ballet academy and straight into a school ski trip, Mouse knows certain classmates can’t wait to see her fall flat on her face. Meanwhile, Jack looks forward to danger and girls, but hasn’t a clue about either. That’s until French teen sensation Roland arrives in the resort – who Jack’s a dead ringer for. When Roland persuades Jack to be his stand-in for a day, Jack, in disguise, declares his feelings for Mouse. But what happens when he’s no longer a pop star – will it be music and magic on the slopes?


Last year I saw these two on a hilarious panel and impulse bought their first book, Lobsters. I am eternally glad that I did because it was such a cute story but so relatable and I was left hungry for more of their work, which I now have!

4. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon


The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.



Samantha Shannon moderated quite a few panels last year and I really wanted to grab a copy of her book but erm…. I had kind of already bought 24 books and there was no room left in my suitcase, much to my dismay and so I’m determined to read it for this year!

5.The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke and Undone by Cat Clarke

lost and founf LOST.

When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister.


Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again…



Jem Halliday is in love with her gay best friend. Not exactly ideal, but she’s learning to live with it.

Then the unspeakable happens. Kai is outed online … and he kills himself.

Jem knows nothing she can say or do will bring him back. But she wants to know who was responsible. And she wants to take them down



I have heard such amazing things about this author and these two books have such interesting premises and I cannot wait!

6. All of The Above by James Dawson

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When sixteen-year-old Toria Bland arrives at her new school she needs to work out who her friends are, all in a crazy whirl of worry, exam pressure and anxiety over fitting in. Things start looking up when Toria meets the funny and foul-mouthed Polly, who’s the coolest girl Toria has ever seen. Polly and the rest of the ‘alternative’ kids take Toria under their wing. And that’s when she meets the irresistible Nico Mancini, lead singer of a local band – and it’s instalove at first sight! Toria likes Nico, Nico likes Toria . . . but then there’s Polly. Love and friendship have a funny way of going round in circles.


On the plane home from last year’s YALC, instead of reading one of the many books which I had bought that weekend, I decided to read all of the little samplers I had acquired and this one was by far my favourite, I’m so glad to be finally getting around to it!

7. The Next Together by Lauren James

next togetherKatherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again. Each time their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated. How many times can you lose the person you love? For Matthew and Katherine it is again and again, over and over, century after century. But why do they keep coming back? How many times must they die to save the world? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace? Maybe the next together will be different…




8. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

finding audreyAudrey can’t leave the house. she can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.

Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

Be prepared to laugh, dream and hope with Audrey as she learns that even when you feel like you have lost yourself, love can still find you . . .

This was one of the Booksplosion books for last year and everybody had such lovely things to say about it so this seems like the perfect time to get it read.

More books that I really want to read and hope I manage to get around to:
other 5
The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne
Another Day by David Levithan
Crow Moon by Amy McKerrow
The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness

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