ThriceRead was lucky to have the opportunity to attend YALLFest in Charleston, South Carolina this year. It was our first book festival/convention and we absolutely loved it. Like all good things it also had to come to an end. To deal with my denial I decided to put together a book haul from the event. If you want to see what we did at YALLFest check out our previous posts. Cupcakes & Competition Event, Dark Fantasy Panel, Invented Worlds Panel, YALLFest Friday Wrap, YALLFest Event Schedule
I ended up getting 5 books while at YALLFest. I’m supposed to be on a book buying ban at this time. However, how could I go to YALLFest and not get books. I mean let’s be real. So, I think I did pretty well since I limited myself to 5 books. I have a problem you guys. I am aware of it. So, the books I got this weekend were:
- Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu
- I hadn’t heard anything about this book prior to Friday night. We attended the Fierce Friday event put on by Fierce Reads. There were multiple authors at this event including Jennifer Mathieu. She was so funny and friendly that we automatically liked her. We also got the chance to speak to her about her book and her day job as a teacher on Saturday. At that time she was kind enough to give us some advice as well as inform us of the age appropriate titles of hers that may work with our 6th graders. Between Mathieu herself and the synopsis of the book I knew I had to pick it up. This one is not signed since I got it after speaking to her. However, that just means I will have to make a point to catch her on tour or at another event. You can find the synopsis here and Mathieu’s website here.
- Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
- This book is one I had seen prior to the event. However, since I was on a book buying ban I put off buying it. That is, until I got a chance to see Adi Alsaid on the Worst Advice Ever panel at YALLFest. He was funny and personable. That truly pushed me over the edge to make me buy it. The synopsis had intrigued me before but Alsaid’s personality truly made me want to give this book a chance. Synopsis & Author Website
- The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
- I truly got lucky with this purchase. I have been meaning to pick up this book since it was released on the 1st of November. I just had not had the chance. I read Everything, Everything by Yoon and really enjoyed the writing style despite not totally loving the story. In my review of Everything, Everything I mentioned that I would like to read more from Yoon since I love her style. Well, it was kismet since this book was on sale at YALLFest and she was also signing there. I just had to pick it up. Synopsis & Author Website
- Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken
- This is a collection of novellas set in the world of the Darkest Minds trilogy. This book I needed just to finish my collection of books for the Darkest Minds series. I love Bracken and figured the best time to pick this up was when I could get my hands on a signed copy. Now, I just have to wait for Wayfarer to be released. I’m waiting, just not so patiently. Synopsis & Author Website
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
- So, I already have a copy of this book. However, that copy is in paperback. Yes, I gave myself an excuse to repurchase a book. I told you, I have a problem. But, I love the Grisha world and Bardugo’s writing. I was unable to get to her signing. She was amazing and actually signed books for 4 hours rather than the 1 hour that was intended. The line was crazy and I did not get a chance to see her. Therefore, I rationalized that buying a signed copy was worth it and was not totally crazy. I’ve written a review on this book already which you can find here. It’s seriously great you should read it if you haven’t yet. Synopsis & Author Website
I know we’ve been posting about YALLFest a lot. But, we just don’t want to let it go. So, thanks for letting me prolong the goodbye at least a little bit.
What bookish conventions/festivals are you attending in the upcoming year?