YALC 2019 | Access is Important!

Last year I did a general review for YALC which included looking at the best things about YALC 2018, some problematic panels, and then a whole rant about the awful accessibility. I returned this year for YALC 2019 and although I am pleased to report that there have definitely been some improvements, there are still access issues for disabled attendees and some downright awful behavior towards disabled attendees from able-bodied ones.

Rather than doing one huge post for YALC 2019, I decided to split them up into my 2019 haul and this accessibility post to allow for more space for each thing. Accessibility is quite often an individualized experience, although some things are common across different disabled people, so I would encourage you to check out other attendees posts. So far, I’ve only seen a great one from Jenn but if you know of any others please free to point me in their direction so I can include them here as well!

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YALC 2019 | Reading List

Last year was my first ever YALC, Young Adult Lit Con, and I was hopelessly under-prepared for it. I had no idea what to expect, hadn’t really prepared for it other than picking potential panels to go to, and hadn’t read many books by authors who were attending. Whilst it was great because I got to discover lots of new-to-me authors through hearing them speak on panels, I felt that creating a reading list in advance of YALC 2019 would be a great way to prepare for this year so that I can scope out any potential authors I might want to meet!

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Before we talk about YALC 2019, we need to talk about my books from YALC 2018 because I am an awful book monster who was fortunate enough to get some wonderful books through YALC via gifts from friends and giveaways but then never got round to reading them. I can’t believe that I have had some of these books for almost a year now, so it’s good that YALC is coming up again soon as it will force me to catch up with them (at least, that’s the plan…).

So far, I’ve read The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James, who attended YALC last year and will be back again this year, and these are the books I still have to read:

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Part of the reason that I didn’t have to do any prep reading for YALC 2018 is that there were already a fair amount of authors going whose books I had already read such as Akemi Dawn Bowman, Sara Holland, Dhonielle Clayton, Tomi Adeyemi, and Becky Chambers. This year though, a lot of the authors going are ones whose books I haven’t read so I feel like I have quite a lot of catching up to do so that I can enjoy YALC 2019 to the fullest.

As I already have quite a lot of books to catch up with from last year and given how many new-to-me authors there are this year, I’ve divided my reading list up into priority reads and optional reads as I don’t think I could get through 16 books in the next month and a half!

Priority reads:

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Optional reads:

 

Given my reading speed and the fact that I’ve got a lot of uni work to do over the summer, it’s unlikely that I will be able to read even half of the books on this list, but it’s good to be optimistic! There are a lot more authors at YALC than the books that I’ve included here, but these ones are the books that piqued my interest the most. You can check out what authors will be attending YALC on the website if you want to join in with YALC reads too.

Let me know if you’re coming to YALC 2019 as well, and tell me which books you’re most looking forward to reading/have read.


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YALC 2018 |Awesome Authors, Amazing Books & Awful Accessibility

I return from my first ever YALC!

Last week I posted about my plans to attend the YA Lit Con in London for the first year and wanted to do a little round-up because, unsurprisingly, I picked up a lot of fantastic books, met some great people and attended some interesting panels that I wanted to share with you all.

Unfortunately, not every aspect of YALC was as great as it could have been and, quite frankly, the accessibility was appalling. I posted about it a lot on twitter at the time but wanted to be able to go a bit more in-depth about what actually happened and what could have been done differently to make the entire experience enjoyable.

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YALC 2018 | The Final Countdown + Plans

This year will be my first year at YALC and I am so excited for many, many reasons. For those who don’t know about YALC (like me last year!), it’s a YA Lit Convention happening in London this weekend! Lots of authors will be attending to talk on panels and sign books, there are lots of stalls giving away review copies and selling bookish merch, and lots of book bloggers will be in attendance too!

4 days to go!

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