AKA Showcase Sunday

I really didn’t intend on getting books at YALC, although I did take a book along for Hot Key’s book swap. Then I spied early copies of Vivian Versus America for sale so I just had to grab that and whilst I was there why not get something else off my wishlist? I also went for a wander round the LFCC stands and came back with the next volume of Saga. I think I did very well not to buy a replica sword or comic strip dress. It was tempting, but it was also too busy to browse comfortable (you’ve probably heard about the crowds already).

I went to the Fringe event in the evening and as they were holding a raffle in aid of Siobhan Dowd Trust, I bought a strip of tickets. Of course, not being too bothered my ticket got drawn, and got a bundle of three books. Actually two of my tickets were drawn but I declined a second bundle, beacuse I was already over my one book allowance.

I’m not writing up more on YALC. I did only go for one day and whilst I met lots of lovely bloggers there were loads of people I didn’t get a chance to chat to. I have my fingers crossed for a more relaxed affair next year. YALC organisers did a great job but I think Showmasters messed up somewhere with the main event.

Anyway, aside from that, I got the new Tom Pollock for review! And Station Eleven! And an incredibly sexy hardback proof of the new Michel Faber, who I haven’t read, but loads of people seem excited about.

For review:
Our Lady of the Streets by Tom Pollock (Jo Fletcher Books)
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker (Penguin)
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (Canongate)
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Pan Macmillan)
Ayoade on Ayoade by Richard Ayoade (Faber)

Close Your Pretty Eyes by Sally Nichols
The Hidden Princess by Katy Moran
All Bones and Lies by Anne Fine

Vivian Versus America by Katie Coyle
Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton
Saga Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughn + Fiona Staples
The Fisherman’s Net by Laura Lam

The Night Itself by Zoe Marriott

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits & Tea.