The YALC Diaries

For YALC this year, I thought I’d do something a little different from my standard book haul or uninteresting list.  Behold, The YALC Diaries! Although I’m beginning this post after Friday’s festivities have come to an end, I’m planning to write this up as a play-by-play of my favourite book event. Here we go!

Harry Potter Studio Tour!

Hello everyone!  If you haven't been following me on social media, you may not know that my ultimate childhood dreams were achieved (short of actually getting my Hogwarts letter) -- I got to go to the Harry Potter studios in London!   For those who do not know, the Warner Brothers studios in Watford were the location for many of the scenes from the Harry Potter films.  This is where they shot the majority of the films, where the actors essentially lived, and where the amazing crews brought the magic of Harry Potter to life.  They've preserved many of the sets and reproduced a few others and opened the studio to the public!  You can stroll down Diagon Alley, throw open the doors of the Great Hall, peek into Dumbledore's office, and more.  I had heard such amazing things about the studio tour and was so excited when Author Sister gave Scottish Fiance and I tickets for Christmas!

TBR Thursday #7

TBR Thursday is a weekly post hosted by yours truly.  If you’d like to participate in TBR Thursdays, please feel free!  Link me in your post so I can talk a look at what you’ve got on your shelves and so we can cry together about how we are never going to actually finish reading through our TBR piles.

Review: A Gathering of Shadows

After a mediocre, but promising start to the series with A Darker Shade of Magic), I was nervous about being disappointed by the second book in this wildly popular series.  For me, A Darker Shade of Magic was problematic in a number of areas, but particularly the characters.  Their lack of development and personality, coupled intense disappointment over Delilah Bard's character, I felt really let down by this incredibly popular series.  If you're curious, you can read my review of the first book here.

YALC Round-Up and Book Haul

As I’m sure you all know (and might be sick of hearing), I was lucky enough to attend YALC this past weekend. The Young Adult Literature Convention is part of London Film and Comic Con and is held once a year. I had never been before and was incredibly excited to attend – I have friends who have been, and they absolutely loved it. I got my reading list together, came up with some tips for attending, made some pals on Twitter, packed my bags, and headed to London.

Tips for Attending YALC

As many UK readers know, the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) is coming up this week!  Part of London Film and Comic Con, YALC celebrates YA books, readers, and authors in one happy weekend.  I’m going to YALC for the first time, as I’m sure many others are too, but I am a seasoned attendee of both New York Comic Con and professional conferences.  I thought I’d share some general conference-going tips to (hopefully) make your life a bit easier and more comfortable at YALC.  

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Need to Finish

The fantasy genre is notorious for its long series and hefty books.  As a long-time fantasy reader, there are so many series that I just haven’t managed to finish.  I decided to highlight a few of these unfinished series, along with some non-fantasy series, for Top Ten Tuesday, as The Broke and the Bookish is on hiatus.  I’m only listing series I’d like to finish rather than ones I decided to quit (looking at you, Dresden Files).  

Weekly Wrap-Up #12

It’s Friday, the happiest day of the week!  I didn’t do a weekly wrap-up last week because the last day of the month fell on a Friday – you can read my June round-up here. It has been a tough week for reading and blogging because of general life things (again, all good stuff), but I did manage to read one book this week.