A bookshelf with the YALC logo on top and the text '2018 TBR'.

At the end of this month I’m going to be attending the YA book con YALC and I CANNOT WAIT. I had so many wonderful experiences last year and I hope that it will be just as fun. And for a new year, there are new authors with new and exciting books! Honestly, I’m not sure I’ll make it through this TBR before YALC, but we can always hope.

Cover of A Closed and Common Orbit. Two silhouettes looking up at a red and white star-streaked sky.

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers I ADORED the first book in this series so shh, please don’t tell anyone I haven’t read this sequel yet. (And I believe the 3rd book is due to come out just before YALC.) Thank you to Becky Chambers for giving me the space gays I deserve!! (Note: after I wrote this post, I read this review on CandidCeillie which points out issues with the book, in particular with the disability rep.)

Cover of Hope is Our Only Wing. Illustration of a yellow wing next to an orange-tinted photo of a person's face looking outwards. The title is in large block letters.

Hope is Our Only Wing by Rutendo Tavengerwei This is set in Zimbabwe! And it sounds excellent!

Cover of Floored. The subtitle reads 'When seven lives collide'. The legs of 6 people wearing shoes at the top and one pair of legs on the side as though fallen over.

Floored by various authors I nabbed a sampler of this at last year’s YALC and found it very intriguing, so I’m keen to read the rest of the story. Also, WHAT A COLLAB?? I’ve never seen a book co-written by this many people so it’s very exciting.

Cover of A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars. A paint-like illustration of a dark skinned figure in the centre, with flames and waves curving around, and a starry night sky above. In the flames there is a ballerina on a white horse, in the waves a boat, and in the sky a yellow bird.

A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe I’ve barely seen anything about this one but it sounds incredible?? The MC Sante is Ghanaian and she has a pet golden eagle and there’s possible some fantastical elements? Also, the cover is beautiful.

Cover of Noah Could Never. A photo of 2 bananas and the title in a crayon font.

Noah Could Never by Simon James Green I just bought this on Kindle and I am very ready. I’m not going to lie, there were some VERY cringey moments in the first book, but I know that it was supposed to be cringe haha, I’m just bad at coping. I saw Simon James Green at an event earlier this year and he made it sound very good.

Cover of The Belles. A glamorous brown-skinned person with flowers in their hair looks back at the camera. The subtitle reads 'the revolution is here' and the title text is disintegrating.

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton I know I’m super late to this one!! I really want to read it! It feels like I haven’t read a dystopia in absolutely AGES.

Cover of The Hazel Wood. Illustrations of blue leaves and the text 'Stay away from the hazel wood'

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert I knew this one was on the NYT bestseller list but I still don’t really know what it’s about? A spooky forest? Anyway, I’m sad it’s not in the library but it sounds cool.

Cover of Before I Let Go. A photo of ice which is broken at the top. A red glove lies next to the broken ice.

Before I Let Go Marieke Nijkamp  From the blurb, I’m not sure if this will quite be my thing, but I’d really like to give some of Marieke Nijkamp’s work a try!

Cover of Starfish. Drawings of a jellyfish, turtle and small fish over a starry sky.

Starfish I’ve heard great things about this book and once again I’ve been meaning to read it for AGES. It’s actually on sale as an ebook right now if you’re interested! Alas, I think want to buy it in paperback since it’s a) super pretty and b) I love getting books signed.

Cover of How Do You Like Me Now? Illustration of a person with long hair and red lipstick sitting on the floor next to a mobile and coffee cup.

How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne I very much enjoyed Holly Bourne’s other work so I’d love to read her first adult novel.

OK, in summary I just think ALLL the books sound incredible and exciting. I’m going to YALC for the whole 3 days and I’m not going with any IRL friends so do let me know if you’re going too and would like to meet up. 🙂

have you added any new books to your tbr lately? do you know any of these?



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In a month’s time I’m going to be attending YALC, the UKYA book con in London, and I am SO SO EXCITED. There are so many cool authors attending! And it looks like I have a lot of reading to do in the month to come if I want to be caught up on the authors present… I started making this TBR but I had so many books that I had to cut down, so this isn’t an extensive list but rather the ones I thought sounded most interesting.


Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt Is that title a con pun? Yes, yes it is. This book is being billed as the UKYA Fangirl which makes me very excited! I adore nerd stories! I also recently spotted this in the library which is rad.

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor I’ve been wanting to read this for SO LONG but it’s not in the library and the hardcover is kind of expensive, eek. I might just have to give in, though; I adore Laini Taylor’s writing and this sounds amazing.

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The Fallen Children by David Owen I’m not sure if I’ll be creeped out by the supernatural themes — I believe it’s a retelling of The Midwich Cuckoos? — but the concept sounds super cool. It actually crossed my radar after Alice Oseman recced it! Plus, the paperback comes in loads of different copies, which is fun.


Girlhood by Cat Clarke Cat Clarke is one of my longest UKYA loves — I used to read a lot of her books on Kindle! But I don’t have any in physical form which is super sad. Anyway, I’m keen to read this thriller, and I think it also might also have LGBTQ+ characters? *thumbs up*


Barefoot on the Wind by Zoe Marriott Another author I used to read a lot of when I was younger! I heard Zoe Marriott talk about this at YA Shot (it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling set in fairytale Japan) and it really persuaded me, so I hope to finally get my hands on it.

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Sorcerer to the Crown & The Terracotta Bride, both by Zen Cho Okay, so I’m kind of cheating and putting two in one… But I REALLY WANT TO READ THEM BOTH, EEP.  I haven’t been reading much fantasy recently so I’d really like to read Sorcerer to the Crown, and I’ve heard cool things about The Terracotta Bride. Also, um, ‘robot reincarnation in the Chinese afterlife’? SIGN ME UP.

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Doing It by Hannah Witton I’m not a massive YouTube-watcher but I do think Hannah Witton is super cool, and I hope I get to meet her! I’m not personally super interested in sex but I think it’s important to learn about relationships & other issues, so yay!

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Truth or Dare by Non Pratt I adore Non Pratt’s other books, and I’m very excited to read this! I’ve actually already bought a copy of it from the bookshop and I was so excited when I picked it up because OMG THERE’S TWO COVERS ON TWO SIDES. YOU FLIP THE BOOK AROUND TO READ THE SECOND HALF. Cool, right?! Yeah, I totally go in for gimmicks, what can I say. *shrugs* Plus, I believe it has an ace aro character which is AWESOME.


Needlework by Deirdre Sullivan I hadn’t heard anything about this book before looking at the YALC author list, but I had a peek at the blurb and it sounds fascinating! Hopefully I can get hold of  a copy at some point because also the cover is soo gorgeous.

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Open by Gemma Cairney I actually met Gemma Cairney when I spoke at the WoW festival on Southbank which was very exciting!! To be honest, I still can’t really believe that happened. This sounds like another rad non-fiction book — and I am trying to read more non-fiction at the moment. 🙂

I definitely have a lot of reading to do if I’m going to make any progress in my TBR over the next month, haha. *sweats a bit* HELP ME, Y’ALL.

are you going to yalc? would you like to? have you read any of these?

#ReadThemAllthon TBR pile


I may be unable to download Pokemon Go to my own phone, but that doesn’t mean I’m not engaging with the crazy Pokemon fever! (And stealing everyone else’s phones.) I was a pretty big fan of Pokemon when I was younger, and I’ve never participated in an actual readathon before so I thought this seemed perfect! And, I mean, let’s be real: I am still both a Pokemon and book nerd.

The #ReadThemAllThon is hosted by the wonderful Aentee @ Read at Midnight and it’s going to run from August 14th – September 4th. In this post I’m signing up and telling you guys what I (hopefully) plan to read for each gym badge. (GYM BADGES. What a stellar idea.) I hose Tepig as my Pokemon, because I still have nostalgia for Black & White. Not really nostalgia since it’s pretty recent but shh.

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Pewter Gym: The First Book In A Series

I am…maybe going to try reading The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, because it comes recommended from my friends and the cover is super pretty. (Shh. that’s definitely a reason to read something.) BUT it is a pretty bulky book, so I SHALL SEE. If you guys have any recommendations for me regarding this one then do let me know!
541 pages, potential +54CP


Cerulean Gym: A Book That Might Make You Cry

I’m not a person who easily cries at books, HELP. I’ll go with Asking For It by Louise O’Neill, because I will probably be crying at society. I’d been intending to read this for ages, but I just never got round to it!
346 pages, potential +34CP

cursed child hpVermillion Gym: A Book With Thunderous Hype

For this one I’ll be reading a SUPER obvious choice which is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I’ve heard extremely mixed reviews from all my friends so I don’t really know what to think! (And I have been thinking a lot. I even dreamt about it last night.) I’m currently waiting for my reserved copy to come into the library so hopefully it’ll arrive soon.
343 pages, potential +34CP


Celadon Gym: A Book That Focuses on Diversity

I had a couple of books I could have picked for this, but hopefully I’ll be reading If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo which features a trans girl protagonist. I’ve also heard mixed things about this one, but WE SHALL SEE.
288 pages, potential +28CP


Fuschia Gym: A Book With A Great Romance

I knew absolutely nothing about Sappho’s Leap by Erica Jong when I spotted it in the library, but: Sappho aka the coolest queer Greek poet. The blurb promises some canonical ladies loving ladies, SO THERE.
352 pages, potential +35CP

readthemallthon-badge06-marshSaffron Gym: A Book With Fantasy/Supenatural Elements

Having not particularly enjoyed the first book in this series I was pretty sceptical of picking up A Court of Mist and Fury. But my friend assured me that it was a great improvement and will make me ship all the ships, so I’ll be having a go! If I can wade through it all… 😛 (Weirdly, this one’s longer than The Final Empire…? I just have epic fantasy pegged as super long in my mind, I guess.)
640 pages, potential +64CP

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Cinnabar Gym: A Book With A Red Cover 

This is…mostly red, right? I had a bit of a struggle finding a book for this but eventually I remembered that I have What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne waiting for me on my Kindle. HUZZAH FEMINISM. And people are saying very promising things about this one which is nice. 🙂
432 pages, potential +43CP


Viridian Gym: A Book With Post-Apocalyptic Setting

I also had a slightly hard time finding a book for this one, but in the end I decided to read The Death Cure by James Dashner. I’ve read the first two books in the series, but…I just never got round to reading this one? I DON’T KNOW. They started to frustrate me haha. I might change this one if I do find something better, though, because The Scorch Trials was basically an exercise in how to piss me off most.
325 pages, potential +32CP

If I complete all of these books, my potential points plus the gym badge bonus is 484CP! I’m really looking forward to starting this and hopefully achieving some of these gym badges. 😀