Conventions and an Avalanche of Books

January 14, 2017 books, miscellaneous, psa 18

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Aloha blogglings,

I’m in a summery mood, because I can actually see the sun today. From inside my room, I mean, let’s not get crazy. I went to visit my family over Christmas and New Year, but now I’m back in England. So far I’ve spent all of my time holed up in my room writing essays, but I can see the light on the horizon. Sort of. In a few weeks. In more exciting news, I have decided that I’ll go to YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention) in London this year! It’s at the end of July, and I don’t know anyone, so if you’re a fellow blogger who’s thinking about going, and you’d like to meet up, let me know! I’ve never been before, so if you’re an experienced YALCer, any information is welcome. :D I’m always jealous about all the US folks, who get to meet up at conventions, so I figured I have to make use of my time in an English-speaking country!

The answer is I shouldn’t. Trust me. I keep struggling with random words that are different in British English and American English. Like the time I ordered a flapjack expecting a pancake and got a muesli bar thing instead. Or last week, when I asked someone where I could find the zucchini, and he looked at me all confused and asked whether I meant aubergine, which I didn’t because I call aubergines aubergines (turns out zucchini=American English and courgette=British English, but aubergine=British English and eggplant=American English). It’s a constant surprise, living here. :D

The Shiny

I haven’t done this in months, so it’s going to be a long list. So many books, so little time! Some of these were presents, and my family knows me well, so I got some amazon vouchers for Christmas. I also went a little crazy after I moved to England, because I can actually go into bookstores and buy books in English now, and obviously I had to celebrate by… well, by buying books. It only made sense. So, without further ado, here are most of the books that found their way to me over the last few months. All link to goodreads.

On the Blog

Do you have any experience with conventions? Got any good books for Christmas? Let me know below!

As always, I’m linking up with Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and the Sunday Post hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

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18 Responses to “Conventions and an Avalanche of Books”

  1. Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!)

    That’s so cool that you’re going to YALC! If I were in Europe, I’d totally go. Even as i’m here in the USA, I can’t attend conventions (they’re too far away from where I am). :/ Oh well! Maybe someday, after I’ve graduated from uni.

    I liked Gemina a lot! I think I liked Illuminae more, but both do not disappoint. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a lovely weekend, Vlora. =)

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  2. Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    I’ve been thinking of going to YALC too! I don’t know anyone really, and I haven’t bought any tickets yet. If there are still some available, it’s something I may buy. If I do, I’ll definitely let you know :D

    • Vlora


      Yay, I saw you bought your ticket on twitter! I haven’t bought the tickets yet, because I’m not sure if I want to go all three days or not yet (I’d kind of like to wait for the programme but I’m worried they sell out), but I’ll definitely go. Let me know if you want to meet up. :)
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  3. Samantha

    I cannot imagine living in another country! I would never be able to get anything I needed because of the word differences! It doesn’t matter that its the same language! I am sure though the locals would get a good laugh out of my attempts!! Hope you have a great week!
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    • Vlora


      Haha to be honest it’s just little things (and mumbling people) I don’t understand, everything else is totally comprehensible and you would definitely be fine. :D But yes, it can lead to some fun misunderstandings, especially when it’s the same word with different meanings!
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  4. Greg

    Ooh the language differences would be fun (or maybe fun isn’t the right word lol), but yes that would be a challenge! And yay for YALC! Hope you have a blast (and get to meet some bloggers). Conventions are the bestest.

    Gemina and Landline- nice! And You Had Me at Hello- I never did read that. I added it on goodreads seems like an eon ago and never got to it!
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    • Vlora


      They definitely make for a fun story. :D Thank you, I hope so too! I haven’t read You Had Me at Hello yet, but I really liked one of her other books and thought the other one I read by her was very problematic, so there’s a 50/50 chance of me liking this one. :D
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  5. Valerie

    I hope you have fun at YALC! Conventions are definitely a lot of fun :D I’m actually going to ALA this weekend which is in the US. I have a feeling it will be my last one in a while, because it costs money and time, both of which I don’t have haha.

    I love all the books you got! I’ve only read a couple of them, like Landline, which I did like. AND THE NIGHT CIRCUS IS GREAT AS WELL. You should read that asap :)
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    • Vlora


      I hope so too, I’ve never been to a convention before! Only to a book fair, but that was more for trading and business than anything. Hope you have/had fun at ALA! I just finished Landline, and I liked it. :) Haha yes, I keep hearing about The Night Circus, I really should get around to it soon!
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  6. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    Holy haul, Vlora! I want to know how so many of these are, so get reading ;) Also, so happy for you that you are going to a conference! That sounds so fun, and like they actually might LIKE women and bloggers and stuff (don’t mind me, still bitter about… well, about America as a whole right now, tbh). Also, the differences between British English and American English confuse me too. I’ve never even HEARD of an aubergine, so… yeah I’d be hopeless bwhahah. I hope you enjoy all the lovely new books!
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    • Vlora


      I’m trying haha! How are there always so many books and so little time? Ah right, I heard about the bloggers not welcome anymore thing?? To be honest, I was only half paying attention, because it didn’t concern me, but have there still been no updates?? Are they just not going to welcome bloggers anymore? Also sorry about Trump, obvi. I watched the inauguration yesterday. =/ Happy about all the protest marches today though! You’d be fine haha, just don’t try to order a flapjack. Thank you, I will!
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  7. Olivia Roach

    Oh my goodness I want to go to YALC. I know it means I’ll have to hitch a flight over, but let me see if I can plan in going this year! Oh, and I really like the looks of all those shiny new books. Yay for Gemina, especially as you liked Illuminae. Also, You Had Me At Hello was the first Mhairi McFarlane book I’d ever read and I loved it! I hope you enjoy it too. A Thousand Splendid Suns is so heart breaking, but well worth reading. Enjoy <3

    • Vlora


      Oh, that would be awesome! I’ll have to catch a ride down to London as well, as I’m basically living on the other side of the country (not very strategic of me), but it should be fun! That’s good news about You Had Me At Hello and A Thousand Splendid Suns, look forward to reading them. :)
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