How Is My YALC TBR going?

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It’s just over a month until YALC now, which is no time whatsoever and naturally i’m having a huge panic about my TBR. As the author announcements were a little late this year, it’s been more of a panic than usual to get my reading in order and figure out what i want to read before the event. So after a couple of months, here’s how my TBR is going…

As a part of Blog Every Day May this year, i uploaded my YALC 2019 TBR. You can see that HERE. I always make a list of the books that i want to read before YALC each year, and it generally keeps me on track for reading for the few months leading up to the event. I also really love the structured reading for a little while!

I have never completed a whole YALC TBR and if i’m honest, i didn’t think this year would be the year i did it. I ended up giving myself a pretty big list this year (and i’ve added to it since my previous list), so realistically, i wouldn’t have been able to keep up with my reading.

A couple of books from this years TBR have already been knocked off. Sadly Sabina Khan can no longer make it to YALC this year which means The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali is no longer a book that i need to read before July. I have also managed to read enough for me to be happy with, but not enough that i feel like i’ve done enough!

I wanted to have about half of my TBR completed by now, that definitely hasn’t happened as i’ve kept adding to my pile in the last couple of months with books that have sounded interesting or books that i’ve been meaning to pick up for a while.

I have managed to read six books so far from my TBR, not including a few that read before the announcements were made. The ones that i’ve managed to read in the last few weeks are:

  • Alex In Wonderland by Simon James Green
  • The Burning by Laura Bates
  • Summer Of No Regrets by Kate Mallinder
  • Meat Market by Juno Dawson
  • No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter
  • The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie
  • All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman

Not all of these were on my official TBR for YALC, but are ones that i wanted to read before the event to mainly know what was being talked about. I also have read previously but in preparation for YALC, Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper, All The Lonely People by David Owen, all of Akemi Dawn Bowman’s novels, The Quiet At The End Of The World by Lauren James and A Good Girls Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson.

There are books that i’m mainly focusing on trying to read before YALC now, and trying to limit my TBR for the next few weeks. The books that i really do want to get to before the event are:

  • The Year I Didn’t Eat by Samuel Pollen
  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  • Other Words For Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin
  • The Places I’ve Cried In Public by Holly Bourne
  • The Million Pieces Of Neena Gill by Emma Smith-Barton
  • I Am Not A Number by Lisa Heathfield
  • Heartstopper Vol 2 by Alice Oseman
  • The Near Witch by V. E. Schwab

I am under no illusion that i will actually get around to all of these before YALC weekend. I have a pretty busy month coming up, and i know that reading will have to take a little bit of a back seat. However i’m excited to see what i can get read and i think the challenge of it will be a lot of fun!

Let me know in the comments what you have left to read on your YALC TBR’s, or if you didn’t make one, why didn’t you?

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