YALC Reading Challenge 2017

Hello everyone! As you will all know if you’ve been following my blog for the past few years, I have been going to YALC since 2015 and am planning on returning there again this year. Since I’ve been doing that, I’ve acquired an awful lot of books from the event, most of which I still have yet to read, which inspired this challenge.

Having been blogging for three years, I’ve taken part in several read-a-thons and reading challenges but I’ve never run one of my own. However one of my resolutions for this year was to read more of my YALC books, and I figured doing a reading challenge would be a fun way of doing it, and a lot of people on Twitter seemed to agree (hopefully you guys still do!).

So basically, this will be a very low pressure challenge. Anyone can join, even if you haven’t been to YALC or aren’t planning to go this year, the challenge won’t just be for books acquired at YALC, it will be to read books by YALC authors as well. The challenge will run from tomorrow, 1st June right up until the end of YALC on 31st July. You can set the number of books you want to read, whatever you feel that you can manage in the two months of the challenge, I want this to be fun, not something that stresses anyone out.

I’d like to hopefully do a few Twitter chats throughout the challenge, just to see how everyone’s getting on, and I’ll be doing periodic updates on here to let you guys know how I’m getting on and you can link up posts about how you’re getting on as well. I’m going to set up a hashtag on Twitter, #YALCReadingChallenge, so that we can all chat about how we’re getting on.

So that’s basically it! No rules for this challenge, just read as much as you want, and hopefully enjoy! Here is what I’ll be reading:

  1. Under Rose Tainted Skies-Louise Gornall

I acquired this from YALC last year and even got it signed by the author. I’ve heard some amazing things about this book, so I’m excited to see if it lives up to the hype.

2. The Archived-Victoria Schwab

This is my current read and since Victoria Schwab is going to be at YALC this year, I figured why not count it towards the challenge? I love Victoria Schwab’s writing, so I’m excited to read another book from her.

3. Frozen Charlotte-Alex Bell

I acquired this one at YALC two years ago, and still haven’t read it! The blurb gives me some serious PLL vibes, what with all the creepy dolls, so I’m hoping that I enjoy it!

4. One of Us Is Lying-Karen McManus

This is my current Netgalley read, and since Karen McManus is going to be at YALC, I figured why not count reading it towards this challenge?

5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone-Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor is going to be at YALC this year and I’ve been wanting to read one of her books for a while, so I figured why not read one of her books for the challenge? I’ve heard great things about her writing and my friend loves this book, so I have high hopes!

6. The Bone Season-Samantha Shannon

Samantha Shannon will also be at YALC this year and my friend has been wanting me to read this book for ages, so I figure this summer is the best time to do it. I’m really excited to read this book as I’ve heard such great things about it!

I think I’m going to stick to these six, any more and I would probably be pushing myself to read all of them! You guys are of course free to choose more books if you think you can read them, like I said, I want this challenge to be low pressure, so however much you think you can read comfortably within the time frame of the challenge (1st June-31st July) is fine, I don’t expect you to stick to a certain number of books or anything.

Here is a list of the authors who are going to be at YALC:


So that’s it! Have fun, happy reading and I hope to see all of you at YALC in July! Make sure to link your sign up posts below so you can share what you’re planning on reading for the challenge: