As today is the first Sunday of July, I’ll also talk about my favorite June books.
In my private life
I am back from YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention) London and from France too!
I have plenty to tell you but will try to get to the core of it and I have a first bunch of pictures too!
First thing first: YALC!
Our travel was uneventful and we were quickly in our hotel. But an unwelcome surprise awaited us: the hotel had changed owners ( we knew that) and no longer offered breakfast… among other things. What hotel does not give breakfast???
Anyway, we had plenty of time ahead of us that day and we went for a 21 km walk along the Regent’s Canal starting from Little Venice to Camden Market and going through St James Park and Primrose Hill.
If you ever go to London and want a charming walk, I recommend that one!
It was the first time we did it and it was so peaceful! Even at the heart of a big city.
There are boats mooring on the docks where people live all year round and they looked like boho houses in bright colors with little gardens on the gate!
On the second day, Thursday, we went to visit the Warner Bros Studio: Harry Potter world!
To make it easy, as it’s outside of London, I had booked our places on special buses (with HP movie on the trip).
It’s not cheap going to Harry but worth every penny!
I plan to go back because it was magical!
Seeing the decors, the costumes, etc. I never realized that the kids lived there all year long and had teachers educating them at the studio! They went to class four hours a day and were on set filming for another four hours! And that for ten years!!!
Imagine the bonding now between all these actors!
The making of masks of the Goblins was also a fascinating process! I never truly realised that there were not only actors, cameramen and directors… on a set but there are engineers, builders, graphic designers, sculptors, artists of all trade!
On Friday, we skipped YALC to show Oxford and its colleges to my daughter!
We were on a train again and it was tricky to understand that, as we bought our ticket at the station, we had no designated seat while people booking online had , in fact, a designated seat! If you want my opinion, it was a mess! We understood pretty quickly that we had to aim for seats with a small green light above but it’s not “instinctive” to understand that. No wonder tourists were seated in booked seats and locals were not happy. That gave a shuffle and people traveling standing…
Oxford was wonderful and we even paid for a guided tour of the Bodleian library!
I just had to being a bookworm and a fan of “A Discovery of Wicthes!”
We learned a lot of interesting facts, like books being chained to the walls because no book was allowed to be taken outside of the library, no kindling allowed (so very short reading time in the past centuries before the invention of electricity) and many other interesting informations!
We had a grand time!
On Saturday and Sunday, we attended YALC!
I was amazed at being recognized by so many! Many were fellow bookstagrammers who said hi. I even got a DM on Instagram when I was queuing, telling me “I think I am seated close to you.”. And when I raised my eyes, my neighbor was waving at me 😉
I was even given the biggest hug from @bookishburns who was selling her amazing candles and who had recognized me from three years ago when I had bought her candles!!! I was amazed!
I met Cassandra Clare (photo op with some questions we could ask her). She was very sweet! And her editor who had to manage the insane queue (more than 300 people) hushered us along but tolde me that “I love your glasses!”. :-).
I also had a totally crazy hair day the day I met Cassandra! London’s water and weather had me wearing poofy hair!!!
I bought way too many books, won three books too and had an amazing time! Chatting with people I have met online was a big perk of the experience! That had never happened to me before this year!
Probably recording all the reels and lives on Instagram hepled people recognize me and come say hi. It was heaven!
I came to see Brigid Kemmerer, Cassandra Clare, Alice Oseman and Katherine Webber (who signed after having slept only three hours and wearing… a crown of course!).
The any down was that YALC was not in its usual place, a big room separate from the ComicCon and the noise coming from the comic con made it impossible for me to understand properly the speakers at the discussion panels.
On Sunday, we left YALC early and went for a walk on Picaddilly street as my daughter and I wanted to go to Waterstones.
And there, I had the best surprise!
They had the setting of Charlie’s room from Heartstopper and of Kia’s cabin from Where the Crawdads Sing!
All in all, within 5 days, we walked 68 km!
Then, after being back for one day in Belgium, I headed for one week to the South of France with my husband! You’ll get the pictures next Sunday!
I really unplugged from social media and I’ll be back liking and commenting your posts from now on!
In the meantime, I am leaving you with my last reel where I show you how a T Shirt can change me in my favorite Cochran queen!
On the blog (click on the graphic to read the post)
Not many things happened on the blog while away but I had planned two reviews of two very very good books!
Thanks for reading! I’ll catch up with you all today and next week!