This was my first year going to the awesome festival, Yallfest 2015! It was an exciting weekend of firsts for me lol, so I’d thought I’d recap some of it for you. I had planned to take more pictures during the trip, but it was a lot crazier than I expected and I kind of forgot sometimes 😔
My trip started off on Wednesday afternoon, flying from New Mexico to Arkansas to meet up with my friend Michelle from MichEllisLife, she’s an awesome Booktuber, you should check her out.
We drove out on Thursday, left at about 9:30ish… And didn’t get to our hotel until almost 1am 😒 it was a long drive but we were taking our time and trying to enjoy the drive. We tried to use the food map for Diners, Drive Ins and Dives for food because we wanted to try some tv food lol. We ended up stopping at a place in New Albany, Mississippi called Latham’s Hamburger Inn where them make dough burgers… Which I guess is a hamburger pattie mixed with flour and fried on a hot griddle… We weren’t impressed, they were very small and to be honest, I didn’t get the appeal… But it was nice to try something out of the box. It was also a really cute little hole in the wall place.
Then we were off again, made it to Charleston, got our hotel, slept, got up early (cause we’re both moms and apparently have a really rude internal clock) and decided to just go hang downtown where would need to be for YallCrawl that afternoon. I wish I had taken some more photos of the downtown area, it had beautiful historic buildings and some really cool unique shops, even if they were 3 times more expensive than my average budget lol. I also wish we’d just gone to see the ocean as planned but we got a bit distracted by… Books lol
We ate breakfast at this cute little place called Kitchen 208, it was so good! If you are ever in Charleston, please have breakfast here, you won’t regret it.
We spent the day checking out shops, where we only bought stuff from the cheap stores we can go to at home lol, Forever 21 and H&M… But it was still fun.
YallCrawl started at 3 and we were in lines for authors, Michelle kindly took my Zeroes book and got in line for Scott Westerfeld while I stood in line for Brandon Mull. I was so nervous, I’d never met anyone famous before, and never anyone who wrote something I loved so much… But he was very nice and he asked me the worst question to ask an introvert (a small talk question 😱), “Tell me a little about yourself” lol, but I tried and told him we were on a mommy trip and he told me about his wife and she did that sometimes too.
Then it was off to Rae Carson for Michelle, I read her book also, but Michelle loved it more than me, and I didn’t have a copy anyway. I waited outside since they were only letting in a few people at a time, I didn’t want to take someone’s chance of meeting her. Then we headed to the lovely Victoria Aveyard and she signed my Red Queen book, she was so sweet!
We had dinner at this cute little healthy place called Black Bean Co. Oh so yummy! Cheap and good for you too!
We went to the Booktuber meet up in Marion Square and met some awesome people… I don’t remember most of them, I’m sorry… I know Rebecca from WhyMermaids was there, and Lainey from GingerReadsLainey, Caitlin from Book Chats, Cambria from Cool Beans Books and Marines from Mynameismarines and a lot of others that I just didn’t know or get to talk too 😔. Also, the coolest thing happened! We were just standing there chatting and Kiera Cass just came up and started talking with us! It was so cool and she told us about her new book, The Siren, which I kind of want to read now lol.
Shower, bed, wake up… YallFest!!!
We got there early, got some coffee, stood in lines all day (including 3 hours for Marissa Meyer, so sweet also). We met Julie Kagawa who I love so much and also Libba Bray who is definitely one of the coolest people ever! She had a unique thing to write in all of her different books, it was awesome! We had planned to meet Nicola Yoon also but she wasn’t signing until 4 and we had a long drive ahead… So we made a hard decision, we hit the book tent and I bought a signed copy of A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis and Michelle got a couple signed books and we headed out…
It was a long ride… And thank goodness Michelle was driving, even though it was rough for her because if I had been driving we might have died, I don’t know how she made it, I couldn’t focus on a thing by the time we got to Arkansas… Got to her house at 4am and we slept for a few hours and I decided I wanted to get through security at the airport early… So from 10:30 to 3 I was in Little Rock airport to Chicago… Then 4… Freaking… Hours… In Chicago airport and I made it home on the longest 3 hours flight ever at about 10pm… And went home and crashed… It took me a couple days to get enough sleep to make up for lost time but it was so worth it and I would do it again in a heartbeat. We met some amazing authors, and some even more amazing fellow book lovers and I got to see Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina and the Chicago airport for the first time!
If you have never been to YallFest before, and you’re thinking about making the trip, do it! It was a blast, and if I go again I’d like to make some of the panels also because we missed those with the signings, so that would be my suggestion 😍
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