The Melbourne Writers Festival is one of my favourite Melbourne things. I bought a 5 event pass for this year’s festival, which I’m using to see events with television writers, but there are also some great free events for people who don’t have money. This year, the Melbourne Writers Festival partnered with Signal, a City of Melbourne Youth Centre with a focus on the creative arts. All day they had a number of free events, including one on fanfiction which I didn’t get to, as well as a Young Adult Book Swap, which was supported by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The idea is pretty simple: bring along a book or seven, and swap them for something you haven’t read. I took A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, because I didn’t like it very much, even though the Throne of Glass series is quite good. I ended up getting four books to take home!
Because there were so many books available, they let us take home as many as we wanted, and I ended up with four. Jessica Shirvington’s Disruption was a book that was donated by either the author or publisher because there were several copies. I’ve never even heard of The Seventh Miss Hatfield, but it looks interesting. I met the girl who donated How to be Bad, and I’ve been meaning to read some E. Lockhart for a while. I like the Pittacus Lore books while recognising that they’re not very good (the history of their publication is quite interesting and kind of horrible), and I had considered buying The Revenge of Seven earlier today at the bookshop. It was a good thing I waited. Anyway, I have four new(ish) books, and I paid with one book, so that’s pretty great.