Tales Post – Why I ♥ UKYA


*Stands up proudly in group circle tripping slightly and knocking the chair flying backwards in the process and making more noise than there is ever possible!*


I’m Chelle.

I’m 34 years old.

And I’m a UKYA-a-holic!

I honestly really think I am addicted to UKYA and I can safely say I am proud!

Other than books I read many years ago my first discovery of what is now known as UKYA was Hollow Pike by Juno Dawson.  What a way to introduce to me into  the UKYA world!  I was enthralled by this book and captured into the whole UKYA world immediately quickly researching and looking up more books and more UKYA authors.  Very soon, mainly thanks to Twitter and so many recs from Jim at YAYeahYeah and #ukyachat that my bank account cried, I was introduced to wonderful books by  Cat Clarke, Keris Stainton, Non Pratt, Tom Easton, Marcus Sedgwick, Sarah Sky, Holly Smale, Holly Bourne…. to name but a few….I literally could go on forever and ever.  I have also had the pleasure of meeting some of these authors.

I really did and have fallen in love with UKYA!

I honestly get completely excited about a new UKYA release and the gorgeous shiny covers with anticipation as to what words they contain and what journey they will take me on.  Quite often I get “the look” from the husband as to say “Oh No!  She’s getting more books!”….I simply give him a loving grin whilst I remove another Dr Who figure off the shelf to fit more books in!

2015 looks set to be a fab year for UKYA with new books from lots of UKYA authors I know and love and some fab new debut authors like Lisa Williamson, Eve Ainsworth, Mel Salisbury and Nicole Burstein.  Check out this fab spreadsheet by Debbie ( @snugglingonsofa) and Jim ( @yayeahyeah) – such exciting releases! *grabby hands*

2014 was the year I started blogging and the warmth and welcome I have felt within the community has been so lovely and exciting!  Lots of people to chat about books and lots of people, including authors and publishers, being so supportive.  I hope to meet many of the bloggers, authors and people from different publishers this year too.

On the 21st January I received the news that Tales Of Yesterday was a nominee on the long list for the UKYA Blogger Awards ( @ukyaba ) who are celebrating the contribution of bloggers to UKYA literature .  I did not expect it and I could not believe it.  My first thought when seeing the tweet was they must have made a mistake…but no….upon clicking on the link there was my blog name on the list.  It actually brought a tear to my eye and I was kind of speechless which for me is a first (I have a tendency to babble on a lot as you can probably tell!).  I am so proud to be on this list with such wonderful bloggers who’s blogs I admire!  It really is an honour.  Thank you.

Yesterday on valentines day I found out that I have been shortlisted on the UKYA Blogger Awards for best champion new comer with 3 other wonderful new blogs in this category!  Also on the shortlist are some wonderful bloggers – well done to all.

You can check out the shortlist here

I’ve also recently been nominated in three categories in the UKYA blogger awards run by Faye at @day_dreaminstar with some awesome bloggers as well.  I am up for best newcomer, most fun and most enthusiastic blogger.

You can find out all the details here and here

And not forgetting all the other hardworking bloggers whose name didn’t appear on the long list.  You are ALL amazing!

I am proud of all the fabulous, welcoming friendly authors and publishers!

I am proud of all the wonderful UKYA books the UK as to offer (and on my every growing fab to be read pile)!

I am proud of the whole blogging community and all the love and passion for books we share and for welcoming me into the community with open arms.

UKYA is something everyone should be proud of with its mix of diversity, great stories, stories that make us think, stories that make us cry or laugh, stories that make us scared or stories that make us who we are and stories that bring people together and help people and for that I will always love UKYA and shout it from the rooftops!

Thank you!

*Sits back down, but misses the chair completely as I had forgotten I had knocked it over when getting up, falls on bottom, legs flailing in air and flashes bloomers for everyone to see and today was not a nice bloomer day!*

(True story!)

I was inspired to write this blog post by the UKYA Blogger Awards and other bloggers recent posts.  Check them out here.

Overflowing Library

Once Upon A Bookcase

Writing From The Tub

Sister Spooky

Fluttering Butterflies

Books 4 Teens

Love the UKYA Community and Bloggers ?  Don’t forget to also vote for your faves in the lovely Faye’s ( @daydreamin_star ) UKYA Blogger Awards.  For more info and voting click on the link below.

Faye’s UKYA Blogger Awards

Happy Reading UKYA and voting!



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I am often known to be a bit clumsy and a little loopy! Book loving (obsessed), theatre loving, slasher film loving csi geek! Winner of UKYABA Champion Newcomer 2015 and nominated for Champion of Social Media 2016 and Blogger Of The Year 2016! © 2014 - 2021 Michelle Toy All Rights Reserved

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7 Responses

  1. Jesse Owen says:

    Awww, I LOVE this post so, so much – like you I have so much warmth and huggy feelings for this awesome community – I *might* have to write up a similar post soon now!

  2. What a lovely post. I’m glad you found UKYA and that you’ve been welcomed warmly 🙂 It is a great community, isn’t it?

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