If that title reminded you of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, you are awesome. But on with other awesome things, today I’m sharing with you guys the best bookish week I’ve ever had so far!
Also please note majority of these photos were taken by me, but I am known to have shaky hands so some are blurry, and some I got off Twitter because the ones I took were so blurry you can’t even tell what the picture was.
On Monday, I caught a train to Melbourne Central and headed towards PTA Live which was originally to be hosted at the Penguin Headquarters–like last year–but because so many people RSVP’d, it was hosted at Hoyts Cinemas. There was more than 300 people there! It was absolutely crazy but awesome to see so many book lovers from Melbourne all come together and
fangirl talk about books.
Bookworld, a Australian online bookstore was down there at the front selling books. There were a lot of bargains, especially for underrated books, and I got to snag a few pretties before the event officially commenced. (They will be in Sunday’s Midnight Madness Newsletter.) Bookworld was also handing out discount cards for their online store, which was really nice. Also very mean because that means I’ll have books sleeping with me in my bed at this rate. I seriously have way too many books. (I may be hinting a big giveaway for AUS people in the future.)
Felicity, the Marketing Manager of Penguin Australia (and mastermind behind @PenguinTeenAUS on Twitter) was a brilliant hostess. She wore a very spoilery TFiOS t-shirt too 😛
Just look at all them pretties! I certainly approve of The Fault in Our Stars and Anna and the French Kiss. This also reminds me that I need to read On the Jellicoe Road soon!
Felicity also shared with us her top 10 books by other publishers. Everyone was oohing and ahhing when this slide went up!
This went up on the screen a while later. I love that Felicity mentions how you can be any age, but you can still be a YA genre fan. YA stands for Young Adult, but that doesn’t mean only teens can read books of this genre. The YA audience is absolutely endless.
Feeling very loved, I am.
We also had two special guests at this year’s event! Nic Wheeler, the actor of Adrian from the Bloodlines book trailers! A great highlight. ^.^
The second guest was via Penguin Teen TV. Penguin Teen TV is launching very soon–in a few weeks–and us Melbournites got a very special preview!
A lot of crying was later followed because Felicity showed us the TFiOS trailer. It’s just so much more emotional when you watch it with fellow TFiOS fans!
And of course, the only way to end a PTALive event is to make us all beg and shout at Felicity in order to get one of these babies.
I went to the Divergent movie with my friends from my old school. Last year we used to rant about how bad we believed it was going to be. But, we were wrong. It was actually pretty darn decent!
I enjoyed pretty much everything, apart from these little things:
- I felt like there could have been better casting. One of my friends have not read Divergent so she was really confused by the character’s faces. Quite a lot of them looked really alike!
- There should have been a better transition of relationship status between Four and Tris. It just didn’t really flow too well. One minute their trainer and trainee, next minute their making out in every single scene.
- When Al died, my friend (the one who hadn’t read the book) asked me who was the dead guy. She didn’t even realise his name was Al. I would have liked a little more focus on Al and Tris’ relationship. It was rather out of the blue according to my friend, when he died.
- What’s up with this?
Seriously? We have couples from other movies in here and I just found it weiiiiird.
But overall, loved the soundtrack and acting was brilliant. Very enjoyable and intense movie that I wouldn’t mind watching again.
Disruption Book Event
I also got the pleasure of meeting the publicist at HarperCollins, Manda. She was very sweet and I do believe the first person to meet the very awkward me 😀
Anyhoo, Jessica Shirvington did some talking after a short interval of treats about her latest book, Disruption. I reviewed it on the blog here. I highly recommend this book, guys! It’s a lot of fun and has a brilliant and easy to love protagonist.
She talked about how she wanted a female character to bring in the unsuspecting and innocent characters. Typically in YA, we normally have the dark and mysterious boy who introduces the female to the hidden, special world. But in Disruption, it’s the other way around.
Jess’ advice to writers is to “write big”. You can always go back and cut down later. It’s harder to write small and try to expand on it after.
Soon later, the book signing commenced. I saw a girl from my school when I was lining up and started chatting with her. I never really knew her before last night, so it was great to bond over books 😛 She’s on Goodreads too. Huge fangirl, you should go and check her out! She also had a friend with her and meaning I made another friend! YAY! It’s not every day a socially awkward me gets to make friends so easily. Hah. Anyhoo, she’s planning on starting vlogging so I’ll share her YouTube link when she officially stars vlogging. 🙂
She even hugged me! Totally died inside when that happened >.<
Seriously love her signature.
Well that’s all from me for today peeps! I hope you all are having a lovely Easter holiday. Have an Easter Egg or two for me.
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