By: Melanie | April 18, 2014 | (28) Comments

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.

PTA Live

On Monday, I caught a train to Melbourne Central andΒ 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.

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Humans. EVERYWHERE. (Sorry for the bad panorama pic.)

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 spoileryΒ TFiOS t-shirt too πŸ˜›

Penguin’s Top 5!

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!

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Top 10 Books by other publishers!

Felicity also shared with us her top 10 books by other publishers. Everyone was oohing and ahhing when this slide went up!

yA

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.

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THEN THIS HAPPENED

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!

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Richelle Mead, ladies and gents! WHOOT!

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!

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How PenguinTeen prepares for the movie. I believe I will be doing the same

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.

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TFiOS POSTER OMG

Divergent Movie

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?

    From TFiOS Movie (Ansel and Shailene–Lovers)

    From Divergent Movie (Shailene and Ansel–Siblings)

    From The Spectacular Now Movie (Shailene and Miles–Lovers)

    From Divergent Movie (Miles and Shailene–‘Competitors’)

    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.

4 Stars

Disruption Book Event

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Just yesterday I went to the Disruption book event! As you can see from the picture above, there were cute cupcakes πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜€

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.

20140418-141941.jpgShe 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 πŸ˜› 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. πŸ™‚

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Jess, singing my books. Thanks friend for taking the pic while I stood there fangirling.

She even hugged me! Totally died inside when that happened >.<

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Between the Lives!

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Disruption!

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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Owner (and crazy nut) at YA Midnight Reads
Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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28 Responses to A Recap. Featuring: Two Events – A Movie – Photos – A Lot of Fangirling

  1. Jaz says:

    OMG PTA sounds AMAZING this year! THAT TFIOS POSTER AND SORT OF MEETING RICHELLE MEAD? My jealousy has no limits right now.

    I’m so glad you had a fantastic time!

    Jess is sooooooo lovely <3333

    What an awesome recap and epic week.

    NOW GO GET ON THE JELLICOE ROAD!!!
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  2. What a great recap! Totally reminded me of The Book Thief πŸ™‚

    I thought the same about Divergent – I couldn’t remember everyone’s names (it’s been a while since I read the books) and they all seemed a bit mixed up. All white guys with dark hair. But I LOVED Four πŸ™‚
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  3. So much awesomeness! TFIOS movie, can’t wait! πŸ˜€ It looks good! πŸ˜€ I haven’t seen Divergent, haven’t read it either. I was spoiled about the ending of Allegiant and now I don’t want to read it anymore. XD
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  4. I do wish that we have a similar event here, getting all Pinoy Book Bloggers would be awesome!

    I am quite excited for the TFIOS movie. I already have a movie date – KATE! πŸ˜€
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  5. What a week girl! All of these events looked and sounded amazing, so I’m so glad you enjoyed yourself and made friends too! Book friends are always great! I have to agree with your friends opinion on Divergent though, I haven;t watched it, but knowing all those characters are in relationships/siblings/fighting its all too much for my brain so I know I can’t watch Divergent before The Fault in Our Stars. Anyhow, this was a lovely post, made me jealous, smile and so glad you had fun Mel πŸ™‚
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  6. Wooah so much content! PTALive looks absolutely amazing. I’m really hoping I’ll be able to make it when they come down to Sydney! Or is it UP to Sydney? Clearly, I don’t know my geography haha. Congratulations on getting on the fancy board! That’s so cool! And so many other bloggers I know and love as well. Omg those pictures with Shailene had me laughing so much. You’re so right! It’s absolutely hilarious but so extremely terrible at the same time. I’m glad I haven’t watched The Spectacular Now Movie because then I would be weirded out by her and Miles being ‘competitors’. And like he’s really hot too (fangirling) so seeing him being evil and her with Four would put me off. But now, when I go watch TFIOS, it’s gonna be so awkward. I will not get over the fact that he’s meant to be her brother. Cheers to many more cool events and movies! Happy Easter!
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    • Melanie says:

      LOL, I believe it’s UP since Penguin offices is down here in Melb. I used to just think it was Shai and Ansel but then I saw Miles when actually watching the movie and I was like: WTF?!

      Happy Easter to you too, girl!

  7. It sounds like you had such an awesome time at the Penguin Teen Event, Mel! I would love to go to something like that someday, but unfortunately, I’m always in the middle of something (SCHOOL! >.<) when events like that are being held here. I have finals when BEA is being held, so I can never go. πŸ™
    I can imagine your excitement upon seeing your blog button up there. πŸ˜€

    I'm glad you liked the Divergent movie. I haven't watched it yet, but yeah using the same actors over and over again is making me frustrated.

    Great post!
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  8. The PTA event sounds awesome. And how cool that you got to meet Jessica Shirvington too! I’m glad you had a great time at these events. I’ve been going back and forth with the Divergent film, but I think I might finally go and see it next week. It looks like most people have been fairly pleased with it overall. πŸ™‚
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  9. Tanja says:

    I just need a moment!!!! But wohaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa this is so AMAZING! Let me tell you again AMAZING, GIRL, AMAZING! I’m kinda of jealous but at the same time happy for you. That event was great and needless to say I still have to see Divergent. Needless to say I kinda hope they will get some new actors soon as those two are jumping out of every corner lately. PS. I love those signatures! πŸ™‚ PSS. The Book Thief reminder rocks! πŸ˜‰
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  10. You had a fun and busy week. So many great books to oogle and all that. I saw Divergent a couple of weeks ago and I was pleasantly surprised as well. Sure they could have developed the secondary characters, I wouldn’t have known they were Al, Peter, Jeannie, either if I hadn’t read the book. I did like the actors for Tris and Four, they were great. It has been a long time since I read the book so I wasn’t able to pick up on all the changes, but they obviously weren’t too bad or I would have picked them out. I was pleased with the movie, glad you liked it too.
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  11. HOW AM I SUPPOSE TO HANDLE ALL THIS AWESOME?!! I’m totally jealous of the PTA meeting. Maybe next year I’ll get myself to the Brisbane one. πŸ˜‰ But all that awesome, and fangirling with TFIOS peoples. gah. So awesome. Also: cupcakes are the best.

    I was going to see Divergent on Tuesday, buuut, Mime got sick. *sobs quietly* Now we’re going away for a week, so I’m quietly terrified that I’ll miss seeing it! MUST SEE IT IN THE CINEMA. I’m pretty keen and excited, but it kind of bugs me when these YA movies really don’t make sense unless you’ve read the book. When I watched The Hunger Games with my family, my dad spent most of the time saying, “But why is that even happening?” They left out too many details, I reckon and it ONLY made perfect sense to book lovers. *shrugs* Still.

    Absolutely AWESOME post!!
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  12. Yes! Finally someone points out how weird it was that Shailene and Ansel were brother and sister in this and going to be lovers in the FiOS. I didn’t realise Ansel was going to be in Divergent so when I saw him and he was Tris’s brother my brain couldn’t handle it!
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  13. Giselle says:

    I love to live vicariously through my blogger friends who get to attend all these awesome events! Nothing ever comes around there parts – closest would be ONT which is a 13 hour drive so booo! Sounds like you had such a good time! I just saw the TFiOS trailer too and I so can’t wait for that movie! Same as If I Stay. Divergent was pretty good i liked it more than I expected. I agree the casting was just okay and yeah now you mention it a lot of the side casts esp do look the same! O_O AND OMG I SO WANT A CUPCAKE NOW!!!
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    • Melanie says:

      *shoves cupcake in your face* It sucks that not many authors get to go to your part of Canada! πŸ™ AHH I cannot imagine what I would be like after watching TFiOS and then IIS one after the other. A good guess would be a total train wreck! πŸ˜›

  14. You had a wonderful bookish week. Seriously, I’m so jealous!! I’m glad you liked the Divergent film better than you thought you would. I haven’t read the books, so I have yet to see it…but I might see it sometime soon. I love Miles Teller, but all your “what’s this?” moments are funny. I knew the Ansel and Shailene ones. LOL
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  15. How have I not been to a single bookish event, ever?! :O I’m soooo jealous, Mel! Both PTA Live and the Disruption event sound awesomeeee. And bargain books? Me wants.

    I thought the Divergent movie was good overall, but I basically did a review a while back and nitpicked at everything, haha! I had trouble telling who was who, too. :/ And dang, Shailene is so freaking lucky to star in a bunch of awesome movies.
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  16. Emily says:

    OMG THAT’S SO COOL MEL!! πŸ˜€ It’s awesome that your blog got showcased on that big screen heehee!! Congrats girl!! :3 *HUGS* I wasn’t a huge fan of the Divergent casting to begin with (especially Theo James *shudders*. He’s too old!!) and I didn’t watch the movie. I wasn’t a huge fan of Divergent anyway so it’s not a loss to me πŸ˜‰ But now that you pointed it out, it’s so weird to see all those other relationships in the other movies! :O That would be pretty disturbing xD The If I Stay trailer was BEAUTIFUL. I can’t wait for that to come out, especially since I’m about halfway through the novel now πŸ™‚ And it’s so cool you got to meet Jessica Shirvington! :O COMPLETELY COMPLETELY AWESOME. I’m so glad you had a great week, Mel!! πŸ™‚ <33
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  17. I am suuuuper jealous you have stuff like this there. We hardly get any interesting events, save for some book signings that I never go due to its being far away. Sigh! I wish I can meet you all soon <3 Maybe I should move to Australia instead… haha!
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  18. OMGG Awesome post Mel, I’m so jealous you got to meet Jessica Shirvington! What lovely signatures she put in your books! And it’s the best thing when you meet fellow book lovers, especially from your school. You must have had the best week ever!
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  19. WOW! That is AWESOME that they put your blog up on the big screen. Yay. What an amazing post…so much wonderful I don’t know where to start. I guess with the Divergent movie. I really enjoyed it too! I thought I’d hate it but I was really surprised. I’d actually see it again. I so agree about a lot of the secondary characters looking the same. I got confused myself a few times.
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