Hi Guys, as the introduction says, this is a new fortnightly feature over @ My Crazy Bookish World and A Sunny Spot. Where discussions will be posted based on the topics talked about during our regular fangirl sessions. This feature came around when a post based on one of our (Francoise and I's) bookish conversations, "How Blogging Changes The Way We Read" was turned into a post and received great feedback. Us bloggers love feedback so it was great to hear that you loved our discussion, so now we're planning on making this a regular collaboration. Today is our first official "2 Diva's Bookish Discussions" post, (Check out Francoise's post) and make sure to tell us what you would like us to share our thoughts on in upcoming discussions.Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending "Penguin Teen Live Australia" at Books Kinokuniya with Francoise, as well as my sister and dad. It was a busy city night as it was rainy, cold and Henry Cavil was right down the road but that didn't stop us from having a good old fangirl. This event was run by Penguin Teen, co-hosted by Books Kinokuniya and compèred by the awesome Felicity from PTA.
The night kick started once we had written a random number down on a piece of paper, later revealed as the page number (once chosen from a lovely Penguin bag) which Felicity would read to us from the highly anticipated, Fiery Heart by Rachel Mead. Although I have not yet attempted a VA or Bloodlines novel, the reaction from the crowd was utter excitement and once the sneak peak had ended they pleaded for more (These excerpts were read through out the night and my number was the first to be called). A wonderful powerpoint presentation was put together with slides such as "Penguin Bestsellers", "Upcoming and Anticipated Penguin Novels", "Penguin Novels released this year", "Vampire Academy and TFIOS Casting", "Underrated books" and more. During this event we met 24 year old Australian Author Will Kostakis, whose latest novel is The First Third (which we got a signed copy of on the night). He seemed like a nice guy and I wish him all the best in his career. Will read us a bit from "The First Third" and it seems really funny, so it's definitely something I'm interested in trying out once my pile dies down.
We discussed how when blogging there are good days and bad days and in the end us bloggers should stick together. During our blogging talk a slide was shown that included the blog headers of all the bloggers present. Francoise and I were so shocked and pleased to see our headers on display among others, it was very cool. We snacked on M&M's and sipped on fizzy drinks whilst socialising with other bloggers and readers. And it's amazing how many conversations you can have with a total stranger if you've read the same book. Blog links, names, stories and favourite novels were swapped and it was great to meet other bookworms. We also talked about "The Lizzie Bennett Diaries" and I was so happy that I could raise my hand when Felicity asked if anyone watched their channel, as Ruby has just recently introduced me to the modernised re-tellings of "Pride and Prejudice".
Books Kinokuniya has now become my favourite place on earth! Move over Dymocks because this shop has every YA novel i'd ever dreamed about, at least 8 bookshelves devoted to YA. And it was surprisingly cheaper, it has new releases and all and I need to go there again. I had a really lovely time, the vibe was very relaxed and fun and not only I got to hang with other fangirls but my bestie Francoise. Events like these hardly happen in Australia and are pretty much non-existent, so thank you Penguin Teen. I also added some more books to my To Read List such as Legend by Marie Lu, geez that list of wants never decreases does it........