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Two Diva's Bookish Discussions

By 4:17 pm

Hi we're Francoise and Sunny and we have known each other since our nappy days. We're constantly having rants and raves about the latest books and bookish news.This is a fortnightly discussion that you can find on both of our blogs, so please make sure to stop by both blogs as our written content is different, although on the same topic. Our posts are not intended to offend anyone or anything but this is just our opinions and we would love it if you would share your thoughts in the comments below. This is a new feature we decided to add and the purpose is not only for you to get to know more about us but for you to be able to join in and have fun.

Penguin Teen Live


I just came back from the Penguin Teen book event in the Kinokuniya  book store in the city and I have to say that I got a nice surprise. I came to this event with low expectations as I haven't really heard much about Penguin before. My friend Sunny was the one who told me about the event and we decided to go together. To be honest I really wanted to go just to see her as we don't see each other often but as we got into it I really found it entertaining.

We met a writer called Will Kostakis who gave us a signed copy of his new book called The First Third. He read us a few pages from it and I am excited to read it as he is a very funny author. He was a great person to listen to as he had really funny stories to tell about himself about how he got into his career. I really hope that he'll become a well known writer as I think he has great potential and I believe every writer should get a shot and it's sad to know that it is a really hard career to get into. It was nice listening to how it was a struggle to get his first book publish but he kept pushing on and finally got his book published. It was really inspiring listening to him tell his story as I want to become a well known writer one day.

The host speaking to us was really nice. She was a lady like any other fangirl and it was really funny to watch an older person have the same opinions as us teens. The one thing I liked about this event was that it was all ages and it really opened my eyes to the fact that adults also read YA books. It's brilliant that Young Adult isn't just enjoyed by teens but can be enjoyed by anyone. It was fun meeting other people and fellow bloggers who enjoyed the same books as me. I met a really nice girl who owns Reading in the Dark. She just started blogging like me and it was great discussing with her about the pros and cons about blogging.

We also found out about upcoming dates for new releases which was great. I was able to add more books to my to-read pile which has finally started to die down. I am starting to focus more on the reading and less on the finding books. We got read out a few pages of Fiery Heart which has yet to come out so that was a special treat to all the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines fans. It was greatly entertaining watching all the fans groan when the host would stop reading as I knew they just wanted her to keep reading on. It was also funny because she couldn't give away any spoilers and it was obvious she was on the brink of exploding.

Kinokuniya book store is the best book store I have ever been to. I am definitely buying my books there from now on and it was so worth the long trip. I usually buy my books from Dymocks and I use to think that store was huge but now I realise it's a pale comparison to Kinokuniya. This book store had every book on my to-read list and it was heart breaking seeing all these new releases but not being able to buy anything. They had a massive YA section and not only that they had a whole section dedicated to Marvel and then another to manga. I have never found a book store with that much manga ever! Another thing that was a noticeable difference to me was that the books were cheaper! They were about $3-4 cheaper and it doesn't sound like much but when it comes to buying books it can be a great difference especially if you're buying a lot of books all together.

Overall I loved this book event as I have never been to one before. We don't really get good opportunities like this in Australia so this was a big deal to me. It was great meeting other people as well as other bloggers. I had fun listening to the host and joining in on discussions about the latest books and I'm glad it wasn't a waste of time. It was totally worth the trip down into the city and I hope there are more events to come!


  1. I love Penguin so I hope they do something like this in the UK soon! I'm so glad that you had a good time, I hope more events come to Australia for you :)

    New follower :)

    Zoe @ Bookhi

  2. Great Write Up! It was awesome to hang out and I'm so glad we decided to make this a fortnightly feature. I could spend hours in Books Kinokuniya. It's like my favourite place right now and Im definitely planning on going there. It had all the books I wanted. I had a great time, thanks for coming :)

    PS. 11 FOLLOWERS!!! GO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

    - Sunny @ - Sunny @ A Sunny Spot Blog

    1. Haha thanks but remember they're closing down GFC which is sad but I have 11 followers on Bloglovin'

  3. Hello! Great recap of the PTA Live event yesterday :)

    I'm flattered by the mention of my new little blog here in your post haha, hopefully it'll have more/better content soon since I'm very new at this.

    OMG I LOVE Kinokuniya! I agree that their YA section is absolutely amazing and I love the layout of their store as well. I always thought that place was really nice and cosy, especially during the cold and wet weather right now.

    Hope to meet you again in future events :)

    1. Yes! If they have another event I'm definitely going! Good luck to your blog I think you have great potential.

  4. That's awesome that you got to experience that! Sounds like so much fun (: