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StageSelfieAs some of you may have noticed, I was at TeenCon2015 yesterday, which is a part of Sydney Writers Festival.


Painting my Support Team Jamie poster

I started preparing on Saturday, with a big blue piece of cardboard and some yellow paint.

As it turns out, yellow paint on cardboard appears green.

About 10 coats of paint later, the sign was looking adequately yellow.

And then came Sunday, and the journey toward TeenCon began.

Our trip started well, missing the train by a mere minute (I blame trackwork, which required us to go to a less familiar station). After missing the train, instead of having a full half-hour to find the venue, we had 10 minutes.

It took us half an hour.

Nevertheless, we eventually arrived, Team Jamie sign in tow, and ended up with seats…though not ones with an amazing view…


There was a pole in my way

We had arrived during the bloggers panel, in which four popular booktubers were discussing various bookish things.



You don’t fall in love like you fall into a ditch



After the bloggers, the publisher people got up to tell us books that we need to read now, and books we need to pre-order now. Some of the books mentioned were:

(out now)
SparkRed Queen, by Victoria Aveyard
Shadows, by Paula Weston
A Thousand Pieces of You, by Claudia Grey
A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas
Spark, by Rachael CrawSacredLiesOfMinnowBly
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

(coming soon)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here, by Patrick Ness
Risk, by Fleur Ferris
The Sacred lies of Minnow Bly, by Stephanie Oakes
Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Stray, by Rachael Craw (Spark book 2)

And then it was time for the Book Boyfriend Battle, in which each publisher had 30 seconds to talk about their two nominees.

Boyfriends nominated were:

TheseBrokenStarsAllen and Unwin
Tarver, These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Chris Merrick, Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Chaol, Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass

Arin, The Winner’s Curse series by Marie Rutkoski

Park, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Edward Cullen, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

DivergentHarperCollins Australia
Four, Divergent by Veronica Roth

Josh, Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Penguin Teen AustraliaVampireAcademy
Augustus Waters, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Dimitri Belikov, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Random House Australia
Cam, Fallen by Lauren Kate

Adam Wilde, If I Stay by Gayle Forman

ShiverScholastic Australia
Peeta Mellark, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Sam Roth, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Text Publishing
Rafa, Shadows by Paula WestonCityOfBones

Tiny Cooper, Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Walker Books Australia
Jamie, Spark by Rachael Craw

Jace, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


’twas time for the Jamie sign to shine

Most unfortunately, Jamie did not win. Instead, the winner was


With Chaol and Four coming close second and third.

After the Battle, it was time for TeenCon to end, which meant BOOKS!


Books obtained:
Risk, by Fleur Ferris (extract)
Hidden, by Marianne Curley
Dumplin’, by Julie Murphy
The Astrologer’s Daughter, by Rebecca Lim
We All Looked Up, by Tommy Wallach
Lifespan of Starlight, by Thalia Kalkipsakis
State of Grace, by Hilary Badger
Cooper Bartholomew is Dead, by Rebecca James

And PRETTY BAGS that the books were in.


After TeenCon, some of us stayed behind to chat. I got a picture with the wonderful Claire:


And got to (finally) meet some people who I had only met via twitter.


Which was a lot of fun. We talked about books and…books.

My kind of party.

It was around 9pm when we began the trip home. I reunited with my travelling companions, and we got on a train towards the station.

However, I was to learn that my night was not yet over. As we passed through Central, I had an epiphany:

I had Chemistry homework due Monday morning.