A little update

A little update

Hello everyone,

As you’ve probably noticed, Bookish Friends has been on a hiatus for a while now. There are quite a few reasons for this. I got hella busy, the podcast got more and more difficult and time consuming to create, produce and maintain. I would love for it to return in some form or another in the (hopefully!) not too distant future but right now this podcast is at the very bottom of my list of priorities.

The old episodes will be disappearing from the public within 30 days. But no fear, everything has been backed up so one day if for a very strange reason you feel the need to listen to my ramblings, feel free to shoot me a message and I’ll send you a Google Drive link.

I will still be on the Internet, sporadically sharing my bookish thoughts in different places. I will also be out and about in the Melbourne literary scene so if you ever spot me, please say ‘hey!’.

That’s all from me for now — because I must return to writing the first chapter of my honours thesis.

Best always,




What We Read… during the First Half of 2018

What We Read… during the First Half of 2018

In this episode, Diem and Sarah share some book recommendations from the first half of their 2018 reading year. Recommendations include non-fiction books on the romance genre to stories about the experience of Russian women during the second world war. Other books mentioned range from romances, short story collections, verse novels, and old childhood favourites.

Show notes

A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan

Smart Bitches Trashy Books romance review blog

Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained by Maya Rodale

Almost Love by Louise O’Neill

Asking for It by Louise O’Neill

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Simon Vs the Homo Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Lonely Hearts Bookshop series by Annie Darling

Titantic by Bridget Minamore

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Bridget Minamore

The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II by Svetlana Alexievich

Chasing Charlie Duskin by Cath Crowley

Beginner’s Luck by Kate Clayborn

Luck of the Draw by Kate Clayborn

One in a Million by Lindsey Kelk

Circe by Madeleine Miller

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Wedding Date by Jasmie Guillory

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah Maclean

How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne

Roomies by Christina Lauren

The Friendship Cure by Kate Leaver

Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny



What We Read… during Summer 17/18

What We Read… during Summer 17/18

In this episode, Diem and Lily talk about all the books they read during summer, which was 5 months ago… but better late than never! The cold Melbourne days has really made them think about the warmer lazy ones filled with good reads. They talk about books with angry teen girls, unlikeable female characters, gender fluidity, feminist messages, and heroines who don’t need a prince charming but get one anyway.

Show notes

Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell and Fiona Wood

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Simon VS the Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian

Eleanor Oliphant is Not Okay by Gail Honeyman

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

Begin, End, Begin: a #LoveOzYA Anthology edited by Danielle Binks

Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin

The House of Secrets by Sarra Manning

Adorkable by Sarra Manning

London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning

It Felt like a Kiss by Sarra Manning

Unsticky by Sarra Manning

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

Confessions of a Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella

Hot Mess by Lucy Vine

Hannah can be found on Twitter @hannahplusone

The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

Call Me By Your Name  by André Aciman

Between Us by Clare Atkins

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas




Book Review: Piglettes by Clementine Beauvais

Book Review: Piglettes by Clementine Beauvais

In this episode, Diem and Sarah review Piglettes by Clementine Beauvais, a book that made them laugh out loud numerous times on public transport.


Show notes

Piglettes by Clementine Beauvais

Amanda the Bookish Manicurist

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008 film)

Promo for Les Petites Reines

An announcement from Diem (it’s not a sad one!)

An announcement from Diem (it’s not a sad one!)

In this episode, Diem gives all you lovely listeners an update about the podcast.

Also, how awesome is the updated logo? Diem’s pal Lauren is amazing and deserves so much love. Send her good vibes!