In a month, it will be the one year anniversary of this podcast! I have had so much fun reading books, chatting about these books and making new BOOKISH FRIENDS.
My heart swelled whenever the podcast was given a shoutout. My highlights include Adele Walsh giving us a whole slide at the Centre for Youth Literature’s YA Showcase, this Readings blog post (!!! Still not over it) and this Bookthingo podcast episode. Not to mention the tweets and retweets! It means so much.
Here is a giveaway as a way of saying thank you. Thank you for following Bookish Friends on Twitter, for subscribing the podcast on iTunes, for listening to the podcast and also engaging with us online.
In this episode, Lauren recaps the Melbourne Penguin Teen Australia showcase. Diem missed out on tickets and is still super jealous about missing out on cake, goodies as well as information on all the upcoming releases.
Valentine by Jodi McAlister
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky by Robert Newton
Wreck by Fleur Ferris
Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson
Cradle and All by James Patterson
The Build Up Season by Megan Jacobsen
The Change of Heart by Darren Groth
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
A Semi-Definite List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland
In this episode, Sarah and Diem dive deep into Kate Mildenhall’s Skylarking. We share our thoughts on what it would be like to be female and living in 1880s Australia, the mystery surrounding McPhail and his role in the novel. We also touch on Kate and Harriet’s relationship.
If you have not read Skylarking, you should listen to our mini review episode first and return to this at a later time. Enjoy!
This is a blog hop in conjunction with the Secret Santa organised by the Aussie YA Bloggers community.
What are your top 5 favourite books this year?
I’ve included YA as well as Adult titles below.
‘London Belongs to Us’ by Sarra Manning
‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ by Sarah J. Maas
‘Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil’ by Melina Marchetta
‘Truly Madly Guilty’ by Liane Moriarty
‘Who’s That Girl? ‘by Mhairi McFarlane
What are your top 5 favourite Aussie YA books this year?
‘A Tangle of Gold’ by Jaclyn Moriarty
‘Words in Deep Blue’ by Cath Crowley
‘Summer Skin’ by Kirsty Eagar
‘Frankie’ by Shivaun Plozza
‘The Yearbook Committee’ by Sarah Ayoub
How did you go with your Goodreads challenge?
Initially my goal was 50 books, however, by exactly halfway through the year I was quite far ahead so I bumped it up to 100. As I am writing this, I am on 140 books. I think I can squeeze in 10 more books before the end of the year.
What is your favourite blogging moment of 2016?
I don’t exactly blog. The closest I do to blogging are blog hops and transcripts of the episodes where I review books sent by publishers.
I created a podcast called ‘Bookish Friends’ and according to Google what I do means I am a podcast producer and host. This is quite amusing to me because this title sounds so official… but I’ll take it anyhow.
Thanks to Adele Walsh I got to interview 5 of the 6 Aussie authors shortlisted on the Gold Inky Awards list. That was a highlight for me.
What are your blogging goals for 2017?
I am hoping to do more regular podcasting, reviewing and discussing books in detail. Perhaps even more author interviews are in the horizon but I will definitely start recapping bookish events.
What books are you looking forward to in 2017?
I’ve listed a few Australian and International YA titles below. I am so excited for 2017!
‘Valentine’ by Jodi McAlister
‘Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology’ edited by Danielle Binks
‘Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact’ by Alison Goodman
‘Take Three Girls’ by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell and Fiona Wood
‘Remind Me How This Ends’ by Gabrielle Tozer
‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ by Sarah J. Maas
‘Untitled (Throne of Glass, #6)’ by Sarah J. Maas
‘The Upside of Unrequited’ by Becky Albertalli
‘Once and for All’ by Sarah Dessen
‘Ramona Blue’ by Julie Murphy
What is your favourite thing about the Aussie YA community?
Everyone is welcoming as well as incredibly passionate. I love this.
Leave 3 clues for my santee!
You’ve finished your last exam ever! What wonderful news!
Laurinda is a great book, so I hope you enjoy it.
The book I chose from your wishlist, I adore.
I have no idea how to attach the links ups properly so here are the links to Jeann’s and Joy’s blog.
In this episode, Sarah and Diem talk about the diversity and feminism in ‘London Belongs to Us’. We also discuss what it means to be an angry girl, London as a setting and our love for attractive French boys. Dear listeners, you will be able to hear the exact moment both of us started swooning.