One Year Anniversary Giveaway!

Hello dear listeners!

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.

Love you all,

‘Bookish Friends’ Giveaway

Recap: PTA Showcase 2017

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.

Show notes

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

Everything, Everything (film)

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

A Shadow’s Breath by Nicole Hayes

Book Discussion: Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall

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.

*Spoilers ahead!*

If you have not read Skylarking, you should listen to our mini review episode first and return to this at a later time. Enjoy!

Show notes

Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall

Readings blog: ‘Emily Bitto interviews Kate Mildenhall’

Book Review: Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven



In this episode, Jen and Diem review Jennifer Niven’s Holding Up the Universe by sharing their thoughts on the book’s highlights and lowlights.

Thank you Penguin for this e-ARC via NetGalley.

Show notes

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Bonus: Sarah answers some bookish questions

In this episode, Sarah answer some bookish questions and shares with Diem her readings habits. Once again, many books are referenced but none are discussed in detail. This is a spoiler free episode!

Show notes

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

The Lord of the Rings by  J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit by  J.R.R. Tolkien

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Leviathan series by Scott Westerfield

Inside a Dog

The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater

London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning

Wolfe Brothers series by Markus Zusak

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Inbetween Days by Vikki Wakefield

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings #2) by J.R.R. Tolkien

Shadowhunters (TV Show)

Harry Potter series (films)

Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

Pride and Prejudice (TV Show)

Pride and Prejudice (film)

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares (Dash and Lily #1) by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

Recap: Centre for Youth Literature’s YA Showcase for 2017

In this episode, Lauren and Diem recap the Centre for Youth Literature’s YA Showcase for 2017.

Diem’s Top 5

Untidy Towns by Kate O’Donnell

Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough

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

Valentine by Jodi McAlister

My Life as a Hashtag by Gabrielle Williams

Lauren’s Top 5

Remind Me How This Ends by Gabrielle Tozer

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

Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough

The Things We Promise by J.C Burke

Beautiful Mess by Clare Christian

Show notes

Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos

The Truman Show (film)

Loathing Lola by Will Kostakis

We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

One by Sarah Crossan

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Ruins and Wings by Sarah J Maas

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas

You Got This by Pip Harry

Head of the River by Pip Harry

Creepy and Maud by Diane Touchell

Forgetting Foster by Diane Touchell

A Small Madness by Diane Touchell

The Secrets We Share by Nova Wheetman

The Secrets We Keep by Nova Wheetman

Frankie and Joely by Nova Wheetman

Trouble by Non Pratt

Untidy Towns by Kate O’Donnell

Gilmore Girls (TV show)

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

My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

Remind Me How This Ends by Gabrielle Tozer

The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer

Faking It by Gabrielle Tozer

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil

Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

The Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil

Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins

Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough

The Flywheel by Erin Gough

IDA by Alison Evans

Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin

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

Frogkisser! by Garth Nix

The Things We Promise by J.C Burke

The Story of Tom Brennan by J.C Burke

My Life as a Hashtag by Gabrielle Williams

The Impossible Story of Olive in Love by Tonya Alexandra

Vigilante by Kady Cross

Sweet/Vicious (TV show)

A Shadow’s Breath by Nicole Hayes

One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Valentine by Dr Jodi McAlister

Jodi’s The Bachelorette (season 2) recaps

Jodi’s The Bachelor (season 4) recaps

Jodi’s Outlander (season 2) recaps

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Night Swimming by Steph Bowe

Ballad for a Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield

Beautiful Mess by Clare Christian

Aussie YA Bloggers Secret Santa Blog Hop 2016


This is a blog hop in conjunction with the Secret Santa organised by the Aussie YA Bloggers community.

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

  1. 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!

  1. You’ve finished your last exam ever! What wonderful news!
  2. Laurinda is a great book, so I hope you enjoy it.
  3. 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.

Book Discussion: London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning

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.

Show notes

London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning

Sarra Manning interview for Red Online

Grey’s Anatomy (TV show)

How to Get Away with Murder (TV show)

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley