End of 2017

Well folks we have survived another year

I just wanted to take a minute and say thank you. Thank you for reading my Book Reviews. Thank you for your comments and thoughts throughout the year. Thank you for liking my wacky Tip Tuesdays and Wednesday posts. And seriously THANK YOU for following me!

I hope you have enjoyed the work I have put out there this 2017. I will continue to read books and will share reviews whenever I can in 2018, but I won’t be back as rigorous as I have been all 2017. I will be here and there, but I will be back soon.

Happy New Year!

Good Luck!

Thank you!



Books Coming out Soon – Teen Con #AllDayYa

At Teen Con, during Sydney Writer’s Festival’s #AllDayYa event, (you can read my event recap right here to catch up), Will Kostakis, alongside a few Australian Publishing House representatives, the audience was given a sneak peek into some of the books coming out soon.

And it was my duty to get the names and month of release for all of you, so it’s not just my TBR piles growing by you guys (my audience) TBR pile are growing too.

So here are the books we were given a sneak peek into and their cover: Continue reading “Books Coming out Soon – Teen Con #AllDayYa”

Sydney Writer’s Festival #AllDayYa Recap

This year, the Sydney Writer’s Festival held its annual All-Day YA events at the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta. The entire day was dedicated to the books and writers of Young Adult books. There were also a few overseas Young Adult authors as guests for some of the events. These were Sarah Crossan, Jennifer Niven, Markio Tamaki and Rupi Kaur. Continue reading “Sydney Writer’s Festival #AllDayYa Recap”

Week Wrap Up

First week of May wrap up –

So I thought I would do a quick wrap up to let you all know what has been happening.

Well we started a new month this week. Isn’t this year going by so fast?

I ended last month with a post with all the books I bought and read and you can find it here.

On Monday, I released my April Doable TBR Pile out on my blog.

Tuesday saw a new and exciting Tip for Tip Tuesday which was all about magic.

On Wednesday, I shared a link to an article I found about quirky things all book lovers have done before.

Yesterday I posted about which book I was reading – ‘Everything Everything’ by Nicola Yoon.

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This week I also started and finished reading ‘Geekerella’ by Ashely Poston. Such a good book, you all need to go out there and get a copy so you can fall in love with it too.

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I also watched Younger on DVD in between my writing sessions. It is such a good television show and thankfully it has been picked up for another season. If you don’t know about the show, google it and then go and look for a way to watch it because Hilary Duff is in it as is Nico Tortorella and well hello!

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I’m going out to dinner with my friends for the first time in a while tonight and seeing some that I haven’t in a while too. I hope it’s a good night as I have to find a catch-up episode of Arrow as it is on during dinner.

Oh, and do you guys watch The Flash? You have to watch it. I can’t believe what happened during this week’s episode. I mean I screamed! How is all of this meant to work out now. There has to be an explanation for what they did on the show. None of it makes sense. Okay my rant is over now.


So that has been my week so far.

Here’s to the weeked.


Book Launch for ‘The Impossible Story of Olive in Love’

Last week during a freakish Sydney storm, I headed to a local brewery to celebrate the launch of Tonya Alexandra’s The Impossible Story of Olive in Love. I was given a copy of this book at the beginning of the year from the publishers Harlequin Teen and if you follow my blog or tweets than you will know exactly how much I love this book. You can find my book review for this book right here.

Continue reading “Book Launch for ‘The Impossible Story of Olive in Love’”


On Friday night, I ventured out to Homebush Bay, Sydney to see the one and only Adele, live in concert. What an experience that was. A once in a life time event that will probably place Adele’s concert within my top ten concerts of all time for a really long time.

Waiting, waiting….

I am no stranger to concerts, but Adele’s concert was some kind of wonderful different. After being stuck in traffic for two hours, I knew it was going to be a hectic night. But it wasn’t until I walked out of the car park and into the crowd, that I knew the night was going to be a mess. Oh, and what a mess it was, a good delightful mess filled with people who all wanted the same thing, to hear Adele sing and have a good time.

Let the show begin…



After braving the merchandise stand and getting a concert t-shirt, it was into the stadium and into chaos. Filled with people trying to get the bathroom, or looking for food and drinks., everyone was everywhere and also looking for their seats.

Then the waiting started. 7.30pm came and went and after being told to be there so Adele could start promptly, everyone around me, including myself was getting anxious waiting for her. 8pm came and went and before we knew it the whole stadium was being swept up into a wave, starting at one end and going all the way around, including all stands and everyone on the floor as well. It was a phenomenal sight to see and even though it took a while to get the whole stadium going, by the time they all got the hint, it was loud and awesome.

She even made it rain

As the night sky turned black and the crowd grew restless, the lights went out and the closed eyes that had been staring at us all night blinked open, the crowd went wild. Hello was her opening song and boy did everyone yell and join in with her. Song after song, Adele hit each and every note, skipping a few words here and there and even thanking a girl at the front for singing along and reminding her of the words she had forgotten.

Rumour Has It, and I Miss You were amazing. Then she introduced Skyfall, and a group of male choir singer walked out and took place around the stage. Adele even mentioned that next time they should come out with no shirts on. Together Adele and the boys, with a great clip being played above with her swimming in water, they created a cinema experience on the live stage. Radio favourites Send my Love (to your new lover), Set Fire to The Rain, Rolling in the Deep and Someone Like You were all crowd pleasers and got the audience singing along.

Adele was given a crown by an audience member and of course she put it on for a song

But my favourites had to have been, Don’t You Remember, Sweetest Devotion and Chasing Pavements, classics which allowed her fans to see how far she had come.

‘I Miss You’ with an amazing ocean theme

Lots of talking to the audience between the songs, showed us Adele’s funny side and emotional side about her life and her songs. A t-shirt gun was shot off four different times with $20 attached to the shirts, urging the captured to go and have a drink on her. Adele even stopped a song as it was getting started because she knew that there were going to be fireworks and a person at the front was frightened. She apologised to them, and to the audience for spoiling the surprise of the fireworks, then like a boss, carried on and was spectacular. A kiss cam whilst Adele took a quick break towards the end, gave the audience the chance to get some camera time and the rest of us swoon. A 2 and a bit hour set list is a massive feat and couldn’t have been any better. She played old and new songs for everyone to enjoy.

The whole stadium turned red as Adele sang ‘Skyfall’ and the choir of boys around the rim of the stage

A little drama happened during the show, when something happened to an audience member at the front and was rushed away with an ambulance. And closer to where I was sitting, intoxicated audience members were talking throughout the music, leaving others asking security to sort it out.

Adele asked us all to turn our phone torches on as she sang ‘Make You Feel My Love’

But throughout it all, Adele was amazing. She was everything and nothing I was expecting on the night. She sounds just like her cds and slightly better. She holds amazing conversations with 95 thousand people around her which is a feat on its own and knows how to make everyone happy, weather you are a dedicated fan or you just like some of her songs. She’s a queen through and through and I would definitely see her again.

And fireworks to bring the whole show together

If you have had the chance to see Adele sing before, then you will know just how spectacular she is when she is singing and when she is talking. She is a one of a kind music performer and definitely worth the money for the tickets, weather you are right in front of her or all the way up in the nose bleed sections. Her music may not be the brightest of stuff, and she will warn you about that, but the best thing about Adele and her music is that it is raw and relevant to every single listener.

*All photos were taken by me and aren’t all that great, but still, better than nothing. *


Happy Valentines Day!


We have reached the 14th of February again, so you know what that means, it’s Valentine’s Day. A day that is based of a gruesome and horrible historical day, that has now turned into a multi-million dollar conglomerate day celebrated around the world with expensive flowers and chocolates.


If your going out for lunch or dinner with a loved one, I hope you have an amazing time. If your staying at home for some well needed Netflix and Chill time, then go a head.

Or if your like me and going to be spending the day working and snuggling into bed with a new book, then remember this: your not alone, and who wants to go to the effort of working out what to wear on a date when your too tired to think straight?

So girls, grab that ice-cream and chocolate, find a DVD or book and get comfy for the long haul until the right person comes along. Until then…here’s Dean Winchester breaking hearts again…


Happy Valentine’s Day lovers.


January 2017 Wrap Up

January 2017 has already come and gone and we are about to hit the beginning of the next month. My how time flies! If you are anything like me than you probably took advantage of this month great weather and relaxed whilst you could, with a book in hand, of course. Like any good month, new and great book are released and thrown out into the world for all of us hungry booknerd to get our hands on and devour. This month was no different, with the release of some highly anticipated new young adult books hitting the shelves. This month, Penguin Teen Australia held their annual Showcase, which I had the opportunity to attended. I also went to Melbourne for a few days and found some great books down there. It’s been a busy month, filled with lots of great books. Continue reading “January 2017 Wrap Up”

Melbourne Trip Away…

I have just returned from a trip down to Melbourne. It was my first time. I was with my mother and sister for the duration and together we criss-crossed the state searching high and low for new and exciting books…. oh, and we did a few other things like see the 12 Apostles and went on the Eureka Skydeck. But the best part of the whole trip, other than the chocolate and ice-cream factory, had to be going into new and different bookshops and seeing what they had. Continue reading “Melbourne Trip Away…”

Thank you

So 2016 has almost come and gone for good, so I wanted to take a moment and say THANK YOU.


Thank you to my followers who have followed me, read my posts, liked my posts or even just looked at my post this year. It has been my first full year here at GIRLWITHAPEN and I have grown and learnt a lot thanks to all my awesome followers that I have. Without you I would still be a bundle of nerves not knowing what to do with myself.

Thank you to my readers. Here on WordPress, Twitter, Facebook and even on Instagram. No matter where I post or what I post someone always looks, so thank you for looking.

Thank you to the publishers. For making the Australian publishing industry kick goals and for making it the industry that it is today and my future career. Also thank you to the publishers Penguin Random House, Harper Collins, Pan Macmillan, Allen & Unwin, Hardie Grant, Bloomsbury Publishing and Pantera Press for sending me copies of books for honest reviews and for running great social media accounts that brings me up to date with all things bookish.

So once again THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to anyone who has read, liked, looked at, given me advice or anything else really in the last 12 months. You are awesome and I hope I see you in the new year.

Lots of love Girlwithapen ♥


End of the year…

You know it is nearing the end of the year when book publication dates state either December or January 2017.

I’ve been all over the place looking for books and simply can’t find the ones I am looking for. I think I am going to have to start buying books online, but I don’t want to turn my back on bookshops.

I mean bookshops are the heart and soul of the publishing world and I think without them, books would be dead. But on the other hand, waiting and waiting and waiting for books to come out in bookshops takes forever and I’m not a really patient person when it comes to books.

But when you have waited a month or two for a book you know has already come out in Australia a month ago and it is yet to come to your local bookshop, sometimes you have to bail.

There aren’t many bookshops around my house. One just opened today, and it looks amazing, but a bit pricey. I mean books cost but marking up prices doesn’t help.

Where do you guys buy your books?

In other news, I have already made a list of books I want for Christmas.

Stick around…