Monday, 18 July 2011

Miscellaneous Monday: 2011 Aussie Author Challenge

I've been feeling as if my blog is a little aimless lately, so to remedy that I'm going to start doing a few personal memes to keep me on track. Miscellaneous Mondays is the meme where I can write about new books I've borrowed/bought or cool book related things I've stumbled upon. There will be other memes as the week goes by but that's another story for another day.

To kick off the first Misc Monday (as it will now be known because typing miscellaneous is a pain in the ass) I've decided that I don't read nearly enough books by Australian authors and I'm going to rectify that by participating in the 2011 Aussie Author Challenge hosted by Booklover Book Reviews.

The idea is to read and blog about Aussie books and share your reviews with other bloggers be they Australian or International. As an Aussie I will be participating in the True Blue category, which means I am going to have to read 12 books by at least 9 different authors! I've worked that out to be roughly 2.4 books a month. That seems doable....

So far the books I have chosen are:

1. Good Oil by Laura Buzo.
2. Graffitin Moon by Cath Crawley.
3. On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.
4. Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres.
5. Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar.
6. Solace and Grief by Foz Meadows.
7. The Outcast by Patricia Bernard.
8. Wolfborn by Sue Bursztynski.
9. The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta.
10.My Big Birkett: The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly and Completely Lost It by Lisa Shanahan.
11. Madigan Mine by Kirstyn McDermott.
12. Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody.
This is all I can think of so far. The list might change depending on whether I enjoy the book. My policy of not forcing myself to read a book I don't like still stands. Wish I'd thought of doing this sooner because I could have included Thyla by Kate Gordon and Mercy and Exile by Rebecca Lim which would have knocked off three books!

Better go get reading!



  1. Great choice! I'm doing this too, so far I've read Ghost Child by Caroline Overington and The Nest by Paul Jennings, both of which I really enjoyed - plus Not Meeting Mr Right by Anita Heiss, which unfortunately I wasn't a fan of.

  2. That's a nice list of books to read. Good luck to you.

    Oh and um Dimitri is so not yours! =)

  3. Belle: I can't believe how clueless I've been to the many cool Aussie authors out there. Paul Jennings was one of my favourite authors as a child. I wonder if I can review a picture book ;D

    Valerie: I hope I can stick to this list! I saw (read) Dimitri first!

  4. A very warm welcome to the challenge Lan! Look forward to reading your reviews.

    All one needs is a little focus and you quickly discover the wonderful array of often overlooked Aussie authors out there...

  5. Thanks so much Joanne for hosting such a great meme. It's really opened my eyes to the plethora of great Aussie authors out there!


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