My first encounter with a story book set in Australia was in secondary one. Our English teacher asked us to read Walkabout by James Vance Marshall. Before that most of what I know about Australia revolved around kangaroos, koala bears and the Sydney Opera House. Yes, I wasn’t a very good reader before – I stuck to authors and titles familiar to me (R.L. Stine, Carolyn Keene, Roald Dahl, Stephen King, etc.). My English teacher changed that.
My goal for this year is to be a more ‘diverse’ reader and a better armchair traveler. When I saw the 2014 Aussie Author Challenge over at Booklover Book Reviews, I was quite hesitant to join as I’ve already signed up for quite a few reading challenges this year. I was thinking over it last night and thought why not? I’ve been making good progress with the other challenges and I’ve already read a few great books from Australian authors last year (Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief and Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project). Plus I have a few books written by Australian authors in my TBR list this year.
I’m sure there’s a participation level that will suit everyone who is interested to join. I’m signing up for WALLABY which means I need to read 3 books written by Australian authors. You can read more about the challenge in the dedicated page which you can visit here. If you are clueless about which books to read, there’s a list in that post too, under “Useful Resources”.
For this challenge here is a tentative list of books I want to read; although I might find other books fit for the challenge:
- Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
- The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman – Read my review
- Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas
If you’re interested, please check out the dedicated page for the challenge.
February 8, 2014 at 1:23 pm
Some great titles in your reading list there – looking forward to hearing your thoughts. I haven’t read ‘Jasper Jones’ yet but have been meaning to as I loved Craig Silvey’s novel ‘Rhubarb’ – very original and inventive use of language.
February 8, 2014 at 3:11 pm
Thank you for the welcome, Jo. I’m really looking forward to reading these books and perhaps even more ;)