Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Aussie Author Challenge 2017


Hey.  Guess what.  I'm participating in (another) book challenge.  Surprise, surprise.

This will be my 3rd year to tackle the Aussie Author Challenge.  As an American living in Australia, I am intrigued by the number of musicians and authors that I have discovered since moving here.  This challenge has helped facilitate finding some amazing authors that were born and/or now live in Australia.  Check out this link to find out more.  You can limit yourself to only tackling only 3 books for the entire year by an Australian author.  That's pretty easy peasy for a book challenge, am I right?

I've just started my last book for the 2016 challenge, so that I can reach "kangaroo" status, and I'll be aiming for that again in 2017.  I've read more than 12 books by Aussie authors this year, but for some reason, they were mostly by women.  I need to complete the "male authors" category.

"Kangaroo" status consists of:

KANGAROO: Read and review 12 titles written by Australian Authors of which at least 4 of those authors are female, at least 4 of those authors are male, and at least 4 of those authors are new to you; Fiction or non-fiction, at least 3 genre.

Here's my preliminary list (subject to change):

Male authors:
1.   Black Rock White City by A.S. Patric
2.   Working Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes
3.   The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion
4.   Suspect by Michael Robotham

Female authors:
5.   Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta
6.   The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
7.   Ghost Girls by Cath Ferla
8.   We Ate the Road Like Vultures by Lynette Lounsbury

Authors new to me:
9.   The Fictional Woman by Tara Moss
10.  So Much to Tell You by John Marsden
11.  After Darkness by Christine Piper
12.  I Came to Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington


  1. Ooh, New book by Graeme Simsion! I liked the Rosie books.

  2. So Much To Tell You is one of my absolute all-time favourite books! I discovered it in a charity shop when I was about 13 and have re-read it every couple of years ever since. It's so sad though.

  3. I want to forgive the Rosie author for the second of the Rosie books so I am excited that he has another.

    I think I'm going to informally do this challenge. Why not?

  4. I'm excited to hear what you think about The Husband's Secret. It's the only one I've read by her and I'd like to try her others, though I had kinda mixed feelings.

  5. Besides Liane Moriarty and Graeme Simsion, I am not familiar with any of these authors. I might consider doing the 3 books. Challenges are fun but I have to leave room for just random reading too. Sometimes when books are assigned (and even ones I really want to read), immature Tanya comes to life and decides she wants to read something else. LOL! I'm the least rebellious person so I rebel over stupid stuff. :D I can't wait to hear more about these books.

    I'm starting my annual year-end blogging break, so I wanted to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Have a great time with your friend who is coming to visit too!

  6. Hehe, convenient that Liane Moriarty is Australian! You still get a few well known state-side books that way! This is such a neat challenge to expose you to other authors!!


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