Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Big Little Lies - Aussie Author Challenge

What?  Another book post by me?  You betcha. 

I'm a book challenge junkie.  Yea, yea, yea.  I've said it before.

I just posted a rundown of what I read for the Show Us Your Books link-up.  Sure did.

But, I finished this last night, and as a part of the Aussie Authour Challenge, I'm going to tell you what I thought.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - This book (and author) has received a lot of hype in the book-reading blogger world.  Deservedly so.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book set in the fictional coastal suburb of Pirriwee, and I can see why there's talk of a movie in the making (except I'm not too sure about the casting rumors). This book is full of fabulous characters and dirty secrets. There are families and friendships; plot twists and a murder investigation; domestic abuse and kindergarten bullies; ex-spouses and single parents.  This will not be the last Liane Moriarty book that I read. 4/5

I aimed to reach "Kangaroo" status with this challenge, and I'm fairly confident I'll do it! 
– 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;
– At least 6 fiction and at least 2 non-fiction, and at least 2 titles first published in 2014 or 2015.
Female authors:
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta - COMPLETED 11 April 2015 - 5/5
Frantic by Katherine Howell- COMPLETED 6 April 2015 - 3.5/5
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (published 2014) - COMPLETED 11 August 2015 - 4/5
Girl, Defective by Simonne Howell

Male authors:
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (published 2014) - COMPLETED 26 June 2015 - 1/5
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan - CUT
The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McGinty
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley (non-fiction) - COMPLETED 10 February 2015 - 4/5

Authors new to me:
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley - COMPLETED 3 April 2015 - 3.5/5
Strange Places by Will Elliott (non-fiction) - COMPLETED 2 April 2015 - 2/5
All That I Am by Anna Funder - COMPLETED 28 March 2015 - 4/5
Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher - COMPLETED 11 March 2015 - 5/5


  1. I loved Big Little Lies! My book club read it, and it's one of my favorites that I've read in ages. I went on to read The Husband's Secret, which is also great, but I'd suggest reading a book or two in between as there seems to be a bit of a "formula," at least with these two books.

  2. I've loved all of Lianne Moriarty's books that I've read! I feel like The Husband's Secret got a lot of hype, but it actually wasn't my favorite book of hers. So far, Big Little Lies and What Alice Forgot are my faves!

  3. Oh I think I need to read Big Little Lies, adding it to my book list.

  4. I've read three of her books this year and this one was my favorite. Glad you enjoyed it, too!

  5. I loved this book, I hope when I get to be a kindergarten mom in 8 days this is not my life!

  6. Loved this book so much! It just had everything. I want to read The Husband's Secret next.

  7. I haven't read this one or the Hypnotist's Love Story but I've read her other three and they've all been good! My favorite so far was What Alice Forgot, and by the description of this one I think this could pass it or be my second favorite.

  8. I just requested Big Little Lies from the library...can't wait to read it since so many people have seemed to really enjoy it!

  9. I really liked this book! I think its an easy read yet still suspenseful - a good read.

  10. I read about this book a lot! Will definitely check it out, I trust your taste!

  11. You are killing that challenge! Woot woot. I had a hard time with The Husband's Secret but I've heard good things about this one.


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