One of the things I love most about blogging is its ability to connect me to all the readers around Australia. Some of my most treasured memories as a blogger are moments where I got to meet my fellow Aussie bloggers, like the time Jeann and Jenna came to Melbourne, or when I went to Sydney for the Writer’s Festival back in May, and more recently the Nevernight Launch in Melbourne.
The Oz YA community has helped shaped me into the blogger that I am today, and I will forever be grateful to their collective passion, intelligence and wit.
This blog hop is organised by Jeann at Happy Indulgence, along with the Aussie YA Blogger admin group. There will be a twitter chat
on 14th July so follow @AusYABloggers and #AusYABlogChat for more information!
What I Love About Aussie YA
I love the familiarity of the setting and the immediate relevance in the issues touched on in Oz YA books. Although I adore books for their ability to transport me into another country or another realm altogether – reading Australian fiction and their familiar surroundings help ground my emotions and make the characters come to life in a more profound way. We are also blessed with a host of amazing authors who regular engage with their readers and share their experiences.
Favourite Aussie YA Authors
Melina Marchetta is a true artist with the way she can take any genre, be it fantasy or contemporary – and they reduce your heart into smithereens with just mere words. I read Finnikin of the Rock many years ago, but some of the scenes in that book still haunt me until this day. It has one of the most affecting and intense ending chapters in the history of ever. I also love Jay Kristoff and how he experiments constantly with different fantasy or science fiction world – and how he dares to push the limits of his writing craft with every new series.
The Aussie YA Book You Grew Up With
I only moved to Australia around three years ago, so I can’t claim to have grown up with anything here. I was raised in New Zealand and through schools we grew up on the moving voices of Witi Ihimaera and Patricia Grace instead.
Favourite Aussie YA Book Release Of 2016
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff is the dark fantasy I’ve been waiting for. It filled a gap left in my reader’s heart by Discworld and The Gentlemen Bastard series. You can read my thoughts on why you should buy it and my full review for more details.
Favourite Aussie YA Series
As above, I love the Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta. If you like Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch, this is basically the more intense, darker version of it. Filled with intriguing characters that simply refuses to be categorised into neat stereotypes.
Unexpected Aussie YA Surprise
I only read When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah because it was sent to me by the publisher – but I was surprised at how powerful and honest it was as a read. Highly recommended for everyone, even if you’re averse to series with high school settings (like I admittedly was).
An Aussie YA Book On Your TBR
Ohhh how can I just name one. Here are three from my immediate pile: My Sister Rosa Justine Larbalestier, which promises to by a dark, mind-bending thriller. The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis which just looks to be filled with heart and humour. Finally, The Skin Of A Monster by Kathryn Barker which sounds trippy and complex.
Recommend Your Favourite Aussie YA Bloggers
If I named everyone I love, I will literally be here all day, so here are a list of people I have hang out with in real life, and are certified awesome both online and offline!
- Jeann of Happy Indulgence: She is the first blogger I ever met, and it was an experience I enjoyed so much – I now regularly harass her into flying to Melbourne to see me. Jeann is even more vivacious and bubbly in real life, and her love for food and selfies bind us together in an eternal bond.
- Jenna of Reading With Jenna: Jenna is basically the voice of reason to temper my madness. She’s witty, smart, and has basically no self control when it comes to book buying so it’s always a blast to go shopping with her. Her appreciation for my most loved watermelon cake bumps her up another notch in my book of faves.
- Reg at Shelatitude: I recently met Reg through the Nevernight launch, and we went for a book shop hop together that same weekend. She’s just so much fun, and has vastly different opinions on books to myself – which always make the conversation interesting. I hope we will get a chance to meet up with one another more frequently in the future!
- Emily of Loony Literate: I got to spend a bit of time with Emily during the Sydney’s Writer’s Festival and let me tell you, she’s just as mature and intelligent in real life as she is online. She’s also a huge advocate for Australian stories, so if you’re interested in Oz YA, you MUST check out her fantastic blog.
Are you a fan of Australian fiction? What are your favourites?