Hey There Booklovers!
As an Aussie, I love reading books written by Aussie authors, and set here in Australia, so when I heard about the Aussie YA Blog Hop, through Jeann from Happy Indulgence Books, I knew it was something I had to participate in, and share my thoughts and recommendations on OzYA!
1. What you love about Aussie YA?
I don't know what it is about Aussie YA that makes it so great - it's so diverse and I'm yet to find a book and/or author that I didn't enjoy (which I hope never happens). What I really love is reading stories set here in Australia, written by authors who actually live here. And even when a story isn't set here, it's still a really enjoyable read and contains some of that Aussie spirit that we all know and love.
2. Favourite Aussie YA authors?
I've come to realise that I haven't experienced that many OzYA authors (I feel so ashamed!), but the ones that I have read, I've really enjoyed. These include Jay Kristoff, Jackie French, John Marsden, Marcus Zusak, and Amie Kaufman.
3. The Aussie YA book you grew up with?
Looking back, most of the books I had to read in high school were Aussie YA books - Hitler's Daughter by Jackie French, Tomorrow, When The War Began by John Marsden and The Messenger by Marcus Zusak - all of which were great books. Although, I am jealous of everyone who had to read Looking For Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta, because it's a book that I've been meaning to read FOREVER, and definitely would have enjoyed it back in school!
4. Favourite Aussie YA book released in 2016?
I honestly haven't been keeping track of Aussie releases, and my TBR is so huge, that I don't actually think I've read ANY Aussie YA books this year anyway, let alone a 2016 release... Wait, I lie, I have read ONE Aussie YA book, and that was A Rose For The ANZAC Boys by Jackie French, released in 2008, and it was PHENOMENAL!
Plus, I'm currently reading Nevernight by Kay Kristoff, which was released in July, and although it's actually more of an adult novel, I'm still counting it because it's fantastic so far!
5. Aussie YA Debut you are looking forward to?
Like I said, I haven't really been keeping track of Aussie YA releases, and I've never been good with keeping up with debut releases, so I'm kind of cheating with this and saying Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, which is coming out in October. Illuminae was fantastic, and I've been anticipating this sequel for what feels like FOREVER!
6. Favourite Aussie YA Series?
It has just occurred to me that I've only read one Aussie YA series, and even then, I haven't actually finished it yet, and that is the Tomorrow Series by John Marsden. I've read the first three or four books, which were fantastic, and I'm excited to get back into the series very soon.
7. Unexpected YA Surprise?
The one book that comes to mind is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, simply because I didn't think I'd love it as much as I did. I've read very little sci-fi, plus the style in which the book is written had be a little worried about whether I'd enjoy it or not, but I was surprised at how quick I fell into the story and became wrapped up in Kady and Ezra's story as they try to survive the 'help' from the AI system AIDAN.
8. Aussie YA Book You Always Recommend To Others?
I would really love to see more people read (or at least talk about) A Rose For The ANZAC Boys by Jackie French, because it's such a beautiful and moving book that needs to be appreciated by more people!
I'd also love to see more people, especially those oversees, check out the Tomorrow Series by John Marsden, because it is absolutely fantastic and a must-read series.
9. An Aussie YA book on your TBR?
This year I told myself that I wanted to read more OzYA, so there a quite a few books on my TBR, but a recent addition to my bookshelf , and a book that I'm hoping to get to very soon, is Becoming Kirrali Lewis by Jane Harrison. I heard about it on OzYAY last month, and I definitely think it will be one of my next reads!
10. Recommend your favourite Aussie YA Bloggers!
I have to admit that I don't check out other bloggers that often, and Aussie ones even less so (don't worry, I'm trying to find more awesome blogs!). But I do follow and check in on Happy Indulgence Books, Angel Reads, Genie In A Book, and Diva Booknerd, from time to time.
So that's it for the Aussie YA Blog Hop! I hope you guys got some good book and author recommendations, plus some more blogs for you to check out. Please feel free to leave some recommendations in the comments below, or let me know if you've also been a part of the Blog Hop, because I'd love to check out your post (and blog!)
See You Soon!