Kimbofo at Reading Matters is hosting Australian Literature Month again this year. Running for the month of April, anybody can join in! Read an Aussie book (any genre), take part in discussions, tweet your recommendations (the hashtag is #OzLitMonth), post photos of Aussie books…the ideas are endless!
I’m going to be trying to read as many Aussie books as I can during this month. Not all of them will fit into the category of literature, but she’ll be right mate (translation: it’s okay)! I’ll also be baking a few Aussie treats, which I’ll post on my Instagram (my username is samstillreading).
I’ll be sharing with you reviews from the following authors:
- Jessica Rudd
- Graeme Simsion
- Fiona McCallum
- Ashley Hay
- Deborah Challinor
…and possibly more!
If you’d like to join in, but are unsure what to read, here’s a few of my favourite Aussie books that I’ve reviewed (click on the links to read):
- Loretta Hill writes rural Australian fiction (The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots, The Girl in the Hard Hat)
- Madeleine St John’s
The Women in Black looks at post war Sydney
- Michelle de Kretser‘s Questions of Travel is on many a prize shortlist – a beautiful book
- Kate Morton writes historical fiction with a parallel narrative (The Secret Keeper, The Distant Hours)
- In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl combines 1970s Brisbane with WWI France
- Bryce Courtenay combines 1960s Australia and Singapore in this romance laced with intrigue, Fortune Cookie. April Fool’s Day is, in comparison, a very emotional (and true) story
- Shaun Micallef is a very, very funny man. Smithereens is hilarious and Preincarnate is pure genius
- Sara Foster is making waves with every book she writes – read the taut thriller Beneath the Shadows
- Campaign Ruby by Jessica Rudd is the funniest chick lit I’ve ever read…and scarily true
- Anh Do writes an incredibly moving and hilarious memoir in The Happiest Refugee