Welcome to my stop of the Aussie YA Blog Hop! This hop was created by the Aussie/NZ Readers & Bloggers group to celebrate all the amazing stories written by our wonderful authors from down under. I’m hosting the blog hop along with my other fellow mods — make sure you visit them below!
My lovely fellow hosts:
- Jeann @ Happy Indulgence Books
- Genie @ Genie In A Book
- Emily @ Loony Literate
- Aimee @ My Life In Books
And don’t forget that we’ll also be having a super fun Twitter chat from 6-7pm AEST. You can follow all the action by following us on @AusYABloggers, or following along on the hashtag #AusYAblogChat. Everyone is welcome to join in, and I’m sure you’ll find some wonderful new reads to add to that never ending TBR!
1. What you love about Aussie YA
The best thing about Aussie YA is how relatable it is. Sure, my favourite genre is fantasy, but whenever I pick up a contemporary book that features places that I’ve been to, I get extremely excited! It makes the whole reading experience more immersive.
2. Favourite Aussie YA authors
Tara Eglington is one of the sweetest Aussie authors I’ve met. She’s the author of ‘How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You‘ and ‘How to Convince a Boy to Kiss You‘, the follow up. If you’re looking for a feel-good contemporary novel with lovely characters and relationships, then you’ll definitely love this series.
Justine Larbalestier’s book Razorhurst has really left its mark. Till this day, I remember how truly immersed I was while reading this book — I really felt like I’d been transported back to Sydney in 1932!
And who can leave off Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff? The dynamic duo that brought us Illuminae, and pretty much propelled Aussie YA sci-fi into thousands of bookshelves internationally?
3. The Aussie YA book you grew up with
Honestly, I don’t really remember. Growing up, I read a lot of international titles that I enjoyed immensely, and wouldn’t change it for the world. But I definitely wish I had read more Aussie authors. I guess the one that pops into mind first (despite not being YA) is Andy Griffith.
4. Favourite Aussie YA book released in 2016
So I’ve been pretty shit with keeping up with my Goodreads challenge this year…I’m currently 9 books books behind. Taking a look back at what Aussie YA books I’ve read this year…the only one is ‘Their Fractured Light‘ by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. So I guess that one wins by default?
5. Aussie YA Debut you are looking forward to
Gaah I’m so bad at keeping up with what books are coming out these days, so I’m not actually sure! I have a lot of books by Aussie authors which I’m really looking forward to this year, but I’m not sure about debuts per se.
6. Favourite Aussie YA series
It will have to be the Starbound series by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I know it’s only 50% Aussie, but I think it still counts!
7. Unexpected Aussie YA surprise
Jessica Shirvington’s ‘Disruption‘ duology! I was never really interested in her angel series, so I wasn’t really sure whether I would love Disruption when I first picked it up. Oh boy, was I in for a ride! I love that the series was a duology, because it kept the plot interesting, and the story was told at a good pace.
8. Aussie YA Book you always recommend to others
Hands down, Illuminae!
9. An Aussie YA book on your TBR
Pretty much everything by Melina Marchetta. Yes, it pains me to say that I have yet to break my Marchetta book cherry 🙁
10. Recommend your favourite Aussie YA Bloggers!
A big shout out to my wonderful hosts, and all the moderators that tirelessly work on the Aussie & NZ YA Readers and Bloggers group. You guys have no idea all the planning that goes on behind the scenes, in order for us to keep the #LoveOzYA love going. Especially big shout outs go to Jeann @ Happy Indulgence Books and Kelly @ Diva Booknerd, the ones that keep the group updated on all things Aussie YA, and tirelessly shares the love for the community around. <3