Hi friends! This week, Jeann over at Happy Indulgence decided to host this brilliant Aussie YA Blog Hop! It’s all about spreading the love for Australian YA novels and authors and recommending some of our absolute favourites. I’m such a massive supporter of all things #LoveOzYA and it’s fabulous that I get a whole blog post to rave about how great Aussie authors are! Not to brag, but we’re pretty talented on this big island in the middle of nowhere.
What I love about Aussie YA…
The thing I love most about Aussie YA is the community we form through reading and loving the books that are written by authors living in Australia. There’s something so magical about the bonds formed between readers and authors and whenever we want to spread the love for our favourite Aussie YA novels, we’re always showered with love back from the author. While there are many lovely authors that reside overseas, the tight community I’m lucky to be a part of is what I love most about Aussie YA.
My favourite Aussie YA authors…
This is a tricky one! There’s so many Aussie YA authors that I love and I know I’m going to forget some off this list, but here’s just a few of my favourites:
- Fleur Ferris
- Amie Kaufman
- Jay Kristoff
- Megan Jacobson
- Shivaun Plozza
- Krystal Sutherland
- Rebecca James
- Kylie Fornasier
An Aussie YA book I grew up with…
Like so many others, the Aussie YA book I grew up with was the Tomorrow, When the War Began series. I remember seeing the movie in the cinemas before I actually read it soon after, and then it was an English book we studied in Year Eight. I think this series is close to the hearts of everyone who read it.
My favourite Aussie YA book released in 2016…
After reading Risk, I knew Fleur Ferris was going to quickly become one of my favourite authors, and I was so excited to hear that she was releasing another book this year. Fast forward a few months and Black would have to be my favourite Aussie YA book for 2016. It’s such a thrilling and engrossing read, and one that I can’t recommend enough.
An Aussie YA debut I’m looking forward to…
Okay, so I might be bending the rules a little here when I say that the Aussie YA debut I’m most looking forward to is Our Chemical Hearts. Yes, I’ve already read an ARC of this book — kindly sent to me from Penguin Australia (the book will be in-stores on October 3rd) — but what I’m most looking forward to is seeing how it’s received by other Aussie readers. I honestly think Our Chemical Hearts is going to become one of the most beloved contemporaries of our generation.
My favourite Aussie YA series…
The Every series by Ellie Marney. This series is absolutely phenomenal. Not only do I love it because it’s inspired by Sherlock Holmes, it’s also one of the best Aussie YA series out there. It’s fast-paced, the romance is swoon-worthy and the twists kept me guessing right until the last page. If you haven’t read this series yet, you really need to get onto it!
An unexpected Aussie YA surprise…
Now, if you haven’t heard of Illuminae, I really don’t know what you’ve been doing for the past year. While there was quite a bit of hype surrounding this series even before its release, I don’t think any of us expected it to take off in the way that it did. We all knew that it’d be loved and appreciated – duh, it’s written by two of the best authors on the planet – but I don’t think we were prepared for it to take the world by storm, which is exactly what it’s been doing. And rightfully so, because this series is phenomenal. I can’t wait for the last instalment!
An Aussie YA Book I always recommend to others…
This one would have to be The Flywheel! It’s a gorgeous book about love and friendship and being unafraid to be yourself. I haven’t heard many people talking about this book lately, but I want to remind you all that it exists and it’s beautiful and you should definitely go out and buy a copy!
An Aussie YA book on my TBR…
I’ve been meaning to read Will Kostakis’s The Sidekicks for ages! I really enjoyed The First Third and I really need to get onto his next book. I’ve heard such amazing things about this novel and it’s really time I went out and got a copy. To the bookshop!
My favourite Aussie YA bloggers!
I honestly have so many favourite Aussie book blogs, so it was really hard narrowing down my list. I love all of you guys! But here are just a few exceptional Aussie bloggers:
- Paul @ The Galaxial Word
- Cait @ Paper Fury
- Julia @ Picnic Reads
- Casey @ Adopt a Book Aus
- Aentee @ Read at Midnight
- Kelly @ Diva Booknerd
- Emily @ Loony Literate