2011 Aussie Author Challenge – my own sign-up post!

Well, it’s New Year’s Eve so I thought it high time I write my own sign-up post for my 2011 Aussie Author Challenge!

So, of course I am doing the TRUE BLUE level.

TRUE BLUE – Read and review 12 books by Australian authors (at least 9 different authors)

Here’s what I plan on reading (lots are already on my TBR pile!):

UPDATED with review links

  • Dreams of Speaking by Gail Jones : This will be my first from Gail Jones, who has been short and long listed for many literary awards, including the Miles Franklin Award and the Orange Prize.
  • After the Fire, A Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld :  Quite a few people wrote favourable reviews for this one in last year’s Aussie Author Challenge, and with this quote from The Age, ‘The best Australian literary novel I’ve read this year’, I thought I must be missing out on something.
  • The Big Ask by Shane Maloney : I thoroughly enjoyed The Brush Off, the second book in this Murray Whelan series (comic thrillers starring a political adviser based in Melbourne). This is the fourth title in the series so I’ll have missed #3 but at least I will be reading in the right order!

Oops, I’m up to 12 already!

* If you would like to join me in the 2011 Aussie Author Challenge – challenge details and sign-up linky can be found here. *

Other Aussie authors currently on my radar (i.e. Audible and Book Depository wishlists) are Craig Silvey, Shirley Hazzard, Tim Winton and something more from David Malouf. And when Tara Moss releases her next Makedde Vanderwall novel I will just have to read that too!

I also want to explore the Aussie Crime Writing scene in 2011 – other than Peter Temple, which titles/authors would you recommend most highly?