A summary of titles by Aussie Authors read in 2013

Aussie Author Challenge 2013Here is a quick recap of the books I read for my Aussie Author Challenge 2013.

As you would expect from the challenge host, I committed to the highest challenge level of FAIR DINKUM where balanced and diverse reading was the objective.

Read and review 12 books by Australian Authors – Ensure at least 4 of the authors are male, at least 4 of the authors are female and at least 4 of the authors are new to you – Ensure at least 2 of the books are non-fiction and at least 4 fiction genres are represented amongst your 12 titles.

I achieved that and more…

THE WOMEN IN BLACK by Madeleine St John : Female – Fiction, women’s literature – new author – 4.5+ stars

THE DARKEST LITTLE ROOM by Patrick Holland : Male – Fiction, literary thriller – new author – 4.5+ stars

THE WILD GIRL by Kate ForsythFemale – Fiction, historical romance – 2nd title from this author – 4.5+ stars

THE AMBER AMULET by Craig Silvey : Male – Fiction, contempory novella, young adult – 2nd title from this author – 4+ stars

POET’S COTTAGE by Josephine Pennicott : Female – Fiction, historical mystery – new author – 3.5+ stars

The Women in Black by Madeleine St JohnThe Darkest Little Room by Patrick HollandThe Wild Girl by Kate ForsythThe Amber Amulet by Craig SilveyPoet's Cottage by Josephine Pennicott

THE WATER OF LIFE by Mary-Rose MacColl : Female – Fiction, single short story – new author

THE METAMORPHOSIS OF TROUBADOUR MERRIWETHER by Diana Hockley : Female – Fiction, single short story – new author

ITHACA IN MY MIND by Peter Temple : Male – Fiction, single short story – 2nd title from this author

THE ROOK by Daniel O’Malley : Male – Fiction, sci-fi-fantasy – new author – 4.5+ stars

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS by Maggie Groff : Female – Fiction, contemporary women’s detective mystery – new author – 3.5+ stars

The Water of Life by Mary-Rose MacCollThe Metamorphosis of Troubadour Merriwether by Diana HockleyIthaca in My Mind by Peter TempleThe Rook by Daniel O'MalleyGood News Bad News by Maggie Groff

RIDING THE TRAINS IN JAPAN by Patrick Holland : Male – Non-fiction, travel essays – 2nd title from this author – 4.5+ stars

CHASING THE LIGHT by Jesse Blackadder : Female – Fiction, historical – new author – 4.5+ stars

NO PLACE LIKE HOME by Caroline Overington : Female – Fiction, crime thriller – new author – 4+ stars

COMBUSTION by Steve Worland : Male – Fiction, action thriller – 2nd title from this author – 4+ stars

THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion : Male – Fiction, contemporary romance – new author – 4.5+ stars

NANCY WAKE by Peter FitzSimons : Male – Non-fiction, biography – new author – 4+ stars

Riding the Trains in Japan by Patrick HollandChasing the Light by Jesse BlackadderNo Place Like Home by Caroline OveringtonCombustion by Steve WorlandThe Rosie Project by Graeme SimsionNancy Wake by Peter FitzSimons

50:50 female to male authors, 2 non-fiction titles (including my first ever biography), and what I’m most pleased about, 11 Aussie authors that were new to me!

The quality was generally very high this year, so you can’t really go wrong with any of these titles. If I had to pick some standouts though, it would be the writing of Patrick Holland, The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth, Chasing the Light by Jesse Blackadder and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.

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I look forward to beginning my reading for the Aussie Author Challenge 2014!

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