This post is inspired by the wonderful Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane‘s current feature called Souvenirs from Across the World which is the chance for us to talk about our hometowns and countries. For more information check out the post here. There’s a link up post which is open until the 26th of June. Marie also speaks about some hidden gems of France in said post, so even if you’re not linking up or participating still make sure to go read it anyway! I highly encourage everyone to participate though as I’d love to hear about where you’re from!
Yesterday I talked about my home state of Western Australia. Today I’m going to talk about some of my favourite Australian books (and authors because not all of these are set in Australia, but still it’s important to support local authors!) and some that I really want to read.
Shift by Em Bailey
What’s it about: Genre bending. CRAZY plot twist. Toxic friendships. Mental illness. Psychological thriller. Fast paced. One of my favourite books ever.
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
What’s it about: Kidnapping. Australian desert setting. Extremely realistic portrayal of Stockholm Syndrome. Written in letter format. You’re going to cry.
Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James
What’s it about: Toxic friendships. Seriously, seriously toxic friendships. Psychological Thriller. You will cry and then cry some more. Emotional roller-coaster.
Cooper Bartholomew is Dead by Rebecca James
What’s it about: New adult with out your typical New Adult plot. Messed Up Uni Students Make Bad Life Choices (but boy is it fun to read about). Whodunnit? Well developed side characters.
Sweet Damage by Rebecca James
What’s it about: New Adult with out your tyical New Adult plot. Psychological thriller. Genre bender. The house is haunted… or is it? Agoraphobia representation! Some really fucked up shit goes down.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
What’s it about:
Lauren’s favourite book that she won’t shut up about. SPACE. Beautifully and uniquely formatted. Written in documents, emails, chat logs ect. INSANE character development. Morally ambiguous Artificial Intelligence. It’ll break your heart. No seriously.
The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis
What’s it about: Angsty boys who will break your heart. Magical friendships. Perfect for a The Raven Cycle hangover. Contemporary with no Instalove or Absent Parents. LGBTQ+ REPRESENTATION. Amazing portrayal of grief. You’re going to cry. Multiple POVs.
Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda
What’s it about: Middle Grade!!! Nostalgic feels like whoa. Fantasy. Mythical creatures. Magical world building. Action packed Adventure. Quests.
High Priority TBR Books
Covers = Goodreads
Rapid Fire Descriptions (left-right): 1) Creepy Cult 2) Non Fiction LGBTQ+ Memoir 3) Non Fiction about Rape culture in Australian Sport 4) Psychopathic little sister 5) Set during WWII in Germany and narrated by Death
Not so into YA? Have some Australian Adult Fiction / Classics!
Covers = Goodreads
I haven’t read these, but they’re either on my TBR or I’ve heard great things!
Rapid Fire Descriptions (left-right): 1) Woman living in 20th century Australia refuses to marry 2) A woman in 1829 Iceland is set to be executed 3) A bunch of school girls disappear or did they? 4) Follows three generations of an Australian family in sheep country
Rapid Fire Descriptions (left-right): 5) Non Fiction about the Stolen Generation and three young Aboriginal girls who cross the Australian desert to return to their families 6) A woman and husband decide to keep a baby they find instead of reporting it 7) A man slaps a child that’s not his own 8) Set in 1940’s Perth about a family who are trying to recover from a disaster
There’s honestly so many more books I wish I could have mentioned because this is just scratching the surface.
Definitely check out some Goodreads lists!
And feel free to browse my Australian shelf on Goodreads.