My Favourite Australian Books // Souvenirs from Across the World (Part 2)

Australian Books

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 BaileyShift 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.

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Stolen by Lucy ChristopherStolen 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.

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Beautiful Malice by Rebecca JamesBeautiful 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.

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Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead by Rebecca JamesCooper 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.

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Sweet Damage by Rebecca JamesSweet 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.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffIlluminae 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.

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The Sidekicks by Will KostakisThe 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.

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Deltora Quest by Emily RoddaDeltora Quest by Emily Rodda

What’s it about: Middle Grade!!! Nostalgic feels like whoa. Fantasy. Mythical creatures. Magical world building. Action packed Adventure. Quests.

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High Priority TBR Books

Covers = Goodreads

The Special Ones by Em Bailey Holding the Man by Timothy Conigrave Night Games by Anna Krien
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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!

My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin Burial Rites by Hannah Kent Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

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

Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington and Nugi Garimara The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

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.


If you’ve read or are planning to read any of the books I mentioned I’d love to hear your thoughts! If you’ve read an Australian book that I haven’t mentioned here please let me know. What’s your favourite book that’s set in your country or even that’s written by an author from your country?

Hope you’re all having a fantastic day xx

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49 thoughts on “My Favourite Australian Books // Souvenirs from Across the World (Part 2)

  1. You can’t stop gushing about Illuminae, can you. ;D
    Such an awesome and informative post. I love your high priority TBR books. Very interesting and eclectic. Holding the Man sounds right up my alley, hehe. Also, I had forgotten that Markus Zusak was Australian. lol

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  2. You chose some really interesting books. I love Illuminae. I read Stolen and thought it was okay. I plan on picking up My Sister Rosa, I’ve heard so many amazing things but it comes out in November here in the US.

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  3. I loved this idea for a post, a great addition to your SFATW introduction to your country post! 😀
    I really enjoyed Illuminae as well, god I am so so excited for the second book because if it is anything like the first then I know I’m going to love it!
    Also The Book Thief is so beautifully written and it’s an amazing story, I think you’ll really love it when you get around to it!
    There are some others on this list I’ll definitely have to check out at some point as well! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Beth!! I’ll never get sick of talking about how much I love Illuminae 😂 I’m trying to go into Gemina as blind as possible, but everyone’s whose read ARCs have said it’s incredible and I want to read it so badly!! I think I’ll be reading The Book Thief for the Make Me Read It Readathon. If not it’s definitely high up on my TBR!

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      1. I don’t think I will either! I’m the same, I haven’t heard anything about Gemina and I’ve been avoiding all reviews because I don’t want to know anything, I enjoy going into books blind and just being amazed reading the story for the first time, I dont want anything spoiled for me!
        Definitely read it soon, honestly you won’t regret it, it’s such an amazing book! 😀

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  4. Yeees for Stolen! I loved how intense and creepy it was.

    Also I believe we’ve had this conversation before but heeey. I finally started The Book Thief some days ago but put it down to read This Savage Song, but I FINALLY STARTED. AND READ PAST THE FIRST CHAPTER.

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  5. Amazing post! I had no idea The Book Thief’s author was Australian :O Or many of the other books’s authors either, actually. So many intriguing books here!

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  6. These look amazing! I’ll be definitely adding some of these books to my TBR, I love finding more international authors to read from 🙂 The Book Thief and Stolen were both so amazing, I really enjoyed them as well ❤

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  7. You had such a great idea posting books set in your home country! Thanks for the suggestions 🙂 Stolen sounds amazing and the novel writer in me loves the idea of letter format but if you say I’m going to cry that probably means I’m going to bawl my eyes out 😄

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  8. I really need to read Illuminae and The Sidekicks!
    Also honestly I’m like total Gay Trash™ all of the time. I saw the cover of Holding the Man and without even knowing what it was my brain went like !!!!!!!!!! 😂
    Night Games and My Sister Rosa are also on my wishlist! And I had no idea The Book Thief was Australian?!
    And Burial Rites! How strange, I had no idea it was from Australia either. 😛
    When I read ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ I thought it said Panic at the Disco lmao.
    I love how mysterious all your short descriptions are. 😂😂😂

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    1. YESSSS.

      There’s a movie too!!!! I’m not sure how easy it is to find though because the whole Australian thing.

      I actually didn’t know about Burial Rites either, haha. I saw it on a list when I was searching for some Adult Fiction and I was like “wait, what” but yeah Hannah Kent is Australian! I only knew about Markus Zusak because my sister was obsessed with The Book Thief when it was first released.

      😂😂😂

      Haha, thanks!!

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  9. OMG! The Thorn Birds!! Donna is my middle name. My mother loved the book and the TV adaptation so she chose Meggy as my first name! (Yep, she chose the nickname given by a priest who.. Not gonna spoil, but that’s a weird choice xD) I never see it mentioned, I’m so happy it’s very weird, haha!
    I’ve read The Slap and it was one of my favorite book of the year. Don’t ask which year, I can’t remember xD I liked the US TV adaptation with Thomas Sadoski but I haven’t seen the Aussie one.
    I’ll probably check them all out but I’ve already added Shift to my wishlist! Thank you! 🙂

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    1. Ahh wow, that is SO COOL!! I should probably read the book because it’s like such an Australian classic.

      Ooh, I didn’t even know there was a US version, haha. That’s also another one that I really need to read 😂

      Yay!!! That’s one of my all time favourites. I hope you enjoy it whenever you get the chance to read it 😊

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  10. Yes to Illuminae! I love that book so much. I also have Burial Rights on my TBR, it seems really interesting! I’m actually reading a book by an Australian author now, Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat, I’m really enjoying it so far! I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and so far it’s living up to the hype. 🙂

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  11. Ahhh! Thank you, thank you, thank you, for this post! I started Ellie Marney’s series last week and became obsessed with Aussie authors’ writings. I had only read Summer Skin, On Jellicoe Road and 2 books in the Rephaim series before last week, but I LOVED them. Anyways, I’m going through an Aussie YA phase and I have yet to read a bad book. I just finished Saving Francesca.
    I’ve only heard of Cooper from your list and a friend was able to gift me a copy and I’m hoping to read it soon. I’m especially intrigued by Shift and Beautiful Malice.
    Thanks again for sharing! 🙂

    Nick @ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

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    1. Aww, no worries!! I love helping share Australian books and authors. I’ve been meaning to read the Every series for so long! It sounds wonderful. I could have easily included a never ending TBR if I wasn’t trying to keep it as short as possible 😂 Ooh yay! Rebecca James is one of my favourite authors. I’m not that big on contemporaries, but she does them so brilliantly. I hope you enjoy it! Shift and Beautiful Malice are two of my all time favourites so I definitely recommend those.

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  12. I absolutely LOVE all of Rebecca James’s books and I’m so glad to see them here as your favourites as well! Finally, someone who loves them all as much as I do! And of course, Illuminae. I have a copy of Shift by Em Bailey but your review really inspires me to pick it up! Lovely wrap up Lauren!

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    1. Ahh, I’m so happy someone knows about Rebecca James!! Her books are my favourites especially Beautiful Malice. I really want her to write more books, haha. Shift is one of my favourites too. I hope you enjoy it when you read it 😊

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