Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Aussie YA Reading Challenge 2011
A reading challenge, that is.
I also love Aussie YA. So while I recently swore to myself that I'd only take on one book challenge for 2011 - the British Books Challenge, hosted by my blogger buddy The Bookette - I was clearly never going to be able to say no to the Aussie YA Reading Challenge.
I'm not even sure what it is about Aussie YA I love so much. While most of the Aussie-scribed books I've read fall into the category of contemporary YA, it's not as though they share a tangible quality that I can confidently describe as 'Australian'. It's more an intangible feeling of affinity with the characters and story and setting. It's the curious sensation of identifying with a voice that feels familiar and yet exotic at the same time. It's the fact that the characters might eat Tim Tams at any time. Okay, not so much that last one. But the point is, whatever it may be, I like it. A lot.
So, when I heard that Nic from Irresistible Reads and Nomes from Inkcrush had put their heads together to create the Aussie YA Reading Challenge 2011, all my promises not to take on any more book challenges basically flew out the window. I mean, I would be reading these books anyway. Why not make it official? And besides, I might just find out exactly what exactly that elusive Aussieness is along the way.
For 'international' readers, like moi, the challenge is to read 6 books by Aussie authors during 2011. The first potential choices that spring to mind are:
The Dead of the Night - John Marsden
Take My Word For It - John Marsden
Looking for Alibrandi - Melina Marchetta
Jellicoe Road - Melina Marchetta
Girl Saves Boy - Steph Bowe
The Anatomy of Wings - Karen Foxlee
A Little Wanting Song - Cath Crowley
Fury - Shirley Marr
Finding Cassie Crazy - Jaclyn Moriarty
Six Impossible Things - Fiona Wood
Kirsty Eagar - Raw Blue
The ones in italics are books currently in my TBR pile. As you can see, finding six will not be a problem for me. Incidentally, the Australian reader category requires participants to read twelve books by Aussie authors during 2011. What I'd like to know is, if I make it to twelve can I consider myself an honorary Aussie?
You can find out more about this challenge here at Irresistible Reads. Who's in?