Thursday 12 October 2017

#AusReadingMonth - which book?

To help you find the right book for your #AusReadingMonth challenge, I've listed a selection of Aussie books by genre with their State or Territory. 

Which BINGO challenge will you be trying?

Flyby Night
If time is of the essence, one book from the BINGO card may be the prefect option for you.
A quick getaway is better than none!

With their compact swags, backpackers need to travel light.
If this is you, simply select one line (horizontal, vertical of even diagonal) on the BINGO card and read three books about our country.

Grey Nomads 
If you have more time up your sleeve join the grey nomads in their self-contained campervans as you travel around this big, brown land of ours. 
With every crossroad on the map, there's a choice to be made; you cannot do it all, so select two lines on the BINGO card to be eligible for Grey Nomad status.

The Whole Hog
If you're feeling a little touched by the sun, then the Whole Hog may be for you.
Read NINE books this November from all of the 8 states and territories plus one freebie.

The FREEBIE can be any book by an Australian author or a book written by an overseas author but set entirely in Australia.

For the crime lovers amongst you:

Comeback by Peter Corris - NSW
The Rowland Sinclair series by Sulari Gentill (historical crime) - NSW (mostly)
Roger Rogerson by Duncan McNab (true crime) - NSW
Crucifixion Creek by Barry Maitland - NSW

Wimmera by Mark Brandi - VIC
The Phyrne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood (historical crime) - VIC (mostly)
Jack Irish novels by Peter Temple - VIC
The Dry by Jane Harper - VIC
To Know My Crime by Fiona Capp - VIC

The Sunken Road by Garry Disher - SA
Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher - SA

Olmec Obituary by L. J. M. Owen - ACT

Three Crooked Kings by Matthew Condon (true crime) - QLD
Can You Keep a Secret - Caroline Overington - QLD
Last Drinks by Andrew McGahan - QLD

Before it Breaks by Dave Warner - WA
Taking a Chance by Deborah Burrows (historical crime) - WA

The Build Up by Phillip Gwynne - NT
Gunshot Road by Adrian Hyland - NT

Bay of Fires by Poppy Gee - TAS
Fatal Impact by Kathryn Fox - TAS

General fiction options:

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough - QLD
Elianne by Judy Nunn - QLD
Rain Music by Di Morrissey - QLD
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Moreton - QLD

Tiddas by Anita Heiss - NSW

Maralinga by Judy Nunn - SA
Hello From the Gillespies by Monica McInerney - SA

Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall - ACT

The Silent Country by Di Morrissey - NT
Territory by Judy Nunn - NT

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (historical fiction) - WA
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (historical fiction) - WA
The Woman Next Door by Liz Byrski - WA

The Alphabet of Light and Dark by Danielle Wood - TAS
Family Secrets by Liz Byrski - TAS
Tiger Men by Judy Nunn - TAS

If romance is more your thing try:

Secrets Between Friends by Fiona Palmer (fiction) - WA

Northern Heat by Helene Young - QLD
Beyond the Orchard by Anna Romer - QLD

The Greatest Gift by Rachael Johns (fiction) - NSW
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - NSW
The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough (historical fiction) - NSW
Cleanskin Cowgirls by Rachael Treasure (rural fiction) - NSW
The Farmer's Wife by Rachael Treasure (rural fiction) - NSW
The Naturalist's Daughter by Tea Cooper (historical fiction) - NSW
The Cedar Cutter by Tea Cooper (historical fiction) - NSW
Sara Dane by Catherine Gaskin (historical fiction) - NSW

Down the Dirt Roads by Rachael Treasure (memoir) - TAS

Jewel in the North by Tricia Stringer (rural fiction) - SA
Paycheque by Fiona McCallum (fiction) - SA

A Town Like Alice by Neville Shute (fiction) - NT
Outback Heart by Joanne van Os (rural fiction) - NT

Finding Hannah by Fiona McCallum (fiction) - VIC
I Know My Love by Catherine Gaskin (historical fiction) - VIC

Talk of the Town by Rachael Johns (rural fiction) - WA

Children's books:

I Can Jump Puddles by Alan Marshall (junior fiction) - VIC

Looking For Alibrandi by Marlena Marchetta (YA) - NSW
Alexander's Outing by Pamela Allen (picture book) - NSW
Alphabetical Sydney by Hilary Bell &         (picture book) - NSW
Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park (junior fiction) - NSW
Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner (junior fiction) NSW
My Place by Nadia Wheatley (picture book ) - NSW
Mirror by Jeannie Baker (picture book) - NSW
Pastures of the Blue Crane by R. M. Brimstead (teen) - NSW

The Girl Most Likely by Rebecca Sparrow (YA) - QLD
Don't Call Me Ishmael by Michael Gerard Bauer (teen) - QLD
Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker (picture book) - QLD

Into That Forest by Louis Nowra (junior fiction) - TAS

Meet Alice: Our Australian Girl by Davina Bell (junior fiction) - WA
Lochie Leonard by Tim Winton (teen) - WA
Blueback by Tim Winton (junior fiction) - WA
The Deep by Tim Winton (picture book) - WA

Storm Boy by Colin Thiele (junior fiction) - SA
Rockhopping by Trace Balla (picture book) - SA

The Year it All Ended by Kirsty Murray (YA) - SA
Meet Nellie: Our Australian Girl by Penny Matthews (junior fiction) - SA

If you'd like to read some Indigenous literature, try this fabulous new site I just read about today (thanks Sue) called Writing Black @if:book Australia. The writing is contemporary and downloadable. Some of the writing will be set in a specific place, but many of the pieces could fit the FREEBIE box as well.
Magabala Books is an Indigenous publishing house with a great selection of titles.
The University of Queensland Press also has a great list of Black Australian Writing here.


  1. Anonymous12/10/17

    I will of course join for atleast you The Ladies of Missalonghi read along!! I am trying to figure out how much work pressure I will have an add in another book! Thank You for an awesome selection, I am really really looking forward the event!

    1. I'm delighted that so many people will be reading The Ladies of Missalonghi at the same time. It would be a great read for the readathon next weekend too :-)

  2. The Ladies of Missalonghi have arrived already so I'll be doing that one!

  3. I'm going for the 'whole hog'!
    Read NINE books this November from all of the 8 states and territories plus one freebie
    This is a bonza challenge....wacko! :)

    1. Beaut!!
      Your a true blue legend Nancy ;-)

  4. Hi Brona, my bingo challenge might be the Flyby Night though I have already read The Dry (VIC) and The Light Between the Oceans (WA), so one more and I'll have 3. So does that mean I need a good book from ACT for a bingo on my card?! thanks. which is the best ACT book? hmm

    1. I can highly recommend the book I just read & reviewed on the weekend - A Dangerous Language by Sulari Gentill. It's part of a series, but you could read it out of order and still enjoy it I think.

      I'me beginning to think I'm the only person in Australia, & now the world, who hasn't read The Dry! I've tried the Light/Ocean a couple of times but couldn't get into, but it's one of my dear friend's favourote books - horses for course as they say!

      It's not easy to find books set in Canberra though...although any Australia federal politician bio/memoir could count as well, or a bio on Walter Burley Griffin, the architect of Canberra?

      Good luck


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