The National Year of Reading may have only just kicked off, but it’s already been a bonza year for me, reading-wise! Below are some of the super books I’ve read so far this year. They may not all be brand new, but I’m proud to say they’re all Aussie. While our politicians are making a mockery of this great country of ours, at least we can take comfort in the fact that our writers are going from strength to strength!
- The Extinction Gambit – Michael Pryor: A rapier-smart, inventive, Wilde-witty steampunk juggernaut featuring magic tricks, immortals, Neanderthals and Rudyard Kipling. A tour de force from one of Australia’s most awesome writers.
- Quillblade – Ben Chandler: A worthy Aussie successor to Phillip Pullman. A fast-paced, fierce fantasy of airships (always a favourite of mine), demons and dragons, the sequel is just out. Get your hands on it. Ben Chandler is a literary superstar of the future!
- Queen of the Night – Leanne Hall: The stunning sequel to the Text Prize-winning This is Shyness. I was a bit nervous about picking this book up as I loved This is Shyness so very much, but it didn’t disappoint. A darkly atmospheric dystopian novel, this book is ferociously unique and unlike anything I’ve read before. It’s what paranormal fiction needs to morph into if it’s to survive in the post Twilight era.
- All I Ever Wanted – Vikki Wakefield: A gritty suburban drama, a thriller and a coming-of-age tale, all wrapped into one. This is a simply beautiful book.
- Angel Arias – Marianne de Pierres: I’m in love with these books. Marianne has created a deliciously, decadently gothic world in this series. It’s paranormal, but not as we know it. I can’t wait for book three!
- Only Ever Always – Penni Russon: She may not have lived here for years, but I still proudly call Penni Russon a fellow Tassie Author. She is a poet, and this book is gloriously, mesmerisingly poetic without being in any way pretentious or inaccessible. A story of dreams and family and parallel worlds, this is one of the most inventive, beautiful books I’ve read in recent times.
I’m so proud of the Aussie publishing industry. For such a small country we’re making a real mark on the world stage. I can’t remember a time when there was such an absolute treasure trove of brilliant local reads in our bookshops. There were so many more that I could mention – these were just the most recent – and I can’t wait to delve into more awesome Australian literature during the remainder of the National Year of Reading!
What great Aussie books have you read lately?