I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s been an exceptional amount of quality YA literature coming out of Australia recently. I loved Rebecca Lim’s Mercy and I’ve been hearing about so many great authors that I’d love to delve into, including Melina Marchetta, Lucy Christopher, John Marsden, and countless others. (We, um, won’t hold a certain 18-year-old author against the whole country.)
As such, I’m going to be participating in the Aussie YA Book Challenge 2011, hosted by my new GoodReads buddy Nic. There are great links on her post with lists of Australian YA authors of note.
The goal: to read and review at least 6 books by Australian authors by the end of the year. Considering the Aussie names already in my existing TBR pile, this shouldn’t be a problem a’tall!
I’m also hoping to participate in Go Aussie Book Tours, hosted by my other GoodReads buddy Missie! There are so many international titles that aren’t available to U.S. readers just yet, so she’s taken the initiative to send some titles from her own personal library on tour. I’ve had Saltwater Vampires, Fury, and Burn Bright on my radar for awhile now, so it was great to see them listed as options.
I love that these ladies are spreading the word in such a creative way for authors they care about. I believe there are still slots available for both projects, so if you’re interested in participating, please don’t hesitate to sign up!