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#LoveOzYAbookclub: Title Suggestions Masterlist and How This All Works

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ layout=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none” last=”no” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all”][fusion_text][Yes, this is the very first post for #LoveOzYAbookclub – I’ve added it here as info for new members and to keep everything in one place.  If you have suggestions for bookclub – titles, features, whatever – add it in the comments here or on the FB page!]


Hi all, this is the introductory post for the #LoveOzYAbookclub – welcome!  If you enjoy reading YA books, and specifically Australian YA, then this is the club for you.  I’m not going to make stupid references to Fight Club, cos that is passe, and the only rule of #LoveOzYAbookclub is talk all you want about bookclub.  Oh, and invite whoever you want – young readers, older readers, readers of all shapes and sizes and persuasions.  The more the merrier.

I’ll be updating with posts here on the blog, but running the discussion threads on the #LoveOzYAbookclub Facebook group page – feel free to run on over there and join to stay current.

This post is just to say hi, and thanks for coming along, and to show off the list of books from which we’ll likely select the books we’ll be reading.  We’ll read a book a month – makes it nice and easy, huh?  I’ve made a big OzYA master list below, which will be added to from time to time, as new titles get suggested and old ones get crossed off.

If we’ve left out your fave, or you’d like to suggest a particular title to be read for #LoveOzYAbookclub, add a comment here or at the FB page, or you can always tweet me (just remember to tag me and #LoveOzYAbookclub).


This will be the process for #LoveOzYAbookclub (title selection and general procedure):

I’ll select the first book (because I’m bossy like that), which I’ll announce in early November.  Then I’ll ask the author of that book to choose the next title from the list (for December), and so on down the line (Janurary, February, etc…).  If the author of the current book doesn’t want to choose or is unavailable to do so, I’ll ask someone else to do it or do it myself.  I’ll ask someone who enjoyed the book to review it for the first discussion post, which I’ll put up here/on FB in the last half of each month.  Then folks who’d like to comment about how they liked the book of the month can take it from there.  And so on, ad infinitum, until we run out of books, or the internet collapses, or the zombie apocalypse arrives, or whatever.

So, you got that?

*I’ll pick the first book, then it will domino from there

*I’ll make a Title post at the start of each month, letting you know which book we’re reading

*I’ll make a second Discussion post near the end of the month, after we’ve all had a chance to read

*Discussion and comments will be here, and on the relevant thread over at the#LoveOzYAbookclub FB group page.

*If the author of the book is amenable, I’ll try to arrange an interview, or a Facebook author chat, during the relevant month.

*I’m also in the process of organising a way for those buying the book to get free shipping for online orders.


Masterlist of OzYA Books Suggested So Far (feel free to suggest more!):

InBetweenDays – Vikki Wakefield

TheFlywheel – Erin Gough

Risk – Fleur Ferris

Talk Under Water – Kathryn Lomer

Sidekicks – Will Kostakis

Razorhurst– Justine Larbalestier

GoodOil – Laura Buzo

Zeroes– Margo Lanagan, Scott Westerfeld, Deborah Biancotti

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl – Melissa Keil

The Book of Days – KA Barker

GreenValentine – Lili Wilkinson

A Little Wanting Song – Cath Crowley

The Intern – Gabrielle Tozer

Notes from the Teenage Underground – Simmone Howell

Burn Bright – Marianne dePierres

My Life as an Alphabet – Barry Jonsberg

Head of the River – Pip Harry

Atmospheric– Carole Wilkinson

Deucalion – Brian Caswell

Grace Beside Me – Sue McPherson

Steal My Sunshine – Emily Gale

Hate is Such A Strong Word – Sarah Ayoub

How to be Happy – Dave Burton

Undine– Penni Russon

The Last Girl – Michael Adams

90 Packets of Instant Noodles – Deb Fitzpatrick

Finding Grace – Alyssa Brugman

Clara in Washington – Penni Tangey

Living Hell – Catherine Jinks

Killing Darcy – Melissa Lucashenko

Jasper Jones – Craig Silvey

Into the River – Ted Dawe

The Extinction Gambit – Michael Pryor

Girl Saves Boy – Steph Bowe

First Person Shooter – Cameron Raynes

ThingsYou Either Hate or Love – Brigid Lowry

Laurinda _ Alice Pung

Cooper Bartholomew is Dead – Rebecca James

Spark – Rachael Craw

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club – Alison Goodman

Thrive– Mary Borsellino

The Dead I Know – Scot Gardner

The Protected – Claire Zorn

Hating Alison Ashley – Robin Klein

Between The Lives – Jessica Shirvington

One True Thing/A Shadow’s Breath – Nicole Hayes

Clancy of the Undertow – Chris Currie

48 Shades of Brown – Nick Earls

Twinmaker: Jump – Sean Williams

Whisper– Christine Keighery

Illuminae– Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff 

Finnikin of the Rock – Melina Marchetta

How to Make A Bird – Martine Murray

Rise of the Fallen – Teagan Chilcott

A Small Madness _ Dianne Touchell

Facing Up – Carolyn Gilpin

Fire in the Sea – Myke Bartlett

Little Paradise – Gabrielle Wang

Intruder– Christine Bongers

Black Glass – Meg Mundell

Crashing Down – Kate McCaffrey

Zac & Mia – AJ Betts

Cloudwish – Fiona Wood

The Gathering – Isobelle Carmody

Frankie– Shivaun Plozza

Nona and Me – Clare Atkins

Deadly,Unna? – Phillip Gwynne

Pieces of Sky – Trinity Doyle

The Guy, The Girl, The Artist and His Ex – Gabrielle Williams

Does My Head Look Big in this? – Randa Abdel-Fattah

A Single Stone – Meg McKinley

So Much To Tell You – John Marsden

Summer Skin – Kirsty Eagar

The Cracks in the Kingdom – Jaclyn Moriarty

Sabriel – Garth Nix

You’re the Kind of Girl I Write Songs About – Daniel Herborn

Stay With Me – Maureen McCarthy

Shadows– Paula Weston

The Vanishing Moment – Margaret Wild

Footy Dreaming – Michael Hyde

This is Shyness – Leanne Hall

I Am the Messenger – Markus Zusak

Frankie and Joely – Nova Weetman

Preloved – Shirley Marr

Cry Blue Murder – Kim Kane, Marion Roberts

Calypso Summer – Jared Thomas

Freedom Ride – Sue Lawson

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf – Ambelin Kwaymullina

The Pause – John Larkin

The Astrologer’s Daughter – Rebecca Lim

Five Parts Dead – Tim Pegler

Sky Legs – Irini Savvides

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean – Kirsty Murray, ed.

Losing It – Julia Lawrinson

Fairytales for Wilde Girls – Allyse Near

The Big Dry – Tony Davis

The Tricksters – Margaret Mahy

Cracked – Clare Strahan

Oracle – Jackie French

Run – Tim Sinclair

Kill The Music – Nansi Kunze

The Minnow – Diane Sweeney

Snow White: This is No Fairy Tale – Keith Austin

Becoming Kirrali Lewis – Jane Harrison


*Many of the authors have multiple books, so I’ve only put up one book per author.  The decision on which book to include was either suggested, or made by me (because I wanted to read a certain book.  Soz.).  If you’d like to suggest a different book for the same author, that’s fine, but let’s make sure we spread the love around.

*Some books have collaborative authors – once their joint book is read and crossed out, I’m happy to include works they’ve penned as individuals.

*Yes, I’ve included some NZ authors (mainly because I want to read Into the Riverand Spark, and why not).

*No, I haven’t put my own books on the list, cos I didn’t want to feel like a der.  I’m getting plenty of love by facilitating this bookclub, which is good enough for me (and if you want to go read the Every series, thank you, and the link to Booktopia is on the sidebar at right! #officialplug).

* If you’re a blogger/reviewer and you’d like to have your reviews included in the bookclub, please get in touch.


And that’s it!  Hope you like the list and please feel welcome to join in the reading and discussion by joining the #LoveOzYA bookclub on Facebook.  Keep an eye out for the first book, coming up soon (first week of November) – I’ll post it here and cross-post to the group plus everywhere else.  I can’t wait to start reading!



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