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Top 5 Austalian Authors

This is a list that I could have made go on for ever, but we all know that, that would be horrible to read, so I made it a list of 5! I wanted to write this list purely so I could get some more Aussie Authors out there. I, as a reader, have often struggled with finding books written by an Australian Author, not just because the book industry is flooded with authors from everywhere else, but a long time ago, the books written by Aussies, just had a completely different feel, and the pacing was slower. I guess that reflects our over-all personalities though. But lately I have discovered a whole treasure trove of fantastic Australian Authors, from a wide range of genres. Some I have found recently, others I have been reading for years!  So, without further ado and in no particular order, let’s begin!

#1 – Matthew Reilly,

Do I even need to go on? This man has written some of the best, most action-packed fiction, ever. The Scarecrow series being one of my favourites! He writes with such passion and energy, it is hard to not get swept away by his writing. I was first shown the world of Matthew Reilly by my aunty, she has every book he has ever written and kept telling me about him I foolishly assumed that it was romance or something that I wasn’t interested in at the time (I was 16ish). But eventually I let her force Ice Station on me, and I was hooked. Since then I have slowly been collecting his works in Hard Cover. My latest obsession is the Seven Deadly Wonders series. I love how Reilly combines illustration and text, how he takes you on an adventure that could be highly possible, in each book.

 

#2 Scot Gardner

This man is a little less well known, yet his works are incredibly relevant and raw. Scot writes novels such as White Ute Dreaming and Gravity. Both of which are purely Australian and look as different aspects facing teenagers in the Australian culture. He writes with a rawness that pulls at your heart strings and creates a relationship with the characters within the first page. Scot Writes Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, fiction that will make you feel and instantly be able to relate to the characters or know someone who has gone through what Gardiner’s characters are going through.

I discovered Gardner in high-school and it was the prefect time to find him. His writing is so honest and filled with the knowledge of what it is to be Australian, what it is to live somewhere isolated and not have as many social outlets or channels for progression and growth as those who live in suburban areas. His books are often quite short, around 250 pages, but their content is quite in your face and hits the mark early in the book. Definitely an author you need to try!

 

#3 Jenna Guillaume

I have only just stumbled across Jenna, through her debut novel that was sent to me by MacMillan Australia for reviewing. Her debut novel, What I Like About Me is a coming of age novel about finding yourself and your place in the world. Accepting who you are and learning to love that person. It is an uplifting tale of growing up in Australia, with such typical Aussie characters. Jenna has a way of creating settings and characters that feel incredibly real, that make you feel as though you have been there too. And seeing how it is set in Australia, you probably have!

 

#4 Rachael Treasure

Can you call yourself an Aussie if you haven’t read at least one of Rachael Treasure’s novels? Rachael is near and dear to my heart, as she is a fellow Tasmanian. I have been reading her novels since I was 16 and I lost myself in them. She has written Jillaroo, The Stockman, The Rouseabout, The Farmers Wife and many more, including her own spin on Fifty Shades of Grey called Fifty Bales of Hay. Rachael is an incredible writer who encompasses the true Aussie spirit within her writing, not leaving of the ‘hard stuff’ out of her writing. Her novels are more aimed towards adults, as some of the content may be a little much for the YA audience.

 

#5 Lynette Noni

I couldn’t really get into her first series, The Mendoran Series, however, Whisper, was speaking my language. I feel as though Lynette has a way with words that throw you into the deep end, keep you thinking and then slowly reveal the secrets that she has been keeping. I also love the way she is able to show you exactly what she wants you to see, she doesn’t telly you that the sky is blue, she describes the day, the feelings of the characters and lets you make your own mind up about the colour of the sky.

 

I know there are quite a few that I have missed from this list, but these were the first five, that jumped into my mind when I sat down to write this post. If you haven’t checked out these authors, you seriously need to. Their writing is incredible! If you have any other Aussie Authors that you think I need to pay some reading visits to, please comment below and let me know!

 

Thanks for reading!

Julie

 

 

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Top 5 Fictional Creatures I would like to see pulling Santa’s Sleigh.

So I saw this idea somewhere on a list of bookish inspired blog ideas and I am so excited to give it a whirl. While I am not a huge Christmas fan, I can appreciate the images that this idea conjures up. This is purely for a little bit of Christmas Cheer and good ole meaningless, mindless FUN! I mean can you imagine anything other than Reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh? I can! Here are my top 5 fictional creatures, that I can imagine pulling Santa’s Sleigh!

 

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Number 1 – Thestrals.

Now I know we see them pulling carriages in HP, but come on, imagine them hauling Santa along the roads, their black bodies, invisible to those who haven’t witnessed death, adding more allure and mystery to how Santa’s sleigh moves on its own. To the others, the magnificence of their lithe bodies and pointed faces giving Christmas a sharper and more real feel.   Maybe I’m just biased because they are one of my favourite magical beasts, but Thestrals pulling the sleigh would be awesome!

 

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Number 2 – Danaerys Dragons

Although their numbers may be dwindling (if you prefer to go with the tv show adaptation), imagine, Santa flying through the sky, Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion gliding through the air, Santa shouting “Dracarys’ and the dragons light up the night sky with flames that can be seen all over the world!

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Number 3 – Meeko

A whole lot of Meeko’s from Pocahontas. Scurrying through the night sky, dropping biscuit crumbs on all the houses. It would be like a new take on snow!

 

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Number 4 – Unicorns from The Last Unicorn

I felt I needed to be specific there because, the last unicorn, unicorns are my favourite ever. They look like I think unicorns should look, dainty little legs feminine bodies and faces, then horns that are so long, sharp and pointy that you don’t even want to mess with them. How stunning would they look, pulling Santa’s sleigh? Shining in the night sky, protecting Santa from incoming birds or any other dangers. Perfect.

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Number 5 – Tyrannosaurus Rex’s

Okay so I know these aren’t fictional, but I’m going to totally say the ones from Jurassic Park/Jurassic World. Imagine. Nine. Of. These. Beauties. Pulling Santa’s sleigh! Would it still fly? Or would they just be there running around the globe, terrorising as they go? I think flying T-Rex’s would be a much better sight!

 

Okay, this was just a lot of fun, this holiday season! I want to see your list of top 5 fictional creatures that you would want to see pulling Santa’s Sleigh!

Comment below if you would have any of my creatures on your list!

Thanks,

Julie!