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Challenge Completed: Aussie Authors Challenge

When I started this challenge, I thought it would take me a little longer than three months, given I primarily read books by Australian women, and thought I’d be searching more for books by Australian men. However, I got lucky, and with so many releases, I managed to complete this challenge by March, well ahead of schedule, with some really good books by kids’ authors as well, that came my way in the past few months, making it easier for me to complete this challenge, even though I had a few ideas of what I might read had these books not come to me.

I did the Kangaroo level, as I was unsure of how many male authors, I would find at first – but there seems to be several now that I will read, beyond this challenge. At the same time, I can check off one challenge and focus on the others and my other reading earlier than I thought. I have been playing with extending to a higher level, or perhaps I will just continue to add my reviews to this challenge. It is my first year doing this challenge, so I’m not sure if I can extend my level, as I would possibly be able to meet a higher level, but at the same time, I’m not sure if the right books would come my way in time.

The next level I can go to is Emu – I’d need to read an additional five male authors at least, and an extra three female authors – which is doable. I have read fantasy, humour, crime, and historical fiction as well as adventure and several other genres. I can aim for the Emu level unofficially and see how it all goes. I will keep you updated and continue to add reviews to the challenge database.

Aussie Author Reading Challenge 2021

Level: Kangaroo

12 – 4 male, 4 female, 4 new to you

1. Monty’s Island: Elvis Eager and the Golden Egg by Emily Rodda and Lucinda Gifford (adventure)

2. Friday Barnes: The Plot Thickens by R.A. Spratt (crime)

3. Elizabeth and Elizabeth by Sue Williams (new to you, historical fiction)

4. Cry of the Firebird by T.M. Clark (new to you, crime)

5. Shiver by Allie Reynolds (new to you, thriller)

6. The Nerd Herd by Nathan Luff and Chris Kennett (new to you, humour)

7. Joe and the Stars by Phil Cummings and Connah Brecon (new to you, family)

8. What Zola Did on Thursday by Melina Marchetta and Deb Hudson (family)

9. Bedtime is Boring by David Campbell and Daron Parton (sleep)

10. The Golden Tower by Belinda Murrell (fantasy, time slip)

11. School of Fish: Fintastic Four by Louis Shea (graphic novel, school)

12. Stunt Kid Seriously Stacks It by Jack Heath (action, comedy, satire)

6 thoughts on “Challenge Completed: Aussie Authors Challenge”

  1. Congrats on completing the reading challenge so quickly, it must feel amazing to finish by March!! You could loosely decide to aim for the next level of the challenge and see how the next few months ago. Either way, great effort 🙂 I’m aiming for the Emu level and have only read 4 books so far, so I’d better lift my game.


  2. That’s fantastic Ashleigh – thank you for being such a wonderful contributor to our Aussie Author Challenge 2021! You can certainly adjust your reading target mid-year. Regardless, yes definitely keep linking up your reviews at the challenge home page. That way, links to those will also be included in my newsletters to subscribers and other participants can continue following along your Aussie Author reading journey.


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