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2022 Aussie Authors Reading Challenge Completed – Emu

I completed this challenge in about February but have only just managed to sit down and write this post amidst all my other reviewing. As usual, I started on the Kangaroo level, and progressed to Emu, and well beyond that. My reasoning for doing this is because even though I always know I’ll have as many Aussie Authors as possible to read over the year, I’m more likely to read more Australian women authors than Australian men authors. Usually, the men come to me through review or quiz books, and as I’m never one hundred percent sure how many I’ll get, I tend to be conservative in this challenge, so I don’t overestimate myself in this challenge.

As a general rule, I focus on Australian women authors and women authors in general. This year, my lists were made up of review books, quiz books, and books I chose – and there are more to come. So I’ll do a final wrap-up post at the end of the year as well with my final numbers and completed linked reviews, as some of the books are not out yet. So far, I have managed to read 31 new authors – and there will be many more by the end of the year.

So here’s my completed (sort of) challenge, at least in terms of the levels. I will continue reading and reviewing throughout the year though.

Aussie Author Reading Challenge – Booklover Book Reviews

Level: Kangaroo to start, will progress to Emu if necessary.

KANGAROO
Read and review 12 books written by Australian Authors of which at least 4 of those authors are female, at least 4 of those authors are male, and at least 4 of those authors are new to you; Fiction or non-fiction, at least 3 different genres.

EMU
Read and review 24 books written by Australian Authors of which at least 10 of those authors are female, at least 10 of those authors are male, and at least 10 of those authors are new to you; Fiction or non-fiction, at least 4 different genres.

Male

  1. Our Country: Ancient Wonders by Mark Greenwood and Frané Lessac (Read 2021, Reviewed 2022)
  2. Kill Your Brother by Jack Heath
  3. Storm Boy and Other Stories by Colin Thiele
  4. Crumbs by Phil Cummings (quiz book)
  5. The Unfunny Bunny by Adrian Beck and James Hart
  6. Clancy of the Outback: City Slicker by Phil Kettle and Bob Andersen (quiz book)
  7. Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables Join Forces by Tim Harris and James Hart
  8. The Fallback by D.L. Hicks
  9. Pig the Rebel by Aaron Blabey (quiz book)
  10. Clancy of the Outback: Chookshed Blues by Phil Kettle and Bob Andersen (quiz book)
  11. The Worst Week Ever: Tuesday by Eva Amores and Matt Cosgrove
  12. Wild Australian Life by Leonard Cronin and Chris Nixon

Female

  1. The World Between Blinks: Rebellion of the Lost by Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin (Read 2021, Reviewed 2022)
  2. Orphan Rock by Dominique Wilson
  3. What I Like About Me by Jenna Guillaume
  4. Marcie Gill and the Caravan Park Cat by Monica McInerny
  5. Social Queue by Kay Kerr
  6. Mertales: The Great Treasure Hunt by Rebecca Timmis
  7. Ouch: Tales of Gravity by Kate Simpson and Andy Hardiman
  8. The Midsummer Garden by Kirsty Manning
  9. You’re Doing It Wrong: A History of Bad and Bonkers Advice to Women by Kaz Cooke
  10. Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park
  11. 45 + 47 Stella Street and Everything that Happened by Elizabeth Honey
  12. A-Z of Australian Animals by Jennifer Cossins
  13. Hexenhaus by Nikki McWatters
  14. When You’re Older by Sofie Laguna and Judy Watson
  15. The Beast’s Garden by Kate Forsyth
  16. The Love that Grew by Sarah Ayoub and Mimi Purnell
  17. Liberty by Nikki McWatters
  18. The Puzzle Ring by Kate Forsyth
  19. Never Forget by Claire Hallifax
  20. Paris Takes Over the World: Welcome to New York, USA by Kyla May with Zanni Louise
  21. Meet Ella: Lost Book by Rebecca McRitchie and Danielle McDonald
  22. Sydney Under Attack by Sophie Masson
  23. Saga by Nikki McWatters
  24. Arabella’s Alphabet Book by Suzy Zail and Christopher Nielsen
  25. Little Matilda by Caz Goodwin and Shaney Hyde
  26. The Travelling Bookshop: Mim and the Woeful Wedding by Katrina Nannestad
  27. Mary and Marcus: The Crazy Dance and Other Stories by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner
  28. The Girls Who Changed the World: Ming and Flo Fight for the Future by Jackie French
  29. Whisper on the Wind by Claire Saxby and Jess Racklyeft
  30. Interned by Pamela Rushby
  31. Wildflower by Monique Mulligan
  32. Pearly and Pig and The Great Hairy Beast by Sue Whiting
  33. Her Fierce Creatures by Maria Lewis
  34. Rainbow the Koala by Remy Lai
  35. Star the Elephant by Remy Lai
  36. Mary Ann and Captain Piper: The True Story of the Convicts’ Daughter who became the Toast of Colonial Sydney by Jessica North
  37. The Bravest Word by Kate Foster
  38. Friday Barnes: Undercover by R.A. Spratt
  39. Get Ready, Mama by Sharon Giltrow
  40. Mikki and Me and the Out of Tune Tree by Marion Roberts
  41. The Boy Who Hatched Monsters by T.C. Shelley
  42. Seven Wherewithal Way by Samantha-Ellen Bound
  43. The Scarlet Cross by Lyn McFarlane
  44. The Pug Diaries: Scaredy-Pug by Kyla May (quiz book)
  45. Ollie and Bea: Wise Quackers by Renee Treml (quiz book)
  46. The Jane Austen Remedy by Ruth Wilson
  47. The Worst Week ever: Tuesday by Eva Amores and Matt Cosgrove
  48. Ella Diaries: Dolphin Dreaming by Meredith Costain and Danielle McDonald
  49. Ella and Olivia: Reading Challenge by Yvette Poshoglian (quiz book)
  50. The Sunsword Trilogy: The Quest for the Sun Gem by Belinda Murrell
  51. Joy’s Journey by Jacinta Farragher and Manka Kasha
  52. Bush Magic by Kylie Howarth
  53. That Cat by Jacqueline Harvey
  54. Spotlight Please … it’s Stevie Louise by Tanya Hennessy
  55. Mars Awakens by H.M. Waugh

New Authors

  1. Mark Greenwood
  2. Dominique Wilson
  3. Monica McInerny
  4. Kay Kerr
  5. Kaz Cooke
  6. Ruth Park
  7. Jennifer Cossins
  8. Nikki McWatters
  9. Sarah Ayoub
  10. Adrian Beck
  11. Phil Kettle
  12. Bob Andersen
  13. Claire Hallifax
  14. Zanni Louise
  15. Claire Saxby
  16. Sue Whiting
  17. Maria Lewis
  18. D.L. Hicks
  19. Sharon Giltrow
  20. Marion Roberts
  21. Samantha-Ellen Bound
  22. Lyn McFarlane
  23. Kyla May
  24. Aaron Blabey
  25. Ruth Wilson
  26. Eva Amores
  27. Meredith Costain
  28. Leonard Cronin
  29. Eva Amores
  30. Jacinta Farragher
  31. H.M. Waugh

Complete List

  1. The World Between Blinks: Rebellion of the Lost by Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin (Read 2021, Reviewed 2022)
  2. Our Country: Ancient Wonders by Mark Greenwood and Frané Lessac (Read 2021, Reviewed 2022)
  3. Orphan Rock by Dominique Wilson
  4. What I Like About Me by Jenna Guillaume
  5. Marcie Gill and the Caravan Park Cat by Monica McInerny
  6. Kill Your Brother by Jack Heath
  7. Social Queue by Kay Kerr
  8. Ouch: Tales of Gravity by Kate Simpson and Andy Hardiman
  9. Mertales: The Great Treasure Hunt by Rebecca Timmis
  10. The Midsummer Garden by Kirsty Manning
  11. Storm Boy and Other Stories by Colin Thiele
  12. You’re Doing It Wrong: A History of Bad and Bonkers Advice to Women by Kaz Cooke
  13. Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park
  14. 45 + 47 Stella Street and Everything that Happened by Elizabeth Honey
  15. A-Z of Australian Animals by Jennifer Cossins
  16. Hexenhaus by Nikki McWatters
  17. When You’re Older by Sofie Laguna and Judy Watson
  18. The Beast’s Garden by Kate Forsyth
  19. The Love that Grew by Sarah Ayoub and Mimi Purnell
  20. Crumbs by Phil Cummings (quiz book)
  21. Liberty by Nikki McWatters
  22. The Unfunny Bunny by Adrian Beck and James Hart
  23. The Puzzle Ring by Kate Forsyth
  24. Clancy of the Outback: City Slicker by Phil Kettle and Bob Andersen (quiz book)
  25. Never Forget by Claire Hallifax
  26. Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables Join Forces by Tim Harris and James Hart
  27. Paris Takes Over the World: Welcome to New York, USA by Kyla May with Zanni Louise
  28. Meet Ella: Lost Book by Rebecca McRitchie and Danielle McDonald
  29. Sydney Under Attack by Sophie Masson
  30. Saga by Nikki McWatters
  31. Arabella’s Alphabet Book by Suzy Zail and Christopher Nielsen
  32. Little Matilda by Caz Goodwin and Shaney Hyde
  33. The Travelling Bookshop: Mim and the Woeful Wedding by Katrina Nannestad
  34. Mary and Marcus: The Crazy Dance and Other Stories by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner
  35. The Girls Who Changed the World: Ming and Flo Fight for the Future by Jackie French
  36. Whisper on the Wind by Claire Saxby and Jess Racklyeft
  37. Interned by Pamela Rushby
  38. Wildflower by Monique Mulligan
  39. Pearly and Pig and The Great Hairy Beast by Sue Whiting
  40. Her Fierce Creatures by Maria Lewis
  41. Rainbow the Koala by Remy Lai
  42. Star the Elephant by Remy Lai
  43. Mary Ann and Captain Piper: The True Story of the Convicts’ Daughter who became the Toast of Colonial Sydney by Jessica North
  44. The Bravest Word by Kate Foster
  45. The Fallback by D.L. Hicks
  46. Friday Barnes: Undercover by R.A. Spratt
  47. Get Ready, Mama by Sharon Giltrow
  48. Mikki and Me and the Out of Tune Tree by Marion Roberts
  49. The Boy Who Hatched Monsters by T.C. Shelley
  50. Seven Wherewithal Way by Samantha-Ellen Bound
  51. The Scarlet Cross by Lyn McFarlane
  52. The Pug Diaries: Scaredy-Pug by Kyla May (quiz book)
  53. Pig the Rebel by Aaron Blabey (quiz book)
  54. Ollie and Bea: Wise Quackers by Renee Treml (quiz book)
  55. The Jane Austen Remedy by Ruth Wilson
  56. The Worst Week ever: Tuesday by Eva Amores and Matt Cosgrove
  57. Ella Diaries: Dolphin Dreaming by Meredith Costain and Danielle McDonald
  58. Clancy of the Outback: Chookshed Blues by Phil Kettle and Bob Andersen (quiz book)
  59. Ella and Olivia: Reading Challenge by Yvette Poshoglian (quiz book)
  60. Wild Australian Life by Leonard Cronin and Chris Nixon
  61. The Sunsword Trilogy: The Quest for the Sun Gem by Belinda Murrell
  62. Joy’s Journey by Jacinta Farragher and Manka Kasha
  63. Bush Magic by Kylie Howarth
  64. That Cat by Jacqueline Harvey
  65. Spotlight Please … it’s Stevie Louise by Tanya Hennessy
  66. Mars Awakens by H.M. Waugh

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