I’ve been in the mood for jotting down lists lately, perhaps it’s the New Year spirit. I’ve set myself high reading goals for 2013 even though I intend to accept less review books and focus my time on writing. But, I hope my reading levels don’t diminish because what I’d really like to achieve this year is tackling some (or a lot!) of books on my To-Be-Read shelf. I can’t remember when the last time I’ve bought a book and have had the luxury of reading it whenever I like- because I’ve had review schedules (wholly self-inflicted I should add).
Not only do I want to get through some of the books on my TBR shelf, there’s a bunch of books by Australian authors that I want to bury my nose in. Hence, my list. I’m already on a roll, I’ve managed to read two of these in the first week of January and I’ve just picked up the third.
These are the top 10 books by Australian authors on my TBR shelf that I want to read ASAP:
Dark Country by Bronwyn Parry
I’ve actually managed to read this one in the past few days. Dark Country was the only book of Parry’s I’d yet to read and is well deserving of a five star rating!
Fetish by Tara Moss
I picked up a copy of this in a secondhand bookstore some time back, I was drawn to the blurb on the back because the protagonist was a psychology student. I’d also heard how much research Moss indulges in to write her novels and I’ve been intrigued to see how they are executed. This is the other book I’ve read in the past week and absolutely loved. I’ll be reading more of this series!
Tempt the Devil by Anna Campbell
As my favourite book list of 2012 revealed, historical fiction/ romance was heavily present on my list. I had the pleasure of participating in one of Anna’s workshops at GenreCon last year and was lucky enough to be given a FREE copy of her book by the author herself. She’s such a delight to listen to, full of energy and passion. Plus she kicked-arse in the plotter vs. pantser debate! I’ve just made a start on this story and can say Campbell’s writing style is captivating.
The Man who saw her Beauty by Michelle Douglas
The author sent me a copy of her novel when I won the Melbourne Reader’s Cup competition hosted by Kat @ Book Thingo. It was such a lovely gesture to receive a copy direct from the author and I’m intrigued to see how the protagonist- a cancer survivor- overcomes her difficulties.
Jillaroo by Rachael Treasure
It’s shameful to think that the very first rural romance novel I ever picked up was by Rachael Treasure and I still haven’t managed to indulge in her backlist. I’ve got a couple sitting on my TBR shelf, but Jillaroo is the one I want to read the most.
Heart of Gold by Fiona Palmer
Bella’s Run by Margareta Osborn
I really hoped to get to this one sooner, but it certainly hasn’t been forgotten since I picked up a signed copy at the Mudgee Readers Festival last year. Margareta is so down to earth and approachable, I was chuffed I got to meet her.
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
I loved Marchetta’s contemporary YA novels while I was in my teens but I haven’t managed to take the leap into her fantasy fiction. I’ve read endless positive reviews about this series and it’s about time I read it.
The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
Another GenreCon discovery and the only male author to secure a spot on the list. Daniel O’Malley certainly charmed the pants off most of the women in the room during his panel discussions at GenreCon. Lucky for me, a copy of The Rook was in my goodie bag!
Come Back to Me by Sara Foster
This one has been on my TBR shelf for a looong time. I keep saying I should read it and now I’m going to commit to reading it from this list before I’m tempted by any other books on my shelf. Foster is a remarkable mystery storyteller and even though I’ve only read one of her books (Beneath the Shadows) I know I’m going to love this one.
These books will go a long way to racking up numbers for the AWW2013 challenge too which is a bonus!