Australia Reads

In November, Australia Reads is inviting Australians of all ages and from all walks of life to share and celebrate the joys of reading.

Whether you’re picking up a book for the first time or your head is already stuck in one, there’s plenty of books, activities and events as part of the festivities.

Thursday 12 November is Australian Reading Hour. You’re invited to stop what you’re doing for an hour, pick up a book and read to yourself or the children in your life.

I’ve listed below a couple of my favourite books from Aussie authors that I have read or re-read this year. We may not be able to travel right now, but books can take you wherever you want to go. Discover your next adventure below.

Middle Grade

  • The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble
  • The Peacock Detectives by Carly Nugent
  • The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks
  • The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty
  • The Boy, The Bird and the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods

Young Adult

  • Road to Winter series by Mark Smith
  • Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina
  • The Boy Who Steals Houses by CG DREWS
  • Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller
  • In the Dark Spaces by Cally Black
  • Everywhere Everything Everyone by Katy Warner


  • The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland
  • Bridge of Clay by Markus Zuzak
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
  • Lucky Galah by Tracy Sorensen
  • Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
  • The Swan Book by Alexis Wright
  • Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko
  • Shadowboxing by Tony Birch
  • This House of Grief by Helen Garner
  • Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  • The Dry by Jane Harper

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