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message 1: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69394 comments Mod
We thought we'd add another list this year (who doesn't love lists!) so as well as our top 5 reads for 2015, this one is only your reads by Aussie authors:) As per usual, they don't have to be published in 2015, just read by you...


Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling | 40 comments Phrynne wrote: "Here's mine:)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Bitter Nothings by Vicki Tyley
[book:Secrets in Time|262..."
I haven't read any of these - 5 more to add to the wish list :)


message 5: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69394 comments Mod
Three of those I've read Phrynne...great choices:)


Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling | 40 comments Brenda wrote: "My list in no particular order:)

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
Spirits of the Ghan by Judy Nunn
[book:Heart of the Cou..."
and only read a couple of these - The Natural Way of Things is sitting on my table - I am reluctant to start - I have such high expectations...do you ever feel like that about a book?


message 7: by Phrynne, Series Queen! (last edited Dec 08, 2015 05:22PM) (new)

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That's one of the problems isn't it! That wish list just gets longer:)
I will be checking out your choices Brenda for the new annual challenge:)


message 8: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Dec 08, 2015 05:22PM) (new)

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Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling wrote: "Brenda wrote: "My list in no particular order:)

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
Spirits of the Ghan by Judy Nunn
[book:H..."


I do...quite often. I highly recommend that one - but of course everyone is different:)


message 9: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69394 comments Mod
Phrynne wrote: "That's one of the problems isn't it! That wish list just gets longer:)"

And longer.....


message 10: by K (last edited Dec 08, 2015 05:42PM) (new)

K | 1140 comments I may as well just list all of the G.J. Walker-Smith books I've been reading. Lol.


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message 12: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

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Kiera wrote: "I may as well just list all of the G.J. Walker-Smith books I've been reading. Lol."

You've read no other Aussie authors this year that were good Kiera???


message 14: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69394 comments Mod
I've read every one of them Zoey! Good choices:)


message 16: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69394 comments Mod
Another great list Carolyn:) Why are you here? Aren't you heading for Waikiki today???


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K | 1140 comments Brenda wrote: "Kiera wrote: "I may as well just list all of the G.J. Walker-Smith books I've been reading. Lol."

You've read no other Aussie authors this year that were good Kiera???"


I read the Miniaturist, which was alright, but doesn't belong in top 5. I haven't read many Aussie authors this year, but it is more than what I have read other years.


message 18: by Carolyn (last edited Dec 08, 2015 06:46PM) (new)

Carolyn | 7961 comments Brenda wrote: "Another great list Carolyn:) Why are you here? Aren't you heading for Waikiki today???"

Yes, we leave tonight Brenda! I've finished packing, watered the pot plants and have a few hours to fill in before we head off ... so time for a check in with AR and a spot of reading :)


message 19: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69394 comments Mod
Ahh!!! Hope you're back to 100% - have a fabulous time!!!


message 20: by Carolyn (last edited Dec 08, 2015 07:00PM) (new)

Carolyn | 7961 comments Brenda wrote: "Ahh!!! Hope you're back to 100% - have a fabulous time!!!"

Thank you! I'm sure we will :)


message 21: by Phrynne, Series Queen! (new)

Phrynne | 11344 comments Mod
Happy holidays Carolyn:)


Jülie ☼♄  | 6275 comments Ooh, right up my alley but very difficult to choose Brenda, I will post mine here later ;)


Jülie ☼♄  | 6275 comments Carolyn wrote: "Brenda wrote: "Another great list Carolyn:) Why are you here? Aren't you heading for Waikiki today???"

Yes, we leave tonight Brenda! I've finished packing, watered the pot plants and have a few ho..."


Have a fantastic trip Carolyn!! :D


message 25: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

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☼♄Jülie wrote: "Ooh, right up my alley but very difficult to choose Brenda, I will post mine here later ;)"

Incredibly hard Jools!


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Tango | 290 comments I am embarrassed to say that most of my books have been by non-Australian authors this year. My top 3:
The Tree Of Man
Why Weren't We Told?
The Secret Chord


message 27: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69394 comments Mod
Perhaps you could challenge yourself to read more Aussies next year Tango? :)


message 28: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 3496 comments My top 5 in no particular order are:
Fractured by Dawn Barker,
Matthew Flinders' Cat by Bryce Courtenay,
The Promise by Naomi Reed,
Heading Home by Naomi Reed, and
The Opal Desert by Di Morrissey, with an honourable mention for Life or Death by Michael Robotham.


message 29: by MaryG2E (new)

MaryG2E (goodreadscommaryg2e) | 856 comments Many of my Australian author reads this year related to my 2015 Personal Challenge, which was to read a number of books about Australians at war, in honour of the ANZAC centenary. So three of my top 5 are in that vein in some way:
Ronan's Echo by Joanne van Os
Barbed Wire And Roses by Peter Yeldham
The Heroes by Ronald McKie

And two outstanding pieces of contemporary fiction:
Addition by Toni Jordan
Red Queen by Honey Brown


message 30: by Sally906 (new)

Sally906 Out of the 160 books I have read so far this year - 51 have been by Aussie authors from all across the genre's.

My top book of 2015 is by an Australian author - Palace of Tears by Julian Leatherdale Palace of Tears by Julian Leatherdale

So without further ado my top 5, in the order I read them, are:
A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell
Tell the Truth by Katherine Howell
The Last Place by Michael Adams
The Patterson Girls by Rachael Johns
Palace of Tears by Julian Leatherdale

And because I really need a top 10 - these are my honourable mentions (other Aussie 5★ reads)also in the order I read them:
Mr Chen's Emporium by Deborah O'Brien
The Road to Hope by Rachael Johns
Only We Knowby Victoria Purman
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
The Lake House by Kate Morton


message 31: by Tango (new)

Tango | 290 comments Tango wrote: "I am embarrassed to say that most of my books have been by non-Australian authors this year. My top 3:
The Tree Of Man
Why Weren't We Told?
[book:The Secret Chord|24611..."

Good idea!! I've got a few lined up already,


message 32: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69394 comments Mod
Well done!


message 34: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69394 comments Mod
Hi Odette, have you put this post in the wrong thread? There are a few non Aussie authors in your list:)


message 35: by Odette (new)

Odette (odman) | 941 comments Brenda wrote: "Hi Odette, have you put this post in the wrong thread? There are a few non Aussie authors in your list:)"

Sorry, misread - thought it was all authors

For this thread my top 5 choices are:

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Nightingale byFiona McIntosh
The Lake House by Kate Morton
Hope Farm by Peggy Frew
Spirits of the Ghan by Judy Nunn

Close runners up:
Volcano Street by David Rain
Hush, Little Bird by Nicole Trope


message 36: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69394 comments Mod
Thanks Odette...there's another thread all authors:)


message 37: by Kim Marie (new)

Kim Marie | 894 comments Lots of enjoyable reading for me here.....

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (also looking forward to the upcoming TV series starring Nicole Kidman, Reece Witherspoon & Laura Dern)
Ronan's Echo by Joanne van Os
The Beast's Garden by Kate Forsyth
Red Queen by Honey Brown

and the last is a Trilogy so had to include all three titles:
The Last Stormlord
Stormlord Rising
Stormlord's Exile by Glenda Larke


message 38: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69394 comments Mod
Some great titles there Kim! I've read 3 out of your top 4:)


message 39: by Kim Marie (new)

Kim Marie | 894 comments Brenda wrote: "Some great titles there Kim! I've read 3 out of your top 4:)"

Somehow that doesn't surprise me Brenda and I do take your recommendations seriously :)


message 40: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69394 comments Mod
Thanks:)


message 41: by MaryG2E (last edited Dec 14, 2015 05:40AM) (new)

MaryG2E (goodreadscommaryg2e) | 856 comments Same for me Kim - three of your list were 5 star reads for me this year.


message 42: by Kim Marie (new)

Kim Marie | 894 comments MaryG2E wrote: "Same for me Kim - three of your list were 5 star reads for me this year."

I'll have to add the unread three from your top 5 to my list for next year Mary :)


message 43: by Mish (last edited Dec 15, 2015 12:49AM) (new)


message 44: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69394 comments Mod
Great list Mish!


message 45: by Mish (new)

Mish | 3495 comments Thank Brenda. I have nearly finished The Anchoress so I'm saving my fifth spot for that one ;) it's really good!!


message 46: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69394 comments Mod
Oh that's good:) It's wonderful when you're reading such a good book! Makes you feel good:)


Jülie ☼♄  | 6275 comments Mish wrote: "Thank Brenda. I have nearly finished The Anchoress so I'm saving my fifth spot for that one ;) it's really good!!"

Glad you liking it Mish :)


message 48: by Mish (new)

Mish | 3495 comments ☼♄Jülie wrote: "Mish wrote: "Thank Brenda. I have nearly finished The Anchoress so I'm saving my fifth spot for that one ;) it's really good!!"

Glad you liking it Mish :)"


:)) I've just finished it and added it to my favourite Aussie reads. It's so unique and beautifully written.


message 49: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69394 comments Mod
I'll be interested in your review Mish:)


message 50: by Mish (new)

Mish | 3495 comments Brenda wrote: "I'll be interested in your review Mish:)"

Will write a review soon :)


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