Monday, January 16, 2012

Aussie YA

A few months back my parents went to Australia and they brought me back the best Australian-type present of ever: Aussie YA! They managed to find all four the books on my list and I haven't had a chance to read or talk about these books until now but I am so excited about them. Not only because as a whole everything I've read from Australia has been really great, but also because I finally finally have Steph Bowe's book! Also, jeesh, I love Australian covers. They're so foreign-y.


  1. Your parents are awesome.

    And seriously? That cover of Alaska? I want to frame it and put it in my office, it's SO pretty. :-D

  2. Sigh! Now I'm going to have to check all these out! I'm a sucker for covers and some of these are awesome. Plus, Australian authors can do no wrong!

  3. I really loved Graffiti Moon. Like, a lot.

    There are two other Aussie books you should check out if you can: Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar (which is available in the U.S., I think) and Good Oil by Laura Buzo (which isn't, but should be).

    Happy reading.

  4. Anon because I can't remember any of my sign-ins.

    But seriously? You call Australian cover-art foreign? I get that in a technicality it is, but... that seems so stupid, and insulting, like "oh, how quaint, the little Australians have a printing press."

    It's an attitude that I've seen a lot of online, and I'm not impressed.

    1. Oh, wow, I'm really sorry if my statement came across that way because it's not what I meant at all. What I meant was that in US bookstores (& I'm not sure if you're in the US or Aus or somewhere else, but...) so many of the YA books have very similar types of covers: girls in pretty dresses, couples kissing or holding hands, there's usually a lot of faces and a lot of times the covers don't necessarily have a lot to do with the inside of the book. (Not always, but often enough.) What I meant in saying foreign-y is that it's really refreshing to see covers that are so artistic and different from what I'm used to. It's so nice to see covers that are markedly different from what I'm used to.