Reading Around the World: Australia

Reading Around the World: Australia

We are off to the land down under.  I haven't been to Australia in the longest time.  I was 19 and paralytically shy when I was there for university oh, so many moons ago.  Going as a fully fledged adult is going to be a change.  Related: Adulting is boring. 

I have a three hour flight from Beijing to Hong Kong and then a nine hour flight from Hong King to Melbourne. I have got some time for reading.  

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson cover

In a Sunburned Country
by Bill Bryson


“As the saying goes, it takes all kinds to make the world go around, though perhaps some shouldn't go quite so far around it as others.”

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Series: no
Published: June 18th 2000)
Why: Bill Bryson is highly entertaining.  I think that the outsider perspective will be interesting as well.  It is always difficult to see yourself clearly.

Cloudwish by Fiona Wood cover

by Fiona Wood

“... consider the meaning of these images. Every time you're working with them, ask yourself: what do they mean? And, even more important, what do they mean to me? The more specific and personal something is, the more its universality emerges.” 

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Series: The Six Impossiverse #3
Published: September 1st 2015
Why: This will be a reread.  I didn't even know that it was part of a series so clearly it can be read as a stand alone.  It is set in Melbourne and the author put in a but of local color which I love.  I also love the whole "I am not sure that I like this guy who I thought I want to like me liking me." I also enjoy Fiona Wood's writing in general.

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl
by Melissa Keil

“I guess it's easy to dream about things that are abstract, or impossible.”

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Published: September 2014
Why: Both my friend Gabrielle (badass librarian friend) and Cait at Paperfury have recommended this. Give me all of the food description!   

Tomorrow, When the War Began  by John Marsden cover

Tomorrow, When the War Began
by John Marsden


“All these words, words like 'evil' and 'vicious', they meant nothing to Nature. Yes, evil was a human invention.” 

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Series: Tomorrow #1
Published: 1993
Why: A friend saw this in a used book store and brought it to me as an example of excellent YA (Australian friend) This is actually one of grade 8 novel study books at my school. I will try to not told that against it. #otherteacherscanchoosegoodbooksTara

On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta cover

On the Jellicoe Road
by Melina Marchetta 

“Is a person worth more because they have someone to grieve for them?” 

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Series: no
Published: 2000
Why: I have seen this in about a thousand places as the be all end all of Oz YA.  I guess I will have to give it a chance.  After procrastinating for something like 5 years. by the way the kindle version is 1.99 as of today.

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkingto cover

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence
by Doris Pilkington


“Numbers, dates, in fact mathematics of any kind, have little or no relevance in our traditional Aboriginal society. Nature was their social calendar, everything was measured by events and incidents affected by seasonal changes. For example, summer is pink-eye” 

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Series: no
Published: 1996
Why: I am really interested in this topic.  My first teaching job was on a reservation in South Dakota and I have seen the damage that has been inflicted on the community by various policy over the years.  Australia has a similar dark history that I don't know much about.  

The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding by Robert Hughes cover

The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding
by Robert Hughes


"There is the simple fact that any land looks like Eden after months at sea."

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Series: no
Published:  December 12th 1986
Why: I have seen this in every bookstore ever.  I am unsure as to the quality of the research or the writing.  I am sure that it will be dramatic.  

Are We There Yet?: A Journey Around Australia by Alison Lester

Are We There Yet?: A Journey Around Australia
by Alison Lester

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Series: no
Published: January 31st 2006
Why: It is a picture book about a road trip around Australia.  Gimme.  I am pretty sure the school library has it.  Looking into it.  Hang on a second... We do.  Taking it with me.

True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey cover

True History of the Kelly Gang
by Peter Carey

“If you know the country he said then you will be a wild colonial boy forever”

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Series: no
Published: December 4th 2001
Why: Because Ned Kelly.

In the Skin of a Monster by Kathryn Barker cover

In the Skin of a Monster
by Kathryn Barker

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Series: no
Published: August 2015
Why: The premise of this book, Girl's sister shoots up school and now the aftermath, sounds promising.  I am thinking that it will remind me of Hate List. But there is a paranormal element?  So confused.



Any other recommendations?