Your top 10 Aussie books

June 21, 2012 – 3:56 pm

To celebrate The National Year of Reading, ABC TV’s First Tuesday Book Club is looking for the 10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die – the great Australian reading list. And we want you to vote for it! To inspire you, the ABC has approached a range of Australians; from the worlds of sport, politics, entertainment, as well as grass roots readers and developed a shortlist of 50 Australian classics to vote from.

You can vote from this shortlist on the ABC website…or tell us AND vote!

Do you have a top 10 list of Aussie books to read ???

We asked our library staff to provide their lists….

Here is Jo‘s list….

  1. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
    This was must reading for any teenager in the 90s. I remember being so excited when the library finally got the latest instalment of the series in. 20 years on and I am now waiting for the second instalment of the movie version!
  2. Deltora Quest Series by Emily Rodda
    I was probably a bit too old to be reading this series when I did (and I’m not telling you when)…but I loved them anyway.
  3. The Discovery of Dragons by Graeme Base
    I don’t know anyone who doesn’t know of Graeme Base and his wonderful illustrations. This particular one inspired me to draw a giant dragon on my wall with charcoal. Not so sure my parents were impressed.
  4. Unreal! By Paul Jennings
    So quirky and creative, I think I have re-read these stories at least 10 times. Skeleton on the Dunny is one of my all time favourites. I used to think of it when forced to use my grandparent’s outdoor toilet in country Victoria, and scare myself all over again.
  5. Who Sank the Boat? by Allen, Pamela
    I still quote this delightful picture book.
  6. Parkland by Victor Kelleher
    Probably the reason I read so much science fiction today. I blame Victor Kelleher for hooking me!
  7. The Persimmon Tree by Bryce Courtenay
    I changed my choice from Bryce Courtenay’s wonderful offerings from The Power of One, to The Potato Factory then finally rested on The Persimmon Tree. It gets on the list because I do not read a great deal of love stories, but this was just beautiful.
  8. The Secret River by Kate Grenville
    Probably the only book I have specifically chosen to read because it was Australian.
  9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    Simply a beautiful story about war and the power of books.
  10. Contest by Matthew Reilly
    Matthew Reilly is the ONLY author I have ever been able to convince my husband to read. And this one is based in the New York State Library. How could I not include it?