#LoveOzYA Throwback Thursday: The Book Thief



Throwback Thursday  edition is our way of spreading the love of backlist Aussie books that you might have missed. We'll hopefully be posting a new book every second week, and we'd love you to join us!

Tash's pick






Title: The Book Thief
Author:  Marcus Zuscak 
Released: September 1st 2015 
Publisher: Pan Macmillian Australia
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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

why i chose it

I can remember vividly the first time I read this book. I was thirteen years old and in year 8. This book somehow was deemed suitable for school and was added to my school's library. I was captured by the blurb and the rest was history. Zuscak's story is one that has universal appeal to readers of all ages.
  Mixing history with fiction, Zusak weaves a tale that  comes to life in speculative fashion Death doesn't discriminate and the narration is key to this story about  little girl who had a taste for books that couldn't be stopped.   

This book was more then epic.  It appeals to the book lover in everyone and creates a story that
It's stood the test of time and is worth of claiming a spot  in my favourite throwbacks. It's a story that won't grow old and reminds us a past that shouldn't be forgotten. Zuscak has written other books but there is only one Lisette and Death.  It's a modern classic that should be on everyone's radar for the story that offers more then a tragic tale of hope. 

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Top 5 Tuesday - Star's Top 5 Feminist Books







Hi, Star here. I thought I’d share my top 5 favourite feminist books




I have read this book a couple of times now, and I love it so very much. Harriet and Will, the main characters, take on their elite high school’s sexism problem through the power of a pseudonym and some well-crafted pranks. Both main characters are lesbians, which I thought just added to the awesomeness of this book.






This is easily one of the most powerful books I have ever read. This book does deal heavily with rape and rape culture, and it is absolutely not to be taken lightly. This book shook me to my core, and I still think about it. It’s such an important read for everyone, I think.






This one is a little lighter, but still absolutely important, and one of my favourite reads of 2017. It shows how simple one person speaking up about something (even if it’s behind a feminist zine) can be. I can’t wait for the movie of this book, too.






This book. Holy cow this book is amazing. I read it as a part of the AusYABloggers book tour a couple of months ago, and I found it incredible. It tells the story of Lillian, a young girl who doesn’t want to be married off as soon as she gets her period – she just wants to learn and to be able to make her own choices. Choices that are taken away from her just because she happens to be female.






This book also deals with rape, and the importance of believing the victim over the perpetrator. The main character, Mara’s twin brother, Owen, rapes his girlfriend, and she is so torn between believing her twin and the girl he raped. It was powerful, made me cry, and it’s not a feminist book like Moxie, but it still fits the topic.





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We know we would love to read them! 
We are asking for our readers to share their bookish Top Five’s for the group blog.
We are hoping to get enough interest to make this a regular post – email your Top Five ideas to australianyabloggers@gmail.com to be featured.







Seventy-Seven Saturday (#9) Shadows of the Realm (Book 1 of the Circle of Talia)


Every Saturday we will bring you a short snippet from page 77 of a book. It might be a book one of us is reading or perhaps just the book closest to us.

The Rules:


  1. Pick up a Book (your current read, or the closest book to you, or your next read, etc)
  2. Turn to page 77(or 77% if you are on an e-reader)
  3. Find a Snippet, Sentence or Paragraph you like.
  4. Share it on your blog or Twitter or Instagram and link back to us (AusYABloggers) and use #77Saturday

Sarah's Choice

Title: Shadows of the Realm (Book 1 of the Circle of Talia)
Author: Dionne Lister
Released: 24 April 2012
Publisher: Dionne Lister
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Gabrielle wandered around the garden, pretending to admire the trees that were sprouting new growth. She headed towards a large maple and stood where she could enjoy the sunset. Hermas silently appeared at her shoulder. "Good evening, my queen." He executed a small bow.


Sarah's Thoughts

Shadows of the Realm was one of the first books I added to Goodreads. It was actually the author, Dionne Lister who told me about Goodreads.
I met Dionne when I attended a writing workshop she was apart of the panel for in 2013. It was after that workshop that I created my blog!
It was Dionne's enthusiasm that had me creating a Wordpress and Goodreads account as soon as I got home!
Thanks Dionne, I owe you one!!!!


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Seventy-Seven Saturday was inspired by The Friday 56 by Freda's Voice. If you decided to share your Seventy-Seven Saturday on your blog please link back  to us and tag us on Twitter of Instagram @AsuYABloggers and #77Saturday

HADAMAR review tour


Jason K Foster, Big Sky Publishing and The #AusYABloggers bring you the HADAMAR: THE HOUSE OF SHUDDERS Review Tour. On tour, you will find Aussie bloggers, reviewers and Instagrammers sharing their thoughts on Hadamar: The House Of Shudders, beginning on November 25th and running until November 29th 2019.

About the book

Hadamar -The House of Shudders
by Jason K. Foster
Genre: Young Adult, World War II, History
Release Date: 1st June 2019
Pages: 370, Paperback
ISBN: 9781925675863
RRP: $17.50

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Nazi Germany is ruled by Hitler’s barbaric policies of racial cleansing. Ingrid Marchand’s only sin was to be born black.

Horrifying institutions like Hadamar are where the undesirables – including the mentally and physically disabled and children – are systematically tortured, gassed and executed. It is where Ingrid is humiliated and brutalised and will encounter a depth of hatred the world has never seen before.

On the brink of starvation, can Ingrid survive the horrors of her incarceration and help bring her tormentors to justice?

Hadamar is a gripping tale of survival in a world of hatred, horror and insanity.

About the author

Jason Foster is an author, poet, freelance journalist and high school teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) and Graduate Diploma in Teaching from WSU as well as a Master of Arts (History) from Macquarie University and a Diploma in Spanish from Macquarie University.

Jason is widely travelled having spent time in five continents and over fifty countries. He has taught in Australia, the United Kingdom, Spain and Argentina; experiences that bring a distinct range and unique world view to his writing.

He has published ten books in the true crime, history and young adult genres. He has also been published the world over with his work appearing in a range of mediums from History magazines in the United States, Australian travel magazines and Poetry Anthologies in the United Kingdom..

Find Jason via His Website | Big Sky Publishing | Goodreads 

Seventy-Seven Saturday (#8) Weapon


Every Saturday we will bring you a short snippet from page 77 of a book. It might be a book one of us is reading or perhaps just the book closest to us.

The Rules:


  1. Pick up a Book (your current read, or the closest book to you, or your next read, etc)
  2. Turn to page 77(or 77% if you are on an e-reader)
  3. Find a Snippet, Sentence or Paragraph you like.
  4. Share it on your blog or Twitter or Instagram and link back to us (AusYABloggers) and use #77Saturday

Kelly's Choice

Title: Weapon
Author: Lynette Noni
Released: 4th November 2019
Publisher: Pantera Press
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"Kael,' I say. 'I need to find Kael.'

I need to tell him about the memory. I need to warn him about the security guard. Kael was with me at Luna Park, so he knows what the man looks like—maybe together we can figure out who he is and what he wants. He’s been planning something for years, something involving me, and I …

I can’t handle any more surprises."


Kelly's Thoughts

So excited to read weapon and continue the story of "Jane Doe', the Exodus Project and the sultry romance with rebel Kael. Lynette Noni is an incredible storyteller.


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Seventy-Seven Saturday was inspired by The Friday 56 by Freda's Voice. If you decided to share your Seventy-Seven Saturday on your blog please link back  to us and tag us on Twitter of Instagram @AsuYABloggers and #77Saturday

Throwback Thursday: The Year Nick McGowen Came to Stay


Throwback Thursday edition is our way of spreading the love of backlist Aussie books that you might have missed. We'll hopefully be posting a new book every second week, and we'd love you to join us!

Kelly's pick

The Year Nick McGowen Came to Stay
Author: Rebecca Sparrow
Released: 2006
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
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It's 1989 and Rachel Hill is the girl most likely to succeed. And the girl most likely to have everything under control ... that is, until her father invites the moody Nick McGowan to live with them. With the help of her best friend Zoe, Rachel battens down the hatches in preparation for Nick McGowan to move into her old bedroom and into her life.

Nick immediately labels Rachel as uptight. With bad taste in music. Rachel immediately labels Nick a no-hoper. With a bad attitude.

But it's a secret from Nick's past that will draw them together and make the year Nick McGowan came to stay one that Rachel will never forget.

why i chose it

Funniest. Book. Ever.

This book was one of the biggest surprises I've stumbled across so far. It was funny, heartwarming and funny. Yes, it was just that humorous I felt the need to mention it twice. I was nine years old in 1989 and the pop culture references throughout, helped me form a connection to the storyline and characters. Although some of Rachel's musical tastes are cringe worthy, back in the era, that's what the majority were listening to. Remembering Molly's death on A Country Practice, watching It's A Knockout, I absolutely loved reminiscing. Rachel's inner monologues are hilarious, but the real star is best friend Zoe. Some of the funniest lines in literature are courtesy of Rebecca Sparrow, and I'm an instant fan.

If you're an Aussie, thirty plus years old or remember the 1980's with a fondness, definitely add this one.

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Top 5 Tuesday - Star's Top 5 Favourite LoveOzYA Book Covers of 2019








Hi! Star here with my top 5 favourite #LoveOzYA book covers of 2019.

I know, as book readers, we are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but it’s sometimes hard when they’re just so darn pretty!


Okay this cover, to me, is just to die for. I love the blue, I love the illustrated cover, and it’s an incredible story, too. Which is a win/win to me!



This cover is so eerie and cool to me. I love the pinks and the grey. And I absolutely adore that the rose is dripping. That’s some awesome artistry to me. I also really enjoyed the story, too.





From the bright yellow background, to the illustrated people on the front, this cover has it all going on! I love the white text with the splash of pink for the word “Better”. This book is easily one of the best covers I’ve seen this year. Again, the story inside was very wonderful. And well deserving of the Text Prize, too.





This cover is initially what drew me to the book. It is so gorgeous in person. I love the midnight blue background, the keys surrounding the silhouette of Sam, and the way the title fits into the shape of Sam’s body. It’s such a captivating cover, and the bright yellow spine is absolutely gorgeous. And I absolutely loved the story, too.




While this one is still on my TBR (oops!), the cover was what drew me to the book. I have such a thing for illustrated covers (lol, can you tell?) and this one is absolutely stunning. The fact that the entire book’s cover is the face of one of the characters is not something I’ve seen done before, not so close-up, at least. And the lens flare in Auri’s eye just absolutely made me fall in love with this cover.




 Hi there. Do you have a Top Five you want to share? 
We know we would love to read them! 
We are asking for our readers to share their bookish Top Five’s for the group blog.
We are hoping to get enough interest to make this a regular post – email your Top Five ideas to australianyabloggers@gmail.com to be featured.







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