AusYABloggers 2019 Reading Challenge

Hey there Australian and New Zealand young adult readers - New year, new reading challenge!

How does it work?

2019’s challenge will be based on two YA book prompts each month. We are going to carry out a buddy read each month, that will cover one out of the two prompts.

You can choose to read the buddy book with us and then pick one other book to read to meet the months requirements. We will have a Goodreads discussion post for each buddy read and are planning to hold group chats on twitter at the end of each month to discuss the buddy reads. Alternatively, you can pick two books of your own. 

You do not have to take part in the buddy reads to complete the challenge. Each month one of your reads must be either an OZ or NZ title and each book can only count towards one prompt.

Example A
Each Month
#1 book prompt (own choice Aussie or NZ YA title)
#2 book prompt (partake in buddy read)

Example B
Each Month
#1 book prompt (own choice title)
#2 book prompt (own choice Aussie or NZ YA title)

Example C
Each Month
#1 book prompt (own choice title)
#2 book prompt (partake in buddy read, which is an Aussie or NZ YA title)

I hope that was enough examples for you to catch my drift :-)

Complete the challenge and be entered into the draw to win prizes!!!

To register, click HERE. Feel free to invite friends, readers and bloggers as long as they're either Australian or New Zealand to be eligible to win.

You won’t be able to complete every prompt using OZ and NZ YA books, but for each prompt you manage to complete using only OZ and NZ YA books you will gain our amazement at your awesomeness.

We will release the monthly prompts three months in advance, so you can plan your reads and try to include any review copies or ARC editions. Please read only the prompts provided for that month or months prior within that month. We ask that you please be honest not skip ahead.

For Example
If you miss two prompts in February and it's now March, you may read the march prompts plus those you've missed during February. Do not read April prompts during March. Simples!

How Do I report What I've read?

Are you excited? I’m excited!!

At the end of the month simply reply in the report post HERE with the prompt and title of the book you've read.

For Example
JAN #1 Book title
JAN #2 Book title

To make it easier to keep track of your reads for the challenge please just edit your original reply post each time. Clicking the edit button will allow you to add books, remove them and add new prompts to your reply as you go along. Doing the reporting this way will stop the thread ending up being over full and make it easier to keep track of your own and everyone else’s reads :-).

Of course if you have any questions or need help with prompts, feel free to contact us on Goodreads or Twitter.


First prize: a $30 Booktopia gift certificate.

Second prize: a book of your choice up to the value of $15.


#1: New year, new me - or - New Beginnings
#2: Indigenous Australian Protagonist
Buddy Read: Songs That Sound Like Blood by Jared Thomas (#LoveOzYA title)

#1: Translated work
#2: East Asian protagonist (China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, and South Korea)
Buddy Read: Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim (#LoveOzYA title)

#1: A protagonist with PTSD
#2:  Zombie apocalypse
Buddy Read: Highway Bodies by Alison Evans (#LoveOzYA title)

#1: Pansexual protagonist
#2: Food, glorious food
Buddy Read: A Thousand Perfect Notes by CG Drews (#LoveOzYA title)

#1: A protagonist with bipolar disorder
#2: South Asian protagonist (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka)
Buddy Read: When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah (#LoveOzYA title)

#1: A feel good read
#2: Protagonist or Author with a physical disability
Buddy read: Meet Me at the Intersection - anthology  (#LoveOzYA)

#1: Fun in the sun
#2: West Asian protagonist (the Levant, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Iran, the Armenian Highlands, the South Caucasus, the Arabian peninsula as well as the Sinai Peninsula)
Buddy read: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury 

#1: Book that’s been on your TBR shelf the longest
#2: Māori protagonist
Buddy read: Legacy by Whiti Hereaka (#LoveNzYA)

#1: Short Story Anthology
#2: Social Media
Buddy read:  Risk by Fleur Ferris (#LoveOzYA)

#1: Time travel
#2: Black Lives Matter 
Buddy read:  Dear Martin by Nic Stone

#1: Queer pride
#2: Transgender protagonist (#LoveOzYA)
Buddy read:  Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin

#1: Epic conclusions
#2: Verse novel
Buddy read:  The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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