“You have to do something special for your next blog post,” said Husband Bear.
“Oh yes? And why is that?” said I (actually, it was pretty late at night when he said that, so my response was probably more like “Wha? Blog? Wha?”, but since I’m trying to sound like a professional, articulate writer person here, let’s just pretend, okay?).
“Because it is YOUR 100th POST!” cried Husband Bear with great gusto (ahem, still pretending here. But he was a bit excited).
And so was I! 100 posts! Jeepers!
So, what could I blog about for my 100th post, I wondered.
And then it struck me: I should do something I’d been planning to do for awhile. I should put together a list of my top Aussie Children’s and YA books of all time.
Partially inspired by Triple J’s Hottest 100 Australian Albums Of All Time, and partly by the fact that the books I love very rarely win any of the big book awards, I’d been mulling over the idea of this list for quite awhile. I’d just been looking for an excuse to do it.
What better excuse than MY 100th POST!
So, I’ve spent the past couple of days drafting and redrafting, adding and removing, shuffling the numbers and then changing the order around yet again, remembering books I’d forgotten and getting distracted reading books I loved, love and will never forget.
And, finally, it’s done. My top fifty Australian children’s and YA books of all time. These are books that have inspired me, challenged me, moved me to tears and laughter. They are books that have in some way affected me deeply. Many of them are books I have read again and again.
I know that some of the books (particularly my number one), are considered classics and may, therefore, be considered predictable but I’m a firm believer in the idea that some things are popular because they’re just so bloody good! Conversely, there are some books here that might seem a bit left-of-centre and might have you questioning my “taste”. I don’t mind. I don’t really think I have “taste”. I just enjoy what I enjoy (see my love of metal – proper metal, not Slipknot or Korn – country and bubblegum pop music in equal measures).
I hope you enjoy reading my list. It would be awesome if it provoked you to make a list of your own. If it does, I would love to hear it!
I’d also love to hear what you think of my list. Are there books I really should have included? Are there any books on my list that you’re flabbergasted I did include? Please let me know!
Nb, I spent hours yesterday attaching links to each of the titles, but then WordPress had a little “moment” and the entire blog decided to disapparate. I have thrown things. I hope you don’t mind the lack of linkies and that you take the time to Google some of the books on this list. In my opinion, they’re worth it.
- Ethel Turner – Seven Little Australians
- Robin Klein – The Enemies / Maureen McCarthy Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life (tie)
- Steven Herrick – Black Painted Fingernails
- Emily Rodda – Finders Keepers
- Nick Earls and Rebecca Sparrow – Joel and Cat Set the Story Straight
- Graeme Base – The Eleventh Hour
- Morris Gleitzman – Two Weeks With the Queen
- Libby Hathorn – Thunderwith
- John Marsden – Checkers
- Brigid Lowry – Guitar Highway Rose
- Norman Lindsay – The Magic Pudding
- Melina Marchetta – Saving Francesca
- Emily Rodda – The Best Kept Secret
- Colin Thiele – Storm Boy
- Nick Earls – 48 Shades of Brown
- Jaclyn Moriarty – Feeling Sorry for Celia
- Sonya Hartnett – Thursday’s Child
- Gillian Rubinstein – Space Demons
- Isobelle Carmody – Little Fur
- Gary Crew – The Watertower
- Mem Fox – Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
- Thelma Catterwell – Sebastian Lives in a Hat
- Steven Herrick – By The River
- Robin Klein – Came Back To Show You I Could Fly
- Victor Kelleher – To The Dark Tower
- Paul Jennings – The Paw Thing
- Robin Klein – Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left
- Victor Kelleher – Taronga
- Margo Lanagan – Black Juice
- Justine Larbalestier – Liar
- Tim Winton – That Eye, the Sky
- Morris Gleitzman – Blabber Mouth
- Garth Nix – The Ragwitch
- Leigh Hobbs – Mr Chicken Goes to Paris
- Colin Thompson – The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley
- Cassandra Golds – The Museum of Mary Child
- Melina Marchetta – Looking for Alibrandi
- John Marsden – Letters From the Inside
- James Moloney – The Book of Lies
- Nansi Kunze – Mishaps
- Michelle Cooper – A Brief History of Montmaray
- Shaun Tan – Tales From Outer Suburbia
- Margaret Wild – Woolvs in the Sittee
- Lili Wilkinson – A Pocketful of Eyes
- Marianne de Pierres – Burn Bright
- Penny Tangey – Loving Richard Feynman
- Sally Murphy – Toppling
- Christina Booth – Potato Music
- RA Spratt – The Adventures of Nanny Piggins
- Garth Nix – Troubletwisters
What did you think? Please let me know. Just … be nice. I have thrown all the things in my house that can be safely thrown. Mephy is starting to look at me very nervously …