Read Around Oceania Challenge

The Book Thief
Most Popular Book
Rating: 4.5     2512 Votes


14 countries in Oceania means 14 books to read for this challenge
Reading progress by all challenge participants
4.7%
95.3%

Read Around Oceania Challenge

Read at least one book by an author from each country in Oceania.

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Recommended Challenge Books (79)
1.

Create Or Hate: Successful People Make Things by Dan Norris EN

Rating: 4     2 Votes
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
Description:
Most of us have always wanted to make something, but for any number of reasons haven't. We are all creative - there is a creator in you. But there is also a force called Hate, which will work against your creativity and stop you from making things. Hate can be controlled, and overpowered and your creative side can be nurtured and grown.
Recommended: 02 Jan 2018

2.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak EN

Rating: 4.5     2512 Votes
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
Description:
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 BEST YA BOOKS OF ALL TIME The extraordinary, beloved novel about the ability of books to feed the soul even in the darkest of times. When Death has a story to tell, you listen. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to rea... continue

3.

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton EN

Rating: 4     29 Votes
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
Description:
From award-winning author Tim Winton comes an epic novel that regularly tops the list of best-loved novels in Australia. After two separate catastrophes, two very different families leave the country for the bright lights of Perth. The Lambs are industrious, united, and--until God seems to turn His back on their boy Fish--religious. The Pickleses are gamblers, boozers, fractious, and unlikely landlords. Change, hardship, and the war force them to swallow their dignity and share a great, breathing, shuddering house called Cloudstreet. Over the next twenty years, they struggle and strive, laugh ... continue
Recommended: 17 May 2018

4.

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C G Drews EN

Rating: 4     2 Votes
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
Description:
An emotionally charged story about the power of dreams, and how passion can turn to obsession. Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music - because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence. When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and... continue
Recommended: 28 Jul 2018

5.

Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
Recommended: 06 Mar 2022

6.

Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina, Ezekiel Kwaymullina EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
Description:
An extraordinary thriller, told from the perspective of two Aboriginal protagonists, which weaves together themes of grief, colonial history, violence, love and family. Nothing's been the same for Beth Teller since she died. Her dad, a detective, is the only one who can see and hear her, and he's drowning in grief. Only a suspected murder, and a mystery to solve, might save them both. And they have a potential witness: Isobel Catching. Aboriginal by birth, like Beth, she seems lost and isolated in the world. But as the two get closer, Isobel's strange tale of glass-eyed monsters and stolen col... continue
Recommended: 07 Mar 2022

7.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff EN

Rating: 4     80 Votes
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
Description:
For fans of Marie Lu comes the first book in an epic series that bends the sci-fi genre into a new dimension. “A truly beautiful novel that redefines the form." —Victoria Aveyard, bestselling author of Red Queen This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate wit... continue

8.

The Trauma Cleaner : One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein EN

Rating: 4     17 Votes
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
Description:
"A woman who sleeps among garbage she has not put out for forty years. A man who bled quietly to death in his living room. A woman who lives with rats, random debris, and terrified delusion. The still life of a home vacated by accidental overdose. Sarah Krasnostein has watched ... Sandra Pankhurst bring order and care to these, the living and the dead"--Dust jacket flap.
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022

9.

Monkey Grip by Helen Garner EN

Rating: 3     3 Votes
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
Description:
Helen Garner’s gritty, lyrical first novel divided the critics on its publication in 1977. Today, Monkey Grip is regarded as a masterpiece—the novel that shines a light on a time and a place and a way of living never before presented in Australian literature: communal households, music, friendships, children, love, drugs, and sex. When Nora falls in love with Javo, she is caught in the web of his addiction; and as he moves between loving her and leaving, between his need for her and promises broken, Nora’s life becomes an intense dance of loving and trying to let go. Helen Garner is one of Aus... continue
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Recommended: 20 Apr 2022

10.

The Secret River by Kate Grenville EN

Rating: 4     71 Votes
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
Description:
'Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year. After a childhood of poverty and petty crime in the slums of London, William Thornhill is transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. With his wife Sal and children in tow, he arrives in a harsh land that feels at first like a de...


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