I rarely watch TV (too busy reading, can’t be bothered and only one TV in a four-kid house) so I missed the First Tuesday Book Club this year. Which means I missed the episode fellow book bloggers were Tweeting about earlier in the week – the one where the 10 Aussie Books To Read Before You Die list was revealed, as voted by readers.
As I read the tweets, my mind was whirling – which books made the list? Have I read them? Which have I missed? Why don’t I watch this show? It looks good. Why doesn’t the TV work when I want it to? I’m going to have to get that TV guy back. Why am I falling asleep reading this book? It’s not boring. Where do I find the list?
I did find the list – one blogger painstakingly tweeted all of the books and I waited with bated breath for the final book. And then I counted how many I’d read. Eight! I only have to read two more Aussie books (from the list) before I die. Well, that’s a huge relief. I think I can manage that … after I finish the 12 twelve couple on my review shelf.
Here’s the list:
|One of my faves.|
- Cloudstreet – Tim Winton
- The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
- A Fortunate Life – A.B. Facey
- The Harp in the South – Ruth Park
- The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay
- Jasper Jones – Craig Silvey
- The Magic Pudding – Norman Lindsay
- The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas
- The Secret River – Kate Grenville
- Picnic at Hanging Rock – Joan Lindsay
Which ones do I need to read? The Secret River and A Fortunate Life. How do you fare? And what do you think of the list? Is something missing?