AusYa Blogger Challenge

The AusYa Blogger Challenge was created by the lovely ladies that run the Goodreads Group: Australian YA Bloggers and Readers. The idea behind the challenge is to read more LoveOZYA literature  and read more diversely at the same time. 

Each month has four prompts to be completed, with one prompt a month a specific LoveOZYA pick. The other three don't have to be OzYA but bonus points to you if you can squeeze them in. 

I read a lot of YA, specifically for my in real life YA bookclub where we read three set picks a month. So it will be challenging to see if any of my bookclub picks will fit the prompts or whether I will need to go searching.

The rules are that you can’t read ahead but you can of course read to catch up. So for example if I read a book that fits a prompt for both January and March in February, I would only be able to use it for January.

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List of Prompts:


  1. First in a Series: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao | Rise of an Empress #1 | Read

  2. Non-Binary, Genderfluid or Genderqueer point of view protagonist: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller | Mask of Shadows #1 | Read

  3. Supportive Friends: Renegades by Marissa Meyer | Renegades #1 | Read

  4. LoveOzYA | Among the Stars: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | The Illuminae Files #1 | Read

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  1. Dark Magic: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert | The Hazel Wood #1 | Read

  2. Self published / Small press: Sister Heart by Sally Morgan | Read

  3. Point of view protagonist with anxiety: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

  4. LoveOzYA | Small town: Ballad for a Mad Girl | Read

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  1. Mystical Beings: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton | The Belles #1 | Read

  2. Last in a Series: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | The Illuminae Files #3 | Read

  3. Twinning: Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton | Read

  4. LoveOzYA | A muslim protagonist: When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah


  1. Biracial Protagonist: Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman | Blackhearts #1 | Read

  2. Animal Companions: Night Swimming by Steph Bowe | Read

  3. Dragons, Dragons Everywhere:

  4. LoveOzYA | First Love: Tin Heart by Shivaun Plozza | Read


  1. Retelling: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige | Dorothy Must Die #1 | Read

  2. Artificial Intelligence: Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | The Illuminae Files #2 | Read

  3. Mysterious Monsters: The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green | The Smoke Thieves #1 | Read

  4. LoveOzYa | Indigenous Australian:


  1. Book adapted for film:

  2. Heroes and villains: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein | Code Name Verity #1 | Read

  3. Faith or Spirituality: Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson | Read

  4. LoveOzYa | Bisexual protagonist:


  1. Two authors:

  2. Character you identify with: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu | Read

  3. Visually / Hearing Impaired protagonist:

  4. LoveOzYa | Gay or Lesbian protagonist:


  1. Fighting injustice: A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood | Tyranny of Petticoats #1 | Read

  2. Sibling Rivalry:

  3. Jewish protagonist:

  4. LoveOzYA | Thrills and Chills:


  1. Steampunk:

  2. Moving House: The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein | Code Name Verity #0.5 | Read

  3. Set at a Boarding School:

  4. LoveOzYA | Author/Person of Colour:


  1. Debut author:

  2. At sea: Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman | Blackhearts #2 | Read

  3. Latinx protagonist:

  4. LoveOzYa | Published over 5 years ago:


  1. Judge it by it’s cover:

  2. Autistic protagonist:

  3. Set at College/Uni:

  4. LoveOzYa | A story of survival: