Australian Classic Read-Along


by - August 24th, 2014


There are just too many Australian classics I haven’t read and I’m sure I’m not alone on this one. I always have the intention of getting to them, but there are so many other great books and new releases clambering for attention on my TBR (to-be-read) pile, that it’s difficult to achieve.

Does anyone else in the Boomerang Books community feel the same way? If you do, would you like to participate in an Australian Classic Read-Along?

How would it work?
First we’d need some suggestions in order to come up with a range of Australian classics to choose from. Depending on your feedback and requests, we can then determine the most popular/requested novel. I’ll create a reading schedule for us and each week we can discuss our thoughts online here on the Boomerang Books Blog by leaving comments on the weekly posts.

Advantages of a read-alongBoomerang-Books Australian Classic Read along
A read-along can inspire you to read a book (in this case an Australian classic) you’ve always been meaning to read.  You’ll enjoy the bookish conversation and feel like you’re part of a reading club. You might even meet likeminded booklovers like yourself.

What should we read?
That’s up to you, what would you like to read? You can click here and browse books from some of these lists, but some suggestions to get us started could include: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin, Picnic At Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay or The Harp In The South by Ruth Park.

We could also choose a contemporary Australian classic, such as: The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas or The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The possibilities and choices are endless.

Suggestions welcome
Now it’s over to you. Are you keen to read an Australian classic with likeminded readers or know someone who is?

Leave your novel suggestions below and we’ll see if we can drum up some interest. You can also make your request on Twitter, just use the hashtag #bbooksreadalong and don’t forget to tag us @boomerangbooks

According to Mark Twain, a classic is: a book which people praise and don’t read. Let’s see if we can change that!


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8 Responses to “Australian Classic Read-Along”

  1. Pris Gormley Says:

    I’d like to reread the Harp in the South and Poor Man’s Orange by Ruth Park. That family typifies the poor of that era, but their courage and humour make the books excellent reading. A history lesson for the young, and a joy for everyone.

  2. Dimity Powell Says:

    Great idea Tracey. I’ve read most of these classics. Beautiful stories all of them. So many books…

  3. Tracey Allen Says:

    Two great suggestions Pris. Thank you so much, your suggestions are at the top of the list!

  4. Tracey Allen Says:

    Thanks Dimity, and I agree, so many books! There must be at least one Australian classic you haven’t read or would like to re-read and discuss?

  5. Michael @ Literary Exploration Says:

    This sounds like a lot of fun, I need to read more Australian classics. If uni schedule allows, I’d love to join in

  6. Veronica Joy Says:

    This sounds like a wonderful idea and I would love to join in if I can find the time to squeeze another book in. I currently have The Slap, The book Thief and Jasper Jones on my TBR so I will nominate them.

  7. Tracey Allen Says:

    All great suggestions, thanks Veronica, they’re on the list. Thanks to Michael for your support too.

  8. Dimity Powell Says:

    Yes there always will be I’m afraid Tracey. The Slap for one is stilling flying under my TRL radar.