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Book Tag: The Aussie Book Tag


Huge thank you to the two lovely Aussie book bloggers who nominated this Yank (isn’t that what you call us Americans?) for this tag:  Kirstie @Upside-Down Books (you can read her post here → Upside-Down Books: The Aussie Book Tag) & Casey @adoptabookaus (you can read her post here → adoptabookaus: The Aussie Book Tag)

I had a lot of fun with this tag because there was a lot of research on my part in order for me to complete this tag…

Koala: A Character You Want to Cuddle ALL DAY LONG


 » Ove, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman


 I choose Ove.  Why?  Because it would be a challenge 🙂

Vegemite: A Book You Love that Everyone Else Hates


I must admit, I’ve never tried Vegemite… I’ve heard of it, but I wasn’t exactly sure what it actually was.  You all spread it on toast right?  For all those who don’t know, Vegemite is a food paste made from yeast extract, vegetables, and spices… Here is a funny video of Americans trying vegemite and various other Australian foods → Americans Taste Test Australian Food

» Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne



I know there are some very mixed reviews on this one, but I for one adored it.

You can read my review here → Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne (J.K. Rowling & John Tiffany)

Socceroos: Favorite Fictional Squad


The Socceroos are Australia’s National Soccer team.

» The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater


The Raven Boys crew for the win!  The characters in this series are everything.

Southern Cross: Most Recent 5 Star Read


The Southern Cross is a constellation in the shape of a cross that appears on the Australian flag.

 » Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson


Amazon Goodreads

I literally laughed my ass off for this entire book.  Need a pick-me-up?  Go read this book.  You’re welcome.

You can read my review here → Book Review: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Patriotism: Favorite Book by an Author from Your Country Australia


» The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Echidna: A Book You Like to Look at, but it Physically Hurts to Read


An echidna is an egg laying mammal.  I think they look like a pygmy version of a porcupine…

 » Starflight by Melissa Landers


Beautiful on the outside, not so much on the inside…

You can read my review here → Book Review: Starflight (Starflight #1) by Melissa Landers

Ned Kelly: A Book that is Really Grim, but an Iconic Must-Read

Who the hell is Ned Kelly?


 I guess Ned Kelly is the Australian version of Billy the Kid.

» Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


 Amazon Goodreads

 I think Wuthering Heights is very misunderstood.  If this book isn’t grim, I don’t know what is.

Great Barrier Reef: A Book That Had You Gaping in Awe


» The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel



My favorite book of 2016 (thus far).

You can read my review here → Book Review: The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

Pavlova: A Light and Fluffy Book that You Can’t Help but Love


A pavlova is a merengue dessert topped with fruit.

» The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert



I rarely read light and fluffy books… like ever.  Ironically, I am reading one right now, but the jury is still out.  I have never read a book that centers around food before… it makes me hungry 🙂

Milo: A Genre/Author You Reach for to Get You Out of a Reading Slumpmilo

I had never heard of Milo before, however when I watched the video Americans Taste Test Australian Food, I noticed it was the first taste test.  Apparently, Milo is a “a delicious chocolate malt energy drink fortified with vitamins and minerals. Packed with Nutrition, NESTLÉ MILO gives the confidence, energy and spirit to succeed in an active life.”

 Historical fiction for the win!  If I am in a reading funk, this is my go-to genre.


I tag… YOU!  If you want to tap into your inner Aussie, give this tag a go!

25 thoughts on “Book Tag: The Aussie Book Tag”

    1. Most people I’ve talked to didn’t care for it and said it was too depressing for them. I think Heathcliff in particular is misunderstood. I have a special place in my heart for him. I think it is often overlooked that he was tormented and degraded for years, which plays a huge role in the man he becomes. I think most people do not like it because it isn’t a “happy” book, but in real life, not everyone gets a happy ending. I think what is s special about this book is that it makes you feel such strong emotions…


      1. You know, that’s a really great point about Heathcliff. Now that I’m an “adult” (whatever that means), and I understand more about societal oppression/stereotypes and personal identity, I wonder if it will mean more to me now? I’m certain I’ll be able to relate to the characters better, at least. Perhaps it will go on my TBR… Perhaps. 😉

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      1. Vegemite is yummy 🙂
        I live in Sydney and I have it a lot on toast for breakfast. The trick is to spread it very thinly.
        I love koalas but I actually think Wombats are cuter, specially when they are on the move and a little wobbly!

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  1. Haha great answers! 🙂

    Vegemite goes on toast… it really is an acquired taste lol.
    Ned Kelly is an Aussie legend… Also a infamous bush ranger
    Milo is amazing mixed with a bit of cold milk!

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      1. Um.. Outlaw? Is that what you would call them over there? Lol.
        Guys who rode around on horses, stole stuff and were wanted criminals.
        We call them bush rangers over here because they generally hid out in the remote bush areas back in the day 🙂

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  2. I loved reading your answers to this! The book Thief is amazing and I loved it! Great pick! Also you must try Milo, I’m not sure what the equivalent over there is but its basically chocolate powder that you don’t fully mix in with your milk and it’s wonderful, kind of like finely crushed chocolate cookies I guess XD

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  3. haha I loved this! The eternal struggle of trying to work out if Ned Kelly was a good or bad guy *mind explodes*. And GURL, get yourself some milo. It’s like hot chocolate, except you can just eat the powder straight if you’re feeling rebellious.

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  4. Haha, I had so much fun reading this! Milo (which is what we use to make hot chocolate) and Vegemite are awesome! The trick with Vegemite is to just use a little bit with a good serve of butter. For optimum enjoyment, spread some smashed avocado on top. Yuuuum! The Ned Kelly thing is interesting. He’s a pretty controversial figure, basically Robin Hood, but with way more murdering. Definitely a bad dude, but people liked him because he stole horses from the rich settlers and mostly killed cops who weren’t so popular among the former convicts and their families. Australia was a pretty grim place in the 1800s.

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      1. Breakfast of Champions. Vegemite is really salty and it goes so well with the creaminess of the avocado… Now I’m having a food fantasy. Time for a second breakfast, methinks!

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