Australian YA Bloggers - October Newsletter
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It's October already YA readers! Where has the year gone? Luckily we've got our books to keep us company as spring has sprung and the sniffles are running rampant. This month some of our most anticipated reads are releasing, so check 'em out below. We also have an exclusive interview with Laini Taylor when she visited our shores last month, with thanks to Ashleigh and the awesome peeps at Hachette Australia. We've got it goin' on this month.
Stay classy bloggers,
Your Aussie YA Mod Squad 
Goodreads Group Update
  • Have you started your monthly reading plan yet? Why not share what you plan to read during the month of October HERE
  • It's MYRA'S BIRTHDAY! Happy birthday and while you're celebrating with her, why not check out her blog Pieces of Whimsy while you're there.
Bookish Insider News
  • The Maze Runner is now out in cinemas, check out the trailer.
  • Let it Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnston has been optioned for the big screen.
  • We love this list! Here are 40 YA fall (or autumn as we commonly know it), that will surely 'feed your book addition'.
  • Kiera Cass is releasing two more selection novels. Check out the announcement here. But tread lightly if you haven't caught up on the series yet.
  • Just announced, the first to take part on the Harper Collins author panel is... Jessica Shirvington! Congratulations Jess. Check out the announcement and follow Between the Covers for the latest updates.
Book Club Reads

September & October
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
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Book Club Challenge

How are you tracking with the September/October challenges? Our The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey and Talon by Julie Kagawa challenge is still going for another month, make sure you report your challenge reads for maximum points! Members who get the most points at the end of the year will win an awesome mystery prize, courtesy of your mods! 

Remember, you can still complete the July/August challenges outside of July/August- it's just that you'll get slightly less points.

It’s not too late to join in on the fun!
Here’s the page with the September/October challenges.
Here’s the page to plan out your books.
And here’s the page to report your challenge books (this page also has challenge and giveaway rules)
Blogger Spotlight: Seriesly Reading
Heather, 26 from Queensland
Check out Heather's Blogger Spotlight here!

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Exclusive Interview: Kristy interviews Laini Taylor

During Laini's recent visit to Australia, Kirsty was lucky enough to be able to interview this amazing and inspirational lady. 
How did Daughter of Smoke and Bone begin?
I had been working on a different book, that was a science fiction book about ballerinas on another planet. I like to make fun of it now, but I think it could actually be a really cool book. But I just couldn’t get a feel for it, I couldn’t figure out who the characters were, I wasn’t having any fun, the world building wasn’t fun. So one day finally after really probably going too long trying to force myself to write it, I gave myself a day to write anything just for fun. I just remember it so clearly.

This girl came from out of nowhere and she was arguing with her father, who wasn’t human, and he had these big rams horns and he trafficked in teeth. I knew where that came from, but they just came on to the page fully alive instantly, and their dialogue was so real, and already their dynamic was so real in a way that those other characters just weren’t. I wrote all day long with a smile on my face, I had never had a writing day like that before.
I didn’t have a story at that point. I had the teeth, and I knew that he trafficked in teeth but I didn’t know why. The other thing was that Brimstone was wearing a wishbone around his neck. But once Karou wasn’t allowed to touch it, then it became ‘why?’ and ‘what is it?’. So there were two questions at the end of that writing day: ‘why can’t Karou touch the wishbone?’ and ‘what does he do with the teeth?’. And also then it was “why was this girl raised by monsters?’ and ‘who are they?’. So I had all these questions, and that was the beginning, once I tried to answer those questions, then I started to have a story, and I was very excited.

Click here to read the rest of the interview on the Australian YA Bloggers Website! 
Upcoming Events

Speculating on SpecFic and
The Bookish Manicurist
October 2nd, 16th and 30th @ 7:00 pm on Twitter
 #OzYaChat to join the fun!
Between The Covers Party

Between the Covers / Harper Collins are having a party...
and you're invited! If you live in or around Sydney, we’d love for you to join them on Thursday 16th October.

They have some exciting things planned. Including the WORLD EXCLUSIVE early release of Corruption by Jessica Shirvington! Don’t live in Sydney? No worries! Just keep an eye out for #BTCYA for updates.
RSVP's are required by 9th October.
More information can be found here
Author Event
Kate McCaffrey

3 October 2014 at 2:00pm
Boffins Bookshop
88 William St 
Book your tickets online
Check out Kate's titles on Goodreads
Author Event
Wanda Wiltshire

18 October 2014 at 3:00pm
Dymocks George St
424 - 430 George Street
Check out Wanda's titles on Goodreads
Author Event

Derek Landy
Author of Skulduggery Pleasant
  • 6/10/2014, 4.00pm, Dymocks Doncaster VIC
  • 7/10/2014, 2.00pm, Dymocks Adelaide SA
  • 9/10/2014, 6:00pm, All Saint's College Centre for the Performing Arts WA
  • 10/10./2014, 10:00am, Prendiville Catholic College Gymnasium WA
  • 11/10/2014, 10:00am, Carindale Library QLD
  • 12/10/2014, 1.30pm, Dymocks George Street NSW 
Bookish Clips, Trailers and Teasers
The first official teaser of Mockingjay has been released! Really, all we can say to that is akjlkefalsdfwid!!!! Unfortunately, we don't get to see this one until November 20. Here's a virtual box of tissues to comfort you while we wait for this date.
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October New Releases
Australian Publishers


Garth Nix
Allen & Unwin

Cooper Bartholomew is Dead
Rebecca James
Allen & Unwin

Pandora Jones: Deception
Barry Jonsberg
Allen & Unwin

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Part II

Neil Gainman
October 1st

The Bloody of Olympus
Rick Riordan
October 7th
Penguin Australia

Black Ice
Becca Fitzpatrick
Simon & Schuster

Meg Wolitzer
Meg Wolitzer
Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer
Simon & Schuster


Pieces of You
Ella Harper
October 1st
Harper Collins Australia


State Of Grace
Hilary Badger
October 1st
Hardie Grant Egmont

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