3rd Blog Anniversary: Aentee’s Thank You & Oz Fiction Giveaway!


Happy 3rd Birthday to The Social Potato! I’ve been a part of this wonderful blog for about four months now, and I am so grateful that I have been embraced by the readers of this blog with such open arms. I am also thankful to my lovely cobloggers, each are filled of life and energy – and their own blog posts continue to inspire me every day.

I am still a relatively young blogger, with only 5 months of experience under my belt. However, in that short space of time, the book community has helped me grown so much as a writer, a reader, and an advocate for issues that matters to me!

One of the most wonderful thing about blogging is finding a home in my newly adopted country of Australia. I moved here 3 years ago, and I have always felt a little bit like an outsider here – yet the Oz book community embraced me wholly. From bloggers to publishers, they have all been extra kind to me! As a sign of my gratitude for the people of this great nation that I am beginning to embrace as my own – I want to do a giveaway of some Australian YA titles!

I hear how hard it is for people overseas to obtain any information on Oz YA, so here are a few suggestions!


If cultural diversity is what you’re into, Australia and Australian fiction is the right place to be. I love that I am constantly surrounded by different groups of people and experiences every single day, and it’s reflected right here in these text.

Hate Is Such A Strong Word by Sarah Ayoub looks at the experience of a teenage Lebanese girl, especially at times when cultural tension are sky high.

Cloudwish by Fiona Wood is close to my heart. Vuon Uoc is the daughter of a Vietnamese refugee, growing up in Australia – she pretty much has my life story.

Does My Head Look Big In This by Randa Abdel-Fattah follows Amal, who finds her world turned upside down as she decide to wear her hijab full time.

The Peony Lantern by Frances Watts is set in 18th Century Japan and is a great place to start your education of Japanese traditions.


Here are some light-hearted contempory imbued with that Aussie charm.

The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer: Also a winner of our recent Inky Award!

Life In Outer Space by Melissa Keil: It’s Beauty and The Geek come to life.

The First Third by Will Kostakis: Billy’s grandmother gives him the momentous task of gluing his family back together.


Cos you know, apocalypse and scientific developments don’t just happen in America – see our speculative fiction down under to see how space and dystopia is done!

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: I am a little bit chuffed that Melbournians penned this year’s most hyped scifi!

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina: Dystopia with a distinct Indigenous Aboriginal bend.

The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig: What if everyone had a twin, one perfect and one crippled? This dystopia is a fascinating look into the culture of ableism.


Likewise, there are numerous wondrous fantasy worlds which bloomed in the minds of Australian authors.

Finnikin of the Rocks by Melina Marchetta: She is queen, and this series is everything – brutal, heart-wrenching, moving, and wildly creative.

Eon by Alison Goodman: Fantasy with a Chinese mythology spin, with a mighty heroine.

Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody: Spanning eight books and expertly blending scifi and fantasy, this post-apocalyptic world is basically the benchmark of Australian speculative fiction (I have not read it *sobs*)

Of course, there are numerous more! For this giveaway, you get to win ONE book, it can be either a preorder or a current release. As long as it’s by an Australian author, all else is fair game ;)

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I'm Aentee, a 20-something lover of books and shiny things. By day, I attempt to prescribe books to all the patients in my optometry clinic. By night, I read books, watch TV, and spend way too much time on twitter.


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  1. says

    Yay for blogging for 5 months Aentee :D Such a stunning post. <3 Thank you so much for sharing it all :) You are awesome. And ahh, I love australian authors. <3 SO many amazing ones :D YAY! Thank you so much for this stunning giveaway as well. <3 You are awesome :)
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  2. says

    Happy anniversary, Aentee! We have all loved reading your posts over the last couple of months, and are so glad you joined the Social Potato team. AUSTRALIAN FICTION IS SO GOOD! As an Australian myself, I really, really need to read more of it. I love Fiona Wood’s works and John Flanagan is life, but there’s so much out there that I need to pick up.

    Oh, and thanks for the giveaway. *fingers crossed* I might be able to add a new Australian book to my collection!
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    YAY!! HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY MY DEAR LADIES!! And big hugs to you Aentee! I’ve loved reading your reviews and posts here with the other lovely potato ladies!

    I have found that all the Aussie fiction that I’ve read I’ve loved, so I’m more than happy to read more books, even more if they come highly recommended by you!!
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  4. says

    Awesome recommendations, Aentee! I own the first Obertwyn Chronicles book and can’t wait to read it! It seems like a really intense, interesting, different series and it is exciting to know it is something I have to look forward to!
    Even though you’re relatively new to TSP, I’ve already enormously enjoyed your posts! Your graphics are to die for and you have this style that is all your own, and I so enjoy reading your posts. xx
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  5. Suz Reads says

    Happy blogoversary! I think your blog is great :) Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love the change to win a great AU book!

  6. says

    First, a very happy 3rd Blogoversary to you, Aentee! Fun how you have only blogged for 5 months and have somehow made it to 3 years ;) I still cannot believe it has only been a few months- you seem like such a seasoned pro! The ladies made a very good choice when they picked you, you fit in perfectly AND bring something fresh to the table. Plus, I have loved getting to know you!! :D

    I really enjoyed The Fire Sermon, and I had NO idea that it was Australian- I assumed European of some kind, I have no idea why? But I NEED The Map of Bones! I have really wanted to read The Obernewtyn Chronicles, I have heard so many good things. (I was hoping you had, so you could tell me about them, but alas..) And Illuminae of course is a fabulous one!

    Anyway, congrats again, and thanks for the giveaway :D