Laini Taylor Bookfession + WIN a YA Book Pack!

Liani Taylor, best-selling author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series popped into Bookworld to share her Bookfession! She admitted that Harry Potter inspired her to write her own fantasy fiction at a time when she was focused on literary.


For your chance to win the ultimate YA book-set (pictured below), simply take a picture of your own Bookfession, and share it with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram by tagging Bookworld, or hashtagging #Bookfessions. We will select the most creative one we see to grab the set! Aus-Only, Competition Ends November 9 11:59PM.


Grab Laini’s newest novel, Dreams of Gods and Monsters here.


10 Young Adult Books You NEED to Read

To celebrate Bookworld’s Young Adult Week, a couple of days ago we raised the question: what book would you recommend everyone else read, and why?

Well, we were inundated with hundreds of passionate responses, and after many hours of reviewing each and every one, we have made a list of the 10 Young Adult Books You NEED to Read.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis
“This is the land of Narnia,’ said the Faun, ‘where we are now; all that lies between the lamp-post and the great castle of Cair Paravel on the eastern sea.” – C.S. Lewis

It’s not too much of a surprise that The Chronicles of Narnia tops the list as one of the most recommended YA books. Now sixty-four years old, the series has enchanted millions of readers worldwide and tells the story of a world created by an ancient and powerful magic.

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
“Promise me you’ll never stop dreaming.” – Melina Marchetta

First published in 1992, Looking for Alibrandi was Melina Marchetta’s stunning (and award-winning) debut novel. Named one of Australia’s Top 100 Favourite Homegrown Reads and now a high-school staple, the book has been described as a modern classic, exploring the journey into adulthood.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” – John Green

No list of Young Adult recommended reads would be complete without John Green’s beautiful novel, The Fault In Our Stars. With over 10.7 million copies sold worldwide and over 124 weeks spent on The New York Times Best-Seller List, the novel has been adapted into a blockbuster film and continues to have a much-loved place on bookshelves everywhere.

What You Had To Say:
Caroline I: “The Fault In Our Stars. Superbly written, graciously confrontational and utterly believable.”

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.” – Sarah J. Maas

Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness. In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

What You Had To Say:
Ashley C: “Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas – kickass lady assassin, great supporting characters, a wonderfully built world and a YA storyline that doesn’t totally revolve around romance (but the romance is also amazing).”

Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
“He must have known I’d want to leave you.”
“No, he must have known you would always want to come back.”- JK Rowling

A series that really needs no introduction, Harry Potter become a worldwide phenomenon after it was first published in 1997. A series of seven novels (and eight films), Harry Potter is one of the best-selling series’ in human history.

What You Had To Say:
Melissa M: “I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter series. Very well written and realistic in there own way. A great read!”

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” – Markus Zusak

First published in 2005, and The Book Thief became an instant best-seller. Based in 1939, the story follows Liesel, a small girl whose love of books leads her on an extraordinary journey. The Book Thief has been described as ‘one of the most enduring stories of our time’.

What You Had To Say:
Cheryl C: “The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. It has become a modern Australian classic already.”

Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden
“All these words, words like ‘evil’ and ‘vicious’, they meant nothing to Nature. Yes, evil was a human invention.”  - John Marsden

An Australian classic, Tomorrow When The War Began (and the series following it) has been read and re-read since it was originally published in 2006. Recently produced into a film, it payed homage to the book with the touching quote:

Ellie: Good book?
Corrie: Better than the movie.
Ellie: Yeah, books usually are.

What You Had To Say:
Claire R: “Tomorrow When the War Began series….strong characters esp female ones and gripping. (Much better than the movie!!)

The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.” - Suzanne Collins

An instant best-seller, The Hunger Games series continues on its meteroic rise in popularity with the release of the four feature films. Following Katniss Everdeen in a dystopian world ruled by the ruthless leaders of the Capitol, the series has had millions of readers on the edge of their seats.

What You Had To Say:
Kathryn F: “Hunger Games trilogy. Great story line and a strong female protagonist.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
“What if we could stop being different colors, different backgrounds, and just be in love?”  – E. Lockhart

Published earlier this year (2014), We Were Liars began to buzz with readers as news spread of an epic, if not heart-stopping ending. The only other thing we can say about this book:

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

What You Had To Say:
Samantha C: “We Were Liars…Such a twist at the end you don’t see coming & it’s about friendship!”

The Perks of Being A Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky
“I just want you to know that you’re very special… and the only reason I’m telling you is that I don’t know if anyone else ever has.”

A modern classic, The Perks of Being A Wallflower takes the title of being one of the ten most frequently challenged books (as reported by the American Library Association) for its content. The novel follows Charlie, the main character through his freshman year of school.

What You Had To Say:
Jacob T: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky because it is almost like your there with Charlie (the main character) every step of his struggle. Plus it makes you wanna go out and find Charlie and help him with what ever he needs in life.

What YA books would you recommend? Tell us in the comments!

(PS: It’s YA Week at Bookworld! Use the code BW-YAWEEK to grab a discount on all of the above titles!)

The Young Adult Book Battle Results!

The battle has been fought and won! Thank you to every passionate Young Adult reader who cast their vote, and shared with us their favourite Young Adult reads. Congratulations to the winner of the Harry Potter book set illustrated by Jonny Duddle, find out below if you won!

What Young Adult Book Has Changed Your Life The Most?

Winner: The Harry Potter Series
Runners-up: The Fault in Our Stars / The Tomorrow Series / The Hunger Games

Well, this really goes without saying! An overwhelming amount of voters named the Harry Potter series as the book that most changed their lives, as one voter said, “because it showed me how to stand up for what I believe in”. For those of you who picked a book from the series, it was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone that first got you addicted to the magical world of Hogwarts… and you never looked back!

What Young Adult Book Do You Always Re-Read?

Winner: The Harry Potter Series
Runners-up: The Fault in Our Stars / The Hunger Games / Vampire Academy

It seems that many of you re-read the same series that changed your life – and why wouldn’t you? The Harry Potter books were voted most likely to be re-read. Many of you also reached again and again for The Fault in Our Stars, The Hunger Games and Vampire Academy.

What Upcoming Young Adult Book Are You Most Looking Forward to Reading?

Winner: It’s a tie! In the Afterlight / The Ruby Circle
Runners-up: The Bane Chronicles / The Retribution of Mara Dyer

We have a tie! So many of you are eagerly anticipating In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken and The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. Also on your ‘to read’ list is The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare and The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. We knew our readers had excellent taste – we can’t wait for these books to land either!

Who Is Your Favourite Young Adult Character?

Winner: Hermione Granger
Runners-up: Celaena Sardothien / Katniss Everdeen

The response and admiration for this character was overwhelming. You picked the one and only Miss Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. You described Hermione as smart, thoughtful, brave and kind. You love how she fights for the rights of others and many of you cited Hermione as a role model and inspiration for your young adult life – and we think that’s pretty cool. A special mention must also go to Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. The strong females really shone in this category!

Who Is Your Least Favourite Young Adult Character?

Winner: Professor Dolores Umbridge
Runners-up: President Snow / Bella Swan

The people have spoken! The resounding amount of you expressed your utter dislike for Professor Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series. Many of you wanted to throw your copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix against a wall when Umbridge took over Hogwarts with her repressive dictatorship. Our second and third runners-up for the most hated characters were President Snow (it goes without saying!) and Bella Swan “could she be more obtuse?” commented one of you.

Who Is Your Favourite Young Adult Author?

Winner: J.K. Rowling
Runners-up: Cassandra Clare / John Green / Richelle Mead / John Marsden / Melina Marchetta

As the author of the series that changed your lives, it comes as no surprise that J.K. Rowling has been voted your favourite Young Adult author. However, many of your cast votes for Cassandra Clare, John Green, Richelle Mead and Australians John Marsden and Melina Marchetta – all strong contenders!

You’re Stuck On A Tropical Island With One Young Adult Book. Which One Is It?

Winner: The Hunger Games
Runners-up: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Many of you named Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the book you would like to have on a tropical island – and why not, if you were going to pick one, pick one of the biggest! However, many of you were clever enough to name The Hunger Games, as it would double as a survival manual for the wilderness. Smart thinking!

What Is The Name Of The YA Book You’d Love To Own, But Don’t?

Winner: The Harry Potter Series
Runners-up: The Hunger Games / Maze Runner / Fangirl

Yes, we get it! You all want to own the beautiful edition of the Harry Potter series illustrated by Jonny Duddle – and we’ve announced the winner below! Many of you also wanted to own The Hunger Games series, the Maze Runner series, and one of our personal favourites, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – grab a copy of this wonderful coming-of-age novel if you haven’t already!

And the winner is…

Congratulations to Shauna Mullally who is the winner of the beautiful Harry Potter book set illustrated by Jonny Duddle. We will contact you via email to send your prize. Thank you to everyone who entered!

Don’t forget it’s Young Adult week at Bookworld this week only! Get up to 40% off all young adult fiction, click below to get the code!


Leave a comment below and tell us, did your favourite Young Adult fiction make the cut?

Win a signed copy of Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella!

Review by Melinda Bookworld Super Reviewer


You have to rub your hands together with glee when you see that Becky is heading to Hollywood to tackle celebrities and the “L.A Lifestyle”!

As always, Sophie Kinsella treads a fine line in creating a character that is likeably enough that you want her to do well, but cringe worthy enough that you gasp at the debacles that she gets caught up in.

Becky is having a hard time adjusting to life in L.A. She’s a fish out of water, with little support and an old arch nemesis butting in, who appears as though she’s had a personality transplant.

When Luke asks her if she needs a hand up in the fickle L.A fashion scene, Becky sets a challenge to herself, to become a celebrity stylist, and no-one is going to get in her way!

There’s a few bumps in the road, when her father arrives in town on a top secret mission, sending her family into panic, and Suze and Tarquin come to visit, wanting to escape the confines of Manor living in the UK.

Becky attempts valiantly to become a stellar celebrity stylist, and it dawns on her towards the end of the novel that the price she needs to pay in order to achieve success might just be too much, even for her.

Shopaholic to the Stars is a strong novel, written in Kinsella’s usual style. There are certainly many moments where there is a superb realism to Becky’s fiascos, to the point where I had to stop reading when I started feeling secondhand embarrassment for her!

The novel definitely leaves you wanting more, my only question would be: “how long do I need to wait now Sophie?”

We have four signed copies of Shopaholic to the Stars to give away. Simply tell us in the comments below which Sophie Kinsella book is your favourite for your chance to win! *Australia only.

Friday Winner Announcement


We are very pleased to announce the winners of the competitions we have held over the past week!

Firstly, join us in offering a huge congratulations to the winners of our signed copies of Through The Seasons by Annabel Langbein!

Jan McCloud
Jess Smith
Caroline Poole
Jenny McGowan
Marcella Wong

Secondly, congratulations winners of our copies of Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty More!

Tabetha Joiner
Stephanie Gould-Hardwick
Dianne Kosir
Sharyn W

If you’re one of our lucky winners, please drop an email to with your postal details!

Top Tasmanian Books to Read Before You Go

If I was to ask any of my friends where they would go with a free weekend away in Australia their answer would be Tassie. It’s THE hot spot right now – the walks, Mona, the food, the markets. Perhaps they just do a hell of a job at marketing themselves, but whatever it is it’s worked, as Lonely Planet has just announced little old Tassie as one of the Top 10 Regions of the world to visit in 2015.

So to celebrate all things Tasmanian we have pulled together a list of the top books to read to get you ready for your now mandatory visit.

The Making of Mona
by Franklin Adrian

Arguably one of the most exciting (and important) cultural additions to Australia since the Sydney Opera House MONA is the talk of everyone with its accessible, fresh take on modern art. The Making of Mona gives you the inside story on how an amateur private collector managed to set up one of the worlds best museums at the bottom of the world.

100 Walks in Tasmania: Your Essential Guide to Walking in Tasmania

From the Bay of Fires to Cradle Mountain, to rocky hills, rolling sand dunes, burning red rocks and crystal clear water, walking in Tasmania is like nothing found anywhere else in the world. This guidebook is the bible for all walkers – from the serious trekkers to the casual day trippers.

The Agrarian Kitchen
by Rodney DunnLong

On any foodie’s must-do list, The Agrarian Kitchen is a farm-based cooking school nestled in the Derwent Valley that boasts one of Australia’s coolest (and exclusive) cooking classes. Thankfully they put out a cookbook so we can all enjoy their scrumptious food and sustainable living.

The Dirty Chef: From Big City Food Critic to Foodie Farmer
by Matthew Evans

Matt Evans has done what we would all secretly love to do (or what for some would be their worst nightmare) by packing in his high-flying life in Sydney for a small rundown farm in the middle of Tasmania. His book takes us through his journey, from learning how to kill his first chicken to simple, easy to cook meals.

When The Night Comes
by Favel Parett

If you are a fan of reading novels set in your travelling destination either before or during your visit then When The Night Comes is for you. Parett’s evocative writing places Hobart as a central character in her highly recommended and quietly powerful novel.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North
by Richard Flanagan

Tassie’s most famous author shot to international stardom recently when this brilliant book was the third Australian to be awarded the prestigious Man Booker Prize. Although it has nothing to do with Tasmania you should do yourself a favour and read this incredible story.

Lonely Planet Tasmania

And for all your where am I sleeping tonight, how can I be munching on fresh seafood right now, and where the hell am I queries then the trusty LP has all your answers.

Winners of T.S Spivet Tickets


Congratulations to the winners of our T.S. Spivet tickets!


Krista Mountford
Pina Costanzo Mezzapesa
Rachel Ivell
Anastasia Starz
Kate Jackson
Sarah Waters
Tanya Walsh
Caitlin Frost
Amy Withington
Colleen Moffatt


Diane Heriot
Fiona Howe


Linda Magro-Jones

Danielle Stacey
Natasha Last
Aimee Yarrow
Elizabeth Martin
Denise Schade

Angela Milesi
Ebony Walsh

Please drop us an email with your postal details!

The 2014 Man Booker Prize: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Award winner: The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Award winner: The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Everyone at Bookworld would like to offer a huge congratulations to the winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize for 2014, Australian best-selling novelist, Richard Flanagan for his masterpiece, The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

Richard Flanagan is one of the most exciting authors in Australia right now and his award-winning novel is a stunning example of how powerful a well-crafted sentence can be. The Narrow Road to the Deep North follows Dorrigo Evans through his life as a surgeon as a POW on the Thai-Burma railroad, the monstrosities of the labor camps and the incredible ways a person’s mind, and body, can cope when they need to. The severity and almost casualness of his sentences when describing some of the worst scenes of POW life is breathtaking and the feeling of helplessness and loss that follows Dorry throughout his life is infectious. Flanagan gives an often confronting insight into the male psyche, and the longing for love and the need for the world to be right will move you right to the end.

Get your copy of The Narrow Road to the Deep North here.

OTTOLENGHI EXCLUSIVE RECIPE: Aubergine with black garlic

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty More picks up where Plenty left off, with 120 more dazzling vegetable-based dishes, this time organised by cooking method. Grilled, baked, simmered, cracked, braised or raw, the range of recipe ideas is stunning. With recipes including Alphonso mango and curried chickpea salad, Membrillo and stilton quiche, Buttermilk-crusted okra, Lentils, radicchio and walnuts with manuka honey, Seaweed, ginger and carrot salad, and even desserts such as Baked rhubarb with sweet labneh and Quince poached in pomegranate juice, this is the cookbook that everyone has been waiting for.

To win 1 of 5 copies of Plenty More, simply tell us in the comments below what dish you’ll be cooking this summer for your family and friends? *Australia only.

Aubergine_ Aubergine with black garlic

The Bush: Travel to the heart of Australia with Don Watson

The Bush by Don Watson

The Bush by Don Watson

Don Watson sends us meandering through The Bush in a thoroughly entertaining and delightful way, delving into its history, its place in the Australian psyche, and the people who shaped it.

Part memoir part travelogue (along the lines of his American Journeys) this is a book you can happily curl up with for a weekend, or dip in and out as you fancy. As always Watson writes beautifully – honestly he could write a history of toilet paper and it would be both stunning and fascinating.

Highly recommended for all, and would be a very good choice for under the Christmas tree for those international visitors, Aussies living overseas, and any who love history, biography, and good writing.

Don Watson answers the bookish questions:

What I’m reading right now… Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress.

My favourite book growing up… On Our Selection, because it gave (hilarious) meaning to our bucolic lives.

My all time favourite book is… Anna Karenina. Do I really have to say why?

The book I would recommend everyone to read… Anna Karenina (and The Iliad, The Bible, Don Quixote, If This is a Man, etc., etc.) because, perhaps, until you do, it’s a bit like missing the first act of the play you’re in.

The book I wish I wrote… The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

My guilty reading pleasure is… the Form Guide.

The book on my bookshelf that I have never read… A lot of Dickens, but if I live long enough I will.

The book that never should have been turned into a film… The English Patient.

My book is… finished.

I’ll never forget… my name, I hope.

My favourite place is… a good bar, anywhere, in my memory.

The most dangerous thing I have ever done is… not worth recording.

The first time I… tasted pizza (and an olive, an anchovy, a caper and mozzarella) was in December 1967 in Russell Street Melbourne with my friend Ken Bishop. How come I can remember that yet can’t recall the names of half the books I’ve read in the past 12 months?

I regret… far more than I have time to say.

I remember… mainly the things I regret.

The one piece of advice I should have listened to but didn’t… Non, je ne regrette rien

I love… more than I realised.

I hate… the usual things – stupidity, cruelty, injustice, greed, noise.

I wish… the hateful could be sent into deep space.

I can’t say no to… children, racehorses and books.

Yesterday, I… can’t remember.