Since following the Stella Prize more closely, and finding so many amazing reads via the lists, I have set myself a long-term goal of making my way through all of the books that have been longlisted for the prize.

Stella Prize logo
Image Credit: https://thestellaprize.com.au/

Helpfully, Aussie booktuber Ely of Earl Grey Books has created #StellaProject to do this, and she is hosting monthly group reads on Goodreads where you can join in with the discussion threads for the chosen title each month.

The Prize has been running since 2013, and each year 12 books are longlisted, with six books then being shortlisted before one winner is announced. The books covered traverse fiction and non-fiction, so there is a really great mix of content that will appeal to all sorts of readers.

I don’t tend to use Goodreads discussions but will be using #StellaProject on my written and video reviews to track my progress. I also want to regularly check in on here to share links to all of those reviews in case any of the books on the Prize backlist appeal to you. Of the books listed, I had read 14 of those, here they are listed (chronologically), with links to my review for each:

Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko (2014 Longlist)

The Strays by Emily Bitto (2015 Winner)

Only The Animals by Ceridwen Dovey (2015 Longlist)

The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose (2017 Winner)

Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman (2018 Shortlist)

The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie (2019 Winner)

Little Gods by Jenny Ackland (2019 Shortlist)

The Bridge by Enza Gandolfo (2019 Shortlist)

Pink Mountain on Locust Island by Jamie Marina Lau (2019 Shortlist)

Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko (2019 Shortlist)

Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin (2019 Shortlist)

The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper (2019 Longlist)

The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones (2019 Longlist)

Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee (2019 Longlist) 

I’d love to know whether you have discovered a favorite read from the backlist, or have any in particular that you’d recommend I get to as a priority? I’m currently reading Hope Farm by Peggy Frew so that will be the next on this list that you’ll hear from me about!





  1. I think the only Stella books I’ve read are The Strays, The Museum of Modern Love, Burial Rites, and All the Birds, Singing – it feels like a kind of #basic rec but Burial Rites is SO good! I really must read more Aussie lit in general – this seems like a fun project, maybe I will use it for inspiration.

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  2. I loved Museum of Modern Love, Only the Animals, Noah Glass & The Arsonist. I have Axiomatic on my tbr pile. Sadly Frew’s book did not work for me, so I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts.


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