It seems very strange to be writing about 2013 challenges, but at some point I will have to face the fact that there is less than a month left of 2012!
A friend of mine took on the Australian Women Writers Challenge this year. Although the highest level of the challenge is reading 10 books and reviewing 6, she took on a slightly higher personal challenge to read 40 and review 30! She’s almost there too!
The Australian Women Writers Challenge was set up to promote women writers in Australia and to address the gender imbalance in reviewed works.
I was a little wary of taking on this challenge, until I looked at some of the books reviewed this year. Then I realised I can get a lot of them through my local library. And I just can’t resist a good challenge.
I’ll also be setting a personal goal – to read 20 (non-picture) books written by Australian Women Writers and to review at least 15 of them. I intend to get as many of them through the library as possible. I’m also going to aim to read books I haven’t read before.
So, what’s on my ‘list’ to possibly read? Well, read on . . .
- Cargo by Jessica Au
- Painted Love Letters by Catherine Bateson
- Girl Saves Boy by Steph Bowe
- Holier than Thou by Laura Buzo
- Cinnamon Rain by Emma Cameron
- A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper
- Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
- Dead Actually by Kaz Delaney
- The Puzzle Ring by Kate Forsyth
- The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett
- One Long Thread by Belinda Jeffrey
- Silhouette by Thalia Kalkipsakis
- Divine Clementine by Hayley S Kirk
- Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
- Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
- Friday Brown by Vicki Wakefield
- Love Shy by Lili Wilkinson
- Six Impossible Things by Fiona Anna Wood
- Empire Day by Diane Armstrong
- A Stranger in My Street by Deborah Burrows
No doubt there’ll be others that I add in, and some I just can’t get into, but at least this gives me a starting point.
So now, I reach out and challenge you – Will you try to read Australian Women Writers in 2013?