In 2012 I pledge to read… oh, what the heck, I’ll go for the biggie, the Franklin-fantastic: Ten books by Australian women writers, and I’ll review four (though I don’t guarantee big detailed reviews; I’m not the best reviewer on the block).
I plan to read in more than one genre, so that makes me an aspiring Franklin-fantastic Dabbler. I’m going to add a little extra to this challenge, and say that of my ten books, at least two will be by Aboriginal women. I expect to read mostly in YA and speculative fiction, though I’m also going to try to read at least a couple of books outside of these genres.
For YA, I might mine the Inky Awards back catalogue; for SF, I might start with reviews on Galactic Suburbia and Tansy Rayner Roberts’ list. Or maybe with my to-be-read-bookcase: I have a fair few already on there that qualify: a couple of Twelve Planets, Glitter Rose, some Margo Lanagan, Angela Slatter, and Penni Russon. (I wonder what the status is of anthologies that have a large proportion of Australian women writers?)
The Challenge is open to all readers, not just Australians. Will you join in?