Australian Women Writers 2012 Reading and Reviewing Challenge

2012 Challenge
Australian Women Writers 2012 Reading and Reviewing Challenge

Objective: This challenge hopes to help counteract the gender bias in the reviewing of Australian women’s writing.

Challenge period: 1 January 2012 – 31 December 2012

Goal: Read and review books written by Australian women writers throughout 2012, the National Year of Reading – hard copies, ebooks and audiobooks, new, borrowed or stumbled upon by book-crossing.

Challenge levels:
Stella (read 3 and review at least 2 books)
Miles (read 6 and review at least 3)*
Franklin-fantastic (read 10 and review at least 4 books)*
* The higher levels should include at least one substantial length review

Genre challenges:
Purist: one genre only
Dabbler: more than one genre
Devoted eclectic: as many genres as you can read

I have chosen to go for the Franklin-fantastic Dabbler.

Read so far:
1. Indigo Girls by Penni Russon (YA)
2. Fleeced by Lisa Thompson (Chicklit)
3. All that Happened at No. 26 by Denise Scott (Non Fiction, Bio)
4. The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers by Delia Falconer (Literary)
5. The Service of Clouds by Delia Falconer (Literary)
6. Gone: 25 of the world’s most chilling and bizarre kidnappings by Wendy Lewis (Non Fiction)

Currently reading: The Children by Charlotte Wood (fiction)

Still to read:
Carpentaria by Alexis Wright, and 2 more I haven’t decided on yet.

Coming soon: Book reviews of The Service of Clouds, All that Happened at No.26, Fleeced + 1 more to be decided on.

Books by Australian Women I have read previously and enjoyed: Black Dust Dancing by Tracy Crisp (blogs at Adelaide from Adelaide; Geography, and Bird by Sophie Cunningham; Adelaide by Kerryn Goldsworthy (Non Fict; Pavlov’s Cat; The Spare Room by Helen Garner; Voodoo Doll, and Vodka Doesn’t Freeze by Leah Girratano (Crime); just about anything by Kerry Greenwood, YA fiction by Catherine Jinks.

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  1. Hi Mindy, As a virtually unknown Australian woman author, I’m taking this chance of letting you know of my existence. My main genre is Short Stories, and within that, romances tend to dominate. I have four volumes of these currently available through, in addition to a non-fiction, mainly philosophical book entitled 60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences. Currently I’m working on another volume of Short Stories which I hope to finish within four months. Some of my books are on library shelves in Sydney libraries such as that at Sutherland.
    A few writers connected with the Challenge have contacted me with support and practical suggestions, for which I am very grateful.
    Congratulations on your magnificent effort on behalf of Australian woman writers!

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