Australian Women Writers 2012 National Year of Reading Challenge

Well, of course I signed up. How could I not?

Challenge period: 1 January 2012 – 31 December 2012

Goal: Read and review books written by Australian women writers – hard copies, ebooks and audiobooks, new, borrowed or stumbled upon by book-crossing.

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

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


I’m going to try for the Franklin-fantastic, since it seems entirely do-able considering that I tend to read 100+ books in a year, and a lot of those would naturally be female Australian authors anyway. My own personal twist on the challenge is that I want the books in question to all be taken off my To Read Shelf – because reducing that is the main thing I want to accomplish with my reading next year. I’m not planning to go with genre restraints but ‘dabbler’ seems the most likely category for me, possibly with a side order of ‘devoted eclectic’.

Eligible Books on my To Read Shelf by Australian Women Writers:

Anonymous, The Bride Stripped Bare (erotica? literary?)
A.A. Bell, Diamond Eyes (SF)
Cath Crowley, Chasing Charlie Duskin (YA)
Marianne De Pierres, Angel Arias (young adult, fantasy, hints of SF)
Melaina Feranda, Thirteen Pearls (young adult)
Cordelia Fine, Delusions of Gender (non-fiction, social science)
Kerry Greenwood, Murder in the Dark (historical, crime)
Narrelle M. Harris, The Opposite of Life (vampire is a genre, right?)
Norma Hemming, Dwellers in Silence: Stories and Plays
Colleen McCullough, Antony and Cleopatra (historical)
Kirstyn McDermott, Madigan Mine (horror)
Melina Marchetta, Finnikin of the Rock (YA, spec fic?)
Catherine Helen Spence, A Week in the Future (science fiction, I believe)
Lili Wilkinson, A Pocketful of Eyes (YA)
Kaaron Warren, Mistification (goodness knows)
Danielle Wood, Rosie Little’s Cautionary Tales for Girls (literary?)

I’m also counting whichever of the Twelve Planets books arrive over the next year! I am expecting titles by Deb Biancotti, Kaaron Warren, Narrelle Harris, Margo Lanagan, and several more. So, woohoo!

[UPDATE] I’m also counting books which arrived in my house before the 31 December (such as Eona by Alison Goodman & Cooking the Books by Kerry Greenwood] and books that are technically on My To Read shelf even if they were physically somewhere else in the house (I’ve been cleaning up a LOT this week) or overlooked on said shelf, such as Marianne De Pierres’ Sharp books. So there.

4 replies on “Australian Women Writers 2012 National Year of Reading Challenge”

  1. Thoraiya says:

    SO disappointed by The Bride Stripped Bare.
    SO impressed by Mistification.
    (I would call it horror. But I am kind of wimpy. It says ‘Fantasy’ on the back ;))

  2. tansyrr says:

    Well I’d rather have it that way around than be disappointed by Kaaron!

    (I always assume she’s writing horror)

  3. Marilyn says:

    What tansy – no poetry?

  4. Marg says:

    I am counting on the 12 Planets books to help me fit my additional (as yet unstated) aim of using this challenge to try new to me authors! This year I read a lot of books by new authors but it was 7 by one author, 4 by another etc.

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