I am not a blogger who takes part in challenges, until, that is, this year when Elizabeth Lhuede set up her Australian Women Writers 2012 Challenge. It didn’t take me long to break my non-challenge rule, because this challenge focuses on my two main reading passions: Australian Literature and Women Writers. This was the challenge for me!
And so I signed up for the top level: Franklin-fantastic. This required me to read 10 books and review (at some depth) at least 4 Of them. I decided that I would also attempt the criss-crossing Genre Challenge of Dabbler which required me to read “more than one genre”. I can’t pretend that I actively pursued the “top” Genre Challenge of Devoted Eclectic which required reading “as many genres as you can read”.
This week I posted my 10th review and became the 30th person to complete the challenge (at least, my name is the 30th on the Completed section of the challenge page). I will continue – of course – to read Australian women writers and will add those reviews to the Review section of the challenge page, but in the interests of formal closure, here are my 10 books (with links to the individual reviews):
- Francesca Rendle-Short’s Bite my tongue (Fictional memoir)
- Dorothy Porter’s On passion (Essay)
- Gillian Mears’ Foal’s bread (Literary fiction)
- Anna Krien’s Us and them: On the importance of animals (Essay)
- Merlinda Bobis’ Fish-hair woman (Literary fiction)
- Deborah Robertson’s Sweet old world (Literary fiction)
- Susan Johnson’s Life in seven mistakes (Literary fiction)
- Catherine McNamara’s The divorced lady’s companion to living in Italy (Mature woman’s chicklit)
- Elizabeth Harrower’s The watch tower (Australian classic)
- Jeanine Leane’s Purple threads (Indigenous Australian literary fiction)
See! More than one genre, but I’d be cheeky to claim Devoted Eclectic. I hope, however, that Elizabeth (a true devoted eclectic) is happy. I certainly thank her for this great initiative. It’s been fun and has certainly attracted a lot of interest. If you haven’t taken part, there’s time yet: Australian Women Writers 2012 Challenge.