As most of you have heard now ad infinitum, I only do one challenge – the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge. As in previous years, I signed up for the top level, Franklin-fantastic, which required me to read 10 books and review at least 6. I have now exceeded this. Although I plan to continue to add to the challenge, as I’ve done in previous years, I do need to write a completion post so I’m doing it now. I have, so far, contributed 12 reviews to the challenge. Here’s my list in alphabetical order, with the links on the titles being to my reviews:
- Dymphna Cusack, Jungfrau (Novel, Classic)
- Anna Funder, Everything precious (Sponsored long short story)
- Fiona McFarlane, The night guest (Novel)
- Angela Meyer, Captives (Flash fiction)
- Tara Moss, The fictional woman (Non-fiction)
- Pulse: First 2014 (Anthology of poetry, flash fiction and other creative writing)
- Jane Rawson, A wrong turn at the Office of Unmade Lists (Novel)
- Julie Twohig, Full circle (Short story)
- Ellen van Neerven, Heat and light (Novella/Short stories)
- Biff Ward, In my mother’s hands (Memoir)
- Lynette Washington (ed), Breaking beauty (Anthology of short stories)
- Jessica White, Entitlement (Novel)
Only one of these – Cusack’s – is for a classic and only one – Van Neerven’s – is by an indigenous author. I hope to broaden my reading for the challenge in the second half of the year but given the way the year is shaping up, it may not work out quite the way I’d like. My final post for this year’s challenge will tell the tale.
Do any of you do challenges? And if so, what do they add to your reading? I often see challenges that appeal to me, such as those ones to do with working through your TBR, or reading in an area I’d like to explore more, like Japanese literature, but I feel the completion stress would counteract the value so I resist.