AWW Bingo 2016 Challenge Completed

For a blogger of more than 7-years standing who doesn’t take part in memes and challenges, I’m doing a good job this month. First it was 6 degrees of separation earlier this month, and now it’s a bingo game. I have good reasons for these exceptions, but I don’t expect you really want to know those, so let’s just get on with it.

AWW Logo 2016Back in April, Kelly from Orange Pekoe Reviews created two Bingo cards for the AWW Challenge and posted them on the blog. The date for completion was set as 31 October. A couple of days ago, AWW participant Christy Collins became the first person to post that she’d completed the challenge. Now, my life has been so busy these last 6 months or so that I’ve not actively pursued the challenge. However, I’ve kept the cards next to my work area and have checked them every now and then. After Christy posted her completion, I had another look and blow me down but I’d complete one! Now, that’s the sort of challenge I like as you know, one that’s not a challenge!

So, here’s my post recording that I completed Card One:

2016 Bingo Card One

  • A book with a mystery: Not being a big reader of crime/mystery books, I was initially glad that this didn’t say “a mystery book”, because it meant I could choose any book which contained a mystery. However, as it turned out, I did read a crime mystery this year, Dorothy Johnston’s engaging Through a camel’s eye: A sea-change mystery (my review). It’s first in her new series set around where she lives on the southern Victorian coast.
  • A book by someone under 30: I really thought this would be the stumbling block for me. I  read quite a few books by young women writers, but which ones are under thirty and which are just over? It’s not always easy to find out. Fortunately, I was saved by Leah A who titled her book perfectly for my purpose, Ten silly poems by a ten year old (my review). Can’t be clearer than that. Thanks Leah! And thanks for your delightful book too.
  • A book that’s more than ten years old: I haven’t read as many classics this year, but I did read Kate Jennings’ autobiographical novel Moral hazard (my review), which was first published in 2002. Not only did it help me meet this challenge but it introduced me to the existence of “business novels”.
  • A book by an indigenous author: I’ve read a few indigenous authors this year, but the one I want to choose here is Ali Cobby Eckermann’s mesmeric verse novel Ruby Moonlight (my review). If I’d been going to do Card 2, I would have saved it for that, because it would have satisfied that card’s “book with poems” category”.
  • My choice (Free square): Oh dear, what to choose here? It’s a toss-up between two collections of essays, Garner’s Everywhere I look and Fiona Wright’s Small acts of disappearance, and Julie Proudfoot’s award-winning novella, The neighbour. But, for her honest handling of such a difficult subject, the experience of an eating disorder, I’ll choose Wright’s book (my review).
  • A bestseller: Fortunately, the challenge didn’t define what it meant by “bestseller”, otherwise I might have had a challenge here, but Charlotte Wood’s The natural way of things (my review) was listed a few times in Melbourne bookshop Readings’ Top Ten sellers of the week. I think that qualifies, don’t you?
  • A book set in the outback: I tend mostly to think of “the outback” as Australia’s dry remote regions, but for this category I’m submitting Sarah Kanake’s debut novel Sing fox to me (my review) set in a remote mountainous area of Tasmania.
  • A short story collection: Now, in this category I have a few excellent choices, including books by Tegan Bennett Daylight and Cassie Flanagan Wilanski, but I’m going to choose Elizabeth Harrower’s A few days in the country, and other stories (my review). That woman can so write, and I’m determined that now re-discovered she’s not going to disappear again.
  • A book published this year: Again, I could choose from several books, but for her wonderful turns of phrase and exploration of mental illness, I’m choosing Anna Spargo-Ryan’s The paper house (my review)

Now, that wasn’t too hard … I rather enjoyed looking at this year’s reading from a different angle, and being reminded of some very fine reading I’ve done.

If you had done this challenge, what books would you have chosen in any of these categories. (Unlike us challenge participants, you don’t have to limit yourself to Australian women!)

34 thoughts on “AWW Bingo 2016 Challenge Completed

  1. Great selection, Sue! Like you, I’ve done most of this challenge by default. It has been fun trying to complete it over the past few days, though. I’ll squeak through on Card 1, but haven’t been able to get the “first book by a favourite author” square for Card 2. I’ll have to get organised sooner for next year.

    • Yes that was the big stumbling block for me too, Elizabeth. It would take planning. I suppose you could cheat and say a debut novel you’d read this year was by an author you knew would become a favourite, but that’s a bit cheeky even for me!

      • That would be cheeky! I’ve been checking out my local library catalogue and ebooks, but no luck getting a last minute title that’s available. Definitely one for next year – assuming we keep the same cards. I quite like the idea of creating a “Back List” bingo challenge. That would be fun and force me both to tackle my To Be Read pile, and hunt up early books by new-to-me authors. Just an idea.

  2. I didn’t do that particular challenge but like you I do work on some of my own choosing – challenges that have broad enough goals I can fit them into my regular reading stuff. And it’s getting time to update my scores I think. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. I fully intended to do this challenge when you first posted about, but unlike you I wasn’t organised enough to print out a reminder. I think I’ve done them all. Outback, indigenous and old are easy, not so sure about author under 30 (MF of course but have I read My Brilliant Career this year?). Anyway I’ll make up a list and post it in a couple of days.

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  5. Well done to both you and Lisa, I have too much trouble keeping up with your book blogs than to worry about book challenges. Though I think I have read most of your nominated books. I could not think of an author under 30, so I will cheat and say Hannah Kent who is 31. Her new book The Good People. Holly Throsby’s Goodwood, would fit the category of a book published this year. For the outback, Entitlement by Jessica White. A short story collection would be After the Carnage by Tara Jane Winch.

    • Thanks for adding some books to the list Meg. Yes, I thought if I’d read Burial rites this year it would have counted, but I’ll accept your little cheat! And Jessica White’s book too, if I’d read it this year. That’s a good nomination for outback books. And you’ve prompted my memory to Alice Robinson’s Anchor Point (but again I read it last year.)

  6. I would have managed 6 – maybe 7 if I could have identified the age of some of the writers. But would have failed miserably on the outback and the indigenous categories. You did remarkably well considering you were reading blind as it were and not going looking specifically for things to fit each square

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  8. Well blow me down! I love it! It seems you might be making stealth move to make up for all the years of not doing memes and challenges by doing them all at once! 🙂

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