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Australian Women Writers 2017 Challenge completed

July 22, 2017

Carmel Bird, Family skeletonI usually write my completion post for the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge, around the middle of the year, even though I plan to take part until the year’s end. As in previous years, I signed up for the top-level, Franklin, which involves reading 10 books and reviewing at least 6, and as in previous years I’ve exceeded this. However, it’s good to get the completion post out of the way before the end of year madness begins!

I have, so far this year, contributed 16 reviews to the challenge, two more than for last year’s completion post.

Here’s my list in alphabetical order (by woman author), with the links on the titles being to my reviews:

Unlike last year’s half-way list, I did review one classic and a book by an indigenous woman author this year. There are other differences too. Last year I’d read just three memoirs (with two of those being hybrid biography-memoirs) while this year I’ve reviewed five memoirs to date. The fiction-nonfiction ratio, though, is still roughly the same.

aww2017 badgeLast year, I ended the post on plans for the rest of the year – and said that they would include reading at least one indigenous woman, Ali Cobby Eckermann, which indeed I did (her Ruby Moonlight). This year, however, I’m not setting out any plans. I do know I’ll be reading Heather Rose’s Stella Prize winner, The museum of modern love, as my reading group is doing that. (We will be reading a couple of other women writers, but they are not Australian.) As for the rest of my reading plans for the year, they are undefined – which means I could very well be as surprised as you by what turns up!

17 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2017 09:58

    I’ve read just two of these, and there are three or four I would like to have read. Like you, I have Heather Rose in my (near, I hope) future. As to how many AWW’s I’ve read this year, I’ll leave it till the Bingo challenge and then scramble to make up the numbers.

  2. July 23, 2017 11:34

    I’m going to have a post-PhD reviewing blitz as I’ve hardly reviewed anything this year, though I have read some wonderful books by Australian women, most recently Melanie Cheng’s sparkling short story collection, Australia Day. Highly recommended.

    • July 23, 2017 15:09

      Thanks Angela. I’ll try to remember that book. I have heard it mentioned – perhaps by you? – but not be many people.

  3. July 24, 2017 03:12

    I admire your dedication to this and having stuck so well to the plan, you do deserve to have a more relaxed attitude for the rest of the year’s reading.

    • July 24, 2017 12:28

      Thanks Karen. I’m sorry I’ve been AWOL lately. Am travelling, and am barely keeping up with my own communication. Will do lots of blog visiting when we return in early August.

  4. July 24, 2017 14:20

    I’ve read and reviewed four Australian books this year: Christina Stead’s A Little Tea, A little Chat, & The Puzzleheaded Girl, Calthorpe’s The Dyehouse and Toni Jordan’s Our Tiny, Useless Hearts. Hope to get another couple in by year’s end. Now do I get a key to Melbourne or what?

    • July 24, 2017 14:43

      Ask Lisa, Guy! I’d give you a key to Canberra! Four books halfway through the year is excellent… For a non -Aussie, I mean of course!

      • July 25, 2017 00:42

        Years ago, I decided that I wanted to up my Aussie lit game, and I’m slowly doing it.

        • July 26, 2017 00:19

          And we love that you are Guy. It’s great seeing someone else (predictive text wrote “smart” not “else” here which is correct too!) take an interest. And it’s also interesting to see a non-Aussie’s response to Aussie books.

        • July 26, 2017 00:38

          I can understand that. I asked about the key to Melbourne as that city is called The Crime Capital of Australia and given my interest in crime.. well…

        • July 26, 2017 10:01

          Fair enough, Guy. And, now you’ve reminded me of this nefarious interest of yours I withdraw my Canberra offer!

        • July 26, 2017 14:21


  5. claremillarblog permalink
    August 8, 2017 00:07

    Do you think you’ll read more in the rest of the year? I’ve also finished my challenge (although I haven’t reviewed yet!) but I think I’ll keep going

    • August 8, 2017 07:38

      Oh yes Clare, I will. Australian women writers are a priority for me, and were long before the challenge. I hope you get your reviews done, but the important thing is to be doing the reading, eh?

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