Australian Women Writers 2017 Challenge completed

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 thoughts on “Australian Women Writers 2017 Challenge completed

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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

    • 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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