I’m very late with my traditional completion post for the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge – it’s been a weird and difficult year all round. As always, I will continue to contribute until the year’s end, and do a final round-up then, but I do like to get the completion admin done!
I signed up, of course, for the top-level, Franklin, which involves reading 10 books and reviewing at least 6, and of course I’ve exceeded this. In fact, by June 30, my usual marker for my completion post, I’d contributed 13 reviews to the challenge,
Here’s my list in alphabetical order (by author), with the links on the titles being to my reviews:
- Shokoofeh Azar, The enlightenment of the greengage tree (novel)
- Carmel Bird, Field of poppies (novel)
- David Carlin and Francesca Rendle-Short (eds), The near and the far: More stories from the Asia-Pacific region, Vol. 2 (anthology)
- Madelaine Dickie, Red can origami (novel)
- Anna Goldsworthy, Piano lessons (memoir)
- Chloe Hooper, The arsonist: A mind on fire (nonfiction)
- Ruth Park and D’Arcy Niland, The drums go bang! (classic/memoir)
- Favel Parrett, There was still love (novel)
- Heather Rose, Bruny (novel)
- Angela Thirkell, Trooper to the Southern Cross (classic/novel)
- Julie Thorndyke, Mrs Rickaby’s lullaby (novel)
- Tara June Winch, The yield (novel)
- Charlotte Wood, The weekend (novel)
I don’t set myself specific reading goals, but I do keep in mind a wish to read more indigenous and diverse writers, more classics, and more from my TBR pile. As I wrote last year, these continue to be my non-goal goals. So, how did I go? Well, I read just one Indigenous Australian writer, an Iranian Australian writer, two classics (thanks to Bill’s AWW Gen 3 week), and four (Hooper, Park, Thirkell and Azar) from my TBR*. This is not too bad out of 13 books (I think!), particularly given this weird year. However, I’d like to do more. Let’s see how I go by the end of the year.
Not included in the above list is Heidi Sze’s book Nurturing your new life, which I have not specifically reviewed. However, I have read a significant proportion of it, and did write up the author event I attended.
Watch out for my 2020 AWW Challenge wrap-up post for the year’s full story!
* All books I read are, by definition, on my TBR, but in terms of my book management, I define my TBR pile as those I’ve had for more than 12 months!