On reading Australian women in 2013

(Image taken from Australian Women Writers Challenge website.)

In 2012, something started called Australian Women Writers Challenge. I don’t know how I first heard of it, but it wasn’t something I had much interest in. My reading list was already huge (I had all the George R.R. Martin books on it for starters).

But as the end of the year approaches, I also start to look at my “life list” (or bucket list) and start to make a mini one for 2013. This is, of course, if we survive tomorrow.

Every year, I choose to participate in the Goodreads challenge where you select a number of books to read and aim to read that many in the year.

Last year I choose to read 24 and read twenty-four. This year, I pledged to read thirty, and I am currently on my 30th book. Next year, I am challenging myself to read thirty-six books.

And ten of those books will be by Australian women. The list is as follows, in no particular order:

  1. Obernewtyn – Isobelle Carmody
  2. All This Could End – Steph Bowe
  3. All I Ever Wanted – Vikki Wakefield
  4. Blossoms & Shadows – Lian Hearn
  5. Tide Lords series, book 1 – Jennifer Fallon
  6. The Puzzle Ring – Kate Forsyth
  7. Night Beach – Kirsty Eager
  8. A Miss Fisher novel – Kerry Greenwood
  9. Magic or Madness – Justine Larbalestier
  10. Snugglepot & Cuddlepie – May Gibbs

I also wanted to add Jane Higgins, who won the Text Prize with her novel The Bridge but is Kiwi, and some more Melina Marchetta, but sadly I don’t think she’s publishing next year. I got a little distracted with a couple of Australian men writers as well, so maybe next year is just reading Australian writers (whether they’re actually Australian or originally published by Australians). I also like the idea of reading a bunch of picture books. But at this point I think this list is enough to keep me going for the first three months.

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