I’ve joined up! No, not the gym, although that would be nice one day, but I’ve joined the Australian Women Writers Challenge for 2013.
I know I read more books written by women than by men – this is not a deliberate bias, it’s just that those are often the books that interest me more. And I know I read lots of books by Australian authors, so the challenge should be easy – right? Then I had a quick think about the books by Australian women that I read in 2012, which were:
- All That I am by Anna Funder
- Whisky Charlie Foxtrot by Annabel Smith
- Shallow Breath by Sara Foster
- Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
- Flying High by Kerry Greenwood
- Dead Man’s Chest by Kerry Greenwood (yes, I was totally sucked in by the ABC series, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries)
- The Mothers’ Group by Fiona Higgins
- Reaching One Thousand by Rachel Robertson
- Princesses and Pornstars by Emily Maguire
- What’s Happening to Our Girls by Maggie Hamilton
So, that’s 10 in total – not too bad although I would like it to be more. But I’m setting myself the same goal for this year in an effort to be realistic and acknowledge that writing books, teaching writing courses, looking after three kids and publicising the books that are already published means I don’t always have as much time to read as I would like. Although, I started thinking that if I included children’s books on my list, the total would be a lot higher. We probably read almost 10 books a month by Australian women writers of children’s fiction.
So I’m entering the challenge at the Franklin level – I need to read 10 books and review 6 of these.
I’m just about to start Toni Jordan’s Nine Days, which was reviewed so well by Lisa Hill over at ANZ LitLovers LitBlog, so that’ll be the first book of the challenge. I’ll keep you posted with how I’m going, not to mention putting up my own review of Jordan’s book when I’ve finished.
So, can I encourage anyone else to join me? After speaking to my agent before Christmas and hearing about the dire state of book sales in Australia, I think it’s very timely to get as many people as possible involved. Let me know if you have any suggestions of books by Australian women writers that I should add to my list for 2013.