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Australian Women Writers Challenge—2013 wrap-up

awwbadge_2013I signed up for the Australian Women Writers Challenge this year—the first reading challenge I’ve undertaken. I chose the Franklin level, committing myself to read at least ten books by Australian women writers and to review at least six. The year is nearly over, and it’s time to look back at my totals: twenty-three books read, six reviewed. Challenge successfully completed, although clearly there has to be a could do better comment against the reviewing total.

I noticed a couple of things in my pattern of reading. First, it decreased generally in the second half of the year and, especially, in the last two months. I wonder whether that’s just me or if other people experience that same sensation of life speeding up as the year draws to a close, with less time available for reading? And second, I have a bias towards reading Western Australian women writers. I’m sure the same could have been said of my reading in previous years, and I make no apology for it.

And so, here is my summary for 2013, with links to reviews and also to short extracts featured in my Reasons to love a novel series:

Dawn Barker, Fractured (Hachette, 2013)

Emma Chapman, How to Be a Good Wife (Picador, 2013) *extract here

Caroline Hamilton, Consumed (ABC Books, 2008) *reviewed here

Wendy James, The Mistake (Penguin, 2012)

Favel Parrett, Past the Shallows (Hachette, 2011)

Iris Lavell, Elsewhere in Success (Fremantle Press, 2013) *reviewed here

Lynne Leonhardt, Finding Jasper (Margaret River Press, 2012) *reviewed here

Natasha Lester, What Is Left Over, After (Fremantle Press, 2010) *extract here

Kirsty Murray, Vulture’s Gate (Allen & Unwin, 2009)

M.L. Stedman, The Light between Oceans (Vintage, 2012)

Courtney Collins, The Burial (Allen & Unwin, 2012) *reviewed here

Julienne van Loon, Harmless (Fremantle Press, 2013) *reviewed here

Felicity Young, Antidote to Murder (crime fiction, HarperCollins, 2013)

Hannah Kent, Burial Rites (Picador, 2013)

Deb Fitzpatrick, The Amazing Spencer Gray (junior fiction, Fremantle Press, 2013)

Yvette Walker, Letters to the End of Love (UQP, 2013) *reviewed here

Romy Ash, Floundering (Text, 2012)

Kirsten Krauth, just_a_girl (UWA Publishing, 2013)

Marlish Glorie, Sea Dog Hotel (Etext Press, 2013) *extract here

Paddy O’Reilly, The Fine Colour of Rust (HarperCollins, 2012) *extract here

Angela Savage, Behind the Night Bazaar (Text, 2006)

A.J. Betts, Zac & Mia (Text, 2013)

Debra Adelaide, The Household Guide to Dying (Picador, 2008)

These are fine works deserving of acclaim and respect—and my list only scratches the surface of what’s available from Australian women writers. A quick browse through the reviews on the AWWC site will introduce you to many more.

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If there is to be an Australian Women Writers Challenge in 2014, I will sign up again—and resolve to do better with reviews!

elemental_COVERAnd finally, I would just like to acknowledge some of the wonderful bloggers who chose to review or otherwise support Elemental in 2013 (some through the AWWC):

Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers LitBlog
Magdalena Ball, The Compulsive Reader
Rashida Murphy, Rashida WriteNow
Serje Jones, Kill Your Darlings
Marisa Wikramanayake, Guys Read Gals
Marlish Glorie, Book Stew
Lynne Leonhardt
Natasha Lester, While the Kids Are Sleeping
Britt Ingerson, Buggalugz Book Blog
Kristen Levitzke
Louise Allan, Life from the Attic
Emily Paull, The Incredible Rambling Elimy
Joy, Book Coasters
John Paul Newbury, Open Writing

A big heartfelt thank-you to you all!


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