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Australian Women's Writers Challenge - 2013 wrap-up, 2014 sign-up


I was keen to sign up for the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge in 2013, having enjoyed hearing about all the great books others read and reviewed for the challenge in 2012.

I erred on the side of caution, though, and aimed low, signing up for the Miles level: read and review 6 books (fiction or non-fiction) by Australian women writers. I’m happy to say that I did much better than that! Here’s my final tally for the year:

1. The Precipice by Virginia Duigan
2. The Man Plan by Elise K Ackers
3. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
4. Short Soup by Coleen Kwan
5. Dog Boy by Eva Hornung
6. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
7. What Love Sounds Like by Alissa Callen
8. Dr Chandler’s Sleeping Beauty by Melanie Milburne
9. 10 Bush Babies by Susan Hall
10. What Katie Ate: Recipes and Other Bits & Bobs by Katie Quinn Davies
11. The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty
12. March by Sunni Overend
13. The Fine Colour of Rust by PA O’Reilly
14. Ask Me To Stay by Elise K Ackers
15. I’m Not Racist, But… by Anita Heiss
16. Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park
17. Imagine by Allison Lester
18. In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl
19. I Take You by Nikki Gemmell
20. Snug as a Hug by Marcia Vaughan
21. Sebastian Lives in a Hat by Thelma Catterwell
22. I Went Walking by Sue Machin
23. Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox
24. The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn
25. The Bark Cutters by Nicole Alexander
26. Bay of Fires by Poppy Gee
27. Awakening the Warriors by SE Gilchrist
28. Outback Dreams by Rachael Johns
29. A Fortune for the Brave by Nan Chauncy
30. Welcome Home by Christina Booth
31. Staunch: Ward of the State by Ginger Briggs
32. Captivate by Vanessa Garden
33. Right as Rain by Tricia Stringer
34. just_a_girl by Kirsten Krauth
35. The Road to Gundagai by Jackie French

And even better: many of these books made their way onto my personal favourites list for the year, and my life, especially The Precipice, The Fine Colour of Rust and The Road to Gundagai.


I enjoyed the challenge so much in 2013 that I didn’t hesitate over the decision to participate in 2014. This will be the third year for the Australian Women Writers Challenge, but even by the end of its first year it had picked up real steam and gained a huge following, and I’m thrilled to be a part of this “movement” to acknowledge and honour the fantastic writing produced by Australian women.

I don’t have a reading list to share with you, though anyone who follows my blog will know some of the titles I have on hand to start with. In 2013 I picked the Miles level: read 6 books, and I read 35. So I’ve decided to create my own level this time and give myself the goal of reading 40 books by Australian women writers. Wish me luck!

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