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Australian Women Writers Challenge

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10 seems to be the safest number for me these days – overall, the number of novels and non-fiction books I read in a year is dropping steadily as work takes over my brain.

1. The Better Son by Katherine Johnson
2. The Grass is Greener by Loretta Hill
3. Summer at Mount Hope by Rosalie Ham
4. Jasper Jones by Kate Mulvany
5. Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield
6. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson
7. The Beast’s Garden by Kate Forsyth
8. Avery by Charlotte McConaghy
9. Captive Prince by CS Pacat
10. Crow Country by Kate Constable


Again, I wisely set my goal at 10 and easily met it – surpassed it, actually. Where I fell on my sword, though, was in reviewing them.

1. Who’s Afraid? by Maria Lewis
2. The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
3. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
4. The Foretelling of Georgie Spider by Ambelin Kwaymullina
5. The Engagement by Chloe Hooper
6. The Golden Age by Joan London
7. Hope Farm by Peggy Frew
8. Red Queen by Honey Brown
9. This House of Grief by Helen Garner
10. The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham
11. Leap by Myfanwy Jones
12. Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany



Last year, I aimed to read 40 books by Australian women writers, and ended up reading 10. This year, I’ll aim for 10 and see if I can do better than that.

1. Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier
2. See You Later Alligator by Rina A Foti
3. The Alphabet of Light and Dark by Danielle Wood
4. A Waltz for Matilda by Jackie French
5. Fairway to Heaven by Lily Malone
6. The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina
7. The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper
8. The Disappearance of Ember Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina
9. Wrong Way Round by Lorna Hendry
10. Hate is Such a Strong Word by Sarah Ayoub
11. Paper Daisies by Kim Kelly
12. Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar & Anita Roy
13. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
14. Queen Alice’s Palaces by Juliette MacIver
15. Of a Boy by Sonya Hartnett
16. Sorry Sorry by Anne Kerr
17. The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna
18. The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody



The Australian Women Writers Challenge is organised by Elizabeth Lhuede, who blogs at Devoted Eclectic. Check out the fantastic challenge website for more information.

For 2014, I have challenged myself to read and review 40 books by Australian Women Writers. (See below for my 2013 challenge reading list.)

1. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
2. I’m Green and I’m Grumpy! by Alison Lester
3. Time Will Tell by Fiona McCallum
4. The Secret River by Kate Grenville
5. Torn by Karen Turner
6. Mothers and Daughters by Kylie Ladd
7. Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell
8. The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
9. The Wonders by Paddy O’Reilly
10. Let the Land Speak – A History of Australia: How the land created our nation by Jackie French



The Australian Women Writers Challenge is organised by Elizabeth Lhuede, who blogs at Devoted Eclectic. Check out the fantastic challenge website for more information.

I signed up for the first time in 2013, and picked the Miles level: read and review 6 books in the year. I’ll record them here as I go.

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

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