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Australian Women Writers Reading Challenge 2012

This challenge hopes to help counteract the gender bias in reviewing and social media newsfeeds that has continued throughout 2011. It actively promotes the reading and reviewing of a wide range of contemporary Australian women’s writing throughout 2012, the Australian National Year of Reading.

The goal of the challenge is to read and review books written by Australian women writers. There are three challenge levels:

  • Stella (read 3 and review at least 2 books)
  • Miles (read 6 and review at least 3)*
  • Franklin-fantastic (read 10 and review at least 4 books)*

* The higher levels should include at least one substantial length review

There are also genre challenges:

  • Purist: one genre only
  • Dabbler: more than one genre
  • Devoted eclectic: as many genres as you can find

I am aiming for Franklin-fantastic – read and review 10 books authors – as a Dabbler (more than one genre – if fantasy and science fiction are considered two different genres). I’m choosing to focus on authors because I read a lot of fantasy where stand-alones are difficult to find, and it seems unfair to count one author’s work as 3 books. Plus this was I get to read TEN Aussie authors!

The books on my to-read list for this challenge are:

  • Dragonclaw by Kate Forsyth
  • The Last Stormlord by Glenda Larke
  • Medalon by Jennifer Fallon
  • Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Casey
  • The Violet Eden Chapters by Jessica Shirvington (Embrace, Enticed, Emblaze, Endless)
The authors I have read and and reviewed for this challenge are:
  1. Melina Marchetta (Finnikin of the RockFroi of the Exiles and Quintana of Charyn)
  2. Alison Goodman (Eon and Eona)
  3. Rebecca Lim (Mercy, Exile, Muse and Fury)
  4. Trudi Canavan (The Magician’s Apprentice)
  5. Kate Forsyth (Bitter Greens (includes author interview))
  6. Kirsty Eagar (Night Beach)
  7. Jo Spurrier (Winter be my Shield)
  8. Paula Weston (Shadows)
  9. K. J. Taylor (The Dark Griffin, The Griffin’s FlightThe Griffin’s War andThe Shadow’s Heir)
  10. Jennifer Fallon (The Undivided)
  11. Marianne de Pierres (Burn Bright, Angel Arias andShine Light)
  12. Jaclyn Moriarty (A Corner of White)
  13. Andrea K. Höst (And All the Stars)
  14. Tara Moss (The Blood Countess)

13 authors and 24 books read

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