Australian Women Writers 2012 National Year of Reading Challenge
Keen on romance, fantasy, crime, YA, literary, mainstream women’s fiction? Contemporary or historical? Memoir, other nonfiction or poetry?
Whatever your preference, whether you’re a fan of one genre or a devoted eclectic, the 2012 Australian Women Writers Book Reading & Reviewing Challenge invites you to celebrate a year encountering the best of Australian women’s writing.
Objective: This challenge hopes to help counteract the gender bias in reviewing and social media newsfeeds that has continued throughout 2011 by actively promoting the reading and reviewing of a wide range of contemporary Australian women’s writing. (Recent discussions on gender bias.)
Readers should approach this challenge with a spirit of willingness. There are no failures, just personal goals. Reviews can be long or short, favourable or “this book is not for me”. Hopefully, along the way, we’ll all discover some future classics and perhaps a few surprises among genres we’re not familiar with. The main aim is to have fun.
Challenge period: 1 January 2012 – 31 December 2012
My thanks to Elizabeth Lhuede for initiating this challenge. She’s been championing Australian women’s fiction across the blogsphere over the last month and this is another wonderful opportunity to support those writers.
I’m accepting the challenge for 2012 as I know I won’t have to work very hard to achieve ‘Franklin Fantastic’ Status. Some of my favourite Australian women writers have books coming out in 2012 so I’m aiming to read 10 or more. They’ll cross most genres from romance to crime to contemporary women’s fiction to literary work.
Here’s a starting list in rough order of their releases!
Tara Moss, Rachael Johns, Lisa Heidke, Bronwyn Parry, Fleur McDonald, Fiona Palmer, Cathryn Hein, Jaye Ford, Katherine Howell, Kathryn Fox, Barbara Hannay, Mandy Magro and Karly Lane. And there will be more!
So, are you in??
Check out the details at : 2012 Australian Women Writers Book Reading & Reviewing Challenge