Reading in the New Year

Since 2012, Lizzy Chandler has lead the Australian Women Writers Challenge. A response to a Bookseller & Publisher survey re-published in Crikey that suggested that men authors were more likely than women authors to have their books reviewed in influential newspapers, magazines and literary journals, the AWW Challenge is a growing community of readers, writers, and reviewers working to address this imbalance.

I’ve been a long-time lurker on the AWW Challenge’s various webpages and blogs, so this year I thought I would be a more active participant.

Not one to do things by halves, I’ve decided to kick things off by setting myself the goal of 10 books read and 6 reviews completed, so I am really looking forward to getting through the ever-growing stack of books on my bedside table.

First up, I’ll be reading and reviewing from my Christmas/New Year haul, so keep an eye out for:

Leap by Myfanwy Jones

Leap

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

The Natural Way of Things

The Island Will Sink by Briohny Doyle

The Island Will Sink

The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke

The Hate Race

I’ve also set myself a personal challenge to read more poetry this year, so am looking forward to rifling through Melbourne bookshelves in search of a whole new (for me) set of favourite writers.

And for anyone who wants to get involved, it’s easy. The AWW website has some great tips on how to get started, and you don’t even need to have your own blog to start reviewing! You can post to Goodreads, Amazon, anywhere else you buy books online, or even straight to Facebook.

Happy reading to all!

 

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