Reading In the New Year: An Update

Reading in the New Year for the AWW2017 Challenge

Reading in the New Year for the AWW2017 Challenge

This review is part of the AWW2017 Challenge


Reading In The New Year

For my first ever go at participating in the Australian Women Writers Challenge, I set myself 3 goals:

  1. Read 10 books by Australian women writers
  2. Complete 6 Reviews
  3. Read more poetry

So, how’d I do?

I read 17 books:

  1. Australia Day by Melanie Cheng
  2. The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke
  3. Carrying the World by Maxine Beneba Clarke
  4. Our Magic Hour by Jennifer Down
  5. The Island Will Sink by Briohny Doyle
  6. The Watchtower by Elizabeth Harrower
  7. Leap by Myfanwy Jones
  8. Portable Curiosities by Julie Koh
  9. Siren by Rachel Matthews
  10. The High Places by Fiona McFarlane
  11. Comfort Food by Ellen van Neerven
  12. Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven
  13. The Paper House by Anna Spargo-Ryan
  14. The Gulf by Anna Spargo-Ryan
  15. Hot Little Hands by Abigail Ulman
  16. Lemons in the Chicken Wire by Alison Whittaker
  17. The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

I reviewed 8 books:

  1. Mourning and Melancholy in Melbourne: Myfanwy Jones’ Leap
  2. Technically Human: Briohny Doyle’s The Island Will Sink
  3. Singing Black Girlhood: Maxine Beneba Clarke’s The Hate Race
  4. Searching for Satisfaction: Ellen van Neerven’s Comfort Food
  5. Sex and Gender in Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of Things
  6. ‘We’re All Mad Here’: Anna Spargo-Ryan’s The Paper House
  7. Queer & Black: Alison Whittaker’s Lemons in the Chicken Wire
  8. Australian Labyrinths: Julie Koh’s Portable Curiosities

And you’ll notice there are 3 poets on that list (and 2 I even attempted a review for!):

  1. Carrying the World by Maxine Beneba Clarke
  2. Comfort Food by Ellen van Neerven
  3. Lemons in the Chicken Wire by Alison Whittaker

So all in all I would say it’s been a successful year of reading. I’m looking forward to reading even more work by Australian women writers in 2018 and beyond!

Happy New Year everyone, and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!

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