This is my mandatory round-up post about the Australian Women Writers’ Challenge 2017. I undertook to read 10 books by Australian women writers. I read 14. Here they are. I’ve tried to be clever with the lay-out. My apologies if it shows up on your screen as a jumble (as it certainly will on a phone).
Seven poetry collections:
Four novels, three of them e-books:
Not a dud among them!
I’m signing up for the 2018 challenge.
My general gender stats: This year I read 20 books by women and 46 by men.
Shocked at my own gender bias, I can massage the figures:
- If I don’t count comics, the male-written books come down to 24, or 29 if I count each comics series as a single work
- If I include journals, add 5 to the women’s score and 3 to the men’s (or 6 and 3 respectively if you count Southerly 76.3, jointly edited by Laetitia Nanquette & Ali Alizadeh)
So, with a bit of creative counting, I have read 26 books by women and 32 by men.