Daily Archives: 29 December 2018

#aww2018 & #aww2019

This is my round up post for the Australian women writers Challenge 2018.

I read a total of 20 books by Australian women writers, well over the goal of ten that I’d set for myself. They included

  • three children’s books
  • one young adult novel
  • nine books of poetry
  • four novels
  • one book of short stories
  • one memoir
  • one political essay

You can see my blog entries on them at this link.

Now I’m signing up for another year, at the Franklin level, which means I aim to read and review 10 books by Australian women in 2019. Given that I expect to read at least a couple of small children’s books as part of the challenge, I’ll probably read more than 10 books, but that’s all I’ll commit to. Add to that, I plan to read at least two by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women, of whom I read none this year.

On a related topic, I’ve done a quick gender check on books I read this year altogether. Not counting illustrators of children’s books or comics, I read:

  • 34 by women
  • 29 by men

I read four books in translation (two each from German and Polish), and two books by Aboriginal authors. I’d like to have more diversity in my reading.