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.
Your wrap up sounds like mine – I read more AWW than I put down for (as always but I’m not going to set a real challenge); I read more women than men (but quite a bit more than you did); and I’d like more diversity in my reading!
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