This is my round-up post for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2020.
The challenge was established in 2012 to raise awareness of Australian women’s writing. I signed up in 2013, and it’s probably fair to say that my reading habits have been transformed and my mind enriched. This year, I read a total of 24 books by Australian women writers, well over the goal of ten that I’d set for myself. Here they are, with links to my blog posts:
4 books for children
6 books of poetry
5 novels for adults
8 memoir/biography/history/essay/creative non-fiction
2 manuals/self-help books
Five of the books were written by First Nations women. The list doesn’t include journals or anthologies.
Now I’ve signing up for another year, at the Franklin level, which means I aim to read and review 10 books by Australian women in 2021.
On a related topic, I’ve done a quick gender check on books I read this year. Counting comics, but not journals, anthologies or picture books (apart from Tohby Riddle’s sublime The Astronaut’s Cat), I read:
- 31 by women
- 32 by men
I read 7 books in translation (one each from Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, French, Swedish and German), and 3 in their original French. In addition to the five books by First Nations women I read one by a First Nations man.
I’ll do a separate post where the Emerging Artist and I pick our favourite books and movies of the year.