While surfing the blogosphere recently, I came across something called the Australian Women Writers 2012 Challenge. As an Australian woman writer, I was naturally quite curious about what this challenge entailed. Turns out it’s something right up my alley!
The Australian Women Writers Challenge is actually a reading challenge. It invites us to a year of encountering the best of Australian women’s writing – an invitation I accept! The goal of the challenge is “to counteract the gender bias in reviewing and social media news feeds that has continued throughout 2011.”
Now, I have to be honest with you – I haven’t actually noticed this bias myself, but I haven’t been paying much attention either. And I’m more than happy to take up the challenge to read more Australian women’s literature. After all, I’m hoping to add my own masterpiece to that selection of books soon!
The challenge has several levels, with options for the most casual reader to options for those who plough through books like reading is going out of fashion. I am shooting for the middle: the Miles Dabbler. This means I will read six books by Australian women authors, review at least three of them, and dabble between genres.
I haven’t come up with my whole book list yet (I want to leave it open for books that jump out and grab me), but here are a few that I’d like to read:
- The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks (Paranormal Young Adult)
- What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (Adult Chick Lit)
- Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres (Dystopian Sci Fi Young Adult)
How about you? Have you set yourself any reading challenges this year? Fancy joining the Australian Women Writers Challenge yourself (open to non-Aussies and males – all welcome!)?