This was the second year in which I took part in the Australian Women Writers Challenge and I’m pleased to say I did MUCH better than last year, reading 9 books by Australian women writers and reviewing 8 of them (though I admit my reviews got briefer as the year went on).
My favourite of the books I read for the challenge, and indeed of all the books I read last year, was Letters to the End of Love by Yvette Walker, an exquisitely written and deeply moving meditation on love in its many forms.
These are the other books I read, most of which I enjoyed very much, with links to reviews:
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Elemental by Amanda Curtin
The Burial by Courtney Collins
The Inheritance of Ivorie Hammer by Edwina Preston
just_a_girl by Kirsten Krauth
Shallow Breath by Sara Foster
Fractured Dawn Barker
Who We Were by Lucy Neave
After being pretty disinterested in Australian literature for a long time, the AWW Challenge has helped me to discover some interesting new voices. I’m looking forward to continuing my journey of discovery in 2014. Some of the books I plan to read are:
Red Queen by Honey Brown
Darkness on the Edge of Town by Jessie Cole
Am I Black Enough For You? by Anita Heiss
The Factory by Paddy O’Reilly
I’ll also be interviewing an Australian female writer on the second Friday of every month on the AWW Challenge blog.
Your turn: Have you read any great books by Australian women authors this year? Would you like to read and discover more? Why don’t you sign up too? You can commit to as few or many as you like and don’t have to review – you can just read and enjoy.