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Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2012

2012 Book ChallengeAustralian Women Writers 2012 Reading and Reviewing Challenge
This challenge hopes to help counteract the gender bias in reviewing and social media newsfeeds that has continued throughout 2011. It actively promotes the reading and reviewing of a wide range of contemporary Australian women’s writing throughout 2012, the National Year of Reading. Readers should approach this challenge with a spirit of willingness. There are no failures, just personal goals. Reviews can be long or short, favourable or “this book is not for me”. Hopefully, along the way, you’ll discover some future classics and perhaps a few surprises among genres we’re not familiar with.

Challenge period:  1 January 2012 –  31 December 2012

Goal: Read and review books written by Australian women writers – hard copies, ebooks and audiobooks, new, borrowed or stumbled upon by book-crossing.

Genre challenges:

-Purist: one genre only

– Dabbler: more than one genre

– Devoted eclectic: as many genres as you can find  


Challenge levels: Some readers have complained that the original challenge levels were too easy, so “casual” and “dedicated” levels have been added here.

-Stella (read 3 and review at least 2 books)

-Miles (read 6 and review at least 3)*

-Franklin-fantastic (read 10 and review at least 4 books)* * The higher levels should include at least one substantial length review

Dedicated: Some bookbloggers are combining the AWW2012 challenge with other challenges including Bookdout’s Eclectic Reading Challenge, Booklover Book Reviews Aussie Author Challenge, and the GoodReads Aussie Readers’ group’s Aussie Author Challenge with a Twist. Others have set the goal of reading more books written by Australian women than they read in 2011. If you have another idea, please let us know.

How to Join1. Write a challenge sign-up post on your blog and sign up at The Australian Women Writer’s Reading Challenge 2012

My Pledge

I am aiming for the Franklin-fantastic challenge level (Read 10 and review at least 4) and the Dabbler genre challenge (more than one genre).

These are some of the books i plan to include in the Aussie Women Writer’s Challenge in 2012

– Those Faraday Girls by Monica McInerney

– Shattered Sky by Helene Young

– Asenath by Anna Patricio

– As Darkness Falls by Bronwyn Parry

– Sharp Shooter by Marianne Delacourt

– Blue Skies by Fleur McDonald

– Farewell to Lancashire by Anna Jacobs

9 thoughts on “Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2012”

  1. Hi Jayne
    Great to see your list. I haven’t read any of the ones you mentioned, though Helene Young is on my list, and I’ve read some Anna Jacobs. I’ll look forward to seeing your reviews. Happy reading through 2012!


  2. Congratulations to the organizers and participants in this challenge.
    As a relatively unknown author of books, I’m thrilled to discover something that may well help many Australian female writers gain recognition.
    This is a truly inspired initiative! Well done!


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