Well, this probably comes as no surprise to those of you who follow me on Twitter, but I will be taking part in AWW 2014.
I’ve been tweeting about enjoying hardcopy books again, after finding myself juggling three paperbacks in my reading hours.
They are all books written by Australian women authors, and include crime fiction and memoir/autobiography. They will probably be reviewed during AWW 2014, as this newly created page flags.
What am I reading at the moment?
- PM Newton’s The Old School
- Michelle Lee’s Banana Girl
- Michelle Dicinoski’s Ghost Wife
It’s purely by accident that I’ve ended up in the midst of this fab constellation of writers/books.
1. I finally got into Old School (which I’ve been meaning to read for YEARS, as @oanh_1 will testify…) because I saw that Newton’s second book about Detective ‘Ned’ (Nhu) Kelly was coming out soon.
2. Dicinoski’s book was gifted to me by the author herself after we had a great, energising chat (our first meeting!). I couldn’t resist having a peek at the first few pages and was immediately engaged by the prose and my own Brisbane nostalgia.
3. Lee’s book was a discovery during one of my frantic Xmas bookshopping blitzes. I hadn’t heard anything about this book, but was immediately sucked in by the fact that it was by an Asian Australian woman who lives in Melbourne. Also: the title.
It’s probably an apt time to cut’n paste a reminder about what the AWW challenges are about:
The 2014 Australian Women Writers Challenge was set up to help overcome gender bias in the reviewing of books by Australian women. The challenge encourages avid readers and book bloggers, male and female,
Australian and non-Australian, to read and review books by Australian women throughout the year. You don’t have to be a writer to sign up. You can choose to read and review, or read only. (Suggestions for what makes a good review can be found here.)
The challenge will run from Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2014. You can sign up at any time.
I will (again) be attempting the Franklin (10 read, 6 reviewed), and I’m not opting for particular genres this time. Given my predilections, and initial momentum, I suspect it’ll be heavy on crime/thriller and memoir.
Hope you’ll consider signing up as well, and joining in what has grown into a bustling, chatty, and very supportive community!
My previous AWW sign-up posts: