The 2013 Australian Women Writers’ Challenge was another great experience. Challenging the lack of critical attention for Australian women authors is a worthy cause and once again I had the chance to expand my exposure to interesting authors.
In 2013 I undertook the Franklin challenge (read 10 books, review at least 6) and all those books were in the speculative fiction field.
2013 was not a great reading year for me – I did not get through many books at all. However I was able to meet my challenge goal, with reviews posted for the following books:
- Perfections by Kirstyn McDermott – complete: review here
- A Trifle Dead by Livia Day – complete: review here
- Suited by Jo Anderton – complete: review here
- Dark Space by Marianne de Pierres – complete: review here
- The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina – complete: review here
- Black Glass by Meg Mundell – complete: review here
- The Accidental Sorcerer by K. E. Mills – complete: review here
- Asymmetry by Thoraiya Dyer – complete: review here
- New Ceres Nights edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Tehani Wessely – complete: review here
- Caution: Contains Small Parts by Kirstyn McDermott – complete: review here
- Witches Incorporated by K. E. Mills – complete: review here
- Wizard Squared by K. E. Mills – complete: review here
- Wizard Undercover by K. E. Mills – complete: review here
Highlights for me included Perfections by Kirsten McDermott (I’m a big fan of her work) and discovering the New Ceres shared world project (that was undertaken several years back). There were quite a few books that I’d planned to read in 2013 that I’ll have to carry forward to 2014 (including Bluegrass Symphony by Lisa L. Hannett, The Ambassador’s Mission by Trudi Canavan, Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth and Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier to name a few).
I’ll be supporting the 2014 challenge (stand by for my commencement post) and I’d encourage everyone to pick up a speculative fiction book by an Australian Women author and give it a go.