I signed up to do the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge as usual, aimed for the Franklin level (read 10 books, review 6) but only managed to get as far as Stella (read 4, review 3). The main thing that got in the way was the creative writing course I started through Tabor Adelaide, which ate time and led me to read differently. Getting an iPad for my birthday also contributed.
The three books I reviewed were:
Her Father’s Daughter by Alice Pung
Tasting Life Twice by Ramona Koval
The Messenger Bird by Rosanne Hawke
I read more than four, have read 9 and counting, these were mainly nonfiction:
A Fig at the Gate by Kate Llewellyn (again)
First Things First – Selected Letters by Kate Llewellyn (read it twice) Editors were Ruth Bacchus and Barbara Hill
Piano Lessons by Anna Goldsworthy (again)
The Floral Mother by Kate Llewellyn (again)
The Fictional Woman by Tara Moss
Kerenza by Rosanne Hawke.
I have borrowed a stack of Rosanne Hawke books and some Kate Morton, who I’ve not read before, to read over the summer. Then I must read them, instead of playing Pocket Trains!
Hurrah, the day I have been waiting for, as the year is almost up and I had to get on with completing what I set out to do, which was the Franklin level – read 10 and review at least 6.
The books I read and reviewed were:
The People Smuggler by Robin de Crespigny
All the Rivers Run by Nancy Cato
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Am I Black Enough For You? by Anita Heiss
Me of the Never Never by Fiona O’Loughlin
The Young Widow’s Book of Home Improvement by Virginia Lloyd.
The books I read but didn’t review were:
Playing With Water by Kate Llewellyn (yet again!)
Hannah and the Tomorrow Room by Libby Gleeson (and Hannah the Famous)
A Fig at the Gate by Kate Llewellyn
Tiddas by Anita Heiss
Writing and reading is so often a one-way street, author writes the book and you the reader reads it, and never the twain shall meet – especially if the author is late. But this year I was blessed with some form of contact with almost all the AWWs on the list (with the exception of Cato (deceased), Gleeson and Kent). This was in the form of emails or twitter conversations, and one face to face meeting when Fiona O came to Quorn last Thursday.
But the most surreal moment of the year was turning up in A Fig at the Gate by Kate Llewellyn!
Have just worked out that I’ve completed the Australian Women Writers Challenge, which I enjoyed very much. I may still do the odd review as the year goes on. Well, some of the posts are not quite reviews, but I had fun running off into different directions. The books I read and reviewed were:
After Cleo: Came Jonah by Helen Brown
The Spider Goddess by Tara Moss
Reading By Moonlight by Brenda Walker
Piano Lessons by Anna Goldsworthy
A Writing Life by Giulia Giuffre
The Waterlily by Kate Llewellyn
The Bride Stripped Bare by Nikki Gemmell
The Diaries of Miles Franklin
The other books I read (but didn’t review) were:
Burning: A Journal by Kate Llewellyn
A Passionate Gardener by Ninette Dutton
Occasionally I feel like crapping on about things unrelated to gardening in a dry land, so I have made another blog for it. In this blog I hope to post about books I’ve read as well as about writing.