At the beginning of the year I signed up for the AWW Challenge. It seemed like a good idea for the following reasons:
1) I’d be supporting the group of published authors I hope to one day join;
2) my stats at the end of last year were woeful in terms of Australian content;
3) having a more books on my To Be Read (TBR) list would (in theory) help me to achieve my overall challenge of reading a book a week.
The first question was — which books of Australian awesomeness would I choose? Last year I read a lot of middle grade and YA. This year I want to read more adult content. I’m also a bit of a chicken when it comes to books that make me feel uncomfortable. I tend to seek out books that are generally joyful, optimistic, or offset with whimsy. Bleak reads are not my thing at all. This year, I want to push myself. I’m still reluctant to read books devoid of hope, but I’m open to hard-hitting reads that are balanced with dark and light. With those thoughts in mind, I wound up with a huge TBR list — more than I can possibly manage in 2015. That’s okay – I’ve got a head start on next year. Actually, I’m very excited about taking the challenge in 2016, since we’ll be living in the UK. It’ll be a way of staying connected with my beloved Aussie writers.
I’ve broken the challenge into months – one book per month. Here they are*:
January – Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
February – Cooper Bartholomew is Dead by Rebecca James
March – Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
April – Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier
May – Laurinda by Alice Pung
June – This House of Grief by Helen Garner
July – Lost and Found by Brooke Davis
August – Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth
September – Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near
October – The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright
November – When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett
December – Relativity by Antonia Hayes
*I expect the order will get muddled along the way, but it’s good to have a starting point!
If I make it through the abovementioned list and am still thirsting for more AWW treats, I’ve got the following books in my sights:
Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan
The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna
Books I’m hoping to read with the Children:
Escape from Wolfhaven Castle by Kate Forsyth
The Mapmaker Chronicles by A. L. Tait (Books 1 and 2)
So as it’s now April, how am I going? I’m pleased to report that so far I’m keeping to schedule AND loving the unique writing style of my fellow Australians. I’m hoping to write reviews for all of the AWW Challenge books (albeit brief ones). Let’s see how we go.