2017 Reading Challenges

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Australian Women Writers Challenge

The challenge supports and promotes books by Australian women. Find out about AWW2017 here. This year I’m aiming for the Franklin level (read ten books, review at least six).

01. Surrender by Sonya Hartnett
02. Antarctica on a Plate by Alexa Thomson
03. Lola Bensky by Lily Brett
04. Avalanche by Julia Leigh
05. An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire
06. Dying – a Memoir by Cory Taylor
07. Wasted by Elspeth Muir
08. The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose
09. The Media and the Massacre by Sonya Voumard
10. Poum and Alexandre by Catherine de Saint Phalle

Challenge completed on April 7 but I’ll keep going…

11. The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke
12. Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain
13. The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader
14. Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser

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What’s in a Name?

Hosted by The Worm Hole. Read a book from each of the following categories: (challenge complete June 6)

A number in numbers – 100 RPM – One Hundred Stories Inspired By Music by Caroline Smailes
A building – The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose
A title which has an ‘X’ somewhere in it – Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
A compass direction – South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami; Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
An item/items of cutlery – Miss Chopsticks by Xinran
A title in which at least two words share the same first letter – An Isolated Incident by Emily Macguire; The Media and the Massacre by Sonya Voumard; The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman; Little Girl Lost by Drew Barrymore

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Mount TBR Challenge

Mount TBR Challenge is hosted by My Reader’s Block and is all about reading from what you already own. I’m aiming for the Mt. Ararat level: Read 48 books from your TBR pile/s (but I’ll have Mt. Kilimanjaro in my sight, because of this).

Because of the focus of this challenge, I’ll also participate in The TBR Dare Redux (hosted by Lizzy’s Literary Life and Annabookbel) – it’s essentially three months of reading exclusively from what you’ve got.

01. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
02. Surrender by Sonya Hartnett
03. Lola Bensky by Lily Brett
04. The Romantics by Galt Niederhoffer
05. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
06. The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman
07. Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
08. 100 RPM – One Hundred Stories Inspired By Music by Caroline Smailes
09. Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser
10. The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
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Around the World in 80 Books

I’ve been hankering for a new ‘translation’ challenge since I completed one a few years ago – it pushed my reading horizons and I enjoyed it. Alas, I haven’t found anything  that quite fits the bill so have decided to take the plunge with Around the World in 80 Books, hosted by Hard Book Habit (yes, I’m late to the party…but there’s no time limit for this challenge).

Basically, read 80 books set or connected with destinations of your choice – among those there must be at least one book connected to each continent, one sea-based book, and a book that involves travel.

01. America: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
02. Japan: South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
03. Antarctica: Antarctica on a Plate by Alexa Thomson
04. Australia: Surrender by Sonya Hartnett
05. China: Miss Chopsticks by Xinran
06. England: Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
07. Vietnam: The Lover by Marguerite Duras
08. Pakistan: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
09. Ireland: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
10. France: Poum and Alexandre by Catherine de Saint Phalle
11. Sri Lanka:  Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser

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