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
15. Berlin Syndrome by Melanie Joosten
16. Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
17. Our Magic Hour by Jennifer Down
18. The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein
19. The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley
20. The Near Miss by Fran Cusworth

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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; Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

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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).

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
11. Berlin Syndrome by Melanie Joosten
12. Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
13. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
14. The Light of Day by Graham Swift
15. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
16. The Ice Storm by Rick Moody
17. The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida
18. Mãn by Kim Thúy
19. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
20. Pigeon Pie by Nancy Mitford
21. Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
22. The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley
23. Nantucket by Harrison Young
24. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
25. My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
26. Making Laws for Clouds by Nick Earls
27. Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
28. The Near Miss by Fran Cusworth
29. A Wreath of Roses by Elizabeth Taylor
30. The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am by Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold
31. The Mothers by Rod Jones
32. The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
33. Was She Pretty? by Leanne Shapton
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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
12. Germany: Berlin Syndrome by Melanie Joosten
13. India: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
14. Morocco: The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida
15. Canada: Mãn by Kim Thúy
16. South Africa: Once We Were Sisters by Sheila Kohler
17. Norway: The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am by Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold
18. Russia: The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

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