2018 Reading Challenges

Australian Women Writers Challenge

The challenge supports and promotes books by Australian women. Find out about AWW2018 here. This year I’m aiming for the Franklin level (read ten books, review at least six).

01. The Mint Lawn by Gillian Mears
02. The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop
03. The Museum of Words by Georgia Blain
04. In My Mother’s Hands by Biff Ward
05. Pulse Points by Jennifer Down
06. See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
07. Gilgamesh by Joan London
08. An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen
09. Australia Day by Melanie Cheng
10. Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman

Challenge complete February 16 but I’ll keep going…

11. The Green Bell by Paula Keogh
12. The Dry by Jane Harper
13. The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar
14. The Fish Girl by Mirandi Riwoe
15. The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser
16. Women of Substances by Jenny Valentish
17. Nest by Inga Simpson
18. Written on the Skin by Liz Porter

 

Memoir Reading Challenge

I read lots of memoirs so figure I can manage a memoir challenge. This one is hosted by Whatever I Think Of and the task is to read five memoirs from a list of 30 categories (such as humour, best-sellers, political, illness).

01. The Museum of Words by Georgia Blain (published in 2017)
02. In My Mother’s Hands by Biff Ward (mental illness)
03. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen (music)
04. The Green Bell by Paula Keogh (written by a woman)
05. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl (best-selling)

Challenge complete May 11th but I’ll keep going…

06. A Zoo in My Luggage by Gerald Durrell (animal memoir)
07. Women of Substances by Jenny Valentish (other illness/ addiction)

 

What’s in a Name?

Hosted by The Worm Hole. Read a book from each of the following categories:

• The word ‘the’ used twice – The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop; The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar
• A fruit or vegetable – Tangerine by Christine Mangan
• A shape – Young Hearts Crying by Richard Yates
• A title that begins with Z (can be after The/A) – A Zoo in My Luggage by Gerald Durrell
• A nationality – The American Lover by Rose Tremain
• A season – The Dry by Jane Harper

Challenge complete June 5th.

 

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.

01. All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
02. The Mint Lawn by Gillian Mears
03. Young Hearts Crying by Richard Yates
04. The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop
05. The Museum of Words by Georgia Blain
06. In My Mother’s Hands by Biff Ward
07. Love and Happiness by Galt Niederhoffer
08. Pulse Points by Jennifer Down
09. Blue Dog by Louis de Bernières
10. The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
11. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson
12. The Gift of Therapy by Irvin D. Yalom
13. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson
14. Women of Substances by Jenny Valentish
15. Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill by Dimitri Verhulst
16. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
17. Nest by Inga Simpson
18. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
19. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
20. We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
21. Mary & O’Neil by Justin Cronin
22. Smile by Roddy Doyle
23. The Rich Part of Life by Jim Kokoris
24. The Clasp by Sloane Crosley
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Around the World in 80 Books

Around the World in 80 Books is an ongoing reading challenge hosted by Hard Book Habit. I read books representing 19 countries in 2017 (America, Japan, Antarctica, Australia, China, England, Vietnam, Pakistan, Ireland, France, Sri Lanka, Germany, India, Morocco, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Russia, Turkey). I will continue the journey this year and hope to visit at least another ten countries –

20. Gilgamesh by Joan London (Armenia)
21. From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan (Syria)
22. The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar (Iran)
23. The Fish Girl by Mirandi Riwoe (Indonesia)
24. Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill by Dimitri Verhulst (Belgium)
25. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl (Austria)
26. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Scotland)
27. Euphoria by Lily King (New Guinea)
28. We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)
29. A Zoo in My Luggage by Gerald Durrell (Cameroon)
30. Music & Silence by Rose Tremain (Denmark)

 

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