Despite the fact that I am still working through 2011’s challenge (20 classics) I am going to add books by Australian women (for reasons laid out in the Australian Women Writers 2012 Reading & Reviewing Challenge page, here) to my ‘challenges’ for 2012. 2012 also happens to be the National Year of Reading in Australia.
I’ve got a few more Elizabeth Jolley books in the pile, thanks to Fremantle Press. Plus Kirsten Tranter has a new book and Paddy O’Reilly’s is due soon. Ruby Murray’s debut is set for 2012 as well. I’m sure there are plenty more coming to add to the to-read list. I just read Gillian Mears’ Foal’s Bread and Carrie Tiffany’s Mateship with Birds and I’ll share some thoughts on those soon. I bought a stack of books from the Writers Victoria library sale recently and they include books by Jean Bedford, Jessica Anderson, Belinda Castles, Dorothy Johnston, Thea Astley, Debra Adelaide and Glenda Adams.
Some books I’ve enjoyed in recent years include Dreams of Speaking by Gail Jones (I’ve enjoyed all her books), The End of the World by Paddy O’Reilly, The Danger Game by Kalinda Ashton, How a Moth Becomes a Boat by Josephine Rowe, The Children and Animal People by Charlotte Wood, Omega Park by Amy Barker, Hollywood Ending by Kathy Charles, Inherited by Amanda Curtin, The Asking Game by Rose Michael, Under the Influence by Jacqueline Lunn, Affection by Krissy Kneen, Smoke in the Room by Emily Maguire, The Spare Room by Helen Garner, The Voyagers by Mardi McConnochie, Path of the Stray by Kim Falconer, Feather Man by Rhyll McMaster, Addition by Toni Jordan, Utopian Man by Lisa Lang, Dog Boy by Eva Hornung, Black Glass by Meg Mundell, The Paperbark Shoe by Goldie Goldbloom, Where Have You Been by Wendy James, and Dark Roots by Cate Kennedy.
When I started that list I just couldn’t stop! And I realise they are all fiction (bar one memoir), though there are some different genres in there: romance, fantasy, historical, SF, commercial, short stories and lit fic. Mainly lit fic, but that’s just what I’m often drawn to.
Please also note that some of those links go to old reviews that aren’t great, but will still give you an impression of the book. Excuse any flowery/vague language!
I probably won’t start the challenge in earnest until after March. At this stage I’m locked into a couple of festivals and a few interviews/reviews for the first part of the year. That said, there will be books by Australian authors in there, so I can count some of that reading towards it.
I also want to slowly start (at some stage) my ‘read all the works of Vladimir Nabokov’ challenge. I would call Nabokov one of my favourite authors, though I’ve only read two of his books. It’s time to fix that. For the sake of pleasure! This challenge can, of course, go on for years.
And then there’s continuing to read for my thesis…
It’s the trying that counts, ay? What reading goals are you setting for 2012?