After several years of signing up for multiple reading challenges this year I wanted a break but felt compelled to join the Australian Women Writers challenge. After all if I, as an Australian woman reader, can’t support this particular cause then who can I expect to do so?
I have so far read and reviewed seven of the 10 books necessary to complete my particular challenge and am struck by the quality I’ve discovered. There is a mixture of familiar favourites and brand new to me authors and I have dabbled in genres beyond my usual reading. There is not a dud book in the bunch.
And while I have enjoyed them all, it is the latest one, Virginia Duigan’s The Precipice, that has won a special place in my heart. It is fan-bloody-tastic. It’s not just my favourite book of the challenge but my favourite book of the reading year so far. I adored its protagonist, eighty-ish loner Thea Farmer, and expect I am going to become quite boring in the repetitiveness of my urging other people to read this book. I have gushed more about it at my other blog.
The books I’ve read so far (* indicates an author I had not read before this year)
- * Caroline Overington, Matilda is Missing (4 stars, contemporary fiction)
- Sulari Gentill, Miles Off Course (4.5 stars, historical crime fiction)
- * Sylvia Johnson, Watch Out For Me (4 stars, suspense)
- Kerry Greenwood, Cocaine Blues (3.5 historical crime fiction)
- * Wendy James, The Mistake (4 stars, crime/suspense)
- Felicity Young, A Dissection of Murder (4.5 stars, historical crime fiction)
- * Virginia Duigan The Precipice (5 stars, literary? suspense?)
Upcoming books for this challenge that I have on my shelves, devices or on order from various purveyors of fine books are a whodunnit set in a lawn bowls club, a story about sexual harassment in the Tasmanian police force, a fictional account of Anne Hathaway’s relationship with the penniless eighteen-year-old son of a disgraced and bankrupt glove-maker and a murder investigation in a remote part of South Africa in the 1950′s. As my niece would say You Go Girls!