My Reading Challenges for 2016

2016 has been a fantastic year for reading – for discovering new authors and  for making some great reading and writing friends.  I have achieved a few of my reading goals: The Aussie Author Challenge,  Goodreads Challenge   – so far ( and there is 24 hours left to add in another book, maybe) I have read 178 books – 28 more than my original expectation. My goal for the Australian Women Writers Challenge  was 50 and I manged to read and review 47 book – almost but not quite there- maybe next year?

 

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All going to plan – I  hope to publish at least one of my Best of 2016 reads lists soon. Stay tuned.

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One Goal Achieved…

I reduced my reading expectations this year knowing that life would be busy once our grandson came along.  And it has been – beautifully, spectacularly and gorgeously busy. Being a grandparent is the best experience – so much love!

 

Anyway enough of my gushing. I did achieve my Goodreads challenge (150 books) and will add a few more reads and reviews before the year is out. Next I must update my Australian reading challenges pages…

 

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Since I decided to blog my book reviews my ideas, ambitions and reviewing skills have changed as my experience has grown.   This year, as I mentioned life has been busy and so I am considering adding the occasional guest reviewer to keep the blog fresh and to provide me with some breathing space to catch up on some of my reviews. What do you think to that idea?

Finally I share my dream for the future – to be paid to read and review… if you know how I can make this happen, let me know:)  This would be the most perfect job!  Dreaming…yes I know.

 

 

Read Along With Me – The Indies 2015 Shortlisted Titles

I have decided to set myself a reading challenge – to read the books shortlisted by the Independent Books Sellers –  for the The Indies Book Awards 2015. I don’t know that I will  able to read all before the winners are announced but I will  give it a try!  A few I have read in the recent past…some are now sitting on my kitchen table expecting to be picked up and loved very soon. Join me and post your reviews. Read one …or one category or read them all.

More info here:

 

THE INDIE BOOK AWARDS 2015 SHORTLIST ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Every December the 170+ independent Australian booksellers that make up Leading Edge Books take stock of the year in books and nominate their favourite Australian titles for the Indie Book Awards shortlist. The shortlist falls into four categories – fiction, non-fiction, debut fiction and children’s and YA books.

 

The Indie Book Awards shortlists for 2015 are as follows:

 

FICTION SHORTLIST:

When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett (Hachette Australia)

Amnesia by Peter Carey (Penguin Books Australia)

Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett (Penguin Books Australia) 

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (Text Publishing)

 

NON- FICTION SHORTLIST:

This House of Grief by Helen Garner (Text Publishing)

Bush by Don Watson (Penguin Books Australia)

Where Song Began by Tim Low (Penguin Books Australia)

Cadence by Emma Ayres (ABC Books, HarperCollins Publishers Australia)

 

CHILDREN’S & YA SHORTLIST:

The 52-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (illus)(Pan Macmillan Australia)

Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey (Scholastic Australia)

Withering-By-Sea by Judith Rossell (ABC Books, HarperCollins Publishers Australia)

Laurinda by Alice Pung (Black Inc. Publishing)

 

DEBUT FICTION SHORTLIST:

Lost & Found by Brooke Davis (Hachette Australia)

Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clark (Hachette Australia)

The Strays by Emily Bitto (Affirm Press)

After Darkness by Christine Piper (Allen & Unwin)

 

Judges from the Leading Edge group of booksellers will select the Indie Book Award winner of each category and the Indie Book Awards overall winner is voted on by the Leading Edge group as a whole.

 

The Indie Book Awards category winners and the Indie Book Awards overall winner for 2015 will be announced at an event in the Sydney CBD on Wednesday 25 March.

 

 

 

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2015 Sign Up Now

Today I signed up to the 2015 Australian Women Writers Challenge – this is a challenge I have participated in for the last few years and one that I strongly recommend you joining in. The site has recently been revamped and I like the new formatting – make sit so much easier to link your reads and reviews.  I look forward to sharing great Australian Women Authors with you this year.

 

Sign Up For AWW 2015

What is it?

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The 2015 Australian Women Writers Challenge was set up to help overcome gender bias in the reviewing of books by Australian women. The challenge encourages avid readers and book bloggers, male and female, Australian and non-Australian, to read and review books by Australian women throughout the year. You don’t have to be a writer to sign up. You can choose to read and review, or read only. (Suggestions for what makes a good review can be found here.)  Sign up here.

The challenge will run from Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2015. You can sign up at any time.

 

 

 

The Eclectic Reader Challenge Sign Up

I am entering a new challenge this year – the Eclectic Readers Challenge hosted by Shelleyrae at Book’d Out.

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*Select, read and review a book from each category listed below during the year for a total of 12 books. A book may be in print, electronic or audio format.

 

*  You can choose your books as you go or create a list in advance. You may combine this challenge with others if you wish.

*  Where a book is identified by more than one genre eg historical romance, it may only count for either the historical fiction or romantic fiction genres – not both.

*  You can read your chosen titles in any order, at any pace, just complete the challenge by December 31st 2015 to be eligible for the prize drawing.

Bookmark the Eclectic Reader Challenge Page for future reference

Categories

  1. Retellings (of fairytale, legends or myth)
  2.  A book set in a country starting with the letter S (eg. Sweden, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Slovakia)
  3.  PI Crime (fiction featuring a private investigator)
  4.  A novel published before you were born
  5. Contemporary romance
  6. Fiction for foodies (fiction featuring food/food related business)
  7. Microhistory (Non Fiction)
  8. Science Fiction set in space
  9. Sports (Fiction or Non fiction)
  10. Featuring diversity
  11. Epistolary Fiction (fiction written in the format of letters/emails/diary entries)
  12. Middle Grade/YA Adventure

I think there will be some challenges here 🙂

Sign Up Time – Aussie Author Challenge 2015

This year I have decided to participate in a number of reading challenges – today I am signing up for the Aussie Author Challenge -click this link to join me. This challenge is  hosted by Booklover Book Reviews . I am going to try and be better organised this year and set up a page for each challenge linking to my review. Ready? Start reading.

Aussie Author Challenge 2015

 

There are 3 levels of the challenge and I have decided to go for the Kangaroo – this will extend my reading habits in 2015 whilst supporting Australian authors.

Challenge Period: 1 January 2015 – 31 December 2015

WALLABY
– Read and review 3 titles written by Australian authors, of which at least 1 of those authors are female, at least 1 of those authors are male, and at least 1 of those authors are new to you;
– Fiction or non-fiction, any genre.

WALLAROO
– Read and review 6 titles written by Australian authors, of which at least 2 of those authors are female, at least 2 of those authors are male, and at least 2 of those authors are new to you;
– Fiction or non-fiction, at least 2 genres.

KANGAROO
– Read and review 12 titles written by Australian Authors of which at least 4 of those authors are female, at least 4 of those authors are male, and at least 4 of those authors are new to you;
– At least 6 fiction and at least 2 non-fiction, and at least 2 titles first published in 2014 or 2015.