I figured I’d better do a wrap up post for the only challenge that I actually successfully completed for the year of 2015! This is the fourth year in a row I think, that I’ve done this challenge now.
Overall I read 93 books that counted towards this challenge which is mostly on par with my effort in previous years. I didn’t review all of those 93, in fact I might have only reviewed 50 or so and halfway through the year I got really slack with stuff like blog maintenance, uploading reviews to Goodreads and linking my AWWC reviews on the website. My time was simply occupied elsewhere and although I did still write some reviews, it wasn’t as many as I would’ve liked, nor did I do as much promotion as I would’ve liked for some titles and the challenge in general.
Books for the AWWC did provide me with some of my favourite reads for the year…. Books such as:
- Season of Shadow & Light by Jenn J McLeod
- Head of the River by Pip Harry
- The Road to Hope by Rachael Johns
- Captive Prince & Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat
- Northern Heat by Helene Young
- A Dangerous Arrangement by Lee Christine
- The Homestead Girls by Fiona McArthur
- Cloudwish by Fiona Wood
- The Patterson Girls by Rachael Johns
- So Far Into You by Lily Malone
- Every Move by Ellie Marney
- The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody
- Outback Promise by Maggie Bolitho
…all of which I rated a 9/10. There were countless other 8s too, so 2015 was a year of good reading from Australian women authors for me.
I will be signing up for the challenge in 2016 but I think that I need to work on something to make it more of a challenge for me. It’s obviously not a challenge to get myself to read books written by Australian female authors, I think I have managed either 100+ or close to 100 every single time I’ve attempted the challenge. I need to find a way to make it less about the numbers and perhaps more about diversity or exploration. Opening myself up to new authors perhaps, or different types of genres.
Something to think about!