Rising to the challenge!

Earlier in the year I signed up for the Australian Women Writers Challenge, with the goal to read at least 10 books by Australian female authors this year. By mid-Feb, when I did my last update, I’d read four. Ten was looking easy. Then I managed to get a bit distracted and didn’t read any for a few months, but lately I’ve been back on the job, reading some wonderful Aussie authors, and discovering some great new voices.Australian Women Writers Challenge 2013 logo

Added to my read list are:

The stand-outs were The Secret Keeper (Kate Morton is such a wonderful storyteller), These Haunted Hearts (I adore Anna’s lush historical romances and this one, with a bonus ghost story, was gorgeous!), and Ask Me To Stay (Elise Ackers is a new author to me and one I’ll be reading again. I loved this story and she has an unique voice that I really warmed to).

I’ve been a bit naughty-good on the book buying front lately and have plenty more books by Australian authors loaded in my e-reader. I haven’t reached my goal yet (and do novellas and short stories count?) but I’m confident I will. Mind you, a nice long lazy holiday with plenty of reading time wouldn’t go astray, and it’d rather help if I could finish my own book, but that (I hope) is for later in the year. Anyway, this is meant to be a challenge!

How about you? Read any wonderful Australian female authors lately that you want to tell everyone about?


0 thoughts on “Rising to the challenge!

  1. AvatarAllison Tait

    I’ve recently read Kate Forsyth’s The Wild Girl, and Dragonclaw, book one of her Witches of Eileanan series, both of which were great, plus Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites, which was slow and beautiful and memorable. I love Kate Morton!

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Hasn’t The Wild Girl been getting rave reviews, Allison? Sounds a fabulous read, as does Burial Rites. I think I’ll have to add that to my list. But not for a while. My to be read pile is looking seriously tottery!

      Kate Morton is awesome. She is just such an amazing storyteller. I’m always mesmerised.

  2. Avatar1girl2manybooks

    I also loved The Wild Girl and Burial Rites! I really enjoyed The Shadow Year as well (Hannah Richell was born in England but now lives in Sydney). I just read Deborah Burrows’ second novel, Taking A Chance and liked it every bit as much as I did her first, A Stranger In My Street. Perth in the 1940’s is a fascinating setting.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Aargh! More recommendations. I seriously need a holiday so I can get reading. I didn’t realise Hannah Richell lived here, Bree. Does that mean I can add The Secrets of the Tides to my list?

      Taking A Chance is on my Kobo! I dithered over buying because I have so many books in waiting already but it just seemed too intriguing to pass up. Great to hear you enjoyed it. I may have to move it up the pile.

      1. Avatar1girl2manybooks

        I reckon so – I included The Shadow Year as part of my participation in AWW2013 and I plan to read The Secrets of the Tides too, when I have some time.

        SO MANY BOOKS!

      2. AvatarCathryn Hein

        Oh, good. I can add another to the list then!

        And you’re not kidding about the so many books. It’s not so bad for speedy readers like you but for slow-coaches like me it’s endless frustration. Want to read more!

  3. Avatarkatebellexe

    I am gagging to read Kate Forsythes Wild Girl, and Hannah Kent Burial Rites. Am currently on The Burial Courtney Collins and keep tweeting her to tell her how impressed I am. A feat of structure that novel. I keep looking back wondering, how did she do that?

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      I haven’t made it to reading The Burial yet, Kate, but I did Newcastle Writers Festival and an ABC radio interview with Courtney Collins and the book sounds utterly fascinating, especially (as you say) the clever way it’s structured.

      I also have YOUR book to read too! As Bree says, SO MANY BOOKS!

  4. Avatarannacampbell

    Hey, Cathryn, thanks for the shout out for THESE HAUNTED HEARTS! So glad you enjoyed! It was fun dabbling on the dark side with things that go bump in the night!

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