For those not familiar with the Challenge, the point of it, from the organiser’s point of view, is as follows (taken from the challenge website):
This challenge hopes to help counteract the gender bias in reviewing and social media newsfeeds that occurred throughout 2011 by actively promoting the reading and reviewing of a wide range of contemporary Australian women’s writing.
My objective is to read some good books and promote my fellow Australian women writers, who, as I say in the title, rock. (Can I just say in passing how tempted I was to write ‘Women Writers Wrock? Resisted with difficulty.)
For those who are interested, I will be taking the ‘Franklin Fantastic’ challenge, which is to read at least 10 books and review at least 4 and I want to read across a variety of genres.
I suspect there will be something of a romance bias in what I read, partly because many of the writers I know write in that genre and partly because, if women writers are undervalued, romance writers are even more so. If this challenge is about giving credit where it is due, this massively popular genre deserves some of that credit. For the same reason, I will be including some books that are published only as ebooks. The rise of the ebook market has meant publishers are willing to take some risks on works that are a little out of the ordinary and that can only be a good thing for readers. In my tiny way, I want to encourage that.
But I need a lot more. Suggestions are very welcome!
Read any good books lately?
Have a good Wednesday
*I have always thought that, if one is going to get on a bandwagon, one really should bring an instrument…