Halfway through this year I wrote a blog post about having a gender bias to what I read. There was a lot of discussion at the time about the Mile Franklin Award and its lack of recognition of Australian female writers. I knew I favoured male writers but I was pretty surprised at how much I actually did.
My reading hasn’t changed in the six months since I wrote the blog post. In fact my reading count for 2011 is 38 books read, of which 5 were by female writers, 2 of which were Australian. (NOTE: 2 out of my Top 5 Picks for 2011 are by female authors including my number one pick and one Australian female author).
I’m not one for New Year Resolutions and I’m really not one for reading challenges. In fact I am quite hostile whenever it comes to forced reading which is why is disliked English when I was at school. However I am prepared to take the Australian Women Writers 2012 Reading and Reviewing Challenge.
I am going to take the Franklin-fantastic Challenge and read 10 books in 2012 by a female author with at least 4 of them by an Australian writer and I will review all 10 of them. I know I am going to discover some great new books and great new authors and I am also excited to see how it affects some of my reading pile decisions throughout the year. I may even read more than 10!