The Australian Women Writers Challenge 2020 completed itself, or so it seemed. It took very little effort on my part this year. Most years, I commit to review a certain number of books by Australian women. Then I struggle to review the number of books to which I’ve committed. So, at the beginning of this year I decided I’d be really gentle with myself. I opted to review six. That’s known as the Miles level in this challenge.
Here’s a link to the blog I wrote earlier this year about the Challenge.
The COVID-19 experience and reading
COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, including my little part of it early in 2020. In isolation for a couple of months, I found myself reading more than I have for years.
Isolated from our community, we nominated a drop-off point which we called the ‘plague stone’. We used it as a safe collection place in an outdoor area of our apartment complex.
John’s and my daughters left books there for us to collect. Often they were by authors I’d not heard of. Some were by by male writers. They included writers from around the world.
Reading books from a wide variety of sources enlarged my experience. Many of the books entertained and educated me in new ways. I’ve reviewed some and you can find them on my blog.
Books I reviewed for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2020
Here are the books I reviewed. To read a review, click on the title in blue print.
More about this challenge
It began in 2014. A group of women decided to redress the imbalance between attention paid to male and female authors. Here’s a quote from the AWWC website.
The AWW 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, living in or outside Australia, to read and review books by Australian women throughout the year.
I’ve participated every year since the challenge began. My success in completing the task has been variable. It’s time for me to extend myself further in 2021.
Meanwhile, I can bask in the knowledge of a commitment met. A job well done.