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2014 Reading Challenge progress

Sign up now!I committed to four annual reading challenges this year – my Aussie Author Challenge, Australian Women Writer’s ChallengeThe Eclectic Reader Challenge and the Global Reading ChallengeI’ve been reading with very little structure this year, so it’s a good time to check on my progress…

Books Written by Australian Authors

Since my reading for the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge is a subset of that for my Aussie Author Challenge, I’ll consider these together.

Bruno Kramzer by A S PatricMalicious Intent by Kathryn FoxWho We Were by Lucy Neave

The Midnight Promise by Zane LovittThe Heart Radical by Boyd AndersonThe Yellow Papers by Dominique Wilson

After Darkness by Christine PiperLost & Found by Brooke Davis   awwbadge_2014

I committed to the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge at the Miles level (6 books), so I am only one book away from completion there.

I committed to my Aussie Author Challenge at the KANGAROO level:
– Read and review 12 titles written by Australian Authors of which at least 4 of those authors are female, at least 4 of those authors are male, and at least 4 of those authors are new to you;
– At least 6 fiction and at least 2 non-fiction, and at least 3 titles first published in 2013 or 2014.

So far I have read 8 titles by Aussie Authors – all fiction so far, 3 written by male authors, 7 authors that were new to me and 7 published in 2013 or 2014. Again, not too bad a result for six months of relatively unstructured reading… shows long term behaviour change (which is what one hopes to achieve by participating in challenges!). I have a couple more titles by male Aussie authors in my reading pile, and will need to keep my eye out for some non-fiction.

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eclecticchallenge2014_300The Eclectic Reader Challenge

  1. Award Winning – The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura (2010 Kenzaburō Ōe Prize)
  2. True Crime (Non Fiction) –
  3. Romantic Comedy – Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde
  4. Alternate History Fiction –
  5. Graphic Novel – The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgodoroff 
  6. Cosy Mystery Fiction – Beyond Belief by Helen Smith
  7. Gothic Fiction – review coming soon, The Quick by Lauren Owen
  8. War/Military Fiction – The Yellow Papers by Dominique Wilson
  9. Anthology – review coming soon, How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? True Stories of Expat Women in Asia, edited by Shannon Young
  10. Medical Thriller Fiction – Malicious Intent by Kathryn Fox 
  11. Travel (Non Fiction) –
  12. Published in 2014 – Terms & Conditions by Robert Glancy

I’m further progressed in this challenge than I actually realised. I have Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere by Poe Ballantine (True Crime – NonFiction) on my reading pile and Mr Snack and the Lady Water, Travel Tales from my Lost Years by Brendan Shanahan (Travel, NonFiction, Aussie Author) on my library wishlist. The only category I don’t have a title set aside for is Alternate History Fiction – any suggestions?

global reading challenge 2014_2Global Reading Challenge

Africa – nil

Asia – Blade of the Samurai by Susan Spann (Japan), Bald New World by Peter Tieryas Liu (China)

Australasia/Oceania – After Darkness by Christine Piper (Western Australia), The Midnight Promise by Zane Lovitt (Victoria)

Europe – The Devil I Know by Claire Kilroy (Ireland), The Collector of Dying Breaths by M J Rose (France)

North America – The Accident by Chris Pavone, My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff

South America – Family Heirlooms by Zulmira Ribeiro Tavares (Brazil), Dead Stars by Alvaro Bisama (Chile)

Space – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

Again, going better than I’d thought without any specific planning, only 3 titles to go. Must seek out titles set in Africa…

How are you tracking in your reading goals for 2014?