2015 in reading

So many books, so little time. But over the course of the last reading year, I averaged 1.5 books a week – finishing 79 in total, plus every edition (bar the most recent of each) of Kill Your DarlingsOverlandMeanjin and Poetry magazine. Phew.

Australian Women Writers

My reading list included 20 books by Australian women writers for the #AWW2015 / #readwomen challenge, posting micro-reviews on Twitter for:

  • A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists by Jane Rawson (Writers Vic tutor)
  • Dirty Words by Natalie Harkin (for Poetry Book Club)
  • Drag Down to Unlock or Place an Emergency Call by Melinda Smith (for Poetry Book Club)
  • Fall Girl by Toni Jordan (Writers Vic tutor)
  • Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven
  • Her Father’s Daughter by Alice Pung (Writers Vic tutor)
  • Madeleine by Helen Trinca (for Clunes Booktown)
  • Market Blues by Kirsty Murray (Writers Vic tutor)
  • Paying the Piper by Cathy Hunt
  • Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood (Writers Vic tutor)
  • South in the World by Lisa Jacobson (Writers Vic tutor)
  • The Dangerous Bride by Lee Kofman (Writers Vic tutor)
  • The Empress Lover by Linda Jaivan
  • The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna (Writers Vic tutor)
  • The Factory by Paddy O’Reilly (Writers Vic tutor)
  • The Strays by Emily Bitto
  • Too Afraid to Cry by Ali Cobby Eckerman
  • Unnatural Habits by Kerry Greenwood
  • Wild by Libby Hart
  • Word for Lovers by Doris Leadbetter

We Need Diverse Books

For the first year, I also recorded 12 books as part of the We Need Diverse Books challenge: “books where people of color can be first-page HEROES rather than second-class citizens. Books in which LGBTQIA characters can represent social CHANGE rather than social problems. And books where people with disability can be just… people.”

  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  • Caos Calling by Julie Mcnamara
  • Coming of Age: growing up Muslim in Australia (for Brimbank Readers & Writers Festival)
  • Contemporary Asian Australian Poetry (for Poetry Book Club)
  • Dirty Words by Natalie Harkin (for Poetry Book Club)
  • Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven
  • Her Father’s Daughter by Alice Pung (Writers Vic tutor)
  • Love Poems and Death Threats by Samuel Wagan Watson (for Poetry Book Club)
  • The Adoption Papers by Jackie Kay
  • The Dangerous Bride by Lee Kofman (Writers Vic tutor)
  • The Thin Bridge by Andy Jackson
  • Too Afraid to Cry by Ali Cobby Eckerman

RIP Terry Pratchett

Following his death in March 2015, Brien and I kicked off our Terry Pratchett memorial reading project, getting through 22 Disc World books by the end of the year.

2015 in Writing

I also wrote a bunch of stuff in 2015. Check them out…

Happy new reading year, all!

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