09.01. I love a good challenge: some reading challenges for 2012


So there are quite a few reading challenges going around.

There are 2 I wanted to support, that promote something I find important-  Australian women’s writing and eclectic appetites.

The first is The Australian Women Writer’s challenge.

I’m thinking the Marieke Hardy memoir and Sophie Cunningham’s Melbourne. That will be  a good start- then it’s just downhill from ther. I’m planning to be  a Stella- which means I have to read 3 books and review 2.  Easy.

Objective: This challenge hopes to help counteract the gender bias in reviewing and social media newsfeeds that has continued throughout 2011. It actively promotes the reading and reviewing of a wide range of contemporary Australian women’s writing throughout 2012, the National Year of Reading.

Readers should approach this challenge with a spirit of willingness. There are no failures, just personal goals. Reviews can be long or short, favourable or “this book is not for me”. Hopefully, along the way, you’ll discover some future classics and perhaps a few surprises among genres we’re not familiar with.

Challenge period:  1 January 2012 –  31 December 2012

Goal: Read and review books written by Australian women writers – hard copies, ebooks and audiobooks, new, borrowed or stumbled upon by book-crossing.

The second challenge is the Eclectic Reader 2012 Challenge- which gets you to read from different genres.  I tend to stick to literary fiction, so this will push me out of my comfort zone.  That said, I’m currently reading Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin and absolutely loving this excursion into the fantasy genre.

“The aim of The Eclectic Reader 2012 Challenge is to push you a little outside your comfort zone by reading up to 12 books during the year from 12 different genres.


  1. Literary Fiction
  2. Crime/Mystery Fiction
  3. Romantic Fiction
  4. Historical Fiction
  5. Young Adult
  6. Fantasy
  7. Science Fiction
  8. Non Fiction
  9. Horror
  10. Thriller /Suspense
  11. Classic
  12. Your favourite genre”

Do you need a reading challenge?  Click through on the pics to be a part of these great challenges!


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