#AWW2016 Bingo Challenge

Updated on 31/10/2016 to include a link to my review of ‘My Brilliant Career’ by Miles Franklin.  Yes, I’m an obsessive. 😉

Back in April, the Australian Women Writers Challenge designed a bingo challenge to help keep us participants motivated as the cooler weather approached.  I duly printed out the two bingo cards, wrote a few notes as I started reading, and put it to one side.

Fast forward to yesterday.  I’ve had a busy few months, and when I received a reminder that the bingo challenge ends on 31 October 2016, my initial thought was that I wouldn’t have completed the challenge.  But then I remembered that I have actually read about 100 books that fit the #2016AWW challenge, even though I’ve (so far) only written 66 reviews.

So, while I found a couple of categories more challenging, I actually had quite a few choices for some squares.  Here are my final selections:

My attempt at #2016AWW Bingo Card One

A book with a mystery:Sarah Kanake’s ‘Sing Fox to Me’. Here’s a link to my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1592594211

A book by someone under thirty: Michelle Payne’s ‘Life as I know it’ written with John Harms. Here’s a link to my review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1608800395 (I hope this book qualifies. Michelle Payne is 31 now, but was only 30 when the book was published).

and

Miles Franklin’s ‘My Brilliant Career’ She was 21 or 22 when she self-published this book in 1901. Here’s a link to my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1798655529

A book that’s more than 10 years old: Vicki Hastrich’s ‘Swimming with the Jellyfish’. Here’s a link to my review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1491530730

A book by an Indigenous author: Ruth Hegarty’s ‘Is that you, Ruthie?’. Here’s a link to my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1637472736

Free Square: Alison Alexander’s ‘Corruption and Skullduggery’ about Edward Lord, Maria Riseley and Hobart in the early nineteenth century. Here’s a link to my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1601983503

A bestseller:Rosalie Ham’s ‘The Dressmaker’. Here’s a link to my review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1490239317

A book set in the outback: Mary Durack’s ‘To Be Heirs Forever’. Here’s a link to my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1638379832

A short story collection: Carmel Bird’s collection of short stories: ‘The Essential Bird’. Here’s a link to my review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1616479269

A book published this year: Gillian Polack’s ‘The Wizardry of Jewish Women’. Here’s a link to my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1746965736

My attempt at #2016AWW Bingo Card Two

A book set in your favourite town or city:  Mainly set in colonial Hobart:

Judy Nunn’s ‘Tiger Men’. Here’s a link to my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1674748400

A forgotten classic:

Mary Durack’s ‘To Be Heirs Forever’. Here’s a link to my review:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1638379832

and

Betty Jeffrey’s ‘White Coolies’. Here’s a link to my review:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1671079185

A book you heard about online:

Jennifer Livett’s ‘Wild Island’. Here’s a link to my review:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1772746854

A funny book:

Annette Freeman’s ‘The Bright Side of Life’. Here’s a link to my review:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1596901557

Free square:

L.J.M. Owen’s ‘Olmec Obituary’. Here’s a link to my review:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1553207520

A book by someone of a different ethnicity to you:

Lizzie Marrkilyi Ellis’s ‘ Pictures from my Memory’. Here’s a link to my review:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1701538216

The first book by a favourite author:

Leigh Redhead’s ‘Peepshow’. Here’s a link to my review:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1609900324

A book with poems:

‘Skin Painting’ by Elizabeth Hodgson.  I’ve read these poems recently, but have not yet attempted to write a review.

and

‘Judith Wright: Collected Poems 1942-1985’ by Judith A. Wright

A collection of favourite Judith Wright poems.  Some I first read in high school over forty years ago, others read for the first time much more recently.  I love much of Judith Wright’s poetry: they are part inspiration, part reminder, part comfort read.  I’ve not attempted to write a review.

A book of non-fiction:

Alison Alexander’s ‘A Wealth of Women’. Here’s a link to my review:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1536641802

I’ve enjoyed this challenge, and hope to participate again next year.  There are so many Australian Women Writers to explore that, after a few years, I feel that I’ve barely touched the surface.  My thanks to all of the wonderful people at Home of the Australian Women Writers Challenge

#AWW2016

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