We have already mentioned on this blog that 2012 is the National Year of Reading, which aims to remind us of the joy of reading. This year, prominent literary women around Australia are also inviting us to join the Australian Women Writers 2012 Reading and Reviewing Challenge, a movement to counteract the perceived gender bias in critical reviews, literary awards and social media. This is an opportunity to ensure that great writing by Australian women is recognised and promoted by everyone.
The mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read books written by Australian women writers throughout 2012 (the National Year of Reading) and then review them through your chosen social media channels.
Don't know where to start? The Australian Women Writers blog has compiled lists of some award-winning books in all genres to get you started. The literary and classics list includes works by Melina Marchetta, Sonya Hartnett and Kate Grenville and many more. You might also feel inspired to read some of Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series if you're enjoying Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, currently screening on ABC1.
You can find books by all of these authors and more in Swinburne Library.