Australian Women Writers Challenge 2013 Wrap Up *&* 2014 Challenge

I signed up for the AWWC 2013 challenge last year – I pledged to read and review at least 10 books by Australian Women Writers.  I was pleased that it wasn’t even a particular effort – that is, I found there were books by Australian women writers that I wanted to read and I didn’t have to “force” myself to read something to meet my challenge commitments. Part of the reason I signed up was because I wasn’t sure how many books by Australians I was reading and I was curious to find out if it would be an effort or more of an organic thing.  I was prepared for effort, but glad that it was more organic.  There are amazing Australian women (romance) writers and I was happy to participate to highlight some of them and also to give a bit of a bump to genre romance within the challenge itself.

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A full list of my challenge books and links to the reviews is after the jump.

Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2013

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I met Marg from Adventures of an Intrepid Reader in December and we were talking about all the lovely books we’d read in the past year or so and what we were excited about coming up in 2013.  She mentioned the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge to me and got me interested in trying it this year.  I have discovered some wonderful Australian writers and I’d like to find more.  So, I’ve signed up for the “Franklin” level – I promise to read at least 10 books by Australian women writer’s this year and review at least 6 (but, I’ll be reviewing all 10, because that’s what I do).  If I’m lucky, not only will I discover some amazing books and authors, but I might also connect with some local bloggers and book lovers and that can’t be a bad thing!
Happy New Year everyone!

The Book Vixen’s 2013 Contemporary Reading Challenge

I’m joining The Book Vixen’s 2013 Contemporary Reading Challenge.  As contemporary is my favourite romance genre, it’s not going to be that difficult!  Details below if you want to play too.
The Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge was originally created and hosted by Pearl’s World of Romance, then was passed on to Romance Book Maven. Due to time constraints, Fatin asked if I would host the reading challenge and I’m honored to do so. I’m keeping the details pretty much the same as to when Pearl and Fatin hosted the challenge, though I did make a requirement that the book be at least 100 pages in length or longer to qualify.

I enjoy reading this genre and I’m always looking for new authors and books to read. And here’s your chance to join me.

Reading Challenge Details:

  • Runs January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013 (books read prior to 1/1/2013 do not count towards the challenge). You can join at anytime. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to read at least 10 contemporary romance novels. As per Pearl’s original post:

    “by contemporary romance I mean straight contemporary, so without paranormal, fantasy or time-travel elements. Sexy, steamy contemporaries are eligible and so are category romances. (i.e. Harlequin Blaze, Harlequin Presents, Harlequin Super Romances, Silhouette Desires, etc.).”

I’m going to elaborate on this a bit just for the sake of clarification: Books read for this challenge can be young adult, new adult, or adult. Romances with the following elements do not qualify for this reading challenge: paranormal, historical, time-travel, fantasy, science fiction, or mystery/suspense/thriller.

  • Books can be any format (bound, ebook, audio).
  • Novellas that are at least 100 pages in length, as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • Grab the reading challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads or LibraryThing.

 

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