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Australian Women Writers Challenge wrap up post

I participated in the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge again in 2020 – with a goal of 65 books, and I managed to read 141, with two of those being re-reads. As much of this year was spent in lockdown or under restrictions, I had lots of time to read. I read just over double my goal, which I usually do. I set a conservative goal because I am never sure what is going to come my way, and in 2020 I did notice international authors being pushed more. That’s why I like reading challenges like this that highlight Australian authors, and aim to read more Australian authors than overseas authors – in fact, the majority of my reading this year was Australian writers and female writers. I’m wrapping up on New Year’s Eve 2020, and starting 2021 with a good stack that I will hopefully get through in a timely manner. Many more reviews to come next year!

  1. Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales – Walkley Book Award
  2. Pippa’s Island: Puppy Pandemonium by Belinda Murrell
  3. Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr
  4. Josephine’s Garden by Stephanie Parkyn
  5. The Soldier’s Curse by Meg and Tom Keneally (Monsarrat Series Book One)    
  6. Ella at Eden: New Girl by Laura Sieveking 
  7.  A Testament of Character (Rowland Sinclair #10) by Sulari Gentill
  8. The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan
  9.  The Killing Streets: Uncovering Australia’s First Serial Murderer by Tanya Bretherton
  10.  The River Home by Hannah Richell      
  11. The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte 
  12. Withering-by-Sea (A Stella Montgomery Intrigue) by Judith Rossell
  13. Hapless Hero Henrie by Petra James (House of Heroes)
  14. The Republic of Birds by Jessica Miller
  15.  Esme’s Gift by Elizabeth Foster
  16.   Friday Barnes: Girl Detective by R.A. Spratt
  17. Christmas in Paris (Miss Lily 3.5) by Jackie French
  18.   The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester
  19. Firewatcher Chronicles: Phoenix by Kelly Gardiner     
  20.  The Lost Jewels by Kirsty Manning
  21.  The Girl She Was by Rebecca Freeborn            
  22. Friday Barnes: Under Suspicion by R.A. Spratt       
  23. Aussie Kids: Meet Katie at the Beach by Rebecca Johnson and Lucia Masciullo
  24. Aussie Kids: Meet Eve in the Outback by Raewyn Caisley and Karen Blair
  25. The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks
  26. The Deceptions by Suzanne Leal
  27.   Puppy Diary: The Great Toy Rescue by Yvette Poshoglian
  28.   The Octopus and I by Erin Hortle
  29.    Friday Barnes: Big Trouble by R.A. Spratt
  30.    The Inheritance of Secrets by Sonya Bates
  31. Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire by Nat Amoore
  32. Jane in Love by Rachel Givney    
  33.  Friday Barnes: No Rules by R.A. Spratt
  34.   Anzac Girl: The War Diaries of Alice Ross-King by Kate Simpson and Jess Racklyeft
  35. Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery by Renée Treml (Nominated for the 2020 Readings Children’s Prize)    
  36. Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr
  37.  Ribbit Rabbit Robot by Victoria MacKinlay and Sofya Karmazina     
  38. Nim at Sea by Wendy Orr
  39. Rescue on Nim’s Island
  40. The Complete Adventures on Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr
  41.   An Alice Girl by Tanya Heaslip
  42. Daisy Runs Wild by Caz Goodwin and Ashley King
  43. Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal by Anna Whateley
  44. What Zola did on Monday by Melina Marchetta and illustrated by Deb Hudson
  45. Henrie’s Hero Hunt (House of Heroes) by Petra Hunt
  46. The Power of Positive Pranking by Nat Amoore
  47.   Edie’s Experiments: How to Make Friends by Charlotte Barkla
  48. Alice-Miranda at School (10th Anniversary Edition) by Jacqueline Harvey
  49.  Alice-Miranda in the Outback by Jacqueline Harvey
  50.  Shoestring: The Boy Who Walks on Air by Julie Hunt and Dale Newman
  51. Eloise and the Bucket of Stars by Janeen Brian
  52. A Treacherous Country by K.M. Kruimink
  53. Snow White and Rose Red: And Other Tales of Kind Young Women by Kate Forsyth and Lorena Carrington      
  54. Tashi: 25th Anniversary Edition by Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble
  55.  Elementals: Battle Born by Amie Kaufman 
  56.   Lilies, Lies and Love (Miss Lily #4) Lilies by Jackie French
  57.   Monty’s Island: Scary Mary and the Stripey Spell by Emily Rodda and Lucinda Gifford
  58. When Rain Turns to Snow by Jane Godwin
  59. League of Llamas: Undercover Llama by Aleesah Darlison
  60. League of Llamas: Rogue Llama by Aleesah Darlison
  61. Kensy and Max: Freefall by Jacqueline Harvey
  62. The Silk House by Kayte Nunn
  63. The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle by Pamela Rushby and Nellé May Pierce
  64. Alexandra-Rose and Her Icy Cold Toes by Monique Mulligan and Kate Fox (Illustrator)
  65. Meet Mia by the Jetty by Janeen Brian and Danny Snell
  66. Edie’s Experiments: How to Be the Best by Charlotte Barkla
  67. Finding Eadie by Caroline Beecham
  68. Beyond Belief by Dee White
  69. Evie and Pog: Party Perfect by Tania McCartney
  70. The Schoolmaster’s Daughter by Jackie French
  71. Kitty is Not a Cat: Teddy’s Bear by Jess Black
  72. Kitty is Not a Cat: Light’s Out by Jess Black
  73. A Clue for Clara by Lian Tanner
  74. What Zola did on Tuesday by Melina Marchetta
  75. The Battle of Book Week (Yours Troolie, Alice Toolie) by Kate and Jol Temple
  76. Monty’s Island: Beady Hold and the Yum-Yams by Emily Rodda
  77. The Adventures of Princess Peony by Nette Hilton and Lucinda Gifford
  78. Ella at Eden: The Secret Journal by Laura Sieveking
  79. The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Rome by Katrina Nannestad
  80. Lapse by Sarah Thornton
  81. A Monstrous Heart by Claire McKenna
  82. The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Provence by Katrina Nannestad
  83. The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne by Katrina Nannestad
  84. Billings Better Bookstore and Brasserie by Fin J Ross
  85. The Firestar (A Maven and Reeve Mystery) by A.L. Tait
  86. The Wolves of Greycoat Hall by Lucinda Gifford
  87. Daughter of Victory Lights by Kerri Turner
  88. Jinxed! The Curious Curse of Cora Bell by Rebecca McRitchie
  89. Havoc! The Untold Magic of Cora Bell by Rebecca McRitchie
  90. When the Ground is Hard by Malla Nunn
  91.  Aussie Kids: Meet Dooley on the Farm by Sally Odgers and Christina Booth
  92.  Aussie Kids: Meet Matilda at the Festival by Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern and Tania McCartney
  93. Feathers by Karen Hendriks and illustrated by Kim Fleming
  94. Fly on the Wall by Remy Lai
  95. The Firestar: A Maven and Reeve Mystery by A.L. Tait
  96. What Zola did on Wednesday by Melina Marchetta, illustrated by Deb Hudson
  97. Around the World Supper Club: Wherever You Go by Monique Mulligan
  98.  Kensy and Max: Full Speed by Jacqueline Harvey
  99. Feathers by Karen Hendriks and Kim Fleming
  100. Santa and the Sugar Glider by Alexa Moses and Anil Tortop
  101. The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst by Jaclyn Moriarty
  102.  Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
  103. Timmy the Ticked-Off Pony: Bite Me by Magda Szubanski
  104. Rainshaker by Elizabeth Mary Cummings and Cheri Hughes
  105.  The Boy, the Wolf and the Stars by Shivaun Plozza
  106. Aster’s Good, Right Things by Kate Gordon
  107. The Ultimate Animal Alphabet Book by Jennifer Cossins
  108.  Transit of Angels by Desney King
  109.  Tashi and the Stolen Forest by Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble
  110. We Are Wolves by Katrina Nannestad
  111. Fire Wombat by Jackie French and Danny Snell
  112. We’re All in This Together by Skye Hughes and Alice Coates
  113.  Whitney and Britney: Chicken Detectives by Lucinda Gifford
  114. Pandemic by Jackie French and Bruce Whateley
  115.  The Champagne War by Fiona McIntosh
  116. Fossil Frenzy by Sandra Bennett
  117. Death in Daylesford (Phryne Fisher #21) by Kerry Greenwood
  118. Kensy and Max: Spy Games by Jacqueline Harvey
  119. The Werewolves Who Weren’t by T.C. Shelley
  120. Eco Rangers: Pelican in Peril by Candice Lemon-Scott
  121.  Pigs Might Fly by Emily Rodda
  122. Eco Rangers: Microbat Mayhem by Candice Lemon-Scott
  123.  Eco Rangers: Wildfire Rescue by Candice Lemon-Scott
  124.  The Charleston Scandal by Pamela Hart
  125. Gorkle by Penny Macoun
  126. Searching for Charlotte: The Fascinating Story of Australia’s First Children’s Author by Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell
  127.  Thrive by Mary Borsellino
  128. The Philosopher’s Daughters by Alison Booth
  129. When This Bell Rings by Allison Rushby
  130.  Ella at Eden: Musical Mystery by Laura Sieveking
  131.  The Unicorn Princess by Ektaa Bali
  132. The Angel of Waterloo by Jackie French
  133.  Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
  134. Little Gem by Anna Zobel (2021 Release)
  135.  The Sentinel by Jacqueline Hodder
  136.  You Were Made for Me by Jenna Guillaume
  137. When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson
  138.  Sick Bay by Nova Weetman
  139. The Lost Soul Atlas by Zana Fraillon
  140.  Between Us by Clare Atkins
  141. Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee

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