2018 Reading Challenges

Here are my 2018 reading challenges!

Aussies Rule:

  1. A biography about or a memoir by an Aboriginal Australian. (A Bastard Like Me by Charles Perkins)
  2. An Aussie classic by a woman. (My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin)
  3. A book about an Aussie true crime or tragedy. (This House of Grief by Helen Garner)
  4. A mystery or thriller by a female writer. (Crimson Lake by Candice Fox)
  5. A non-fiction book by an Aboriginal author. (Dhuuluu-Yala by Dr Anita Heiss)
  6. A book which features a character with a chronic illness or disability (can be non-Fiction). (The Museum of Words by Georgia Blain)
  7. A classic by an Aboriginal author. (Don’t Take Your Love to Town by Ruby Langford)
  8. A book from your home state. (Carpenteria by Alexis Wright)
  9. A book from a state you haven’t visited. (Skins by Sarah Hay)
  10. A recent book about colonisation/white ‘exploration’. (Can be Fiction) (Burke and Wills by Peter Fitzsimmons)
  11. A book that features Aboriginal spirituality (by an Aboriginal author). (Taboo by Kim Scott)
  12. A book by an Aussie of colour who is an immigrant or refugee. (The Crappiest Refugee by Huang Le)
  13. A book by an Aussie of colour who is not Aboriginal and was born in Australia. (Carrying the World by Maxine Beneba Clarke)
  14. A book of poetry released in the last 10 years. (The Agonist by Shastra Deo)
  15. A YA book with LGBT+ representation (extra points for #ownvoices). (The Brightsiders by Jenn Wilde)
  16. A book published by a University press. (Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko)
  17. A book by an LGBT+ author (bonus points if also a person of colour). (The Family Law by Benjamin Law)
  18. Some Aussie sci-fi. (Terra Nullius by Claire Coleman)
  19. An Aussie debut novel. (The Fish Girl by Miranda Riwoe)
  20. An Aussie author writing about a different country or culture. (Saga Land by Richard Fidler)
  21. A book set in the outback or a small country town. (The Swan Book by Alexis Wright)
  22. A winner of the David Unaipon Award. (Not Just Black and White by Lesley and Tammy Williams)
  23. A book by an Aussie NY Times Bestselling author. (Obsidio by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff)
  24. A book that was shortlisted for the Stellas, the Ned Kellys, or the Miles Franklin award. (The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar)

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

  1. A book published posthumously. (The Museum of Words by Georgia Blain)
  2. A book of true crime (In Cold Blood by Truman Capote)
  3. A classic of genre fiction (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie)
  4. A comic written and drawn by the same person. (Persepolis)
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa) (The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden)
  6. A book about nature (Lab Girl by Hope Jahren)
  7. A western (Hunger Makes the Wolf)
  8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of colour (Monstress)
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature (Terra Nullius by Claire Coleman)
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of colour (American Panda by Gloria Chao)
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980 (A Wrinkle in Time)
  12. A celebrity memoir (Keep Moving – Dick van Dyke)
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection (An American Marriage by Tayari Jones)
  14. A book of social science. (Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race)
  15. A one-sitting book (Sourdough by Robin Sloan)
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series (Finnikin of the Rock)
  17. A sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author (Radiance by Catherynne M Valente, The Power by Naomi Alderman)
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image (Persepolis)
  19. A book of genre fiction in translation (A Planet for Rent – Yoss)
  20. A book with a cover you hate (The End of the World Running Club)
  21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author (Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon)
  22. An essay anthology (Rebellious Daughters)
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60 (Antigoddess by Kendare Blake, The Spare Room by Helen Garner)
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished) (A Fortunate Life by AB Facey)

The Reading Women Challenge

  1. A book by a woman in translation (The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar)
  2. A fantasy novel written by a woman of colour. (Trail of Lightening by Rebecca Roanhorse)
  3. A book set in the American South (The Dime by Kathleen Kent)
  4. A short story collection (Things We Lost in the Fire)
  5. A graphic novel or memoir (Persepolis)
  6. A book published by an independent press (Night Sky with Exit Wounds)
  7. A book set in Russian or by a Russian author (The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden)
  8. A book with a viewpoint character who is an immigrant or refugee (American Street)
  9. A book by an Australian or Canadian author (See above)
  10. An essay collection (Rebellious Daughters)
  11. A book about someone with a chronic illness (The Museum of Words by Georgia Blain)
  12. A true crime book (This House of Grief by Helen Garner)
  13. A book by an African American woman about civil rights (The Sister’s are All Right)
  14. A classic novel written by a woman (bonus points if not Austen or Bronte) (My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin)
  15. A poetry collection (Night Sky With Exit Wounds)
  16. A book where the characters are travelling somewhere (Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire)
  17. A book with a food item in the title (The Country of Ice Cream Star)
  18. A book written by a female Nobel Prize winner. (Sula by Toni Morrison)
  19. A book from the Reading Women Award 2017 shortlist.
  20. A memoir by someone who lives in a country different from yours (We’re going to need more wine by Gabrielle Union)
  21. A book inspired by a fairy tale. (Spinning Silver)
  22. A book by a local author or recommended by your local bookstore. (Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko)
  23. The book that has been on your TBR the longest. (Ruby Red)
  24. A book in a genre you have never read. (A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole)


25. A book by Virginia Woolf

26. A book by Flannery O’Connor