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Reading, thinking, writing …

To begin …


I’ve made this blog so that I can participate in the Australian Women Writers Challenge of 2014. I’ve never had a blog before now, so I’ll be cutting my teeth on the first few posts. This might be the first one you can see, but (many) hours after sitting down thinking ‘how hard can this be,‘ I can tell you it isn’t the first post I’ve lost/reposted/tried to move but couldn’t/and so on… anyway

… my first book for the AWW 2014 Challenge is The Sinkings by Amanda Curtin. I read Elemental last year and it was my Book of The Year by a long country mile. Having restrained my self from immediately rushing out to buy this next book the minute I had finished it, and keeping a weather eye on the one copy in New Editions Bookshop, unsubtle hinting brought it to me for Christmas (thank you Audrey), I have just started it – ok, I’m up to page 136 already because, as was the case with Elemental, I can’t put it down! It’s an earlier work (2008), and so far every bit as good as Elemental. However, I won’t do a half way review – you’ll have to wait for it 🙂

Author: Karen M

I am a lifelong reader and a more recent writer. I took up the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2014, to join all those helping to raise the profile, hopefully worldwide, of our very own fine women writers. I'm doing it again this year because it's still a great cause and there are still a lot of great Australian women's work to read! I'm doing the Franklin again, 10 to be read, six to be reviewed. I found last year, that my reading needs to be free to roam across genres, authors, and all the rest. So, ten books and six reviews might should be manageable and I might even do more :). Reviews of other books that aren't written by Australian women are over at Goodreads ... tho' I'm not nearly so committed to writing them :)

7 thoughts on “To begin …

  1. Very inspiring Karen – Good on you. I will try to follow your footsteps with joining the womens writers reviews, or maybe even writing a blog or two!!!

    Yey for women writers.

    Jillian H


  2. Congratulatons on your new blog, Karen. I will look forward to reading your reviews.


  3. Hi there Nomad Poet! Nice to have you here!


  4. Ah – two very wonderful books, I agree. And hurrah for you taking on the AWW challenge. Such an important initiative.


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