Australian Women Writers Challenge 2018 Completed Post


Welcome to my official wrap up post of #aww2018. In 2018, I continued to support the work of The Australian Women Writers Challenge. I completed my first official year working behind the scenes on the challenge, as the resident romance round-up editor. It is a role I enjoy very much and I am happy to announce I will be continuing on in 2019 in this role. My work on the Australian Women Writers Challenge really is a perfect fit for me as an avid reader and reviewer, it accompanies my own personal blog and it has introduced me to so many great book recommendations. The most valuable part of my work on the challenge has been all the supportive reviewers, readers, bloggers, round-up editors and authors.

I joined up for the challenge in 2018 with a personal goal. I set this goal at 50 books to read and review for the challenge. I am happy to report as at 31/12/2018, I smashed this goal! My final stats reveal that I read and reviewed 154 books that were submitted to the challenge. When I broke down the stats I read general contemporary fiction, romance, historical fiction, crime and mystery, literary, short stories, non-fiction, memoirs and biographies, young adult, speculative fiction, children’s books and a classic. I am impressed with the range of books I read in 2018 and I hope to continue this trend in 2019.

Two of my favourite bloggers and fellow volunteers on the challenge wisely included checkpoints on their personal challenges. I will take this strategy on board in 2019 to help minimise the lengthy wrap up process. Please bear with me for my very long list, along with review links for my completed 2018 Australian Women Writers Challenge results.

  1. The Secret Vineyard by Loretta Hill
  2. Paris Dreaming by Katrina Lawrence
  3. The Naturalist’s Daughter by Tea Cooper
  4. Enemies within these Shores by Debbie Terranova
  5. See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
  6. The Country Girl by Cathryn Hein
  7. Redemption Point by Candice Fox
  8. Four Respectable Ladies Seek Part-time Husband by Barbara Toner
  9. Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
  10. We That are Left by Lisa Bigelow
  11. Danny Best: Me First! by Jen Storer
  12. The Country Wedding by Barbara Hannay
  13. The Prodigal Daughter by Jane Carter
  14. The Memories That Make Us by Vanessa Carnevale
  15. The Passengers by Eleanor Limprecht
  16. The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth
  17. The Lucky Galah by Tracy Sorensen
  18. The Rules of Backyard Croquet by Sunni Overend
  19. The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty
  20. The Cowgirl by Anthea Hodgson
  21. The Whole Bright Year by Debra Oswald
  22. The Country Wife by Anne Gorman
  23. Paris Syndrome by Lisa Walker
  24. The Lily and the Rose by Jackie French
  25. Three Gold Coins by Josephine Moon
  26. Water Under the Bridge by Lily Malone
  27. You Wish by Lia Weston
  28. A Certain Light by Cynthia Banham
  29. Mothers’ Day by Fiona McArthur
  30. Mine by Susi Fox
  31. Stars Across the Ocean by Kimberley Freeman
  32. The Right Girl by Ellie O’Neill
  33. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland
  34. The Three of Us by Kim Lock
  35. April’s Rainbow by Cathryn Hein
  36. Into the World by Stephanie Parkyn
  37. Birthright by Fiona Lowe
  38. Lady Bird & The Fox by Kim Kelly
  39. Lost Girl by J.C. Grey
  40. A Perfect Marriage by Alison Booth
  41. The Art of Friendship by Lisa Ireland
  42. The Kookaburra Creek Cafe by Sandie Docker
  43. The Lace Weaver by Lauren Chater
  44. Melt by Lisa Walker
  45. The Yellow Villa by Amanda Hampson
  46. Head Over Heels by Evie Snow
  47. California Dreaming by Evie Snow
  48. Someone Like You by Karly Lane
  49. The Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning
  50. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  51. The Last of the Bonegilla Girls by Victoria Purman
  52. The Juliet Code by Christine Wells
  53. Burning Fields by Alli Sinclair
  54. Breaking the Drought by Lisa Ireland
  55. Force of Nature by Jane Harper
  56. A Country Mile by Mandy Magro
  57. Lovesome by Sally Seltmann
  58. The Road to Hope by Rachael Johns
  59. Eleanor’s Secret by Caroline Beecham
  60. True Blue by Sasha Wasley
  61. Ghost Girls by Cath Ferla
  62. Sanctuary by Judy Nunn
  63. A Place to Remember by Jenn J. McLeod
  64. Bluebottle by Belinda Castles
  65. Black Diamonds by Kim Kelly
  66. The Escape Room by Megan Goldin
  67. Unexpected Delivery by Leanne Lovegrove
  68. Into the Night by Sarah Bailey
  69. Hive by A.J. Betts
  70. Lonely Girl by Lynne Vincent McCarthy
  71. Not So Scary Bear by Ruth Waters
  72. A Month of Sundays by Liz Byrski
  73. The Sweet Hills of Florence by Jan Wallace Dickinson
  74. Secrets of the Tides by Hannah Richell
  75. Return to Roseglen by Helene Young
  76. April in Paris 1921 by Tessa Lunney
  77. Every Family is Different by Maureen Eppen
  78. A Sunburnt Childhood by Toni Tapp Coutts
  79. Paris Lights by C.J. Duggan
  80. Mercy Point by Anna Snoekstra
  81. The Legacy of Beauregarde by Rosa Fedele
  82. Come Rain or Shine by Tricia Stringer
  83. Birthday Baby by Jane Godwin and Davina Bell
  84. The Peacock Summer by Hannah Richell
  85. The Heartwood Hotel by Kerry McGinnis
  86. The Far-Back Country by Kate Lyons
  87. The Botanist’s Daughter by Kayte Nunn
  88. The Woolgrower’s Companion by Joy Rhoades
  89. The Honourable Thief by Meghan Wilson Anastasios
  90. Liar Liar by Candice Fox
  91. Fifty Fifty by Candice Fox
  92. The Concubine’s Child by Carol Jones
  93. Worth Fighting For by Susannah Turner
  94. The Paris Wedding by Charlotte Nash
  95. Whitsunday Dawn by Annie Seaton
  96. The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein
  97. Under Southern Skies by Anne McCullagh Rennie
  98. His Walter Was Walter by Emily Rodda
  99. Table for Eight by Tricia Stringer
  100. Southern Ruby by Belinda Alexandra
  101. We See the Stars by Kate van Hooft
  102. Trace by Rachael Brown
  103. A Letter from Italy by Pamela Hart
  104. The Art of Preserving Love by Ada Langton
  105. The Summer of Secrets by Barbara Hannay
  106. The Saddler Boys by Fiona Palmer
  107. The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale
  108. Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee
  109. The Lost Pearl by Emily Madden
  110. The Suitcase Baby by Tanya Bretherton
  111. Reece Give Me Some Peace by Sonia Bestulic
  112. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan
  113. The Dangers of Truffle Hunting by Sunni Overend
  114. Sisters and Brothers by Fiona Palmer
  115. Letters to my Yesterday by Karyn Sepulveda
  116. The Ones You Trust by Caroline Overington
  117. The Helpline by Katherine Collette
  118. The Right Place by Carla Caruso
  119. Charlie’s Adventures in South Africa by Jacqueline de-Rose Ahern
  120. Just a Girl by Jackie French
  121. Echo Springs by Leisl Leighton, Daniel De Lorne, TJ Hamilton & Shannon Curtis
  122. Dressing the Dearloves by Kelly Doust
  123. The Forever Kid by Elizabeth Mary Cummings
  124. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  125. Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer
  126. Half Wild by Pip Smith
  127. The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
  128. The Lost Valley by Jennifer Scoullar
  129. Treasure Hunt at Pirate’s Paradise by Mahima Kalla
  130. The Secrets We Keep by Shirley Patton
  131. Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
  132. Arcadia by Di Morrissey
  133. Cedar Valley by Holly Throsby
  134. Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic
  135. Destination Romance by Serenity Press
  136. The Children’s House by Alice Nelson
  137. The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin
  138. Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey
  139. The Football Whisperer by Mel A. Rowe
  140. The Cry by Helen FitzGerald
  141. On the Same Page by Penelope Janu
  142. The Killing of Louisa by Janet Lee
  143. The Wolf Hour by Sarah Myles
  144. Fortune’s Son by Jennifer Scoullar
  145. The Yellow House by Emily O’Grady
  146. Isobel’s Promise by Maggie Christensen
  147. The Wrong Callahan by Karly Lane
  148. Bruno the Boisterous Blue Dog From the Bush by Robyn Osborne
  149. A Gingerbread Cafe Christmas by Rebecca Raisin
  150. Where the River Runs by Fleur McDonald
  151. The Pearl Thief by Fiona McIntosh
  152. Behind Closed Doors by Katherine X and Sue Smethurst
  153. Our Country Christmas by Darry Fraser, Penelope Janu, Fiona Lowe, Eva Scott and Jacquie Underdown
  154. Kathleen O’Connor of Paris by Amanda Curtain

I hope you enjoyed celebrating my journey through the books I read penned by Australian women writers in 2018. I have signed up for #aww2019, so stay tuned for my sign up post!

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13 thoughts on “Australian Women Writers Challenge 2018 Completed Post

    1. Thank you Claire, it took my the best part of the afternoon and the evening to link all the book posts. I’m going to aim for checkpoints this year lol! Thanks for stopping by to check out my wrap up!


  1. Yes, what an achievement, Amanda! Looking forward to another year of great book recommendations by you. Have loved all your reviews, they really are superb! Xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much Sue, for all your support along the way, I couldn’t have asked for a better cheer squad! I’m looking forward to discovering plenty more good reads through your reading journey in 2019!


  2. Congratulations Amanda. That is an impressive list of books and wow to all your links. I know how time consuming it is. I know I should have, it was just me being lazy, but I didn’t link my reviews in my post. 😀

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    1. So time consuming, it took most of the afternoon and evening as well, but nice to reflect on what I have read for #aww. I haven;t linked before either but I thought I would try it this time. Note to self, checkpoints are needed for #aww2019!

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