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Australian Women Writers Challenge 2019 Complete Post

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Welcome to my official wrap up of the 2019 Australian Women Writers Challenge. Over the course of the last year I continued to support the work of our talented Australian Women Writers. On a professional note, I successfully notched up another year working behind the scenes of the challenge as the romance round up editor. In 2019 I also took on an additional minor role in handling the Twitter account for the challenge. What I love about the challenge is the wonderful friendships I have cultivated via all the lovely readers, authors, reviewers, bloggers and fellow round up editors that I regularly interact with. I also love the fantastic book recommendations that I have come across through the reviews added to our database, along with our very active Facebook group, Love Reading Books by Aussie Women.

I joined #aww2019 with a goal of 100 books to read and review for the challenge. I logged in my last official review for the challenge on the 29th December 2019. According to my records, my final stats reveal that I read and reviewed a massive total of 157 books by Australian Women Writers. I’m very pleased with this end result, as I definitely smashed my initial goal of 100 books!  In 2019 I read fairly widely across the different genre categories. I also topped the challenge as the highest contributor of the historical fiction genre, which was a very pleasing result. However, I also added reviews of books read within my own genre – romance, along with crime, general contemporary fiction, speculative fiction, literary, children’s books and history/biographies. I do hope to extended myself in 2020 and add a few more reviews of books from genres I tend to avoid, wish me luck!

I have included a list, along with review links for all the books I logged in for the 2019 Australian Women Writers Challenge, which I am happy to announce is now a wrap!

  1. Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee
  2. Half Moon Lake by Kirsten Alexander
  3. A Diamond in the Dust by Frauke Bolten Boshammer
  4. Home to Turtle Bay by Marion Lennox
  5. The Portrait of Molly Dean by Katherine Kovacic
  6. A Brahminy Sunrise by Maggie Christensen
  7. The Cottage by Rosella Cove by Sandie Docker
  8. The Cafe by the Bridge by Lily Malone
  9. Melody Trumpet by Gabrielle Tozer
  10. The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth
  11. The Secrets of Palmerston House by Phillipa Nefri Clark
  12. The Bus on Thursday by Shirley Barrett
  13. Saving You by Charlotte Nash
  14. The Lost Girls by Jennifer Spence
  15. Nature of the Lion by T.M. Clark
  16. A Life Worth Living by Louise Guy
  17. How to be Second Best by Jessica Dettman
  18. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
  19. Two Heartbeats by Rhonda Forrest
  20. The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers by Kerri Turner
  21. The House of Second Chances by Esther Campion
  22. Dippy’s Big Day Out by Jackie French
  23. The Secret of the Youngest Rebel by Jackie French
  24. Lawson’s Bend by Nicole Hurley-Moore
  25. The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge by Kali Napier
  26. Love Lie Repeat by Catherine Greer
  27. Stone Country by Nicole Alexander
  28. Beneath the Veil by Bernadette O’Connor
  29. The Widow of Ballarat
  30. A Body of Work by Janice Simpson
  31. Home Fires by Fiona Lowe
  32. The Girl From Eureka by Cheryl Adnams
  33. The Dairy Farmer’s Daughter by Sarah Williams
  34. Sunshine by Kim Kelly
  35. The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
  36. Tilly Maguire and the Royal Wedding Mess by Emma Grey
  37. Star Crossed by Minnie Darke
  38. Small Blessings by Emily Brewin
  39. The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan
  40. All the Tears in China by Sulari Gentill
  41. The Homestead on the River by Rosie Mackenzie
  42. I Love My Mum Because by Petra James
  43. The French Photographer by Natasha Lester
  44. The Orchardist’s Daughter by Karen Viggers
  45. Heart of the Grass Tree by Molly Murn
  46. The Van Apfel Girls are Gone by Felicity McLean
  47. Blood on the Rosary by Sue Smethurst and Margaret Harrod
  48. The Gift of Life by Joesphine Moon
  49. Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox
  50. Losing the Plot by Elizabeth Coleman
  51. The True Story of Maddie Bright by Mary-Rose MacColl
  52. The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper
  53. Gravity is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty
  54. Laura the Explorer by Sarah Begg
  55. What the Woods Keep Katya de Beccerra
  56. Colouroos by Anna McGregor
  57. Archibald the Naughtiest Elf goes to the Zoo by Skye Davidson
  58. Secrets Hidden Below by Sandra Bennett
  59. A Life of Her Own by Fiona McCallum
  60. The Hollow Bones by Leah Kaminsky
  61. A Single Woman by Maggie Christensen
  62. Illegal Love by Leanne Lovegrove
  63. Sixty Summers by Amanda Hampson
  64. Without a Doubt by Fleur McDonald
  65. Hush Hush by Candice Fox
  66. Happy Birthday Wombat by Jackie French
  67. The Book That Never Ends by Beck Stanton
  68. What Lies Beneath Us by Kirsty Ferguson
  69. The Way I See It by Lucy Marrett
  70. Home at Last by Meredith Appleyard
  71. Alice to Prague by Tanya Heaslip
  72. Apple Island Wife by Fiona Stocker
  73. Esther by Jessica North
  74. The Cinema at Starlight Creek by Alli Sinclair
  75. The Lost Man by Jane Harper
  76. The Art of Dust by Mel A. Rowe
  77. The Accusation by Wendy James
  78. The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant by Kayte Nunn
  79. When the Moon is a Smile by Teena Raffa-Mulligan
  80. Allegra in Three Parts by Suzanne Daniel
  81. The Suicide Bride by Tanya Bretherton
  82. Love Song by Sasha Wasley
  83. Life Before by Carmel Reilly
  84. Wildflower Ridge by Maya Linnell
  85. Hitch by Kathryn Hind
  86. Devil’s Lair by Sarah Barrie
  87. The Trouble with Choices by Trish Morey
  88. Lifetime of Impossible Days by Tabitha Bird
  89. The Missing Pieces of Sophie McCarthy by B.M. Carroll
  90. One Summer in Santorini by Sandy Barker
  91. Julia’s Story J Mary Masters
  92. To Love, Honour and Betray by J Mary Masters
  93. Return to Prior Park by J Mary Masters
  94. Trails in the Dust by Joy Dettman
  95. Love and Other Battles by Tess Woods
  96. Barra Creek
  97. The Boy With Blue Trousers by Carol Jones
  98. In a Great Southern Land by Mary-Anne O’Connor
  99. Six Minutes by Petronella McGovern
  100. While You Were Reading by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus
  101. The Ex by Nicola Moriarty
  102. The Quarantine Station by Michelle Montebello 
  103. Fleeting Moments by Rania Battany
  104. The Hidden Hours by Sara Foster
  105. Four Respectable Ladies Seek the Meaning of Wife by Barbara Toner
  106. The Desert Midwife by Fiona McArthur
  107. I Love My Dad Because by Petra James
  108. Fatal Break by Beth Prentice
  109. The Memories We Hide by Jodi Gibson
  110. The Blue Rose by Kate Forsyth
  111. Rogue by A.J. Betts
  112. The Invitation by Belinda Alexandra
  113. Wolfe Island by Lucy Treloar
  114. Matters of the Heart by Fiona Palmer
  115. The Day the Lies Began by Kylie Kaden
  116. Claire Malone Changes the World by Nadia L. King
  117. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
  118. The Inn by Candice Fox
  119. The Artist’s Portrait by Julie Keys
  120. Heart of the Cross by Emily Madden
  121. Wearing Paper Dresses by Anne Brinsden
  122. The Writing on the Wall by Juliet Rieden
  123. Meet Me in Venice by Barbara Hannay
  124. Under the Midnight Sky by Anna Romer
  125. Khaki Town by Judy Nunn
  126. Paris Savages by Katherine Johnson
  127. The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley
  128. Cross my Heart by Pamela Cook
  129. Bruny by Heather Rose
  130. Shell by Kristina Olsson
  131. The Girls by Chloe Higgins
  132. There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett
  133. You Don’t Know Me by Sara Foster
  134. The Last Paradise by Di Morrissey
  135. Long Way Home by Nicola Marsh
  136. Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko
  137. The Orange Grove by Kate Murdoch
  138. The Breeding Season by Amanda Niehaus
  139. The House of Brides by Jane Cockram
  140. Beauty by Bri Lee
  141. The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne by Katrina Nannestad
  142. Top Koala by Jackie French
  143. The Roadhouse by Kerry McGinnis
  144. Stillwater Creek by Alison Booth
  145. A Plan Unravelled by Lia Spencer
  146. The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker by Joanna Nell
  147. Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales
  148. The Strangers We Know by Pip Drysdale
  149. The Life She Deserves by Maggie Christensen
  150. The Diamond Hunter by Fiona McIntosh
  151. Darkness for Light by Emma Viskic
  152. Cry of the Firebird by T.M. Clark
  153. Riverstone Ridge by Mandy Magro
  154. Josephine’s Garden by Stephanie Parkyn
  155. The Christmas Tree Thief by Phillipa Nefri Clark
  156. The Lost Summers of Driftwood by Vanessa McCausland
  157. Starting From Now by Fleur McDonald

What a journey it has been, with so many stellar books penned by our talented crop of Australian Women Writers. I can’t wait to see what a new year and a new decade brings by the way of reading. I am again pledging my support of the Australian Women Writers Challenge for 2020, so stay tuned for my official sign up post!


Mrs B

14 thoughts on “Australian Women Writers Challenge 2019 Complete Post

      1. It is – I’m about one essay in, and it’s quite interesting to read about the journalistic process from an actual journalist and how they apply it rather than rants from people not in the industry who may not understand what happens behind the scenes, and just see the end product.

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