Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Second Challenge

I have also entered the Eclectic Reader Challenge.  This is designed to take readers out of their comfort zones, the requirement being to read a book from 12 different categories:

  1. Award Winning
  2. True Crime (Non Fiction)
  3. Romantic Comedy
  4. Alternate History Fiction
  5. Graphic Novel
  6. Cosy Mystery Fiction
  7. Gothic Fiction
  8. War/Military Fiction
  9. Anthology
  10. Medical Thriller Fiction
  11. Travel (Non Fiction)
  12. Published in 2014
Several of these will definitely be challenging for me, but no doubt I'll make my way through. I'll be searching for some ideas to get started.

It's a start

My first book for the Australian Women Writers challenge is The Railwayman's Wife, by Ashley Hay.

The blurb:

In a small town on the land's edge, in the strange space at a war's end, a widow, a poet and a doctor each try to find their own peace, and their own new story.

In Thirroul, in 1948, people chase their dreams through the books in the railway's library. Anikka Lachlan searches for solace after her life is destroyed by a single random act. Roy McKinnon, who found poetry in the mess of war, has lost his words and his hope. Frank Draper is trapped by the guilt of those his treatment and care failed on their first day of freedom. All three struggle with the same question: how now to be alive.

 I really enjoyed this book, it's all about characters and how their lives are affected by an accident.  Quite often when I finish a book I'm ready to move on to the next one quickly, but find I want to live with these people a bit longer.

Reading Challenges

A couple of weeks ago I signed up to the Australian Women Writers Challenge. The purpose of this challenge is to encourage the reading of books by Australian women authors, and I decided to create a blog to keep track of my reading. I'm also using Good reads, so we'll see how it goes.
I found the Eclectic Reading Challenge too,but still undecided about that one. 

 AWW Badge 2014