November is AusReading Month – a month long celebration of all things Aussie, Aussie, Aussie.
Join us as we read, review and blog about all things Australian – classic books, contemporary stories, children’s books, poetry, non-fiction, short stories, popular, literary, award-winning – whatever.
The only stipulation is that it has to be written by an Australian based author or predominantly set in Australia.
The rules are simple: read one, two or more Australian books throughout the month of November. Write a review on your blog and link it back here.
Visit and comment on your fellow bloggers posts to build up our growing community of Aussie book lovers.
If you’re unsure of what to read, the CBCA, MILES and STELLA tabs above will give you a list of award winning Australian books.
The Australian Women Writers Challenge is also building up a fabulous database of Australian women writers (& bloggers).
There are oodles of online lists to check out too.
Below are a few recent lists to tempt you:
50 Great Reads by Australian Women in 2014
50 Australian Books to Read Before You Die
Australia’s Top 100 Favourite Homegrown Reads
This year I plan to read a chunkster of a book for AusReading Month.
The Fortunes of Richard Mahony is an Australian classic written during the 1930’s by Ethel Florence Richardson a.k.a. Henry Handel Richardson.
Set in Australia during the gold-mining boom, this remarkable trilogy is one of the classics of Australian literature.
Richard Mahony, despite finding initial contentment with his wife Mary, becomes increasingly dissatisfied with his ordered life. His restlessness is not understood by Mary, who has to endure the constant shattering of her security as Richard desperately attempts to free himself; his attempts finally plunge them into poverty.
In the figure of Richard Mahony, Richardson captures the soul of the emigrant, ever restless, ever searching for some equilibrium, yet never really able to settle anywhere. Richard’s search, though, is also the more universal one for a meaning that will validate and give purpose to his existence.
My plans are as follows:
Book I – Australia Felix – pg 3 -383 (380pgs) 1st -12th Nov
Book II – The Way Home – pg 387 – 657 (270pgs) 13th – 21st Nov
Book III – Ultima Thule – pg 661 – 941 (280pgs) 22nd- 30th Nov
If you’d like to join me in reading this trilogy let me know in the comments below.
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