It’s that time of year again!
Time to think about how many Australian books and authors you can read during the month of November for AusReading Month.
Now in it’s 9th year, AusReading Month is a chance to celebrate all the things we love about Australian literature. Back in 2013, I was looking for an opportunity to celebrate and promote Australian literature. I chose the month of November to coincide with Triple J’s annual AusMusic Month.
Over the years we have played with various questionnaires, tags and challenges.
Now in 2021, there are several ways to participate in AusReading Month.
- Between now and November join in with Celebration, Anticipation and Promotion (see below).
- During the month of November complete the AusReading Month Bingo Card.
- Plan ahead to include some Australian Non-Fiction and Australian Novellas so you can join in the multiple reading challenges that happen every November.
- Or simply read an Australian book and blog about it.
Celebration, Anticipation and Promotion
- This challenge is for those of you who love making lists and sharing lists.
- Celebration is all about what you’ve read this year.
- Simply list, collage and/or discuss the Australian books you’ve read since last AusReading Month. Which ones were your favourites? Which ones can you recommend? Did you favour a certain genre or author?
- The second part is all about the Anticipation.
- What do you hope/plan to read for AusReadingMonth 2021? What’s lurking on your TBR pile? Which new releases have caught your eye?
- This is your chance to shout-out your favourite Australian book event, bookshop, or blogger that features Australian literature. You can also promote a publisher or author website that has caught your eye this year.
You can create three separate posts – Celebration, Anticipation and Promotion – or you can combine them all into one. Whatever works best for you. The idea is to get excited about Australian stories and share your enthusiasm.
AusReading Month Bingo Card
- This challenge is for anyone who would like to travel around Australia, state by state, via books (since you cannot actually travel here any other way again right now!)
- AusReading Month Bingo is an easy, fun way to plan and track you’re reading. Pick as many books as you like, or just one, to see you on your way.
Your book can be set in the state of your choice, or the author can hail from the state of your choice. All book types are acceptable – novels, non-fiction, graphic novels, children’s books, travel books, cook books, poetry, gardening books, art and design. Simply blog about it and match it to a square on the Bingo card.
- Retrospective Bingo posts are welcome as well. If you’re not sure you can read and review something by the end of November, then look back at your reading year that was to see if you can complete the Bingo card post factum.
- If time is of the essence, one book from the BINGO card may be the prefect option for you.
- A quick getaway is better than none!
- This option is for those of you who prefer to pack light.
- Simply select one line (horizontal, vertical of even diagonal) on the BINGO card and read three books about Australia.
- With every crossroad on the map, there’s a choice to be made; you cannot do it all, so select just two lines on the BINGO card.
- Read NINE books this November from all of the 8 states and territories plus one freebie.
- The FREEBIE can be any book by an Australian author or a book written by an overseas author but set entirely in Australia. The Australian Antarctic Territory is also a possibility, if you can find a book set there!
Australian Novellas & Non-Fiction
- November is a busy book blogging month.
- To make it easier to combine book events, check out my evolving Australian Novellas page and Australian Essays page.
- As time permits, I will be adding pages to the Australiana tab on my menu bar, which will feature authors and books from each state and territory of Australia.
- The only pages published so far are the ones for Canberra/ACT and the Northern Territory.
I hope you will be joining us for AusReading Month in November. Only 55 more days to go!
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- This post was written on the traditional land of the Wangal clan, one of the 29 clans of the Eora Nation within the Sydney basin. This Reading Life acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are this land’s first storytellers.