But by observing the work of the many book bloggers that take part in this challenge every year, I've realised that by mere participation, more reviews are being shared online and therefore Australian novels are reaching a greater audience.
Here are some quick stats from the 2013 AWW Challenge:
- Over 1,800 reviews were written;
- Over 700 authors had their work reviewed;
- A total of 1079 books were reviewed.
With so many reviews written and Australian female authors in the spotlight across the internet, hopefully it's generating attention which might lead to book sales or library visits. I know that my own network of friends and family have read books based on my reviews that they otherwise wouldn't have come across.
It is widely known that many readers predominantly read male authors, while my own split is 41% female and 59% male. I've also read that more male authors are published than female authors, causing some women to write under a nom de plume. While I don't necessarily believe the gender split should be exactly 50/50 (life just isn't like that), I do believe the best novels should be published (regardless of gender) and readers should choose the books they want to read from the titles available.
By the same token, I'm a proud and active supporter of Australian writers and have been participating in the Aussie Author Reading Challenge for a number of years now. It is with all of these thoughts and motivations in mind that I've decided to join the 2014 AWW Reading Challenge. Why? To share my reviews, show my support for Australian women writers and to contribute to the increasing influence of AWW and be part of the change taking place.
I've already read 4 books by Australian Women Writers this year (reaching the Stella level) so I've signed up for the following challenge level:
Franklin: read 10 books – if reviewing, review at least 6
If you'd like to join in and participate or find out more about the reading challenge, click here. You don't need a blog to participate either!