2015 Challenges

It was great to complete all three of my reading challenges in 2014 (and 2013), so I decided to push myself a little further this year. To do this, I'm participating in a personal record number of reading challenges in 2015. Here are the details:
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signed up for the Franklin level (highest level) of the 2015 Australian Women Writers Challenge and needed to read 10 books by Australian women and review at least 6 of them to be successful. Completed.

Social media tags: #aww2015 @auswomenwriters

1.  Wild Wood | Posie Graeme-Evans
2.  Looking for Alibrandi | Melina Marchetta
3.  The Embroiderer | Kathryn Gauci
4.  A Time To Run | J.M. Peace
5.  Six Degrees | Honey Brown
6.  The Aitch Factor - Adventures in Australian English | Susan Butler
7.  The Anchoress | Robyn Cadwallader
8.  The Beast's Garden | Kate Forsyth
9.  Sweet Wattle Creek | Kaye Dobbie
10. The Patterson Girls | Rachael Johns
11. The Lake House | Kate Morton
12. The Olmec Obituary | L.J.M Owen
13. The Sting - The Undercover Operation That Caught Daniel Morcombe's Killer | Kate Kyriacou
14. All That Is Lost Between Us | Sara Foster
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The Aussie Author Challenge 2015 is hosted by Booklover Book Reviews and I signed up for their Kangaroo level; the highest level in the challenge. Completed.

Here are the challenge requirements:
- Read and review 12 titles written by Australian authors;
- At least 4 female and 4 male authors;
- At least 4 new authors (to me);
- At least 6 fiction, 2 non-fiction and a minimum of 3 titles published in 2013 or 2014.

Social media tags: #aussieauthor @BLBookReviews 

1.  Wild Wood | Posie Graeme-Evans
2.  Looking for Alibrandi | Melina Marchetta
3.  The Embroiderer | Kathryn Gauci
4.  A Time To Run | J.M. Peace
5.  Six Degrees | Honey Brown
6.  The Anchoress | Robyn Cadwallader
7.  The Aitch Factor - Adventures in Australian English | Susan Butler
8.  The Beast's Garden | Kate Forsyth
9.  Sweet Wattle Creek | Kaye Dobbie
10. Swimming To The Moon | Robert Drewe
11. The Patterson Girls | Rachael Johns
12. The Lake House | Kate Morton
13. The Olmec Obituary | L.J.M Owen
14. The Sting - The Undercover Operation That Caught Daniel Morcombe's Killer | Kate Kyriacou
15. The Messenger | Markus Zusak
16. Musings from the Inner Duck | Michael Leunig
17. All That Is Lost Between Us | Sara Foster
18. Australia's Most Murderous Prison: Behind the Walls of Goulburn Jail | James Phelps
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The 2015 Mount TBR Reading Challenge is hosted by My Reader's Block and I signed up for the lowest level, Pike's Peak to read 12 books owned prior to 1 January 2014. Also tracking my progress on GoodReads Discussions here. Completed.

1.  Wild Wood | Posie Graeme-Evans
2.  Ajax Penumbra 1969 | Robin Sloan
3.  The Shining | Stephen King
4.  The Room Beyond | Stephanie Elmas
5.  Naomi's Room | Jonathan Aycliffe
6.  The Museum of Literary Souls | John Connolly
7.  The Picture of Dorian Gray | Oscar Wilde
8.  Looking for Alibrandi | Melina Marchetta
9.  The Pearl | John Steinbeck
10. Stoner | John Williams
11. Signora da Vinci | Robin Maxwell
12. Frankenstein: Prodigal Son | Dean Koontz
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signed up for the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2015 hosted by Passages to the Past and committed to the Medieval level, needing to read a minimum of 15 historical fiction novels. Completed.

Social media tag: #2015HFReadingChallenge

1.  The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The School of Night | Colin Falconer
2.  The Girl in the Photograph | Kate Riordan
3.  The Fairytale Keeper | Andrea Cefalo
4.  Wild Wood | Posie Graeme-Evans
5.  The Witch of Napoli | Michael Schmicker
6.  Ajax Penumbra 1969 | Robin Sloan
7.  The Room Beyond | Stephanie Elmas
8.  The Embroiderer | Kathryn Gauci
9.  The Book of Speculation | Erika Swyler
10. The Anchoress | Robyn Cadwallader
11. Signora da Vinci | Robin Maxwell
12. The Beast's Garden | Kate Forsyth
13. The Taming of the Queen | Philippa Gregory
14. The Chosen Queen | Joanna Courtney
15. Sweet Wattle Creek | Kaye Dobbie
16. The Lake House | Kate Morton
17. The Olmec Obituary | L.J.M Owen
18. The Bookman's Tale | Charlie Lovett
19. The Countess' Captive | Andrea Cefalo
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I joined the 2015 Nonfiction Reading Challenge hosted by the Introverted Reader for the first time this year and signed up for the Seeker level. To complete the challenge, I needed to read between 11-15 non fiction books this year. Completed.


1.  1,339 QI Facts To Make Your Jaw Drop | John Lloyd & John Mitchinson
2.  War Diaries: A Nurse at the Front - The First World War Diaries of Sister Edith Appleton | Edith Appleton
3.  Viva la Repartee: Clever Comebacks and Witty Retorts from History's Great Wits and Wordsmiths | Mardy Grothe
4.  The Aitch Factor - Adventures in Australian English | Susan Butler
5.  Hark! A Vagrant | Kate Beaton
6.  Pro Resumes Made Easy | Andrea Drew
7.  Children Who Have Lived Before: Reincarnation Today | Trutz Hardo
8.  Swimming To The Moon | Robert Drewe
9.  Love Letters of Great Men by Ursula Doyle
10.Snail Mail: Rediscovering the Art and Craft of Handmade Correspondence | Michelle Mackintosh
11. Humans of New York | Brandon Stanton
12. The Sting - The Undercover Operation That Caught Daniel Morcombe's Killer | Kate Kyriacou
13. Australia's Most Murderous Prison: Behind the Walls of Goulburn Jail | James Phelps

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