If you know me (gee, I say that quite often, don’t I?!) you will know that every year I set myself a bit of a challenge, a bit of a mindful framework to promote good habits and good health. This year (2014) it was A Year Of Ethical Fashion. Last year I did A Year Without Booze. There were other years too, except the challenges were a little less public. I’m all for making big changes to make life better. I like to improve, you know?
Next year will be no different. In 2015, I thought I’d set myself the challenge of reading as many Australian books, as much Australian writing, as I can. I’m going to make my default ‘Australian Writing’ and I’m going to devour as many local stories as possible. I want to do this for all kinds of reasons: to promote local writers, to revisit Australian classics, to experience and revel in Australian stories, for starters.
My version of A Year Of Australian Writing will go something like this:
I do solemnly swear to read as many Australian authored books, blogs and articles as I can over 2015.
I’m going to swear off all non-Australian fiction, just for 12 months. (I’ll catch up on those books in 2016!)
I will detail the books and things I read here on my blog (and also on Instagram under the #ayearofaustralianwriting tag).
I will regularly give away ace examples of Australian books on my blog.
I will interview interesting people about their favourite Australian writers.
I will interview Australian writers too, if they will let me.
Perhaps you would like to join in too?
+ I’ve created a Good Reads group here so we can share the books we like or are reading more easily.
+ You can follow and chat along with my posts next year, right here on this blog too.
+ Also, you can add a button to your blog – find those here. Download a button in your favourite colour and then link back to this post so people can work out what we’re doing (and maybe join in too!)? Cool!
I’m excited to see how this affects my own writing and point of view. I’m excited to discover new favourites and revisit old friends. Mostly I’m excited to read some cracking books!
How about you? Is this something you’d consider doing, too?