That’s christmas done. I came home without any leftovers and now after two days of Milly being visited by her sisters, there won’t be any, not even fruit probably. I should have gone down to Gee’s, they got through a whole pavlova for breakfast this morning.
Did I get any books? A voucher from one daughter for a little store in Freo (not New Editions/Crow Books with which I have long been unhappy for their lack of support for Australians in general and WA’ns in particular); Another Day in the Colony which I bought while shopping, and which I hope will be special; and the book above, thankyou Milly’s sister, the little Diva, which will hopefully reinspire me to better (and less!) eating.
I’m writing Monday in the vain hope that a job will pop up Tues or Weds and I’ll be on my way. And no, Liz, I haven’t read any late top ten contenders. Yet. Maybe tomorrow. [Weds evening. No work this week. Plenty left in Milly’s fridge, even pavlova. My sisters in law are all wonderful human beings].
I thought I had posts written in advance way into the forseeable future, I even had a posting schedule on my wall calendar, but of course that ends on 30 Dec. ‘EOY21’. I’d better buy a new one. I see now all remaining future posts are for my upcoming gig on the (former) AWWC site. I do have a couple or three in my head for AWW Gen 4 Week, 16-23 Jan 2022 but as we all know, that is not the same as having them written down.
Ok, here are my reading stats for 2021, 2020 in brackets.
Books read: 145 (164)
Gender balance: Male authors 57, Female 84 (67/97)
Author from: Australia 45 (29), UK 36 (35), USA 39 (79), Canada 7 (3) Europe 12 (10), Asia 2 (5), Africa 2 (1) Other 0 (2)
Genre: Non-fiction 12 (12), Literature 52 (43), General 21 (39), SF 29 (18), Crime 28 (48), Short Stories 7 (4)
Year of Publication: 2021-20 27 (6), 2010-19 57 (61), 2000-9 15 (27), 1960-99 23 (36), 1900-59 12 (26), pre-1900 9 (8) – I definitely need a few Melanie/GTL pie graphs to make this all readable! Tries Table Block.
That’s made up of 103 (118) audiobooks, 39 (41) ‘real’ books, and 3 (5) e-books (all old, pdf or Proj. Gutenberg)
Fewer audiobooks is down to less time in the truck (in the second half of the year), but fewer real books? What am I doing with my free time? As for the composition of my reading, it doesn’t seem to have changed much. The big increase in current year books (2020-21) is mostly down to new general and genre fiction audiobooks at the library. Although it doesn’t show, I actually read more new release poetry than I did new release Australian Lit.Fic.
And I’m happy that the US/Crime portion of my reading has gone down. At least some of the reason for that is that I’ve been able to target my listening better by using Audible and BorrowBox.
Posts for year: 93 (90)
Made up of: Reviews 55 plus 12 Such is Lifes (63), Journals 18 (21), Other 8 (6). Though some of the Journals were also largely Reviews. Five (8) reviews were supplied by guests or were reposts – all for AWW Gen 3 Week II. Reviews seem to have split 21/35 male/female by author (13/50).
In 2021 I put up 15 (20) reviews to the Australian Women Writers Challenge. Last year I wrote: “Theirs is a great site, I thank them, and hope they keep going for many more years” and bugger me, it comes to an end. Theresa Smith who has done a marvellous job for a number of years needed to wind down and a replacement could not be found. The result is a) the AWWC’s founder, Elizabeth Lheude, has asked Sue/Whispering Gums and me to work with her on the site to produce a weekly journal with a focus on early Australian Women Writers, commencing Feb. 2022; and b) Theresa will continue with the Facebook page “Love Reading Books by Australian Women” on which I hope you will all continue to post.
Last year I had a worst book, Miles Franklin’s Bring the Monkey. Do I have one this year? I can think of two, but let’s say Bill Green, Small Town Rising. The best, mmm … I mentioned three very good new releases last week, but for something different how about my ‘discovery’ of Australian SF/satirist Max Barry, Jennifer Government.
Now, reminder time …
The theory of AWW Gen 4 is one of the posts which is mostly in my head. The definition we are using is authors who began publishing in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. There’s a (hopefully) complete list on the AWW Gen 4 page. These are the aspects of theory I am thinking about – modernist writing; feminism (second wave/women’s lib); post-colonialism; post-War society: prosperous, middle class, increasingly multi-cultural; the slow uptake of postmodernism; and what happened to the radicalism, sexual liberation and drugs of the anti-Vietnam War years?.
All the best for a Prosperous and Healthy New Year!
Omar El Akkad (M, Can), What Strange Paradise (2021)
Ian Rankin (M, Sco), Rather be the Devil (2016) – Crime
Hunter S Thompson (M, USA), The Rum Diary (1998)
Mihail Sebastan (M, Rom), Women (thank you Bron)
Willa Cather (F, USA), Alexander’s Bridge
Richard Brautigan (M, USA), An Unfortunate Woman
Georgette Heyer (F, Eng), The Quiet Gentleman
Helen Garner (F, Aus/Vic), Monkey Grip
Gerald Murnane (M, Aus/Vic), Tamarisk Row
Louisa Atkinson (F, Aus/NSW), Gertrude the Emigrant
Belinda Castles (ed) (Aus), Reading Like an Australian Writer (NF – Criticism)
Clare Bailey (F, USA), the clever guts diet recipe book (NF – Cooking)