Challenging yourself Aussie style in 2012

Here at Fair Dinkum HQ we’re keen to motivate you to read Australian crime fiction so, using the theory that It’s never to early to start thinking about what you’ll be reading next year, here are two reading challenges you could participate in next year to help you along. Neither of these challenges is specifically about crime fiction but either can be adapted to suit your genre reading preferences.

Joanne at Booklover Book Reviews is hosting the Aussie Authors Challenge for the third year in a row and you can sign up for one of two levels of the challenge. Tourist level requires reading 3 books by Aussies while to claim dinky-di status you’ll need to read 12 books by Aussies authors.


Being run for the first time in 2012 is the Australian Women Writers Challenge which you can sign up for at the challenge’s very own website. It will be hosted by Elizabeth Lhuede (writer, blogger and all-round champion of Australian women’s writing) and offers a variety of levels from 3-10 books. Helpful lady that she is Elizabeth even provided a list of Australian women’s crime novels published this year that you might like to consider for your reading.

We’ll publish a round-up of our great Aussie crime fiction reading next month to help you plan your reading for both challenges.


12 thoughts on “Challenging yourself Aussie style in 2012

  1. Thanks for the links. I have given up on challenges I have to admit, but I will definitely be keeping an eye on the Australian Womens Writing challenge. I try to read Australian literature as much as I can (although its been a lot less than usual lately) and I am sure that the bulk of what I have read is by a male author. Definitely something to think about


  2. Thanks for this Bernadette. I’m going to go for the Australian Women Writers Challenge although I suspect part of the challenge will be getting hold of the books. However I have a kindle, Amazon and Audible account, Aussie friends and this excellent website to to guide me to good authors.

    I agree that Aussie crime fiction needs publicising here in the UK. While trawling for other reviews to link my review of Peter Temple to, I came across this comment from The Daily Telegraph on the Quercus website this week. “Australians are about as renowned for writing crime fiction as they are for curtsying…..”


  3. I feel a bit guilty as I am thinking about making 2012 a challenge-free zone though I haven’t entirely made up my mind yet. Just feeling a bit pressured at the moment to finish all my challenges and I am wistful about the concept of reading what I want when I want. But even if I don’t sign up for the challenges I will be reading and reviewing loads of Aussie authors, especially the ladies 🙂


  4. I’ll be reading a lot of Aussie mysteries, and probably by women writers. I’ll have to make this a project. I like Katherine Howell, have read one, have another; want to read Kathryn Fox’s Death Mask, Angela Savage’s The Half-Child, Nicole Watson’s The Boundary, Suhari Gentile’s A Few Right-Thinking Men, and much more. The Aussie women’s mystery writers club has so many writers now. I could read these all year, although I’m trying to think globally.
    The global book challenges have gotten me to several countries, Australia being a favorite. I will read many of these books. Accessing them won’t be so easy, and I do not want to pay $40 for a book to get to the States. If anyone has ideas, let us know where to look.


  5. I might give this or these a go as I have some Aussie books waiting to be read at home. I hate to ask, but “dinky di”? (not diggery doo or dunkin’ donuts….)


    • LOL Maxine I was wondering if anyone would ask about that – dinky di can actually fairly close in meaning to fair dinkum – it means “honest” or “really truly” as in “na…dinky di the fish I caught was 4 feet long”. it can also mean Australian through and through – as in “he’s a dinky di bloke” – often said about someone from the Bush who talks without moving his lips (to keep the flies from getting in) and has all the quintessential Australian characteristics


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