Recently Nancy asked me if I was going to host #AusReadingMonth again this year in November. My first response was an internal 'noooooooooooooooo! It's all too hard!'
But I woke up this morning, wondering why I had such a strong reaction.
I LOVE reading Australian literature and promoting it far and wide.
I LOVE this blogging community that joins in whichever way suits them best.
So I pulled up my AusReadingMonth tag to have myself a little stroll down memory lane.
The first surprise was that 2018 was the one and only year I haven't run AusReadingMonth. I thought it had been a couple of years.
However, I quickly joined the dots, when I realised that my 2017 AusReadingMonth, which was meant to be a month long celebration of five years of the event, ending up being an intense, very personal family month of honouring the sudden passing of my father-in-law.
My second surprise was the result of some more faulty thinking. I thought I hadn't had very many participants in the last couple of years, that interest was dwindling. However, the stats and link ups proved me otherwise.
Given that I've read some amazing Australian literature in the past two years, I'd love to have chance to pull them all together to show them off properly. And I always love to hear about which Australian books have found their way overseas. Which books have been picked up by UK or US publishers, and which books have been publicised or featured in overseas media.
It's beginning to sound like #AusReadingMonth 2019 is going to be a thing!
Are you interested in joining in?
- How would you prefer to share your thoughts and posts on the Aussie books you've read this year?
- Would you be interested in a month-long readalong of one book?
- A Bingo card?
- Weekly challenges?
- Do you like lists of Australian classics?
- New releases?
- Indigenous authors?
- Award winners?
- Should we revive the never-ending discussion about the Great Australian Novel?
I'm keen to hear your thoughts, suggestions or effusions of pure enthusiasm!