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As I tell you every other Saturday, I am only reading books by women this summer. Hopefully thirty of them. I say hopefully because, man, this is harder than I thought.
It isn’t that I don’t have books to read, or that I’m not reading right now. I’m right on track in terms of the books I’ve already read. I have more than a few thoughts to share about the things I’ve noticed so far and curious to find out more about the trends I notice as I move forward in the challenge. It’s just… it would be nice to read a book by a guy right about now.
There’s no really great reason why. I suspect that some of it has to do with my love for rereading—I’m not reading many of my favorite books this summer because they were authored by men. And I suspect that, in some way, it might have to do with me and my habits.
Reading challenges aside, I tend to read more books by men than women.
I’ve asked before if anyone else felt like male voices dominated in their school reading. In the comments section of that post, many people said that whatever their school reading, their personal reading habits favored female authors. I thought I was the same, except I just went and tallied up the count.
I started keeping track of the books I read in August 2013, so this compares the ratios up to today. N/A refers to books that were written by three or more people or attributed to a publisher rather than a person. Books with both a male and female author each got the book counted in their stats. And since I did this all last night, I’m sure that there are a few errors, but consider it close enough.
So: I tend to read more books by guys.
At least, I’m pretty sure I used to. I didn’t last year and I might not this year, but it certainly looks that way to me. I’ve only read books by women since May, and I’ve still read more books by men this year! Without this challenge, you’d see more blue on that pie chart for sure.
Knowing that fact, it leaves me with the question: What does it mean? Does it say something about where I look for books? The kind of books I’m more willing to reread? Maybe even the kind of style I prefer? At the very least is says something about choice. Yes, I feel like I don’t read enough female perspectives at school, but I am the one who chose to binge-read series by Jim Toomey, George O’Connor, John Flanagan, and Mark Walden over the two and a half years.
But in the end, this is really more of a source of curiosity than a real issue for me. So what if I tend to enjoy and reread male authors more? Plenty of people do, and plenty of people don’t. Both are okay. I just want to know the right answer behind it all—even if, in a case like this, there’s no such thing.
Don't worry about me, really! I have Malinda Lo and Maya Angelou waiting for me, and they're gonna be totally awesome. It's just my darn hungry eyes...