Wednesday, May 27, 2009
My mom almost never reads male writers. I know she does occasionally – we’ve discussed one of my favorites, East of Eden, recently. But there are so many books by women that are in need of readership and discussion.
As a feminist and a writer, I’ve consistently failed to follow her example– last year, I read 38 books total and only six were by women. This is unacceptable to me. I need to support other women who write and not favor male writers buoyed by critical and commercial acclaim.
This year, I set my reading goals high: 50 books, at least 20 (40%) by women. I expected this to be a challenge, but it’s actually enlivened and encouraged my reading. Since I made this resolution at the beginning of April, I’ve read 14 books, 11 by women. It’s never a challenge to find lively, interesting, original books by women writers in any genre – be it comics, history, fiction, or memoir.
I’m going to try to review at least one women writer every Wednesday. You can see what I’m reading and have read by looking at my Goodreads profile. Later today: The Hemingses of Monticello, by Annette Gordon-Reed.
Illustration for Bitch Magazine by Meg Hunt