Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Did You Read Women in 2014?

How many books did you read this year? And how many of them were by women?

I’m officially at 120 books so far (and let’s face it, I’ll probably squeeze in at least 2 or 3 more in the next week and a half). Best I can tell, 115 of them were by women; I started the Maze Runner trilogy before I heard about the Read Women campaign, I don’t skip a new Jasper Fforde book for anything, and one book was cowritten by Mercedes Lackey and a dude. I also started one book that was supposed to be about making parenting decisions based on science but was actually a bunch of self-aggrandizing bullshit by a dickhead who I kind of wanted to punch in the face after only few pages, and eventually I couldn’t even keep hate-reading it.

Otherwise, my reading list was mostly YA and romance, which are dominated by lady authors. (Assuming none of them are men writing under female pen names, that is; my high school English teacher told us she had a good male friend who was a pretty famous romance writer because he masqueraded as a woman. And no, she never did tell us who he was!)

How did you do this year?


By [E] Hillary

Hillary is a giant nerd and former Mathlete. She once read large swaths of "Why Evolution is True" and a geology book aloud to her infant daughter, in the hopes of a) instilling a love of science in her from a very young age and b) boring her to sleep. After escaping the wilds of Waco, Texas and spending the next decade in NYC, she currently lives in upstate New York, where she misses being able to get decent pizza and Chinese takeout delivered to her house. She lost on Jeopardy.

5 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: Did You Read Women in 2014?”

54 men
29 women
14 both

So, not the best, percentage-wise, but a lot of what I read were Doctor Who comics and audio adventures and those had the same writers through the storylines, which tips the numbers in favor of dudes. But we already know there’s a dearth of women writers in DW-land. (One book, Earthworld, was written by Jacqueline Rayner).

I, too, read a lot of romance, so my percentages are probably heavily biased in favor of women. I’m currently reading the Octavia Butler Earthseed trilogy, which I got on a Kindle Black Friday sale and OMG why didn’t anyone tell me about these books before. They are SO GOOD.

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