Have you read the articles about people who read only books by women for a year? Or any number of the push back articles(which I’m not going to link to because they’re not worth it)? I’ve been thinking about this a lot, as well as how I decide which books to read.
I’m not ready to commit to reading only “X or Y” writers for a year, because I read a LOT of books and upon realization, I actually do already read mostly women authors. However, while I’ve been thinking about these readers who have done challenges such as the ones mentioned above, I realize that even so, most of the history of literature has been very white and very male. I began thinking back to the literature classes I had to take for my major, and I realized that in my two British literature classes I took, I don’t think I read any female authors. In fact, out of the five literature classes I took, only TWO read any work by a female author. Now, one of those was a class on Chaucer, so that makes sense. But the others? No reason there.
And so I decided to take on a less long-term project: in March, for women’s history month, I’m reading only books written by women AND I’m going to try, if I can(depending on some ARCs I want to read to keep ahead of publication dates) to read only books with female protagonists as well. And perusing the books on my to-read list I realized–reading only books written by women for a month? Pretty easy for what on my TBR. Reading only female protagonist? Much more difficult, but it also made me realize that I really do want to read this way for a month and see what happens, particularly since I read mostly YA and there’s SO MUCH cultural noise & static about the lives of teenage girls.
I’ve never really made a reading plan for myself before, so this will be a month of new things all together, but I’m excited to see how it goes.