Thursday, September 14, 2006

Men and Women

Booking Through Thursday

  1. Do you tend to read more books written by one gender over the other?

  2. If so, which one? Men? Or women? Is this a deliberate choice? Or just something that kind of happened?

  3. And (without wanting to get too personal), is this your gender?

I'm always happy to read women authors, being female myself and the mild feminist that I am, but it's not usually a conscious decision when I choose which books to read. There are too many other factors that lead me to a book- whether the story will interest me, whether I've heard good things about it, whether I've read the author before so trust the author and read it sight unseen, whether it's won any awards (there are a few awards that I like to follow when I can) and so on. So the gender of the author isn't something I really think about.

I started keeping track of what I read in 2002 so I had to go back and see just what the breakdown was over the past few years.
(Note: I didn't include any short story anthologies with authors of both gender).

2002- Men 21, Women 33
2003- Men 31, Women 22
2004- Men 24, Women 35
2005- Men 25, Women 27
2006*- Men 15, Women 20
TOTAL- Men 116, Women 137

So the verdict is that I've read slightly more women authors but like the question said, it's just something that kind of happened.

(*so far this year)


  1. I think I tend to read more women authors than men, but I wonder if the numbers would prove me wrong if I sat down and figured it out from previous years, as you did. With all the thriller/mysteries I've read in the past year or so, I may have bumped the male author side up a notch or two. Hard to say.

  2. I think I do gravitate more towards women authors and many of my favourite authors are women, but of course I have several favourite male authors as well. :P


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