As I mentioned in this post, I’m tracking my reading in 2016 in order to illuminate trends and identify potential holes in my reading habits. Since a quarter of the year has now passed (WHAT?!?!), I thought I’d pop on and do a quick update of my selections from the year thus far. Already I’m getting a clearer picture of the type of voices I’m missing out on as well as honing in on the subjects I find most fascinating. Here’s a breakdown of my first few months…
- I have read 10 books so far in 2016.
- The oldest was published in 1998, the most recent in 2015.
- These 10 books were comprised of 3,137 pages.
- 6 authors were female and 4 were male. (Better than I thought!)
- All authors were white; 1 Jewish born of immigrant parents. (YIKES! Definitely something I need to work on!!!)
- 6 authors were American, 3 were British, and 1 was Canadian.
- Only one identifies as LGBTQ. (Another area for improvement.)
- I read 3 memoirs, 3 works of fiction (1 thriller, 1 historical), and 4 works of non-fiction.
- A few themes that were encountered throughout several books included; travel, stories of financial struggle/low-wage work, the effects of oppression/patriarchy on women, and mental illness. (Uplifting, eh?)
- 5 of the books took place in America.
- The historical fiction novel I read took place from 1791-1810.
- These books expanded my knowledge in environmental science, cultural anthropology, nutrition, Southern history, Indian politics, ethnography, mental health, and religion.
- Of the fiction books I read, all 3 utilized a female narrator.
- All 3 passed the Bechdel Test (although one BARELY passed).
- While only 1 had characters who were identified as POC.
With that information in mind, here are the 10 books I’ve read so far in 2016:
Now, over to y’all…what have YOU read in 2016? Have you noticed any trends in your reading selections over the years? And finally, can you recommend some books for me to start filling in the gaps of missing voices in my reading lists? I’d love suggestions and recommendations! Thanks in advance.