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I was curious about how my books read in 2015 broke down by the author’s gender, and I’m happy to report that it was almost entirely books by women.

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This is not bad! Most of the male writers I read were guests at NerdCon: Stories, so that feels like a legit reason for choosing them. I’m still going to continue trying to read more women than men in 2016. I notice multiple times per day that I am almost constantly surrounded by men’s voices (Turn on the radio? Mostly male announcers, mostly male singers. Put on a TV show? Mostly men. Walk around listening to whatever conversation is happening in a public place? The voices that come through are mostly men’s.), and I want to change that to have more balance, as much as I can. I’ve been curating a Pandora station that is nearly all women’s voices (a few bands with both female and male singers are included), so that’s a step in the right direction. Do you notice that you hear a majority of voices from one group or another? Do you have any strategies for changing what you hear?

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I recently (finally) started reading the first book in Susan Wittig Albert’s China Bayles series.

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They’re cozy mysteries, gardening-related, set in a cute small town, by the author of the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, and the main character is an avowed feminist. What took me so long?

Random notes:

  • I really like the descriptions of the protagonist’s herb garden. It makes me miss gardening and look forward to our future home where I can do that again.
  • The first book was published in 1992, and I don’t remember too many people (or book characters) overtly stating their feminism at that time (or showcasing it on their t-shirts, as this character does).
  • There are twenty-something books in this series, so who knows how far through it I’ll get, but it’s off to a good start.
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