In 2011 I read 38 books. Only 5 of which were by female writers, 2 of whom were Australian. To be honest I was pretty shocked by this. I thought my reading would be much more balanced in terms of gender. Maybe not 50/50 but not 13% female.
When I found out about the Australian Women Writers Reading and Reviewing Challenge I jumped at the chance to try and correct the imbalance in my reading. My challenge was to read and review at least 10 books by female writers with at least 4 of those by Australians. So how did I go?
In 2012 I read 65 books (how did that happen!), 19 of which were by female authors. Of those 5 were by Australian writers.
So the verdict: In 2012 I increased my ratio of books by female writers from 13% to 29%. And while I also increased the number of Australian female writers 5 out of 65 can be improved (NOTE I only read 7 Australian male writers in 2012).
I’ve already signed up to do the Australian Women Writers Challenge in 2013. I am very happy to have increased the number of female writers I am reading. Now to try and increase my reading if Australian writers, of both sexes!