At the end of the year I like to look back and see the breakdown of authors I’ve read by sex and race just to see if it is at all representative of the real world.
In 2015 I read:
Of those authors I read 18 female authors more than once and 3 male authors more than once.
I don’t pay any attention to picking authors by sex. According to most writing on this, that should mean that my reading list would be overwhelmingly male. I’m not sure why it isn’t. Maybe it is because I read more genre type of books than “literary” books? Not sure.
Of the unique female authors I read:
I read 14 Caucasian female authors and 4 Black female authors more than once.
Of the unique male authors I read:
I read 3 Caucasian male authors more than once.
Compare that to the racial make up of the actual world.
Those statistics surprised me. I’ve been making an effort to read more POC authors over the last year and my percentages are still skewed majorly white. Imagine how lopsided that would be if I hadn’t been looking for book recommendations for authors. I looked at 2014 and I read 10 POC female authors and only 1 POC male author.
In 2016 I’ll have a bar on my sidebar marking how many books I’ve read by POC authors to help me read more.
Who Were My Most Read Authors of 2015?
I read 5 books each by:
That’s what happens when I’m binge reading series.
Honorable Mention goes to each of these authors I read 4 books by:
Alaya Dawn Johnson