I still need to do a proper New Year post but in the meantime, I have a favour to ask: recommendations for women authors.
One of my (as yet to be finalised) aims for this year is not just to keep up my reading, but to increase the number of books by female writes I read.
To put this in perspective, and because I'm sad enough to have kept track, last year I completed 44 books. Of these, 28 were by men, 15 by women and 1 was an anthology; in percentage terms this breaks down as 64%, 34% and 2%. When it comes to different authors, I read books by 19 male authors and just 6 different female authors - a 73% to 23% split. (The difference is down to the fact that I'm reading (listening to) a number of book series, including the Miss Marple and Ripley books.)
So, this year, a supplementary aim to that of reading 40 books is to achieve gender balance overall, and to improve that secondary split as well.
There are a number of good candidates already on my list - but I've always operated on the basis that a book list can never be too long...
P.S. If you want to see more of my book reading habits, you'll find my goodreads page here.