Last year in the context of work, I discovered the power of data-driven decisions and started to apply it in other spheres of my life. In 2017, I aimed to read more books and watch less series, so I started to count and make a list of the books I had read. Half-way through the year, though I was happy to be progressing on my goal to read more, I realised a large proportion of those books were written by men.
While there is nothing wrong with books written by men, I strive for equality so I decided to balance out the trend. I paid closer attention and consciously chose books written by women, as well as looking out for some voices that were new to me, and in the end, 43,6% of the 39 books I read were by women authors.
Now for 2018 I plan that at least 56,4% of the books I read are written by women. I’ll report back on how it is going throughout the year:)
Here are some of my favorite books written by women from my 2017 readings, perfect for curling up on the couch in these days of icy cold weather:
A little life – Hanya Yanagihara
This is one of the best books I read last year. I keep coming back to the story and its characters who I couldn’t help but care for deeply and their relationships. Utterly heartbreaking and not for the faint-hearted (there are images of abuse and violence that I still find difficult to shake off today).
The buddha in the attic – Julie Otsuka
The story of Japanese picture brides who moved to the United States in the 1900s. I really enjoyed how their stories are told anonymously and at the same time so personally. It was gripping and fascinating as I had never heard of this part of history.
New people – Danzy Senna
A modern love story about racial identity and figuring out what one really wants in life. I enjoyed the sneak peek into a Brooklyn lifestyle in the 90s and got caught up in the shenanigans of Maria, the main character whose behaviour is both mindboggling and completely relatable.
Salvage the bones – Jesmyn Ward
Day to day life of a family in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. So beautifully written and poetic. The characters are great and you really feel like you are there with them.