A friend did an interesting analysis on his 2016 reading, and I thought I'd do the same for mine.
In 2016, I read 79 books, tracked thanks to Goodreads.
25 were written by white men
50 were written by women
10 were written by authors of color
16 featured a protagonist or major character of color
10 featured a protagonist or main character who was LGBTQ (or explicitly asexual)
I also read 1 graphic novel, and 1 libretto.
16 science fiction
4 non-fiction (3 history, 1 essay collection)
My favorite book of 2016 was probably N.K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season, a triumph of worldbuilding and writing and mind-bending brilliance in terms of characterization, point of view, and so many other things. It is also a genuinely diverse book in that it encompasses the obvious check boxes (author and protagonists of color, protagonists who are gay & poly) but also some profoundly differing points of view, all treated with respect.
My least favorite book of 2016 was Robin McKinley's Pegasus, which was a deep and unsettling surprise to me. It had nearly everything I could possibly want in a book and still fell painfully, depressingly flat. I read worse books, but none that I felt more sad about.
In 2017, I need to do way better in a couple of categories:
- less fantasy (which is my comfort reading)
- more authors of color
- more protagonists of color
- more protagonists/authors who are LGBTQ
And for this blog, perhaps most importantly, more non-fiction. More museum professional development!
I'll try to do a monthly roundup, and highlight any museum-specific books I've read.