Reading is about making choices, and as a writer I generally make more conscious decisions about what books I read rather than just choosing my favourite authors (although I still do that.)
I always try to read a balance of female and male authors. You know, because there’s all that sexism stuff happening about female authors not getting appreciated. Although this years long-list up for the Miles Franklin prize is kick-ass for women. I also try and have a good mix of Australian authors in there as well, support the locals. This is how I fared:
26 of the books were by female writers, exactly 50%!
29 of the books were by Australian authors. The rest were a mix of British, American, and even some Japanese.
7 of the books were non-fiction.
At least 11 of the books have been made into films.
I read 19 of them on my e-reader. The rest of them were in paperback form.
What do you think? I think it’s a pretty good variety. I’m surprised I read seven non-fiction books, seems like a lot for me. Do you try and keep your reading balanced? How do you do that?