Last December, the #readwomen movement spawned on Tumblr, and I decided to give it a whirl, reading only female authors for the entire month.
Since then, there’s been a book club, which I’ve managed to participate in some months, but not others, when the selections didn’t jive with my reading challenges, or I couldn’t lay hands on the books in time.
#readwomensummer, though, I can get down with that.
The full commitment is to read only female authors from the beginning of June through the end of August, but again, that doesn’t jive with my reading challenges–the books I already have assigned to tasks are split nearly equally between male and female authors, and while I could shove them aside until fall, then I’d end up with #readmenautumn, which I don’t think I’d look forward to.
So my plan is to alternate between the two when reading through my physical cache of books, and when I want to acquire something new (or borrow, as the case may be) I’ll make every effort to choose something penned by a woman.
And I’ve already started–my first book of the summer has a female author, and so did the “book about a cult” I requested from the library that I picked up earlier this week.
Even for those of us who don’t make the choice to not read male authors for three months, we’re choosing to read more by women than we might have otherwise.
Also, I’m going to another Friends of the Library book sale on Saturday (just like I did in December, remember how many books I got?) and I won’t turn away a male-written book if I see something I want (definitely looking for more Ray Bradbury and Neil Gaiman), again, I intend to prioritize acquiring more female authors, especially ones new to me.
Anyone want to join me in #readwomensummer?