2017 has been a strange year to say the least. Politically, personally, my career, and in my reading — things were shaken up. I commenced my goal to read books about fat women that had positive representations. No happily ever after thanks to diets or dates! The challenge was mostly depressing. Turns out, hardly anyone likes to see a fat girl happy with herself. I need to read even more fat fiction to see what’s out there.
I also had a goal to read more books by women of color. I’m not sure I did so great there, though I did buy a lot of books by women of color. While Grab the Lapels is dedicated to writing by folks who identify as women, I did read some books by men. Those reviews are happily housed on my Goodreads page.
Although there may book a book by someone who identifies as a man that ends up in my hands (often due to book club), I’m trying to get that number as low as possible. I know some people argue good books are good regardless of the authors gender, race, age, and/or sexuality. I respond that there are systems in place that prevent certain authors from getting a book deal:
- Look at various times in history when women couldn’t get published because writing wasn’t considered a feminine business.
- There are presses today that argue a story written by a person of color must be about race or they won’t publish it. There’s no market for a book by a black person that isn’t about being black.
- The current argument over whether or not diversity is a marketing tool or a real need in the market.
So, here’s a breakdown of what I read this year:
Books by Women
Graphic Novels: 3
Books by Non-White Women: 12
Books by Men
Graphic Novels: 4
Books by Non-White Men: 5
The Year isn’t Over Yet!
- I’ll be posting about my fat reading goals in more detail.
- I’ll choose my favorite books read in 2017.
- I’m going to post about my 2018 goals.
- Expect reviews of
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
- Looking for Mr. Goodbar by Judith Rossner
- The graphic novel Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie by Anne Martinetti
- And I hope to get to either Fat Assassins by Martia Fowler or Anusha of Prospect Corner by A.M. Blair.