Thanks so much to Getting Through Anxiety for tagging me!
- Post this tag post on a Friday.
- Tag three to five other bloggers (female or male, doesn’t matter).
- Post the image.
- If you’re going to start doing the meme on your blog please link back so there’s a pingback in the comments section for others (me) to check out.
1. What’s the ratio of female:male authors in your shelves? (You don’t have to give an exact amount, just approximately.)
My bookshelf is tiny because I own most books on Kindle. However, in terms of physical books, I have:
33 books by male authors
37 books by female authors
I have ordered quite a lot so far this month, though, so that will go up!
2. Do you have any preconceived notions about female authors? For example, they only write YA or chicklit?
When I was a child, I read books indiscriminately and was very much of the opinion that all books are born equally, so no, the fact that a book is written by a woman doesn’t make me judge a book any differently than if it was written by a man. When you’ve grown up reading Enid Blyton, J. K. Rowling and Judy Blume, you’re well aware that gender makes absolutely no difference to talent.
3. Who’s your favourite female author?
Why would you ask me this?!
Well, Harper Lee and J. K. Rowling wrote some of my favourite books, so it’ll have to be one of them. Does that count as an answer???
4. Have you ever read a comic or a graphic novel written and illustrated by a woman?
The only graphic novels I’ve read are the Percy Jackson ones, so no! I have read War Horse, which was written by Michael Morpurgo but I believe was illustrated by a woman.
5. Have you read any LGBT books?
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown immediately jumps to mind, but I’m sure I’ve read more. Does The Girl Who Just Appeared by Jonathan Harvey count as LGBT?
6. Have you read a book by a female author of colour?
Generally I don’t research authors so I don’t know what ethnicity they are. However I have read The Color Purple by Alice Walker and White Teeth by Zadie Smith.
7. Have you read any feminist non-fiction books?
I don’t often read non-fiction but would like to read The Medieval Vagina by Karen Harris and Lori Caskey-Sigety soon. It’s more of a history book than a feminist book but is obviously solely concerned with female history. I did read bits of The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir at uni (but only a few short samples).
8. Who is your favourite female character? Someone strong and role model-ish.
Rita from Educating Rita by Willy Russell (a play, not a book). She may not seem overtly courageous but she stands by her beliefs and doesn’t let people push her around. She takes risks so that she can get an education.
9. Is there a really popular female author that you haven’t read at all?
I haven’t read any Cecilia Ahern, Jojo Moyes, Stephanie Meyer or Cassandra Clare. I’ve only read one of Margaret Atwood’s books but would love to read more as she’s generally considered to be brilliant.
10. Is there a popular non-feminist book that you really enjoyed?
I’m not sure how much criticism it’s had for being ‘non-feminist’, but I really enjoyed The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella and have read it a few times. (I gave up on the rest of the series, though; it did not need sequels at all.) This is one of the books that I kind of feel embarrassed about reading, and I do often have that reaction to chick-lit – I always assume it’ll be so badly written, even though they’re often quite witty. (I blame marketing for this – all those pink covers and squiggly fonts.)
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