I’m probably shooting myself in the foot by taking the time to read–and now post–this, since it’s about not having time to write. Suffice to say I relate. It’s helpful to see someone else saying the same things I’ve been saying for the last ten years or so. And I can’t even imagine how writers with children do it. One reason I don’t post much to this blog is…it takes time. Of which I never, ever have enough.
I’m not the only person who took a shine to this; there are lots of comments on the post. And I feel compelled to add, without getting deep into murky waters, this seems to me to be a gendered issue, too, since overall women still carry the largest burden of child-rearing and household work, and since women are still socialized to give up their time for others, and we’re paid less for equal work so we have to work more for the same gains, and…yeah. I’d say more but I have to go to work.
Had We But Sleep Enough, and Time, Zoe Zolbrod, at The Nervous Breakdown.
George Eastman House, via Flickr Commons
So, last year I tallied up the books I read in 2009 and ran a few stats to see where I’ve been resting my eyes the most. Same deal this year–and not surprisingly, pretty similar results.
Total books read: 43 (minus 2 collections/anthologies, which skew the proportions, so call it 41)
Number of single-author books by women: 15 (37%)
Number of single-author books by or about people of color: 4 (10%)
Number of single-author books by or about Jewish folks, that I know of: 3 (7%)
2009 figures for comparison:
Number of books by women: 16 (29%)
Number of books by or about people of color: 8 (15%)
Number of books by or about Jewish folks, that I know of: 2 (4%)
So, yeah. Interesting how that works, even when you’re conscious of your reading biases and trying to read against them. I know I’m going to tally my reading at the end of the year, and I’m conscious every time I pick up a book that I’m making a choice to read a particular author, with a particular world view. I have an intention to read more broadly, the way you can have an intention to stay calm and cheerful all day at work. So far I haven’t exactly wowed myself with my results.
The cover collage, for interest’s sake.