2016 reading plans

In 2015 I aimed to read 26 books and managed only 16. This year I’m going to set the same goal of 26 books.

Going through my list of books read in 2015, I was surprised and disappointed to find I’d read only 3 books by women. The overwhelming majority were by men. This wasn’t by design. Several of those authors were favourites whose books I’ve been reading for years – Mark Lawrence, Terry Pratchett, Patrick O’Brian. And it’s not like none of my favourite authors are women – Robin Hobb and Diana Wynne Jones, for example. I just didn’t read them in 2015.

So in 2015 I will not only aim to read 26 books, but I will also aim for a minimum of 50% of the books I read to be by women.

And, since last year I was terrible at keeping records of my reading, I’ll also aim to use Goodreads to keep a record of every book I read, and also review every fantasy book I read here on my blog.

If you are a woman writing fantasy, or have a favourite female fantasy author, please share in the comments. Who knows, I might just find my newest favourite author.

4 thoughts on “2016 reading plans

  1. I’m kind of the opposite of you. The vast majority of the books I like to read are by women. In fact all of the books I read and finished in 2015 were by women (one book I partially read and will complete this year is by a man). Looking at my planned reading list for this year, however, there will be one-third written by men because of two book series I will start reading.

    1. Are there any in particular you could recommend? Perhaps your favourite book read in 2015? Doesn’t have to be fantasy, I read a lot of historical fiction too (currently reading a Cadfael book, giving me a good start to reading more women authors this year!) and I have no particular objection to any other genre.

  2. If you haven’t already read them, I would recommend the His Fair Assassin trilogy by Robin LaFevers. It’s historical fiction mixed with fantasy. My favorite of the three was the second one, Dark Triumph. I also read and enjoyed the first of the Meratis trilogy, Evensong, by Krista Walsh. It’s about an author who gets pulled into his fantasy world. It’s really good. And I also read the first two books in the Bound trilogy by Kate Sparkes (book three will be out later this month). It’s a fantasy series and really enjoyable. Some of the other series I started this year have been out for a while, but I’m just now reading them. Like Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I actually was not familiar with that series until the TV show started, but I’ve read the first one and really liked it. Also the Mortal Instruments series. I’ve read the first four books and it’s really better than I thought it would be.

    1. Thanks, I’ll have a look at those. I read Crossstich/Outlander by Diana Gabaldon a few years ago, but there’s no harm rereading it, especially since I can barely remember it and it’s probably on Mum’s bookshelf still. I recall I thought with a Scottish accent while reading it though. Definitely adding Robin LaFevers, Krista Walsh and Kate Sparkes to my reading list too, thanks!

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