Year of the Male Writers

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

One of my goals for the upcoming year is to read some new authors I have been wanting to read. I've had many recommended to me and some are authors my husband loves to read but whose books I have yet to try. And when I was compiling a list of the authors I would like to read, realized they are ALL............... boys!! I felt sort of sexist when I realized the authors I was interested were all male, lol. Especially when I still read about injustices between the genders when it comes to publishing books. What I always found interesting was that I read mainly female authors, so it's actually very surprising to me that the ones I'm interested in are male. Here are a list of some of the authors I have on my list to read (or read more of if I've read only one).

  • Haruki Murakama
  • Nick Hornby
  • Christopher Moore
  • Chuck Palahniuk
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Jess Walter
  • Jonathan Tropper
  • Joshua Ferris
  • Stephen King
  • Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Dennis Lehane
Not that I need them, but any other suggestions??

I think I'll also try another personal goal which I attempted but failed badly at this year: Complete all the books written by Jodi Picoult and Chris Bohjalian. I've read most of Jodi Picoult's books. In fact, I've read all but 3 of the 16 she has published. These 3 include the first 2 and then one other one that I put off because I already saw the Lifetime movie adaption on tv, lol. I love her books, so I don't know why I put off reading the other 3.

I also love the few books by Chris Bohjalian that I have read 4 of his 10 (well, 10 if you count the compilation of his weekly columns). I own most of the rest but, again, have put them off despite wanting to finish reading the rest. So, these are two things I think I'll try to again work on this year.

My other goal for the past 2 years has been to finish the Harry Potter series (I still need to finish #4). Again, a wonderful series that I do love, yet I keep putting it off.

What is my


Amanda said...

I was surprised by how predominantly female my reading list was this year. I read only about 2/3rds as many men as women.

Booksnyc said...

I think my bookshelf is also predominantly female too . . might be a good goal for 2010 to increase my male authors.

Some more suggestions in the male category . . . John Irving, Tom Wolfe, Colm Toibin and T.C. Boyle

Jenny said...

Amanda -- Me too, but I guess that's going to change this year, lol!

Booksync -- Great suggestions! I actually have a Colm Toibin book sitting on my shelf... hopefully I'll get to it before it has to go back to the library.

Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading said...

At least you've started the Harry Potter series! I have all the books and haven't read any of them...

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