I read a lot; it’s an essential part of my job as a freelance researcher. It is also why at the end of the day I have little energy to read for myself, a trend I hoped to escape once I graduated but that has remained in my life nonetheless. As I’m drawing up plans and commitments for the year to come, I’ve been thinking how to rectify this sorry state of affairs, and putting together a public list of books I’d like to read in 2018 seemed as good a solution as any. The list is a medley of genres, spanning everything from short fiction to financial advice. The unifying characteristic? All authors on this list are women.
This past year has been tiring in many ways but as I think about what 2017 brought to the world, and all the battles that were fought, some successfully and some not, I realise a strange kind of fatigue weighing down on my soul: a fatigue from a media landscape so saturated with male voices that it feels vital to carve out a space in my life, however small, where only women’s voices reign.
Here’s what I’ll be reading next year in this safe literary space I’m creating:
50 books is ambitious, considering a long list of other things I’ve got planned for next year. But it’s a good start and certainly a good aspiration. I will keep track of my progress on here and through social media, so be sure to follow for updates. And if you have any books you think I should add to this list, leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter.
Happy holidays, folks!