Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone! Here are my resolutions for reading and blogging:

1. Pursuant to the FTC's new rules regarding product endorsement and blogging, all reviews of books I receive from authors and publishers will be marked with the following image at the bottom:

2. READ MORE FEMALE AUTHORS! FIGHT THE GENDERFAIL!*

3. Regarding translated fiction: read more non-European authors.

* As I finished Hanan al-Shaykh's The Story of Zahra on December 31, the same has been added retroactively to my "2009 End of Year Meme" post.

While searching for a happy coyote image, I found these two following items: cute photos of a mama coyote and her pups and the amazing story of a miracle survivor coyote. I love these animals.

8 comments:

Gavin said...

Happy New Year and good luck with your resolutions!

Diane said...

Good luck with your resolutions. (I don't make them as I never stick to them...oh the pressure..LOL)

Happy New Year

JoAnn said...

Cute coyote! Good luck with your resolutions.

E. L. Fay said...

Thanks for the encouragement everyone!

Richard said...

Not that it'll necessarily make you feel any better, E.L. Fay, but I had a bigger "genderfail" than you last year. The problem for me this year, such as it is, is that most of the authors I'm desperate to read are once again male. And the fact that the three worst books I read last year were all female-penned doesn't exactly, uh, make me feel encouraged about the situation. P.S. Neither of us is as "bad" as one blogger I saw earlier today. She said she'd read something like 250 books last year, all but 10 written by women! P.P.S. Good luck with your goals and cool coyote pic!!

softdrink said...

Happy New Year...may 2010 be a genderwin year!

E. L. Fay said...

Richard: *sigh* Yes, but I am female, so this makes my lack of female-authored reading all the more disturbing. And while 240 out of 250 books is a lot of female authors, the fact that women's literary contributions have been traditionally marginalized makes that less of a genderfail than reading almost all male authors.

Softdrink: Hopefully!

Emily said...

The other thing about a male-heavy gender imbalance is that until very recently, the writing of "serious" novels tended to be male-dominated, and even now male authors are more likely to win literary prizes, etc. Which is both an explanation for ending up with such an imbalance, and also part of the problem.

Good luck with your goals for 2010! I really enjoy your reviews, & look forward to reading more of them. :-)

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