So I decided in January that I’m going out of my way to read more great books by women. I’m going to say twenty books in the first half of 2016. Rereads count, but only if it’s been at least fifteen years since the first read. I’m also not sticking to this diet exclusively, because I wanted to finish Accidents in North American Mountaineering, and Fifty Degrees Below had showed up in the interlibrary loan queue (but I was a little frustrated with Fifty: as Frank burbles on about how logical it is to sleep in the park and hang out with homeless guys every night, I can’t stop noticing how unworkable that solution would be for most people with breasts).
Read so far
- What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton
- Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
- Pride and Prejudice (reread) by Jane Austen
- The Left Hand of Darkness (reread) by Ursula Le Guin
- Ellen in Pieces by Caroline Adderson
- Over Sea, under Stone (again) by Susan Cooper. Book one of the Dark Is Rising series, which I read through except for The Dark Is Rising itself, which I reread two years ago.
- Greenwitch (again) by Susan Cooper
- The Grey King (again) by Susan Cooper
- Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper. I think this was the first time. The other books are very good, but this one I didn’t like as much. Too much magic, I think.
- Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton
- Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold
- Climbing Free: My Life in the Vertical World by Lynn Hill and Greg Child. I’m very interested in motivation, and check out this one: “For me, the ascent represented a kind of performance art to demonstrate the values I believed in.”
- Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
- Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior by Judith Martin
- Merchanter’s Luck by C. J. Cherryh
- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
And some future reads
- Anne Tyler: because Nick Hornby says she’s great.
- C. J. Cherryh: because Jo Walton says she’s great. How did I miss reading her books until now?
- Cheryl Strayed: again, Nick Hornby says she’s great, and I was impressed by what I read of her Dear Sugar column while standing up in the bookstore.
- I’ll read Kristen Ulmer’s book when it comes out because her articles in Outside magazine were always funny and interesting.