The Trend Continues

On Tuesdays, I go to my local library to write.  After I finish with my section for the night, I often browse the adult non-fiction shelf to see if there is anything intriguing that I might want to read.  So far, I’ve had good luck, finding some very interesting books that I enjoyed a lot.  By coincidence, all three had female authors.

This habit was interrupted briefly by the arrival of a book I purchased with a Christmas gift card.  This book, too, is non-fiction and written by a woman.

I’ve recently read a couple of other books from the library that weren’t accidental finds.  One was a book that was mentioned in an internet article, which I specifically requested and which had to be sent from another library branch.  The other was from a Valentine’s Day event that our library system holds called “Blind Date with a Book” – you answer a few questions and a librarian picks out a book you might like.  Without any particular design, both of these non-fiction books were written by women.

I noticed the trend around book three.  I haven’t specifically set out to keep it going, and I haven’t rejected a possible book because it was written by a man, but I am curious to see how long it continues.

Tonight I stumbled across two more books that caught my eye while at the library.  One was completely random – I went into the stacks to find a reference book for help with a writing question (a benefit of being in a library) and this book was face-out on the shelf.  The other was on a display that I noticed as I was heading to the check out computers.  I didn’t want to choose, and I can read two books in three weeks, so I checked them both out.

You have probably figured out where this is going, so it shouldn’t be a surprise. Both of the new books are non-fiction by female authors.

I’m kind of enjoying this trend, now that I think about it.  🙂


In case you’re curious, here are the books I’ve read so far in 2018:
Spies in the Family by Eva Dillon (library find)
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore (library find)
Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder by Claudia Kalb (ordered)
Daring to Drive by Manal al-Sharif (library find)
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (blind date)
Little Girls in Pretty Boxes by Joan Ryan (requested)

And I just picked up Bonk by Mary Roach (shelf) and Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt (display).