Based on how poorly I did with reading a diverse set of authors last year, even with an explicit plan to try harder to read books by people who are not like me, I thought I’d try a quota approach.
I used the categories that I used in the analysis of last year’s books, which were:
- Book is [fiction | non-fiction]
- Book age is [under 2 years old | 2–15 years old | over 15 years old]
- Author is a [woman | man]
- Author is [black | white | Asian | Hispanic]
That’s 2×3×2×4=48 books. The more I look at these categories the more uncomfortable they make me, but given the combinatorial explosion of going deeper into the implications of intersectionality, I’m not sure my life is long enough. This seems like a good enough start as an experiment.
I’m going to need help finding these books to read, so I made a spreadsheet that actually drives this page (it’s here). You can put comments on that if there’s categories that you have a suggestion for.