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.

This is my reading habits for the last few years; pretty unbalanced. If I use a quota for this year’s reading, the graph will be flat across all categories.

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 really enjoyed reading a lot of Ursula K. Le Guin, N.K. Jemisin and Octavia E. Butler last year, so I imagine that the trend will continue. (Fingers crossed.)

I’m going to need help finding these books to read, so I made a form here to recommend books. If you need some idea of what I have been reading, here’s 2019 and 2018.


fiction, white male author, over 15 years ago
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fiction, Asian male author, over 15 years ago
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fiction, black male author, over 15 years ago
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fiction, Hispanic male author, over 15 years ago
Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings by Jorge Luis Borges
fiction, white male author, 2-15 years ago
Tank Girl 1 by Alan C. Martin and Jamie Hewlett
fiction, Asian male author, 2-15 years ago
The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
fiction, black male author, 2-15 years ago
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fiction, Hispanic male author, 2-15 years ago
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fiction, white male author, <2 years ago
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fiction, Asian male author, <2 years ago
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fiction, black male author, <2 years ago
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fiction, Hispanic male author, <2 years ago
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fiction, white female author, over 15 years ago
I Love Dick by Chris Kraus
fiction, Asian female author, over 15 years ago
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fiction, black female author, over 15 years ago
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fiction, Hispanic female author, over 15 years ago
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fiction, white female author, 2-15 years ago
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fiction, Asian female author, 2-15 years ago
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fiction, black female author, 2-15 years ago
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
fiction, Hispanic female author, 2-15 years ago
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fiction, white female author, <2 years ago
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fiction, Asian female author, <2 years ago
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fiction, black female author, <2 years ago
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fiction, Hispanic female author, <2 years ago
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non-fiction, white male author, over 15 years ago
How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built by Stewart Brand
non-fiction, Asian male author, over 15 years ago
Gemba Kaizen: A Commonsense, Low-Cost Approach to Management by Masaaki Imai
non-fiction, black male author, over 15 years ago
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non-fiction, Hispanic male author, over 15 years ago
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non-fiction, white male author, 2-15 years ago
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non-fiction, Asian male author, 2-15 years ago
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{:.Looking-for-suggestions} non-fiction, black male author, 2-15 years ago :

non-fiction, Hispanic male author, 2-15 years ago
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non-fiction, white male author, <2 years ago
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non-fiction, Asian male author, <2 years ago
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non-fiction, black male author, <2 years ago
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non-fiction, Hispanic male author, <2 years ago
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non-fiction, white female author, over 15 years ago
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non-fiction, Asian female author, over 15 years ago
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
non-fiction, black female author, over 15 years ago
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
non-fiction, Hispanic female author, over 15 years ago
Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages by Carlota Pérez
non-fiction, white female author, 2-15 years ago
Life of Work: What Office Design Can Learn From the World Around Us by Imogen Privett and Jeremy Myerson
non-fiction, Asian female author, 2-15 years ago
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non-fiction, black female author, 2-15 years ago
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non-fiction, Hispanic female author, 2-15 years ago
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non-fiction, white female author, <2 years ago
Testosterone Rex by Cordelia Fine
non-fiction, Asian female author, <2 years ago
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non-fiction, black female author, <2 years ago
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non-fiction, Hispanic female author, <2 years ago
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This is also a pretty horrible way to visualise it. Maybe a bit later in the year I’ll come back to how to represent it.