This year I reviewed 106 books. That's pretty typical for me. I have a long commute, and I really really like to read. Here's a breakdown of author demographics and types of literature:
Chronologically (Fine, my spreadsheet and CMS taxonomy numbers don't match up. At all.):
- Cruising the Library: Perversities in the Organization of Knowledge
- Just Girls
- Lucy and Linh
- The Heartbeats of Wing Jones
- Being Emily
- Fans of the Impossible Life
- Out of Darkness
- The Hate U Give
- The Sun Is Also a Star
- Hunger: a Memoir of (My) Body
- You're Welcome, Universe
- If I Was Your Girl
- American Street
- The Nowhere Girls
- Dear Martin
- This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare
- One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter
- Saints and Misfits
- The Best We Could Do: an Illustrated Memoir
- The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band
- Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
- The First Rule of Punk
- Auma's Long Run
- Adjusted Margin: Xerography, Art, and Activism in the Late Twentieth Century
- The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary
- Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl
- Girl Mans Up
- We Are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays
For me, non-normative means anyone outside the white, het, able-bodied canon.
Five of them were for school, one (Being Mortal) was a Freedman family read, and the other last a book about a deaf girl who manages a band, Five Flavors of Dumb, and reading books about disabled people was a priority for me this year.
That's low for me; I'd like the number to be closer to half. I'll read more next year.
Also surprisingly low!
Immigrant themed or authored...9
Disabled authored or respectfully themed...10
Props to Disability in Kidlit for help identifying appropriate reading.
That seems low to me. I wonder if my accounting was lacking.
Half of them for school.
Books written in the 20th century...11
Mostly the Darkover novels and Nice Little Girls.