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Friday, January 06, 2012

A couple of my Spark Friends have posted their "books read" list for 2011. I'll get around to that, too, as I like that idea. But I wanted to pose a question to the readers out there. My former boss said that he thought that people tended to read authors who were the same sex as they are. So I looked at my list of titles read for the previous year (which was 2010 when he and I had that conversation) and discovered that I had read mostly women authors. Hmm. Is that because women tend to write on the topics that interest me or am I unconsciously drawn toward women authors for some reason?

I read heavily in the fields of women's history and women's issues, true, but I also love mysteries. I like history in general. Being retired Air Force Reserve, I also like to read "war stories" like the fiction of Dale Brown and Richard Herman, Jr. and there aren't a whole lot of women writing in that genre.

Thanks for all of the book reviews, "A World of Books" members. I read them all and have gotten some great ideas for my (staggerlingly large!) To Be Read List.

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  • MEWHENRYSMAMA
    WELL, NOW I HAD TO THINK ON THIS...BUT I AM HALF AND HALF. I READ KOONTZ, KING, KELLERMAN,AND LEE CHILD, BUT ALSO MANY FEMALE AUTHORS. I LOVE THE MAISY DOBBS BOOKS, MAEVE BINCHY, AND JUST READ A BOOK ABOUT A FORMER NUN WHO WAS IN MOTHER TERESA'A ORDER. I THINK I LIKE WHAT THEY ALL OFFER. BUT INTERESTING IDEA!

    3325 days ago
  • MOM2ACAT
    I have a Kindle, and I get a newsletter with free or bargain books for it. Lately that is where I have found most of the books I read. It doesn't matter to me if the author is a man or woman; I choose my books after reading the descriptions and reviews on Amazon.
    3449 days ago
  • JANEYINMADTOWN
    I have favorite authors of both sexes....so not sure if this is true!
    3450 days ago
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