I’m perusing through my collection on my Kindle and I notice a pattern as I’m moving books into different catagories. I’ve got my non-fiction set with Mike Brown and Cesar Millan; my fantasy collection with Tolkein and Brooks; fiction collection with Michel Faber and Cormac McCarthy; my classics collection with Twain and Shakespeare; my sunny day reading collection (easy stuff) with Phillip Pullman, Dan Brown and Bill Bryson; a horror collection with Jeff Long and Stephen King.
But as I’m shuffling through all of these books, no women authors are appearing.
Now I’m wondering if my selections are gender based, so I moved over to the NYTimes Best Seller list. And three of the top five fiction books are female authors:
1.WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen
2.THE JUNGLE, by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul
3.SING YOU HOME, by Jodi Picoult
4.LOVE YOU MORE, by Lisa Gardner
5.THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson
I did a little research on each of the books from the brief descriptions on Amazon and as for the female authors, I’m finding I’m just not interested in picking them up. The stories don’t appeal to me.
So I’m wondering if I’m just missing the good authors or if there is a gender divide.