Week three of my discussion posts brings around another question for you all.
I’ve been thinking about this one a lot lately, so I’d love to hear your opinions on the topic too!
I’m asking you today…
Is reading dominantly female?
I remember last year, there was this…challenge (I think?) in the reading community to read more books written by women authors, spurred by the idea that male authors tend to be more successful in sales. And of course, it was a great idea…but it did get me thinking. I mean, most of the books I buy are written by women. And this isn’t out of choice – not at all. I rarely even take note of the author until after I’ve read or bought the book, all I base my judgement on is the story inside. But as I look around at my shelves I can’t help but wonder if women tend to write books more than men, or whether it’s just a coincidence that I like their stories more.
It’s not just authors though. There’s the readers themselves. Most readers are female, like me. Now that might sound a bit presumptuous of me, but hear me out.
Most of the people I know that read are female. Most of the people I follow on twitter that read are female. Most booktubers are female. Most bloggers that follow me are female. And most book blogs I follow are written by females.
Obviously there are male readers, booktubers, and bloggers out there. Of course I notice that I have male followers on here as well as female. All I’m saying is that in comparison, there seems to be a much larger female presence.
Maybe it’s just that women tend to talk about it more than men?
Either way, it makes me wonder why. I don’t feel like there’s anything about reading that is particularly feminine…I mean, everyone can read and enjoy words on a page. So I wonder why it seems to be a dominantly female hobby?
So now it’s your turn!
Do you think reading is dominantly female? Why do you think it’s this way?
Or maybe it’s just a case of women being more likely to talk about books in the case of blogging?
Share your thoughts down in the comments!
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