As I have mentioned before, this challenge will be a test of self-discipline. These conditions were not made by Lilit Marcus, I come up with them so that they can help me keep prioritize my reading. Since I want to step out of my comfort zone and expose myself to different perspectives and worldviews, it’s fair if I try not to read about the same basic argument over and over again.
The items under “Rules” are the conditions that I have to absolutely follow, where as the items under “Guidelines” are conditions I will try to follow to the best of my ability and they can be subjected to change over time.
- No books by male authors. (If it wasn’t obvious enough.)
- No comic books or manga by male authors. (This will be a huge obstacle to face since the mainstream comics are almost-all written by men. I saw a few comics by women, but not a significant number; even in the indie-comics scene, men seem to have more work out than women. I don’t have to worry too much about manga, because I actually enjoy some Shoujo and I know there are a few really good non-Shoujo series by women.)
- School-assigned readings are an exemption, because I want to pass English.
- No less than 40 books.
- Don’t go re-reading stuff to go through the minimum 40 books faster. (This won’t be followed very well, because I love Jane Austen. But it’s a good rule of thumb for picking out totally new books and I plan on exceeding 40 anyway.)
- There’s a library nearby (three actually) and a bookstore (not-so-near, but close enough), I don’t have an excuse not to be reading except for when studying for AP Exams.
- Take a break once in a while. (I already started a pile of Chick Lit, and I am not ashamed. Not even of the fact that I included Meg Cobat’s The Princess Diaries.)
- Finish at least one series/trilogy.
- Included books by LGBT authors.
- Choose books with different perspectives.
- Balance Non-fiction and Fiction, as well as the amount of Non-fiction about whites.
- Co-ed authorship is okay [like if a book was written by (a) male(s) and female(s)].
- Reading spoilers of male-authored books/comics is okay.
This is all I’m going by for now. After I finish The Devil Wear Prada by Lauren Weisberger, I plan on reading The Chinese in America by Iris Change (author of The Rape of Nanking).