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When Lady Business was launched in 2011, one of our goals was to challenge ourselves to read more widely in areas that interested us. Over the years, our interests have shifted and and expanded, but the core of our desire to talk about a diverse range of media has stayed central to our mission, especially in regards to our book coverage. We're determined to ensure that our reading material, and thus, the reviews we produce, are coming from a wide array of people. With that in mind, and because we're interested in looking at data and trends, we examined our book review and author coverage for 2014.

We find statistics interesting because they allow us to look at our reading in an analytical way. It give us things to think about for the future. Given that we are positioning ourselves as critical readers, at times accepting review copy, and remaining outspoken on issues of reviewing parity in the community, especially along gender lines, we think it's important to critique ourselves and make sure we are meeting our own expectations.


The numbers may not come to 100% due to category overlap.

Total items reviewed: 45
Novels: 29 (64%)
Short Story Collections and Anthologies: 1 (2%)
Individual Short Fiction: 7 (16%)
Comics/Graphic Novels: 4 (9%)
Non-Fiction: 4 (9%)
Science Fiction: 21 (47%)
Fantasy: 13 (29%)
Young Adult: 9 (20%)
Middle Grade: 1 (2%)
Historical Fiction: 3 (7%)

By individual item (novel, short fiction, comic, or series) we reviewed 52 women (76%) and 16 (24%) men (we did leave out two discussions of a series where we talked about the books in a wider or different context than a standard review from this total). Looking at individual instances of authors, we covered 48 women (77%) and 14 men (23%) (we had a bit of a Kate Elliott celebration in 2014). Also we reviewed, as far as we can tell from cursory research, 13 people of color this year (21%).

We'll note here that for purposes of comics/graphic novels, we consider the artists equal creators, so artists are included in our totals, and because the anthology we reviewed had a breakdown of each story of some kind, we counted the authors instead of the editor.

We're pleased with our gender parity, although we hope to do more reviewing in 2015 to improve other percentages. :)

What Did We Review?

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (Harper Voyager)
The Other Half of the Sky edited by Athena Andreadis & Kay T. Holt (Candlemark & Gleam)
vN by Madeline Ashby (Angry Robot)
Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach (Orbit)
Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown & Sherwood Smith (Viking Juvenile)
Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey (Orbit)
Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
The Lie by Helen Dunmore (Windmill Books)
Black Widow: The Finely Woven Thread by Nathan Edmondson & Phil Noto (Marvel Comics)
Cold Steel by Kate Elliott (Orbit)
Jaran by Kate Elliott (DAW)
The Secret Journal of Beatrice Hassi Barahal by Kate Elliott & Julie Dillon (Shiney-Ideas-Clutch) (guest review by [personal profile] owlmoose)
Spirit Gate by Kate Elliott (Orbit)
Hawkeye, Volume 1: My Life As a Weapon by Matt Fraction & David Aja (Marvel Comics)
Hawkeye, Volume 2: Little Hits by Matt Fraction & David Aja (Marvel Comics)
Zero Sum Game by SL Huang (self-published)
We Have Always Fought: Essays on Craft, Fiction, and Fandom by Kameron Hurley (self-published)
The Shadowed Sun by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (Disney Hyperion)
Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi (Masque Books)
The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan (Knopf Books for Young Readers )
Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls by Katherine Larsen & Lynn Zubernis (University Of Iowa Press)
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
Rivals in the City by Y.S. Lee (Walker)
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore (Knopf)
Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard (Viking Adult)
Artemis Awakening by Jane Lindskold (Tor Books)
"The Daemons of Tairdean Town" by C.S. MacCath (Circlet Press)
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire (DAW)
Cat Girl’s Day Off by Kimberly Pauley (Tu Books)
"The Mothers of Voorhisville" by Mary Rickert (Tor Books)
How to Suppress Women's Writing by Joanna Russ (University of Texas Press)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Simon & Schuster)
"Selkie Stories are for Losers" by Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons)
The Tainted City by Courtney Schafer (Night Shade Books)
"Burning Girls" by Veronica Schanoes (Tor Books)
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith (Electric Monkey)
Orleans by Sherri L. Smith (Putnam Juvenile)
"If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love" by Rachel Swirsky (Apex)
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine (Atria Books)
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
"Sleeper " by Jo Walton (Tor Books)
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad)
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor Books)

We also had two discussion posts:
My Life As A Weapon - Nyxnissa so Dasheem (Bel Dame Apocrypha by Kameron Hurley)
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater


2014 was a good year for us! In 2015, we hope to keep exploring short fiction, reach into children's literature in a more deliberate way (besides just crying over The Raven Cycle), try out more nonfiction, and continue to look for writers who are new to us. If you know of authors or books we might like, we'd love the recommendations!

Date: 2014-12-30 05:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rikym
Out of curiosity, by "children's" are you also including young adult in there too? I'd certainly look forward to more YA just because it's most of what I read despite being a little out of the demographic now haha!


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