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August 8, 2016

Book Buys: Boy Books vs Girl Books

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 2:43 am
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booksIn our household, we seem to go on buying splurges.  While we buy groceries every week as well as toiletries, other items including yarn, picture frames and books seem to be bought only every now and again but in bulk.  The photo here shows, not only my skirts and feet, but also our most recent book purchases.

Can you guess which ones are boy books (husband and son) vs the girl books (mine)?  It might not be as easy as you think.  To help you out, I’ll list them here:

  • Sue Bradford Edwards’ Black Lives Matter 
  • Four books in Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series.
  • A Christian Cathedrals stained glass coloring book.
  • A sugar skull coloring book.
  • Fiasco, a book for a role-playing game.
  • Two D&D modules, The Rise of Tiamat and Hoard of the Dragon Queen
  • Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me, a book of Celtic prayer by Beth Richardson.

So which ones are mine?  Obviously, I wrote the one so that’s a no brainer.  And if you’ve ID’ed coloring as more of a girl thing than I boy thing – I’m not sure about that but that’s the way it is here.

Actually, they’re all mine except for the gaming books.  I used to play D&D and my son has all of my books but he’s expanding our library.

And the Harry Dresden books are mine too.  Yes, my husband is reading them and he’s even a book ahead of me in the series, but I discovered the series first.

A lot is written about what girls read vs what boys read and girl books vs boy books.  The point that I’m hoping that this post makes is that a single reader’s interests can be very broad.  Don’t try to define what books they will read or will want to read based on their gender.  Reader interests are a lot more complicated than that.

–SueBE

 

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May 25, 2016

Boy Books vs Girl Books

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:45 am
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children-1384386_1920.jpgTuesday morning I read a post on girl books saving the world.  The premise was that if boys would just read girl books they would be different (BETTER!) and the world would be saved.

For the sake of discussion, let’s assume that there are boy books and girl books.  I have a huge problem with this assumption based largely on what I do and do not read.  I do read fantasy, science fiction, mysteries, action and nonfiction (history, science, anthropology, nature).  I do not read romance or self help.  I’ll read the occassional graphic novel but I’ve given up picking them out myself.  My son picks them out for me.  He’s a boy and, simply put, I’m not.  But our reading overlaps.  So am I reading boy books?  Or is he reading girl books?

Or maybe, just maybe, we’re both reading . . . books.

As an author it is important to identify the audience for your book. It is the only way you will chose the right vocabulary and explain things in a way  that your audience will grasp.  And some of my books will definitely have more girl than boy readers.  With titles like Women in Sports and Women in Science, librarians and teachers are going to hand the books to girls.  And girls should read them, but so should boys.

Personally, I don’t think it is the attitude of the boys that we need to question.  What we should question is why we, the adults who put the books out there, are still setting up this boy vs girl dichotomy and then being shocked that it’s still there.

–SueBE

 

 

November 19, 2014

Boy Books vs Girls Books

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:28 am
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boy books vs girl booksDo you write boys books or girls books?

Personally, I write books.  Some of them are about people.  Some are about animals.  One is about religion.  And I can honestly say that they would all appeal to both boys and girls.

I’m not a complete knuckle head.  I can see that some books appeal to girls much more than they appeal to boys.  Think Fancy Nancy and Meg Cabot’s Princess Diary books.  I’m not saying that no boy will ever read them, but the appeal will trend more towards girls than boys.

The strange thing is that it isn’t as easy for me to name boy books.  Sure, there are books that some marketing department or other has skewed boy — The Dangerous Book for Boys comes to mind.  But honestly, I’m the one that read it.  Not my son.  What’s he reading?  Right now he’s into the Walking Dead graphic novels.  But several of the girls are reading them too.

Why do we believe that boys only read books written by men and books with male characters?  My son knew JK Rowling was a woman and he still read all the Harry Potter books.  He also read The Hunger Games trilogy and Divergent is on his list.  Female authors.  Female main characters.

This is one of those things that I find myself thinking about although I have to admit that I don’t have any answers other than some speculations about adults and our need to label things and people.

–SueBE

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