With Book to the Future poised to enter the 1940s, there are two very important statistics that have crossed my mind.

Since I started this blog, just over one year ago, I’ve read and reviewed forty-seven books. As far as I’m concerned, that’s an impressive figure!

But there’s a certain statistic about Book to the Future that’s not so impressive.

Of the forty-seven books I’ve read for Book to the Future, only thirteen of those books were written by women.

Thirteen. Out of forty-seven. That’s pathetic, if I don’t say so myself.

So. Here’s what I’m going to do about it…

When I reach the end of every decade, I celebrate by reading a book published before the year 1900. Last time, between 1929 and 1930, I held a poll to help me decide what to read.

I like that idea so much, I’ve decided to do it again.

But this time around, things are going to be a little different. All of the books in my poll have two very important things in common. They were all published before the year 1900…

…And, they’re all written by women.

Which do you think I should read? Here’s the lowdown…


1847 – Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Emily Bronte’s timeless tale of passion, set amidst the Yorkshire moors is as enduring as love itself. Has there ever been a love story as intense as that of Cathy and Heathcliff?

(Okay, I’ve read Wuthering Heights before, but that was when I was seventeen and clueless. I think a re-read is in order, now I’m thirty-two…and just a little less clueless)

1855 – North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell

When Margaret Hale is forced to move to England’s industrial north, she’s not particularly thrilled. But the more Margaret gets to know her new home, the more she’s shocked by the poverty and injustice she sees around her – and she’s determined to do something about it.

1813 – Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

It is a truth universally acknowledged that I am the only woman in the world never to have read Pride and Prejudice.

Elizabeth Bennett doesn’t like that Mr. Darcy fellow. No, not at all. He’s conceited, prickly, rich, eligible, handsome…not to mention totally PHWOARH. We already know the rest, right?

1861 – Silas Marner – George Eliot

No, George Eliot’s not a boy, silly. She was born Mary Ann Evans – and Silas Marner was her third novel.

Silas is the village weaver of Raveloe. He’s an ousider, a loner, and the locals eye him with suspicion. Rumours float around the village, that aren’t helped by Silas’ bitter, miserly behaviour. But everything changes when…well, you’ll find out. If, that is, you vote for this book…

1818 – Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

Doctor Frankenstein sets out to create new life; a human being made from body parts stolen from graveyards. But the creature Frankenstein brings to life isn’t quite what he expected. Creeeeepy!

Okay. They’re the selections. And here’s the poll. Vote for the book you’d like me to read and review next!

You’ve got until around 6pm this Friday to get your vote in. That’s not a lot of time (I’m disorganised) so you’d better get clicking. I’ll read the novel of your choice over the following week and post my review on Sunday the 8th of May.

That means, of course, that there will be no review online this coming Sunday. I’m not having a week off – I’m hard at work reading a huge doorstop of a novel, published in 1940. But I’ll make sure I post something for you to read on Sunday. Deal?

Now – go and vote. And, once again, may the best novel win!

Author: Michelle

Reader, writer, wannabe. Literary critic (with training wheels on). Blogging my way through the 20th century's classic novels in chronological order.

6 thoughts on “statistics”

  1. omg you have not read pride and prejudice?! I was hoping you would do North and South but that can wait for Austen first. I’m sure you’ll be having fun ; )

  2. I’m really enjoying it, actually!

    I’m also looking forward to being able to sit down one day and read all of the rest of the books on my list. They all sound amazing – I honestly wouldn’t have minded which book won the poll.

  3. I know what you mean about the female writers. :( I’m using the audiobooks on Librivox to catch up on the female-written classics.

    RIASS is fairly evenly balanced, but the literary stuff and classic stuff I review is more often written by men, which is something I need to remedy.

    Perhaps I’ll have a girl-only month on the site to balance things out. :)

    1. I’ve never really tried listening to audiobooks. Another friend the other day was telling me how much she enjoys listening to audiobooks when she exercises – which sounds like a great idea to me. I’ll have to try some!

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