Reading with Dark Puss

Several months ago now, Dark Puss and I were having a discussion online about the influence of gender in reading. Dark Puss didn’t believe that there were any books intended only for women, and I thought it would be interesting to challenge him on that. Gamely, he agreed he was up for it, and so I created a list of three books that we would read together – a feminist novel from the 70s, a contemporary novel about love and marriage and a piece of creative literary non-fiction about motherhood.

I have to say it’s been fascinating, comparing our thoughts and reactions as we read along. This week I’ll be posting the highlights of the conversations we had, so you can judge for yourselves to what extent gender plays a part – if at all – in the reading process. Let us know what you think!



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