Category: Blog

The online journal of Nico Mara-McKay.

It’s been a while since my last site redesign, and a course I’m taking through Ryerson spurred me to reimagine how this site should look.

Just a reminder for my fellow vegetable growers out there: check your zucchinis.

I had a late start with my vegetable garden this year, with the weather we had in Toronto. Everything seems to be coming in late, but it’s finally starting.

BookishIn 2012 I read almost twice as many books by men as women, and in 2013 I wanted to change that. But my approach was kind of lazy. I didn’t actually do much to seek out books by women. I kind of forgot my mission, and just read whatever I found interesting, so I was a little worried about what I’d find.

In 2013 I read 171 books, 81 books written or edited by women, and 90 written or edited by men, 47% and 53% respectively. A heck of a lot better than the 35% I discovered last year, but still not balanced.

I read a lot more poetry (47) than fiction (22) in 2013, and of those, 62% of the poetry was written by women, and 55% of the fiction. It’s encouraging to see improvement here. I read more literary criticism and books on writing by women than I did previously, though this still accounts for only 42%. (NB: Still looking for recommendations for great critics – women or men.)