So for the past three years I’ve looked at the goodreads best of year awards and counted up numbers and every year it’s abysmal.
All I’m doing is counting. I haven’t read these books. I don’t care.
you can check behind me. But I think I’m right on all these numbers. and honestly. Adding one or two doesn’t really help the case.
There are 20 books in each category.
Fiction. 5 Probably the best category.
Mystery and Thriller. 0
Historical Fiction. 1
Paranormal Fantasy. 0
Science Fiction. 2
Memoir. 6 (This category is gross as heck too. Like. ugh.)
History & Biography. 1
Food and Cookbooks 1
Comics: 5 (though 2 are the same person)
Goodreads Author debut: 1
Young Adult: 0
YA SF: 2
middle grade and children: 3
picture books: 1
Total 36/400 0.9%
Less than 1% total. Less than 1% of the books nominated have authors of color. And if you count books with multiple writers as having multiple writers you drop down even further. You add six to twelve more white people at least.(memoirs and biographies and shit are sometiems hard to discern, and moreso with comics.)
So there you have it. Another year, andother awards list with a minimal amount of poc showing up. It’s a damn mess.