A year ago, I decided to balance the scales and devote 2014 to reading 18 books by female science fiction and fantasy authors. In 2012 and 2013, the ratio of male to female authors on my reading lists was about 2:1. You can check out my previous series of blog posts for the details:
If you’re looking to expand your own reading habits, check out the lists and articles on women science fiction and fantasy authors at the bottom of this post.
Year of the Female Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author
20 books by female SFF authors started, 17 books by female SFF authors finished!
Although I didn’t read the same 18 books I’d originally planned, I finished reading 17 books by women science fiction and fantasy authors. It’s not uncommon for me to leave a few books unfinished from my planned reading list. I learned a few years ago that there are too many good books out there to waste time on one that’s not to my tastes.
A few books certainly stood out.
The Last Stormlord by Glenda Larke was hands down my favorite novel of 2014. I had a tough time preventing myself from diving right into the sequels, but I wanted to keep with my original goal for the year.
I would say I learned the most from the Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold. The control of tension and the descriptions during fight scenes were masterful.