In my last two posts, I discussed why I stupidly used to avoid reading female authors, and how in 2012 and 2013 the ratio of male to female authors on my reading lists was about 2:1. I intend to rectify that this year.For me, 2014 will be the year of the female science fiction and fantasy author.
2014 Reading List
I should be clear that my reason for choosing these books in particular ranges widely. In some cases, they’re books I already own because I bought them, I won them (like during the Geek Gala), or someone bought them for me. In other cases, it’s because they’re readily available at my local library, and I thought they looked interesting. YA is very appealing to me lately, because it’s usually fast-paced. Which will help me burn through 18 novels this year!
If you’re wondering how you can discover more female authors in the science fiction and fantasy genre, skip to the bottom.
If I succeed at reading all of the above, my stats for 2014 will be:
- 18 science fiction or fantasy novels read for the year.
- Hopefully only 1 or 2 I couldn’t finish.
- 18 written by females.
- Possibly none written by indie authors… not quite sure.
- Most had been on my to-read list for quite some time.
- 3 by authors I’d read previously.
- 15 by authors I’d never read.
So perhaps for 2015, my goal will be a list of all indie authors!
This post is part of a series:
- Reading retrospective (what I managed to read in 2012 and 2013)
- Why I avoided reading female authors (for many years)
- 2014: Year of the Female Author (this post)
- 2014 Reading Retrospective
Finding More Female Authors
In my last post, I linked a few lists, but here are some more. If you realize you’ve skewed heavily male over the past few years, here are a few resources to help you find great books by female authors.
- 83 Award-Winning Books By Female Authors on Worlds Without End
- 10 Best Science Fiction Novels By Women In The Last 10 Years by Cheryl Morgan
- 33 Science Fiction Novels Written By Women / 21st Century SF Mistressworks by Ian Sales
- 7 Space Operas By Women Authors from Helen Lowe
- Building a SciFi/Fantasy Library (Favorite Fantasy Written By A Woman), a Goodreads discussion
- Top 10 Science Fiction By Women Writers (2003) on The Guardian Books
- 100 Must-Read Scifi Fantasy Novels by Female Authors on BookRiot
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