Suggested Reading
Sirens is about the remarkable, diverse women in fantasy literature, and what better way to celebrate the achievements of women in fantasy literature than to read, read, read? The following list, which focuses on our 2019 theme of heroes, is only a starting point for reading fantasy literature by and about women—but if you’re looking for works by our guests of honor, our Sirens Studio faculty, or fantasy works focused on our 2019 theme, we suggest you start here. (If you’re instead looking for a bit of a challenge, you might try our 2019 Sirens Reading Challenge.)

As with all great reading lists, some of these books were chosen for their influence, some for their controversy, and some simply because they’re great reads! To discuss these books, we invite you to visit the Sirens Goodreads group,where—January to September in 2019—Sirens co-founder Amy Tenbrink will read and discuss a new-to-her fantasy book from this list.

If you buy from Amazon and you’d like to purchase these books, please use the links below. We are a member of the Amazon Associates program, and if you use these links to purchase these books, Amazon will provide us with a referral fee.

Guests of Honor and Faculty - Theme Books


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2019 Sirens Guests of Honor

Mishell Baker

Ausma Zehanat Khan

Rebecca Roanhorse

Suzanne Scott

2019 Sirens Studio Guest of Honor

Roshani Chokshi

2019 Sirens Studio Faculty
(who have published work)

Mishell Baker

Nia Davenport

Juliet Grames

Nilah Magruder

Rebecca Roanhorse

Guests of Honor and Faculty - Theme Books


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Theme Books

Tomi Adeyemi

Katherine Arden

Kelly Barnhill & Iacopo Bruno

Tracey Baptiste

Lauren Beukes

Leah Bobet

Lila Bowen

Traci Chee

Zen Cho

Zoraida Córdova

Somaiya Daud

Kelly Sue DeConnick & Valentine De Landro

Lara Elena Donnelly

Nicky Drayden

Meg Elison

Kate Elliott

Heather Fawcett

Sarah Gailey

Jessica Day George

Isabel Greenberg

Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

Frances Hardinge

Jody Houser, Francis Portela & Marguerite Sauvage

Justina Ireland

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Kay Kenyon

Aditi Khorana

Mary Robinette Kowal

Robin LaFevers

Grace Lin

Katherine Locke

Karen Lord

Rachita Madani

Tahereh Mafi

Nilah Magruder

Melina Marchetta

Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare & Natacha Bustos

Nnedi Okorafor

Cherie Priest & Kali Ciesemier

K Arsenault Rivera

Nisi Shawl

Rivers Solomon

Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters & Brooke A. Allen

Molly Tanzer

Anne Ursu & Eric Fortune

K.B. Wagers

G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona

F. C. Yee

Lidia Yuknavitch


Guests of Honor and Faculty - Theme Books

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