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 focuses on, as befits our tenth-year reunion theme, the themes of our past four years, and 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, or other woman-authored fantasy works, we suggest you start here. (If you’re instead looking for a bit of a challenge, you might try our 2018 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—each month in 2018—Sirens co-founder Amy Tenbrink will read and discuss a new-to-her fantasy book that’s authored by a woman and about one of the past four Sirens themes.

To purchase these books, please consider using the links below, which will take you to the website of the Tattered Cover, Denver’s renowned independent bookstore. If you use those links and then purchase books or other items, Sirens will receive a referral fee from the Tattered Cover.

Guests of Honor - Additional Books


2018 Sirens Guests of Honor

Leigh Bardugo

Kameron Hurley

Violet Kupersmith

Anna-Marie McLemore

Guests of Honor - Additional Books


Additional Books


Lindsey Barraclough

Zen Cho
Spirits Abroad

Cristina García

Lauren Groff

Samantha Hunt

Shirley Jackson

Caitlín R. Kiernan

Jennifer Mason-Black

Seanan McGuire

Toni Morrison

Emily Bain Murphy

Helen Oyeyemi

Nova Ren Suma

Kali Wallace

Jesmyn Ward


Margaret Atwood

Traci Chee

Kelly Sue DeConnick & Valentine De Landro

Lara Elena Donnelly

Kate Elliott

Christine Heppermann

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Ausma Zehanat Khan

Ambelin Kwaymullina

Ann Leckie

Melina Marchetta

Nisi Shawl

Sabaa Tahir

G. Willow Wilson

Lidia Yuknavitch


Jacqueline Carey

Roshani Chokshi

Yangsze Choo

Laura Esquivel

Isabel Greenberg

Andrea Hairston

Heidi Heilig

S. Jae-Jones

Ellen Klages

Mary Robinette Kowal

Robin LaFevers

Malinda Lo

Sarah McCarry

Heather O’Neill

Lynn Weingarten

Women Who Work Magic

Katherine Arden

Kelly Barnhill

Erin Bow

S. A. Chakraborty

Rin Chupeco

Julie C. Dao

Laura Anne Gilman

Nalo Hopkinson

Kay Kenyon

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Nnedi Okorafor

Sarah Porter

Dia Reeves

Mary Rickert

Lana Popović

Guests of Honor - Additional Books

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